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Catching up with Novato HS's Erik Olson...
2008-06-10 10:11:00
The past Sunday, the 98th annual Dipsea race took place once again on the 2nd Sunday of June. This legendary race attracts some of the best runners in the Marin area as they attempt to either win the race, claim one of 35 black shirts or just simply survive the rugged 7.5 mile course. Novato HS sophomore Erik Olson (pictured to the left courtesy of the Novato Advance) did more than survive as he finished in 14th place and claimed the top spot by a high school runner. Olson has quickly established himself as one of the up and coming runners in the NCS this past year as he finished 5th in the NCS Division III cross country race to qualify to the state meet as an individual. He also finished 6th at the NCS MOC in the uber-competitive 3200m. recording a lifetime best time of 9:25.62.1) How did you get interested in participating in the Dipsea race?Well, last year I volunteered along with my sister and thought it looked like a fun race. So I talked my coach about it and we decided t...
Dipsea Black Shirt Winners
2008-06-09 16:16:00
The following results are courtesy of the Marin IJ. The top 35 runners that complete the Dipsea race, receive the legendary black shirts. The list includes several NCS runners that are in bold below.DIPSEA BLACK SHIRTSPlace and name Residence Age Time Actual Time 1 Roy Rivers Mill Valley 51 47:24 53:24 2 Russ Kiernan Mill Valley 70 49:08 1:08.8 3 Hans Schmid Greenbrae 68 49:31 1:08.31 4 Mark McManus Mill Valley 34 49:34 50.34 5 Melody Anne Schultz Ross 66 50:00 1:12.00 6 Cliff Lentz Brisbane 43 50:04 53.04 7 Brian Pilcher Ross51 50:25 56.25 8 Sara Donahue Brookline, Mass. 27 50:34 58.34 9 Greg Wilson Chula Vista 56 50:51 59.51 10 Judy Rabinowitz Larkspur 50 51:02 1:04.02 11 Roy Kissin Larkspur 51 51:14 57.14 12 Alexander Varner San Rafael 22 51:31 51.31 13 Iain Mickle Sacramento47 51:36 55.36 14 Erik Olson Novato 16 51:38 1:00.38 15 Greg Nacco Sausalito 43 51:42 56.42 16 Steve Stephens San Anselmo 64 51:58 1:06.58 17 Robert Dickinson Petaluma 51 52:16 58.16 18 Steven Iglehart S...
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Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
2008-06-09 06:44:00
We are in a time and age when every new record that is set (in any sport) also brings steroids questions. While everybody was very impressed with Usain Bolt's new 100m. record, you can't help asking yourself if he is really clean. Watching Big Brown fail in his attempt at recording the 12th Triple Crown ever in horse racing history, people are already wondering how the lack of steroids affected the horse. Hitting over 500 homeruns used to be a rare feat but now a new player joins that not so elusive club at rate never seen before in baseball. Are there any sports out there that are not effected by steroids anymore??Looks like one movie that doesn't pull any punches when it comes to steroid use is out in theaters now. It has also already received rave reviews.You can check out where the movie will be playing in the bay area at the link below.The trailer of the movie can be found at the following website:http://biggerstrongerfastermovie. com/
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Dipsea update and articles...
2008-06-08 18:33:00
The Dipsea is now close to ending and we will have a winner soon. If you have never heard of the Dipsea, you can check out it's official website at update of the race including the race leader is at the following link (will be updated later): 521815Nice articles about former two-time winner Homer Latimer who also coached at Leigh HS:Dipsea: Latimer fondly remembered on eve of raceDipsea 2008: Newest Hall of Famer remembered as quite a characterSo you want to enter the 2009 Dipsea and have a sob story or compelling reason? Get in line:Dave Albee: Sob stories a highlight for Dipsea committee
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Catching up with Livermore's Diana George...
2008-06-06 04:24:00
Our next interview is with Livermore's Diana George who once again scored a double victory (1600 and 3200) at this past NCS Meet of Champions following her two wins the previous season as a sophomore. George is the latest star for coach Eddie Salazar at Livermore HS who has had his fair share of individual and team champions during his time at the school.1) How did you get started in distance running?Way back in middle school, I had a friend named Rebecca who's parents forced her to run the offered extra credit laps in P.E. to keep her in shape. Since it seemed like a torturous thing to have to do alone, my other friend Amanda and I offered to run them with her. We'd get in, with P.E. included, anywhere from one to three miles a day. At the time, that seemed like a lot. Because we'd run all the time, rain or shine, before class, one of my teachers suggested that we go out for the track team. I didn't come out until 8th grade, and even then we did not run very much (no mo...
