Monday, May 21, 2018


For the second year I have compiled an All StanCo Track team. This is a team made up of DISTANCE RUNNERS that competed in track. I am naming them based on meeting certain benchmark times in at least one of the three distance events (sub B 2:00/G 2:20 in the 800m; sub B 4:30/G 5:25 in the 1600m; and sub  B 10:00/ G 12:00 in the 3200m) OR qualifying for Section Masters. I have ordered the list somewhat by grade level.

*SANTIAGO RUIZ, 12TH (GREGORI)--the County champ in the 1600m and the MMC champ in the 3200m. He qualified for Section Masters in the 3200m. His best marks were 2:00.90 in the 800m, 4:25.29 in the 1600m, and 9:16.15 in the 3200m which is #8 on the all-time StanCo list.

*MASON REEVES, 12TH (GREGORI)--the MMC champ in the 1600m. He qualified for Section Masters in the 1600m and 3200m. His best times are 2:03.93 in the 800m, 4:23.92 in the 1600m, and 9:17.11 in the 3200m which is #9 on the all-time StanCo list

*ANTHONY VAZQUEZ, 12TH (CENTRAL CATHOLIC)--the County champ in the 800m and the VOL champ in the 800m. His best mark was a 1:59.48 in the 800m. He also ran 4:34.49 in the 1600m and 10:38 in the 3200m.

*ALONDRA HERNANDEZ, 12TH (RIVERBANK)--the County champ in the 800m and the TVL champ in the 1600m. Alondra has nursed injuries through most of HS. This season was no exception. She still PRed in the 800m--2:24.33 and the 1600m--5:12.87.

*ESMERALDA CAMPOS, 12TH (HUGHSON)--the TVL champ in the 3200m. Esme was truly the work-horse on the Hughson squad, often tripling in the dual meets. In spite of the work-load she still produced PR times this season. Her best marks were 2:30.98 (800m), 5:25.75 (1600m), and 11:37.31 (3200m). She qualified for Section Masters in the 3200m.

*BRISEIDA GARCIA, 11TH (GREGORI)--the County champ in the 1600m and the MMC champ in the 800m. Briseida missed much of the season with a broken foot, however she still managed to win the MMC 800 title in trainers. Her best marks were 2:15.44 (800m), 5:18.99 (1600m), and 11:33.88 (3200m).

*MAVLEEN MANN, 11TH (PITMAN)--the County champ in the 3200m and the CCC champ in both the 1600m and 3200m. Mavleen has improved in leaps and bounds this year. She now holds Pitman school records in all three distance events. Her 5:04.65 in the 1600m ranks #11 on the all-StanCo list. Additionally her 3200m time of 11:01.52 is #5 on the all-StanCo list. Her best 800m in 2:23.74. She qualified for Section Masters in the 1600m and 3200m.

*EMILY FIFE, 11TH (HUGHSON)--the TVL champ and D5 in the 800m. She qualified for Section Masters in the 800m and 1600m. Her best marks were 2:24.91 in the 800m and 5:11.12 in the 1600m

KAYDEN LEGAN, 10TH (OAKDALE)--the VOL and D3 champ and in the 3200m. She qualified for Section Masters in the 3200m. Her 1600m (5:18.11) and 3200m (11:14.98) times are equally impressive.

ELIZETTE YSAIS, 10TH (HUGHSON)--somewhat in the shadow of her Husky teammates, Elizette is a solid runner in her own right. Her best mark came in the 3200m--11:58.84. She also had times of 2:38.53 (800m) and 5:39.16 (1600m)

JAYSON MARTIN, 10th (PITMAN)-- Jayson's skills grew over the season. He bounced between running F/S races and running Varsity. He often tripled at CCC meets and was injured in the later stages of the season. He surprised everyone with a 1:59.85 at the D1 qualifying meet, shaving almost 5 seconds off of his previous best time. His other best marks were 4:40.17 in the 1600m and 10:48.02 in the 3200m.

MADISON KACKLEY, 9TH (GREGORI)--the MMC champ in the 1600m. Madison runs all out fearlessly from the gun. Although not very tactical, she makes it work. Her best mark is 5:03.78 in the 1600m. That time ranks her as #9 all-time on the StanCo list. She qualified for Section Masters in the 1600m. 
* member 2017 team

Sunday, May 20, 2018

WEEK 12 (Divisional Championship Meets)

As the season winds down, this week's races either acted as a step toward future dreams or simply crushed those dreams. The top 5 runners from the D4/5 finals; the top 7 from the D2/3 finals; and the top 12 from the D1 finals all move on to the SJS Masters races this coming week.

TUE 5/15   D 4/5 TRIALS at Cesar Chavez HS, Stockton
Participating StanCo teams were Ceres, Central Valley, and Patterson from the WAC; Hughson, Riverbank, and Modesto Christian from the TVL; Denair, Waterford, and Orestimba from the SAL; and Turlock Christian and Big Valley Christian from the CCAA.