Good For The First Mile (1 of 6)
2008-06-05 02:36:00
Check out the 1st part of this documentary featuring Steve Cram, one of the most underrated distance runners in history, before his race at the 1st World Track and Field World Championships in Helsinki. You will have to find parts 2-6 on youtube.
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Catching up with Petaluma's Bjorn Griepenburg...
2008-06-03 02:06:00
Now that track is over and I have some free time, I will post interviews with Northern California track athletes who I think have an interesting story to tell.I will start with Petaluma's Bjorn Griepenburg (pictured to the left, courtesy of Cameron Potter and who gained some notoriety on the message boards following his run at the NCS Redwood Empire meet as he placed 7th in a new PR of 9:48.55. According to NCS rules, an athlete (in this case it was Santa Rosa's Rory McLeod) may claim hardship and challenge the last qualifier in his or her race to qualify for the Meet of Champions. Bjorn ended up not having to run in that challenge race and compete at the NCS MOC. In a short span of time, Bjorn has enjoyed success on hill and dale and the track and is looking forward to continue his running in college.1) How did you get your start in distance running?I had played baseball my entire life and had never done anything else. I was always decent at run...
State Meet Coverage for Northern California
2008-06-01 18:15:00
•Riverbank's Fernandez sets national record in winning California track titles (Modesto Bee)•Viking second in state (Peninsula Daily News)•Pole vault record helps Los Gatos to a surprisingly strong finish (San Francisco Chronicle)•Going great lengths to overshadow sprints Distance records shine brightest on dazzling day (San Francisco Chronicle)•Boyd seizes day in state finals (Contra Costa Times)•Miller rises to challenge, places second in state vault (Contra Costa Times)•Carondelet's busy Johnson 2nd in state high jump, juggling two events (Contra Costa Times)•Purvis steamed after state glory (Contra Costa Times)•Two athletes set national records (Sacramento Bee)•Thomas grabs 3 more titles MT. PLEASANT SENIOR DOMINATES ACTION (SJ Mercury News)•St. Elizabeth's Ashton Purvis does sister one better, wins 100 (Inside Bay Area)•Hintz places second at state meet (Eureka Reporter)•Justin-Siena high jumper places seventh at state meet (Napa Valley Register)
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German Fernandez continues to AMAZE...
2008-06-01 08:48:00
Stunning describes best what German Fernandez (pictured to the left by yours truly at the Artichoke Invitational as he torched the new course with a time that might last for a very long time) accomplished today at the California State Meet. Following his double at the SJS meet, predictions were made about what he could possibly run at the state meet but none of them came close to what he actually ran. 4:00.29 and 8:34.23!!You can find videos of his races as well as all the other events at the following link: .php?c=288&id=15905He has a few more races left in his high school career. How much faster can he run when pushed?Who as at the state meet or has seen videos of all the races? Best race of the day?
State Meet Coverage for Northern California
2008-05-31 17:09:00
•Locals shine on big stage (San Mateo Daily News)•CIF TRACK AND FIELD STATE MEET Bay Area storylines dot finals Henderson is 1st qualifier from S.F. Section in years (San Francisco Chronicle)•Spencer looks at home with elite (San Mateo Times)•Lodi high jumpers Ray Nikzat, Samantha Balentine leap into finals (Lodi-News Sentinel)•Prep track: Marin contingent comes up just short at state (Marin Independent Journal)•Mt. Pleasant's Thomas looks to rally in 100 finals (SJ Mercury News)•Gordon, Quirke out strong at state track meet (SJ Mercury News)•Vacaville's McMillan still in hunt for gold (Sacramento Bee)•Campolindo vaulter in state finals (Contra Costa Times)•De Anza's Rogers can breathe: He's in state finals (Contra Costa Times)•Riverbank's Fernandez to shoot for state meet distance double (Modesto Bee)More will be posted later.
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CA State Meet Trials...
2008-05-31 06:55:00
So any big surprises today besides the usual DQ's and dropped batons?Who wants to offer some predictions for the Saturday finals? How many races will Northern California athletes take down?Who will win between Fleet and Fernandez? Can either Derek Thomas or Sebastian Sam take down the 800m?Newspaper articles covering today's trials will be posted tomorrow.
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Clemente ends distinguished career
2008-05-29 06:10:00
One of the best Cross Country/Track and Field coaches you may have never heard of is calling it a career as he is retiring after 34 years of teaching and coaching at Cunha MS. For many teams competing in CCS Division IV, one team that has been a consistent challenger for multiple CCS titles and state meet berths has been Half Moon Bay HS. Howard Clemente (pictured to the left) deserves a lot of the credit for HMB's success in cross country as he began the running careers of many of the Cougar runners.You can read all about Clemente's final track meet at CSM at the following link:Clemente ends distinguished careerTeacher, coach inspired thousands
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Riverbank's Fernandez blisters distance field at section championships
2008-05-27 04:37:00
Runner sets top 3,200 mark this season By WILL SACRAMENTO -- German Fernandez wanted to use the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships as a test. The Riverbank High senior was hoping to compete well in both events, so that he'd be able to race them both again at next week's CIF State Meet. He more than passed. He aced the course at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.To read the rest of this article, go to the following link:•Riverbank's Fernandez blisters distance field at section championships
NCS Meet of Champions Coverage
2008-05-25 17:30:00
•Livermore's George scores rare repeat NCS distance double•NCS Track: St. Elizabeth's Purvis sisters prime for state spectacular•Five H-DNC athlets head to state track meet•Riggins: Fastest in North Coast (100m. winner)•Taylor Duncan and Rebecca Cink heading to state track & field finals (Del Norte HS athletes)•Prep track: Redwood duo qualify for state•Runner picks up the pace (old article about Wyatt Landrum, Liberty winner of the 3200m. at MOC)More to come as I find them.
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NCS Results link
2008-05-25 08:16:00
•NCS Meet of Champions Results •Team ResultsSo those of you that were at the meet, what was the best race?Let me throw out three races...Boys' 1600m., boys' 200m., boys' 3200m... any others?
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Section Coverage
2008-05-24 15:50:00
Video coverage of all NCS races can be found at the following link:•NCS Meet of Champions Videos (courtesy of•CCS girls track and field championships: SLV's Johnson edges Aptos' Ferrante for 1,600 title (NEW)• CCS TRACK He's finding his best field Top sport for Spencer isn't football• NCS TRACK Carondelet sophomore hits the height Adrienne Johnson's 5-10 ties best state mark in high jump•Spencer flies to 2 CCS titles•Spencer leads locals at CCS boys track meet•Mt. Pleasant's Thomas dominates at CCS•Surprenant undeterred by wrist cast at CCS•Jesuit High School clocks fast times in Masters Meet•CCS boys track and field championships: Santa Cruz's Sanders, Aptos' Hunt advance•Locals shine at CCS track meet•CCS track and field ch...
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Pick the State Meet Qualifiers from NCS
2008-05-22 04:49:00
Pick your top 4 for both girls and boys in the comment box below.Event 17 Girls 3200 Meter Run====================================== ========================================= Saturday 5/26/2007 - 3:38 PMSponsor: Les Schwab TiresTop Four Qualify to State National H.S: 9:48.59 5/24/1996 Kim Mortensen (Thousand Oaks, CA) State Meet : 9:52.80 6/1/1996 Kim Mortensen (Thousand Oaks) NCS MoC: 10:06.30 1978 Cheri Williams, Livermore HS Name Year School Seed Finals=================================== ========================================= === 1 66 sumpter, sarah 11 Healdsbrg/nc 11:21.13 2 572 George, Diana 11 Livermore/nc 11:23.19 3 26 taylor, jacque 10 Casa Grnd/nc 11:24.74 4 431 Raymond, Beth 12 Washngtn/nc 11:32.75 5 620 Houser, Kellie 11 Carondelt/nc 11:33.36 6 ...