Prelim distance events only include the 800m. The top 8 runners in each division move on to the finals

D5 VB 800m
11. Zach Zelazquez (Waterford) 2:13.19
13. Jnathan Staley (Waterford) 2:15.13
14. Angel Manriquez (Orestimba) 2:18.10

D4 VB 800m
 3. Chase Bogart (Central Valley) 2:04.32 QUALIFIED
8. Aaron Alarcon (Ceres) 2:07.71 QUALIFIED
11. Kenrdicj Perata (Ceres) 2:12.66

D5 VG 800m
2. Emily Fife (Hughson) 2:26.62 QUALIFIED
6. Jessie Lawrence (Hughson) 2:29.92 QUALIFIED
9. Madeline Tree (Orestimba) 2:38.13
11. Jaecelyn Romero (Waterford) 2:42.21
13. Abby Vasquez (DDenair) 2:44.34

D4 VG 800m
8. Ada Jack (Patterson) 2:38.73 QUALIFIED
10. Rachael Thomas (Ceres) 2:48.89



WED 5/16   D 2/3  TRIALS at Vista Del Lago HS, Folsom
Participating StanCo teams were Central Catholic and Oakdale. Prelim distance events only include the 800m. The top 16 runners move on to the finals

VB 800m
Anthony Vazquez (Central Catholic) NT


WED  5/16  D 1  TRIALS at Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove
Participating StanCo teams were Turlock, Pitman, Beyer, Grace Davis, Gregori, Enochs, Downey, Johansen, and Modesto. Prelim distance events only include the 800m. The top 16 runners move on to the finals

VB 800m

12. Jayson Martin (Pitman) 1:59.85 QUALIFIED
15. Brent Curiel (Pitman) 2:00.88  QUALIFIED
21. Jack Duchala (Grgeori) 2:04.32
22. Cristian Silva (Modesto) 2:04.87
24. Stephen Onesavanh (Enochs) 2:10.47
26. Isaac Vizcaino (Modesto) 2:11.22

VG 800m
15. Alexis Hill (Enochs) 2:24.23 QUALIFIED
16. Eva Rodriguez (Gregori) 2:26.61 QUALIFIED
18. Sofia Andres (Turlock) 2:28.12
22. Myrka Banuelos (Modesto) 2:39.40



THUR 5/17    D 4/5 FINALS at Cesar Chavez HS, Stockton
This meet will decide who goes to SJS Masters. The top 5 runners in the combined D4/5 results in each of the events qualifies.

D5 VB 1600m
5. Damian Lopez (Riverbank) 4:40.17
9. Jonathan Staley (Waterford) 4:51.76
12. Peter Pacheco (BVC) 5:00.68
14. Victor Rodriguez (Orestimba) 5:15.49
15. Zach Velazquez (Waterford) 5:17.10

D4 VB 1600
6. Christian Balderas (Central Valley) 4:45.85
7. Joseph Gutierrez (Ceres) 4:49.21
9. Chase Bogart (Central Valley) 4:56.51

D5 VG 1600m

3. Emily Fife (Hughson) 5:11.12 QUALIFIED for MASTERS
6. Alondra Hernandez (Riverbank) 5:30.63
10. Jaecelyn Romero (Waterford) 6:09.15

D4 VG 1600m
7. Destiny Suarez (Ceres) 5:59.99

D4 VB 800m
4. Chase Bogart (Central Valley) 2:05.10
7. Aaron Alarcon (Ceres) 2:08.87

D5 VG 800m
1. Emily Fife (Hughson) 2:24.91 QUALIFIED for MASTERS
6. Jessie Lawrence (Hughson) 2:29.97

D4 VG 800m
7. Ada Jack (Patterson) 2:40.48

D5 VB 3200m
7. Damian Lopez (Riverbank) 10:30.40
8. Carlos Aguilera (Riverbank) 10:44.29
11. Jonathan Staley (Waterford) 10:53.82
13. Zach Velasquez (Waterford) 11:29.40
17. Victor Rodriguez (Orestimba) 12:06.68

D4 VB 3200m

6. Christian Balderas (Central Valley) 10:23.94
9. Enrique Martinez (Central Valley) 10:57.99
11. Justin Barnes (Ceres) 11:43.12

D5 VG 3200m

3. Esmeralda Campos (Hughson) 11:43.67 QUALIFIED for MASTERS
5. Elizette Ysais (Hughson) 12:08.17
7. Madeline Tree (Orestimba) 12:25.44
9. Jaecelyn Romero (Waterford) 12:56.37



FRI  5/18   D 2/3 FINALS at Vista Del Lago HS, Folsom
This meet will decide who goes to SJS Masters. The top 7 runners in the combined D2/3 results in each of the events qualifies.

D3 VG 1600m
Anthony Vazquez (Central Catholic) NT

D3 VG 3200m
1. Kayden Legan (Oakdale) 11:14.98 QUALIFIED for MASTERS
14. Momo Leaden (Central Catholic) 12:52.21

D3 VB 3200m
9. James Forkner (Oakdale) 10:17.69


FRI  5/18  D 1 FINALS at Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove
This meet will decide who goes to SJS Masters. The top 12 runners in the D1 results in each of the events qualifies.

VB 1600m

M. Reeves
5. Mason Reeves (Gregori) 4:23.92 QUALIFIED for MASTERS
13. Matthew Marsh (Gregori) 4:31.94
16. Alan Guerrero (Modesto) 4:34.88
17. Ryan Weidman (Enochs) 4:35.38
19. Brent Curiel (Pitman) 4:38.22

VG 1600m
5. Madison Kackley (Gregori) 5:05.35 QUALIFIED for MASTERS
7. Mavleen Mann (Pitman)5:08.17 QUALIFIED for MASTERS
16. Sofia Andres (Turlock) 5:28.23
20. Makaelyn Bickel (Downey) 5:35.99
21. Esmeralda Aguayo (Downey) 5:39.61
22. Alondra Cardoza (Downey) 5:42.73

VB 800m
14. Jayson Martin (Pitman) 2:04.73
15. Brent Curiel (Pitman) 2:09.78

VG 800m
14. Alexis Hill (Enochs) 2:26.29

VB 3200m

3. Santiago Ruiz (Gregori) 9:33.12 QUALIFIED for MASTERS
8. Mason Reeves (Gregori) 9:39.56 QUALIFIED for MASTERS
18. Brandon Zwahlen (Enochs) 10:12.41
20. Hunter Reeves (Gregori) 10:15.98

VG 3200m
11. Mavleen Mann (Pitman) 11:30.53 QUALIFIED for MASTERS
16. Katie Krieger (Downey) 12:12.45
17. Eva Rodriguez (Gregori) 12:15.73
22. Sienna Espinoza (Gregori) 12:34.77
25. Adel Dumars (Modesto) 12:51.17

PHOTOS scott



Sunday, May 13, 2018

WEEK 11 TRACK (MMC, Scholarship Presentation, TVL, SAL, WAC)

A busy week for me included Tuesday at the MMC Championship meet, Wednesday at Riverbank's Senior Awards Night, Thursday at the TVL Finals, and Saturday at the WAC Championship meet in Patterson.

Next week is even busier with the D4/5 Section meet at Cesar Chavez HS in Stockton on Tuesday and Thursday. I am at the D1 Section meet Wednesday and Friday at Elk Grove HS--that will be 4 nights in a row all out of town...but oh how great those distance races will be.

TUE   5/8/18  MMC CHAMPIONSHIP, Modesto JC, Modesto
This would be the last ever MMC track meet. Beyer, Grace Davis, and Johansen are headed for the WAC next year. Pitman and Turlock will join Downey, Modesto, Enochs, and Gregori in the new Central California Athletic League (CCAL)

Competing StanCo teams were Downey, Johansen, Modesto, Enochs, Gregori, Beyer, and Grace Davis.

VG 800m

Garcia leads the pack in the first lap of the VG 800m
1. Briseida Garcia (Gregori) 2:25.78
2. Eva Rodriguez (Gregori) 2:29.01
3. Alexis Hill (Enochs) 2:30.64
4. Aryana Perillo (Modesto) 2:34.74
5. Makaelyn Bickle (Downey) 2:38.07
6. Myrka Banuelos (Modesto) 2:38.40
7. Meghan Lofing (Downey) 2:39.75
8. Zeba Ahmad (Enochs) 2:40.37

VB 800m
Duchala leading Silva and Crisp with 110 to go in the 800m
 1. Jack Duchala (Grgeori)2:06.62
2. Ryan Crisp (Downey) 2:07.20
3. Cristian Silva (Modesto) 2:08.43
4. Isaac Vizcaino (Modesto) 2:09.55

VG 1600m
Kackly for the easy solo win
 1. Madison Kackley (Gregori) 5:17.48
2. Briseida Garcia (Gregori) 5:31.93
3. Makaelyn Bickel (Downey) 5:42.52
4. Esmeralda Aguayo (Downey) 5:45.05
5. Alondra Cardoza (Downey) 5:50.23

VB 1600m
M Reeves leading Guerrero
 1. Mason Reeves (Gregori) 4:35.43
2. Alan Guerrero (Modesto) 4:38.28
3. Matthew Marsh (Grgeori) 4:42.14
4. Ryan Weidman (Enochs) 4:42.63
5. Christian Gutierrez (Downey) 4:44.94
6. Jack Duchala (Grgeori) 4:50.22

VG 3200m
Krieger and Rodriguez in the VG 3200m
 1. Katie Krieger (Downey) 12:14.61
2. Eva Rodriguez (Gregori) 12:19.01
3. Sienna Espinoza (Gregori) 12:52.66