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More newspaper articles as we head in Section Championships
2008-05-21 17:45:00
Castro Valley junior surpasses father's footstepsSeven Warriors qualify for Meet of Champions (high jump picture alone is worth a peek)Eight track Dragons reach MOC after NCS Area efforts (Sonoma Valley High School)Three Braves triumph at NCS track and field championships (Justin Siena HS)Lawson clears yet another hurdle (St. Mary's Berkeley)Castro Valley deposes LoganWeiler, Quirke out to defend their titles at CCS track meetSizzling into finals (CCS athletes)On top of her game (Tracy HS pole vaulter)
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NCS and CCS Performance List and web page change alert
2008-05-21 06:24:00
You can view all the NCS marks for Friday and Saturday (3200 and several field events) at the following link:•NCS/Les Schwab Tires Meet of Champions Entries (tentative pending errors)•CCS Entries and all marks from Semi-FinalsFor those of you that visit Jim Crowhurst's page at the Press Democrat, the link to all his great stats have changed from to want to throw out any predictions for the NCS MOC??
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Tons of Newspaper Coverage from this past weekend
2008-05-20 17:42:00
• CCS TRACK AND FIELD Spencer wins 3 events on hot Gilroy afternoon• NCS TRACK AND FIELD Few surprises among best of the Bayshore•Miller clears personal best, wins title (California Pole Vaulter, Justin Miller)•Litwiller uses heat to win boys 1,600 meters•Clear Lake's Green wins triple jump at Class A meet•State meet steppingstone Roseville's Blair Wallingford seeks a Master-ful performance•Preps Plus: Three Masters Meet athletes worth watching•The heat is on ( CCS Coverage )•Running for respect at CCSMore to be posted as I find them. If you have any to share, please do so in the comments box below.
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Northern California Section Results
2008-05-18 22:52:00
•CCS Trials at Gilroy HS•NCS Class A Meet at College of San Mateo (Top 6 only for now)•NCS Redwood Empire at Rancho Cotate HS•NCS Bayshore at Castro Valley HS•Tri-Valley at Granada HS (qualifiers only)More will be posted as I locate them.
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Links to NCS and CCS meets this Saturday
2008-05-16 04:12:00
Here are all the NCS Meets taking place today (Saturday ) with the 24 advancers going on to the trials that take place next Friday at Cal Berkeley.•NCS Class A Meet at College of San Mateo (top 3 advance to NCS MOC)•Redwood Empire at Rancho Cotate HS (top 7 advance to NCS MOC)•Bay Shore at Castro Valley HS (top 7 advance to NCS MOC)•Tri-Valley at Granada HS (top 7 advance to NCS MOC)As for CCS, everybody is at Gilroy HS with the advancers coming from the multiple heats there.•CCS Semifinals at Gilroy HS (advancers noted for each event)
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Filling a fast lane for San Francisco
2008-05-15 06:17:00
I know this is not an article about Track and Field but it is by John Crumpacker who is one of the best Track and Field writers in our area. The article is about Ben Wildman-Tobiner who swam as a prep at Lick Wilmerding HS. I was still coaching swimming at the time and saw Ben compete throughout his HS career but I never fathomed that one day he would become a world champion.You can view the article at the following link:•Filling a fast lane for San Francisco
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BCL Finals Results and Class A Meet Heats Posted online
2008-05-13 22:55:00
You can find the results of the BCL Final from this past Saturday at Chabot College at:BCL Final Results You can find the heats and flights for this Saturday's NCS Class A Meet at CSM at the following link:NCS Class A Meet Heats and Flights(Top 3 athletes and relay teams advance from this meet will advance to the NCS MOC)The meet programs for the 3 NCS area meets (Bay Shore, Redwood Empire and Tri-Valley) will be posted shortly. I will add those links as I get them.Good luck to all participating athletes this Saturday. It's going to be HOT! Hydrate!