VB 3200m
Ruiz and Reeves in the 3200m
 1. Santiago Ruiz (Gregori) 9:53.88
2. Mason Reeves (Gregori) 9:53.97
3. Hunter Reeves (Gregori) 10:00.58
4. Brandon Zwahlen (Enochs) 10:06.64
5. Andrew Keys (Enochs) 10:07.25
6. Moises Benavides (Downey) 10:10.54
7. Matthew Marsh (Gregori) 10:29.28
8. Josue Perez (Modesto) 10:32.70
9. Ryan Weidman (Enochs) 10:33.01
10. Sebastian Cronkite (Gregori) 10:33.96
11. Oscar Portillo (Modesto) 10:51.06
12. Carter Mannon (Gregori) 10:58.88



WED  5/9/18  RIVERBANK SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT, Riverbank HS, Riverbank
Several months previous I had decided to award a $500 scholarship to a StanCo Distance runner. I created an application and sent it out to the County's coaches. I spoke to athletes who would qualify. I read through the 5 applications and essays that I received. I agonized over the decision. On this night it would all culminate as I was honored to present Carlos Aguilera (Riverbank) with the first ever StanCo Distance Scholarship.

Carlos and me at the Awards Night

THUR   5/10/18  TVL CHAMPIONSHIP. Riverbank HS, Riverbank
Competing StanCo teams were Riverbank, Hughson, and Modesto Christian

VG 800m

1. Emily Fife (Hughson) 2:28.56
3. Jessie Lawrence (Hughson) 2:32.35

VB 800m
Martinez in the 800m
 1. Justin Barros (Hilmar) 2:05.36
4. Chris Martinez (Riverbank) 2:08.76

VG 1600m

Hernandez leads Fife in a fast 1600m
1. Alondra Hernandez (Riverbank) 5:12.89
2. Emily Fife (Hughson) 5:17.59
4. Esmeralda Campos (Hughson) 5:25.75
5. Elizette Ysais (Hughson) 5:39.16

VB 1600m
D Lopez leading J Lopez in the 1600m
 1. Juan Lopez (Escalon) 4:44.43
2. Damian Lopez (Riverbank) 4:44.90
7. Miguel Ramos (Hughson) 4:54.52

VG 3200m
Fontes, campos, Ysais, and Langley in the 3200m
 1. Esmeralda Campos (Hughson) 11:54.74
3. Elizette Ysais (Hughson) 11:58.84
4. Kinsey Langley (Hughson) 12:37.68

VB 3200m
Alsaidi and Rosas
 1. Abrahim Alsaidi (Ripon) 10:24.61
2. Ramon Rosas (Riverbank) 10:37.65
3. Carlos Aguilera (Riverbank) 10:50.42



FRI  5/11/18   SAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Atwater HS, Atwater
Competing StanCo teams were Denair, Waterford, and Orestimba

VG 800m
1. Jaecelyn Romero (Waterford) 2:40.13
2. Madeline Tree (Orestimba) 2:43.68
3. Abby Vasquez (Denair) 2:43.78

VB 800m
1. Jonathan Staley (Waterford)2:16.43

VG 1600m
1. Madeline Tree (Orestimba) 6:03.40

VB 1600m
1. Jonathan Staley (Waterford) 5:01.22

VG 3200m
1. Madeline Tree (Orestimba) 13:07.47

VB 3200m
1. Jonathan Staley (Waterford) 11:15.00


SAT  5/12/18  WAC CHAMPIONSHIP, Patterson HS, Patterson
Competing StanCo teams were Ceres, Patterson, and Central Valley

VG 800m
Ada Jack
 1. Aryana Sobreville (Livingston) 2:30.73
2. Ada Jack (Patterson) 2:38.09

VB 800m
Bogart leading the 800m
 1. Chase Bogart (Central Valley) 2:08.64
2. Aaron Alarcon (Ceres) 2:10.20

VG 1600m
I'm not sure what happened during this race but the official times are 10-15 seconds faster than the coaches and my watch showed.
Suarez finishing the 1600m
 1. Aryana Sobrevilla (Livingston) 5:29.80
3. Destiny Suarez (Ceres) 5:45.50

VB 1600m
This race came down to a wild finishing sprint. However the officials had hurdles on the track for all but the two inside lanes. With three people sprinting to the line there was not enough space for Joseph Gutierrez to get around the other two runners. Needless-to-say the Ceres Coach was very unhappy with the way things unfolded
The mad finish of the 1600m
1. Victor Becerra (Livingston) 4:45.94
2. Chase Bogart (Central Valley) 4:46.02
3. Joseph Gutierrez (Ceres) 4:46.37
4. Christian Balderas (Central Valley) 4:47.85

VG 3200m
1. Leslie Hernandez (Los Banos) 12:58.53

VB 3200m
Balderas and Gutierrez in the 3200m
 1. Christian Balderas (Central Valley) 10:44.56
2. Joseph Gutierrez (Ceres) 10:45.83



Sunday, May 6, 2018

WEEK 10 2018 TRACK (Dual Meets; Gold Rush Elite; VOL; CCC)

It was a busy weekend for me with CCC Championship and  CCAA college championship. However the up-coming week will be even busier as most leagues are settling up to determine which individual will move on to the following week's sectional championships.

Tuesday 5/8 I will be at the MMC Championship @ MJC
Thursday 5/10 I will be at the TVL Championships @ Riverbank HS
Friday 5/11 is SAL Championship @Atwater HS
Saturday 5/12  I will be at the WAC Championships @ Patterson HS



Chase Bogart with Joseph Gutierrez trailing

WED 5/2/18  GOLD RUSH ELITE, Calaveras HS, San Andreas
Competing StanCo teams were Waterford and Patterson

VG 800m
1. Cassi Land (Sonora) 2:19.64
4. Ada Jack (Patterson) 2:38.36

VB 1600m
1. Jacob Christopher (Calaveras) 4:31.37
8. Jonathan Staley (Waterford) 4:55.96

VB 3200m
1. Jeremy Milligan (Calaveras) 10:06.37
8. Jonathan Staley (Waterford) 10:49.47


FRI 5/4/18  TVL F/S CHAMPIONSHIP, Ripon HS, Ripon
Competing StanCo teams were Riverbank and Hughson in this F/S only event.

F/SG 800m
1. Laila Irigoyen (Ripon) 2:35.32
5. Diane Murillo (Riverbank) 2:48.24

F/SB 800m
1. Bennie Dimas (Ripon) 2:06.87

F/SG 1600m
1. Genavieve Fontes (Hilmar) 5:40.40

F/SB 1600m
1. Juan Lopez (Escalon) 4:44.99
3. Ramon Rosas (Riverbank) 4:57.15

F/SG 3200m
1. Genavieve Fontes (Hilmar) 13:08.06

F/SB 3200m
1. Abraham Alsaidi (Ripon) 10:55.09


FRI 5/4/18 VOL CHAMPIONSHIP, Sierra HS, Manteca
Competing StanCo teams were Central Catholic and Oakdale. Looking over the results it is Oakdale's Kayden Legan's huge PR in the 1600m that jumps out at me. The top 4 qualifying individuals will next compete at Vista Del Lago HS on 5/16 and 5/18

VB 800m
1. Anthony Vazquez (Central Catholic) 2:00.97
6. Cesar Garcia (Oakdale) 2:08.53

VG 800m
1. Megan Oblin (Sierra) 2:23.76

VB 1600m
1. Jesse Hurtado (Sierra) 4:30.84
4. Anthony Vazquez (Central Catholic) 4:36.98
6. James Forkner (Oakdale) 4:42.42
8. Dustin Chavez (Oakdale) 4:46.54
9. Russell Pabalan (Oakdale) 4:49.56

VG 1600m
1. Megan Oblin (Sierra) 5:16.30
2. Kayden Legan (Oakdale) 5:18.11
7. Momo Leaden (Central Catholic) 5:53.79

VB 3200m
1. Brian Arevalo (Weston Ranch) 10:17.64
2. James Forkner (Oakdale) 10:27.96
7. Russell Pabalan (Oakdale) 10:53.14
10. Dustin Chavez (Oakdale) 10:54.56

VG 3200m
1. Kayden Legan (Oakdale) 11:52.75


SAT  5/5/18  CCC CHAMPIONSHIP, Golden Valley HS, Merced
Competing StanCo teams were Pitman and Turlock. The top 4 in each varsity event qualified to move on to D1 Sections at Elk Grove HS on 5/16 and 5/18.

With a bit of cloud cover in the AM it appeared that the heat would remain at a tolerable level...well by 11:30 the sun was in full force and by the end of the meet it was down right HOT on the track.

The story of this meet was the amazing double by Mavleen Mann (Pitman) who ran two PRs in both the 1600m and the 3200m. Her time of 5:04.65 in the 1600m is #11 on the all-time StanCo list. To top that, her 3200m time of 11:01.52 in #5 on the all-time list.

VB 800m

1. Abraham Maldonado (Atwater) 1:58.33
3. Jayson Martin (Pitman) 2:04.31
4. Brent Curiel (Pitman) 2:05.61
5. Uriel Alvarez (Turlock) 2:07.07
6. Austin Allen (Pitman) 2:08.78

VG 800m
Green and Andres
 1. Clara Harmon (Atwater) 2:22.57
4. Sofia Andres (Turlock) 2:33.95
5. Hannah Green (Pitman) 2:34.34
7. Bianca Garcia (Pitman) 2:39.05

F/SG 800m
2. Stephanie Rodriguez (Pitman) 2:41.57

VB 1600m

Curiel amd Martin
1. John Hagerman (Merced) 4:29.78
4. Brent Curiel (Pitman) 4:39.82
5. Jayson Martin (Pitman) 4:40.17
8. Austin Allen (Pitman) 4:48.32

VG 1600m
Mavleen in the 1600m

1. Mavleen Mann (Pitman) 5:04.65
4. Sofia Andres (Turlock) 5:29.44
5. Mikayla Perry (Pitman) 5:35.49
7. Cynthia Varela (Turlock) 5:49.93

VB 3200m

1. Cole McKain (Merced) 10:23.84

VG 3200m

1. Mavleen Mann (Pitman)11:01.52



Sunday, April 29, 2018

WEEK 9 2018 TRACK (CCC 3; Dual Meets; MVL/CCAA; Stanislaus Twilight; German Fernandez; Dinuba Inv, Sheldon Dist; SAL 4; SMOC)

A busy week for me (and many coaches)  leading into next week's final dual meets and the first league meets. I have 11 meets scheduled in the next 21 days...I am tired just thinking about that.