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Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) Newspaper Coverage
2008-05-08 19:42:00
Pictures above are courtesy of Nathan Mollat and the SM Daily JournalFrom the San Mateo Daily Journal•Westmoor back on top•M-A repeats as champsFrom the San Mateo Daily News/Times (same article)•Familiar team tops at PAL track and field•Williams helps Westmoor pile up the pointsResults from the 3 day meet are at the following links courtesy of•Day 1•Day 2•Day 3
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Dublin track star Attarian breaks foot
2008-05-07 16:07:00
The bad news is that James Attarian has an injury that won't allow him to compete at the DFAL finals this week. The good news is that there is a good chance he would hardship through to the next meet. We'll see.The following is from the Contra Costa Times and Phil Jensen."Dublin High School boys track and field star James Attarian will not be competing in the Diablo Foot hill Athletic League championships this week due to a broken foot, he confirmed Tuesday. Attarian broke the fifth metatarsal of his left foot while stepping on the inside rail to avoid a fallen competitor in the mile run at the Stanford Invitational on April 5. He proceeded to amazingly kick to a victory in 4 minutes, 15.76 seconds, a time which converted to 1,600 meters (4:14.27) is currently ranked sixth in the state by competed in two more meets, including a third-place finish in the boys invitational mile at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational, before he realized that his foot was broke...
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Caped Crusher collects
2008-05-07 08:20:00
So which number is more impressive for the athlete to the left, a 4.75 GPA or a 1:56.8 800 meters?Vintage cross country/track star Molinari nabs section scholarship By MARTY JAMES, Executive Sports Editor Dominic Molinari is pretty easy to spot on days that Vintage High School has a cross country race or track and field meet.He’s the one wearing a burgundy and gold cape around campus. “It’s just something that I’ve been doing since freshman year and is kind of a tradition,” Molinari said. “It keeps me in the spirit.”Molinari lettered his first year at Vintage, but instead of purchasing a letterman’s jacket to wear to school and around town, he got creative and decided to show off his school pride by dressing up in a colorful cape on game days.To read the rest of this article, check out the following link from the Napa Valley Register:•Caped Crusher collects
Flanagan's Splits In Her American Record 10K
2008-05-06 07:55:00
The following splits are from Shalane Flanagan's impressive run yesterday and they are courtesy of www.trackandfieldnews.comJust amazing consistency for 25 laps.Laps69.6 [69.6]74.5 [2:24.1]72.9 [3:37.0]73.8 [4:50.8]73.4 [6:04.2]73.8 [7:18.0]74.1 [8:32.1]73.9 [9:46.0]74.0 [11:00.0]74.5 [12:14.5]72.9 [13:27.4]73.7 [14:41.1]72.5 [15:53.6]74.5 [17:08.1]74.5 [18:22.6]73.3 [19:35.9]73.2 [20:49.1]74.8 [22:03.9]73.3 [23:17.2]74.1 [24:31.3]74.6 [25:45.9]73.4 [26:59.3]73.1 [28:12.4]72.8 [29:25.2]69.3 [30:34.49]average: 73.38Kilos3:00.7 [3:00.7]3:03.5 [6:04.2]3:04.9 [9:09.1]3:05.4 [12:14.5]3:02.9 [15:17.4]3:05.2 [18:22.6]3:04.3 [21:26.9]3:04.4 [24:31.3]3:04.5 [27:35.8]2:58.7 [30:34.49]average: 3:03.46Halves15:17.4/15:17.1
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Rowbury On Olympic Pace
2008-05-05 20:48:00
Another notable Bay Area alumni effort goes to Shannon Rowbury (formerly of Sacred Heart Cathedral and Duke University) who won the fast heat of the women's 1500. She just missed the A standard of 4:07.00.The link to the story in the San Francisco Chronicle is here: e.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/04/SPQH10GQ8A.DTL
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Chico State's Bauhs sets Division II record in 10,000
2008-05-05 20:28:00
From the Chico Enterprise Record ( following is the complete article and the link is listed below. Great run by Scott Bauhs of Chico yesterday at the Payton Jordan Invitational to break the Division II record at the 10000 meter distance. Chico State junior Scott Bauhs broke the NCAA Division II record for the 10,000 meters Sunday at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford, running the fastest time for an American this year.Bauhs ran the race in 27 minutes, 48.06 seconds, reaching the Olympic A standard, meaning if he places in the top three at the Olympic trials this summer, he'll be in the Olympics.He finished seventh in a star-studded field of 33 that included international runners.No other Division II runner had ever broken 28 minutes. 9154749Interesting to look at his personal records from high school at San Ramon Valley High School. You can view their top list at the following link:http://www.srvhstrack.clickoneforus. com...
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