Wednesday 5/2 I will be at Ceres @ Central Valley.(also Beyer @ Enochs; Gregori @ Downey)
Friday 5/4 I will be back at CCAA Champ  (also on Friday is the TVL F/S Champ @ RBK); VOL Championship @ Sierra HS)
Saturday 5/5 I will be at the CCC Championship @ Golden Valley HS
Tuesday 5/8 I will be at the MMC Championship @ MJC
Thursday 5/10 I will be at the TVL Championships @ RBK
Saturday 5/12  I will be at the WAC Championships @ Patterson HS

WED  4/25/18  CCC # 3, Atwater HS, Atwater
For the 3rd time this season the six CCC teams met. As with the first two meeting they produced some very solid distance times.  Participating StanCo teams were Turlock and Pitman.

VG 800m
1. Ciara Colon (Merced) 2:22.07
2. Mavleen Mann (Pitman) 2:23.74
3. Sofia Andres (Turlock) 2:35.08
5. Hannah Green (Turlock) 2:35.81
6. Anna Lima (Turlock) 2:37.61
7. Bianca Garcia (Pitman) 2:38.17
11. Emily Ramirez (Turlock) 2:47.43

VB 800m
1. John Hagerman (Merced) 1:59.85
3. Brent Curiel (Pitman) 2:08.17
6. Uriel Alvarez (Turlock) 2:10.33

VG 1600m
1. Quinn Hagerman (Merced) 5:08.67
2. Mavleen Mann (Pitman) 5:09.25
5. Sofia Andres (Turlock) 5:41.46
7. Cynthia Varela (Turlock) 5:47.97

VB 1600m
1. John Hagerman (Merced) 4:34.03
3. Brent Curiel (Pitman) 4:46.50
10. Sergio Mazon (Turlock) 4:53.79
11. Austin Allen (Pitman) 4:54.54

VG 3200m
1. Mavleen Mann (Pitman) 12:19.76

VB 3200m
1. William Perez-Rios (Merced) 10:37.50


WED  4/25/18 HUGHSON @ MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Mountain House HS, Mountain House

VG 800m
1. Esmeralda Campos (Hughson) 2:30.98
2. Elizette Ysais (hughson) 2:38.53
3. Kinsey Langley (Hughson) 2:46.29


WED  4/25/18  MODESTO @ BEYER DUAL MEET, Beyer HS, Modesto

VB 1600m

1. Josue Perez (Modesto) 4:57

THUR  4/26/18 MVL  CCAA LEAGUE MEET, Ripon HS, Ripon
 Competing StanCo teams were Big Valley Christian and Turlock Christian.

Competing StanCo teams were Central Catholic and Oakdale.

FSB 1600m
1. Austin Bruner (Oakdale) 4:57
2. Tanner Cusano (Oakdale) 4:58

VB 1600m
Vazquez wins the 1600m
 1. Anthony Vazquez (Central Catholic) 4:44
2. James Forkner (Oakdale) 4:47
3. Russell Pablan (Oakdale) 4:52
4. Dustin Chavez (Oakdale) 4:54

VG 1600m
1. Kayden Legan (Oakdale) 5:40

VB 3200m
Forkner in the 3200m
 1. Anthony Vazquez (Central Catholic) 10:38
2. James Forkner (Oakdale) 10:42


FRI 4/27/18 STANISLAUS TWILIGHT INV, Turlock HS, Turlock
In the premire version of this meet it is in direct competition with another young local meet (see next entry). There was only Varsity competition in limited entries. However compared to the CCC meet and the German Fernandez meet, the distance competition was limited. Competing StanCo teams were Pitman, Turlock, and Oakdale

VB 800m
1. Jayson Martin (Pitman) 2:08.66

VG 800m
2. Stephanie Rodriguez (Pitman) 2:47.89

VB 1600m
1. Brent Curiel (Pitman)  4:52.30

VG 1600m
1. Sofia Andres (Turlock) 5:35.89
4. Stephanie Rodriguez (Pitman) 5:55.21

VB 3200m
1. James Forkner (Oakdale) 10:27

VG 3200m
1. Kayden Legan (Oakdale) 11:34

VB 4X 800m
1. Pitman (Martin, Allen, VanAllen, Curiel) 8:41.45
2. Turlock (Alvarez, Valenzuela, Ceballos, Flores) 8:48.15

VG 4X 800m
 1. Pitman (Mann, Garcia, Green, Perry) 10:29.37


FRI 4/27/18  GERMAN  FERNANDEZ DIST CARNIVAL, Riverbank HS, Riverbank
Participating teams were Downey, Gregori, Enochs, Oakdale, Riverbank, and Hughson.

VG 1600m
Bickel with Krieger
 1. Makaelyn Bickel (Downey) 5:33.20
2. Katie Krieger (Downey) 5:34.08
3. Esmeralda Aguayo (Downey) 5:39.10
4. Eva Rodriguez (Gregori) 5:39.50
5. Zeba Ahmad (Enochs) 5:41.80
6. Alondra Cardoza (Downey) 5:42.00

VB 1600m
Benavides with Hunter Reeves on his shoulder. Eventual winner Duchala trails both on the back-stretch
 1. Jack Duchala (Gregori) 4:36.90
2. Moises Benavides (Downey) 4:38.99
2. Hunter Reeves (Gregori) 4:38.99
4. Damian Lopez (Riverbank) 4:42.78
5. Brandon Zwahlen (Enochs) 4:45.24
6. Sebastian Cronkite (Gregori) 4:48.42
7. Carter Mannon (Gregori) 4:48.48
8. Spencer Jeppson (gregori) 4:49.33
9. Dustin Chavez (Oakdale) 4:50.78

FSG 800m
2. Kylee Sullivan (Hughson) 2:47.10

VG 800m
1. Kassy Rojas (gregori) 2:25.94
4. Zeba Ahmad (Enochs) 2:38.04

VB 800m
1. Santiago Ruiz (Gregori) 2:00.90
2. Dexter Williams (Gregori) 2:01.96
4. Matt Marsh (Gregori) 2:03.32
5. Mason Reeves (Gregori) 2:03.93
6. Christian Gutierrez (Downey) 2:05.84
9. Ben Miller (Oakdale) 2:09.39

VB 3200m

Reeves with Weidman and Keys trailing
1. Mason Reeves (Gregori) 10:00.13
2. Andrew Keys (Enochs) 10:09.29
3. Ryan Weidman (Enochs) 10:12.87
5. Matt Marsh (Gregori) 10:21.87
6. Jaxon Reeves (Gregori) 10:51.99
7. Carlos Aguilera (Riverbank) 10:52.08

VB 4X 800m
Zwahlen and Cronkite battle in the 4X800 Relay
 1. Enochs (Keys, Weidman, Zwahlen, Onesavanh) 8:58.81
2. Oakdale 9:05.61

VG 4X 800m
1. Gregori (Rodriguez, Rojas, Garcia, Espinoza) 11:04.18



FRI 4/27/18 DINUBA INV, Dinuba HS, Dinuba
The only competing StanCo team was Central Catholic, however there were no distance marks meeting my reporting standards


FRI 4/27/18  SHELDON DISTANCE, Sheldon HS, Elk Grove
The only participating StanCo teams were Hughson and Modesto HS

VB 800m
9. Alan Guererro (Modesto) 2:05.5
20. Isaac Vizcaino (Modesto) 2:08.2

VG 800m
5. Aryana Perillo (Modesto) 2:30.8
19. Myrka Banuelos (Modesto) 2:39.5

FSB 1600m
10. Mario-Adonis Ron (Modesto) 4:55.8

VG 1600m
1. Emily Fife (Hughson) 5:24.4
17. Diana Cruz (Modesto) 5:49.6

FSG 1600m
5. Elizette Ysais (Hughson) 5:43.3

VB 3200m
12. Oscar Portillo (Modesto) 10:36.4

VG 3200m
6. Kinsey Langley (Hughson) 12:08.6
10. Adele Dumars (Modesto) 12:39.2

1. Modesto 11:02.3

2. Modesto 13:37.6


FRI 4/27/18 SAL #4, Atwater HS, Atwater
Participating StanCo teams were Waterford, Denair, and Orestimba


SAT 4/28/18 SACRAMENTO MEET OF CHAMPIONS, American River College, Sacramento
Probably the the highest quality meet in Northern Californina the SMOC run in two parts. The earlier sections are the slower sections refered to as "Girl's and Boy's." The evening portion is extremely elite and is titled "Women's and Men's."

Competing StanCo teams were Turlock, Hughson, Modesto, Oakdale, Gregori, Central Valley, Ceres, Central Catholic

Girl's 3200m
9. Esmeralda Campos (Hughson) 11:37.31

Boy's 800m
3. Anthony Vazquez (Central Catholic) 1:59.48

Women's 1600m
8. Madison Kackley (Gregori) 5:06.64


Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 StanCo Scholarship Winner

The mission of StanCo Distance is to promote high school distance running and runners of Stanislaus County. For the first time, this year I decided to award a $500 scholarship. The main criteria was that the applicants had to have competed in both XC and track for a StanCo school all four years of high school.

There were 5 people who applied for the scholarship: Alondra Hernandez Zamora and Carlos Aguilera both of Riverbank; Mikaelyn Bickel, Esmeralda Aguayo Ruiz, and Meghan Matas all of Downey. Over the four years I had spoken to all 5 individuals and photographed each dozens (if not hundreds) of times.

The prompt for the essay was "How distance running has positively changed/influenced your life?"
Below are excerpts from each of the essays.

ESMERALDA AGUAYO RUIZ (Downey) says, "One of the biggest things I believe running changed about me was my eating. I've always been a healthy eater but once I started to run, I was more conscientious about what I put into my body. I didn't want to eat something that made my run the next day feel miserable. I began to lead a better life and became a happier person. My running hasn't just affected me. It affected my parents too. This is where running helped develop the leader side of me. My parents always saw me running, stretching, and doing all these workouts, and I somehow influenced them to start working out and pick up running. I helped them change so they could lead healthier lives."

CARLOS AGUILERA (Riverbank) writes, "Prior to cross country my freshman year, I had done no sports whatsoever. The first few practices were the hardest moments of my life, I had nearly quit so many times that I lost count. However, with encouragement from Coach Wood and Searway along with my teammates I stuck it out and here I am about to complete my fourth track season. Distance running has helped me in so many aspects of my life. Physically, I became healthier and developed a sense of endurance and athleticism that I never knew I could reach. Physical benefits aside, the real prize I have gained from becoming a runner was the mental strength it taught me."

MIKAELYN BICKEL (Downey) states, "I have learned that I have a voice and a calling in my life to be a good example and to lead others. Every race during cross country I got the opportunity to lead a prayer circle with my girls. I always thought of this prayer to be a great way to bring us closer together and to remember why we are doing this sport. This prayer also allows us to refocus on our race and to calm our nerves. I constantly remind the girls that out strength comes from the Lord on the course. I feel that I have become a very strong racer, in which I do not let my pain get in the way, I fight through the battle till the race is done. I am so happy to have gotten the opportunity to be team captain because not everyone knows of how well distance training is and how it can benefit their lives and I love that I can be someone that gets to spread the news."

ALONDRA HERNANDEZ ZAMORA (Riverbank) explains, "Distance running has changed my life in such a positive way; before I began running, I was so shy and I did not like opening up to new ideas or people because I was scared, but since I started running, opening up and trying new things is something that is worth trying. Everytime that I get on the line, I see myself doing the best and making everyone who supports me proud, and when the gun goes off, it is me with the world working together, it is the best feeling ever. That feeling of beginning the race and ending a race is just unexplainable because one has to live it in order to be able to experience the magic completely. Not only that, but distance running specifically has helped me become a better and stronger person. I know I am capable of overcoming any obstacle or any challenge that I face in my life because running is such a difficult sport..."

MEGHAN MATAS (Downey) says, "Cross country has given me more than just life skills, but also a second family. My cross country team never fails to support and encourage me in numerous aspects of my life beyond running. I can always depend on my cross family and I know that they will always be there for me..Distance running apart from racing is therapeutic. Running allows me to escape the chaos of my busy life and allows me to keep a healthy lifestyle. Because of the people I have met, the life lessons I have learned, and the love I have for running, I classify running as one of the biggest influences in my life. Overall, cross country has impacted my life in more ways than I can count and even though I will not be competing in cross country in college, I know for a fact that I will continue to run because it has become such a large aspect of my daily life."

After reading through the five complete applications, essays, transcripts, and letters from the coaches; it became very obvious that the selection of THE ONE individual would be a difficult decision. I had a teacher at my school read through the essays, and she recommended one person. My wife read through them and selected another. I narrowed it to three and read the essays again. Honestly I could have made a strong case for any of the applicants. Without a doubt they are all deserving as is evident in their impressive grades and powerful essays. However one of the personal stories spoke just a bit louder to me, and ultimately that is what tipped the scales.

So I selected CARLOS AGUILERA as the 2018 StanCo Distance Scholarship recipient.  Unlike most of the other applicants Carlos was never that guy--the "Top Dog." In fact he hasn't even broken 5 min in the 1600m. But his improvement and recent leadership role for his team are remarkable. For him it has been a bumpy road, but he never failed to smile through those struggles.

Still not convinced? Read his final two paragraphs...
Here are the final two paragraphs of of the winning application essay by Carlos Aguilera.

"Moreover, running was a way for me to grow as a person and it has helped me through some hard times in life. My dad has had an ongoing kidney issue for a long time, he’s had two transplants so far and it’s still a climb to be fully healthy. During my freshman year, his initial transplanted kidney began to fail and he was hospitalized. Running was a way for me to really think and during runs I’d reflect on things going on. It became almost like an escape and it was therapeutic to be able to think during an 8 mile run. Running has also brought an overwhelming support from my family and it is something that has brought me closer.

Thus, becoming a distance runner has been the greatest choice I made in high school. It made me physically healthier, mentally stronger and responsible. But, most importantly, it has introduced me to an extended family within the Riverbank Cross Country and Track/Field family and I am forever grateful to my coaches and teammates for believing in me."

Congratulations Carlos!