Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Roosevelt Roughrider Inv (Woodward Park--Fresno)

This past Friday (10/17/14) was the second opportunity for schools throughout the State to get a preview of the State Meet course that is the 5K circuit in Woodward Park, Fresno. Three StanCo schools partook in the meet (Riverbank, Grace Davis, and Gregori). RBK and GD ran in the small school division, and Gregori ran with the big boys.

Gregori finished 6th out of 26 schools in the large schools division. Riverbank finished 8th in the small school division out of 28 schools.

16 LS. Mario Medina (Gregori) 16:29
21 SS. Adan Chavez (Riverbank) 16:41
27 SS. Emmanuel Chavez (Riverbank) 16:47
31 LS. Jeremy Hart (Gregori) 16:51
44 LS Anthony Arauza (Gregori) 17:01
54 LS. Jonathan Alcantara (Gregori) 17:12
67 LS. Nick Sanders (Gregori) 17:19
56 SS. Ruben Paredez (Riverbank) 17:29
91 LS Juan Ortega (Gregori) 17:39
75 SS. Carlos Martinez (Riverbank) 17:53
110 LS. Rick Ortega (Gregori) 18:03
108 SS Diego Ruiz (Riverbank) 18:27

In the head to head comparison between #2 in the MMC Gregori and #1 in the TVL Riverbank, Gregori easily comes out on top. As a dual meet Gregori would have won 23 to 35. On total time Gregori also wins 1:24:55 to 1:27:19 for RBK.

The Riverbank girls finished 6th out of 15 schools in the small school division.
Sabrina Garcia--photo credit Dick Hodges

12 SS. Kim Ruvalcaba (Riverbank) 19:36
25 SS. Sabrina Garcia (Riverbank) 20:32
40 SS. Haley Richardson (Riverbank) 21:14
58 SS. Joslyn Beliera (Riverbank) 21:44
59 SS. Ocean Goldman (Grace Davis) 21:47
71 SS. Elitania Rosas (Riverbank) 22:21
89 SS. Stephanie Bernal (Riverbank) 23:28


Monday, October 20, 2014

Hughson Supercross

On Saturday 10/18/14 ten StanCo teams slogged through the giant mud pit and hurdled over the hay bales for 4 km at the Hughson Supercross. It was pure (icky) fun to watch; and based on the expressions in the photos, the athletes enjoyed it too.
Avila-DeLaCruz battles Seaside runner with Yanez in pursuit

For the VBs it was Isaiah Avila-DeLaCruz (Modesto) out-dueling Daniel Yanez (Hughson) to finishing in 3rd and 4th overall. Modesto with an incomplete team still managed to finish in second just ahead of Turlock and Hughson.
Combined Boys Results
3. Isaiah Avila DeLaCruz (Modesto) 13:52
4. Daniel Yanez (Hughson) 13:54
6. Andrew Williams (Modesto) 14:05
7. Austin Zehr (Hughson) 14:11
F/S Jose Orendain (Modesto) 14:20
9. Erik Sousa (Turlock) 14:26
11. Brian Mendez Martinez (Turlock) 14:31
12. Eddie Hernandez (Modesto) 14:33
F/S Carson Boice (Hughson) 14:33
13. Javi Lara (Turlock) 14:41
14. Abraham Giron (Modesto) 14:42
16. Gali Farias (Turlock) 14:47
17. Octavio Padilla (Oakdale) 14:49
19. Jared Williams (Hughson) 14:52
F/S David Bosquez (Turlock) 14:52

For the girls it was Makenzie Salyer (Turlock) regaining some of her past form in taking the VG victory. Turlock also took the team victory against incomplete Modesto and Hughson teams.
Salyer pushes for the win

Combined Girls Results
1. Makenzie Salyer (Turlock) 17:31
F/S Hilda Perez (Modesto) 17:49
6. Erin Knopp Sargoni (Turlock) 18:17
F/S Jessie Miranda (Turlock) 18:13
7. Lesette Carretero (Ceres) 18:19
8. Sonia Perez (Modesto) 18:20
9. Haderin Dominguez (Modesto) 18:23
10. Raveena Samra (Turlock) 18:25
11. Cassandra Derdivanis (Turlock) 18:25
F/S Bianca Garcia (Pitman) 18:32
14. Maria Varela (Turlock) 18:35
15. Emily Cariaso (Pitman) 18:39
16. Jennifer Cisneros (Ceres) 18:44
17. Heavyn Herroz (Hughson) 18:44
F/S Priscilla Bazan (Pitman) 18:45
18. Meghan Hopkins (Turlock) 18:51
19. Anna Perrone (Oakdale) 18:55
20. Taylor Gray (Hughson) 18:55
Lisette Carretero and Sonia Perez battle through the mud

I know that Coach Bernard's vision of this event would be to have it morph into a Stanislaus County Championship. It is an attainable goal. Over the same weekend the Merced County schools settle their distance running feuds--so why not the StanCo schools too??? Riverbank and the six (other than MoHi) MMC school would have to buy in--essentially everyone else was there already.




MMC CLUSTER 3 (Davis Park)

On 10/15/14 the seven MMC schools met at Davis Park to compete in the third "Cluster Meet" of the season. The cooler temperatures were a pleasant change. As always the kids competed at a high level for places and for pride.
Mendoza and Names take the pace from the gun
Arielle Names (Downey) and Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) pulled away from the field at the gun and ran side by side for over 2.5 miles until Names threw in a hard surge to easily pull away for her third straight cluster victory. Mendoza would coast home for a solid second. The real (repeated) story would be the wave of Downey blue swarming the finish line: 5 of the top 6; 7 of the top 12; 10 in the top 20.
Names and Mendoza alone at front
1. Arielle Names (Downey) 20:32
2. Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) 20:50
3. Esmeralda Aguayo  (Downey) 21:22
4. Haylee Osgood  (Downey) 21:26
5. Makaelin Bickel  (Downey) 21:49
6. Erika Martinez  (Downey) 21:51
7. Hilda Perez (Modesto) 21:54
8. Sonia Perez (Modesto) 21:58
9. Tierney Herrmann (Gregori) 22:00
10. Hailey Rodriguez Delaney (Enochs) 22:10
11. Esther Limon  (Downey) 22:13
12. Meghan Matas  (Downey) 22:44
13. Ocean Goldman (Grace Davis) 22:49
14. Moriah Bickel  (Downey) 23:03
15. Dailene Perez (Modesto) 23:07

Jeremy Hart (Gregori), who transferred from Big Valley and therefore had to sit out for 9 weeks, took the pace at the start. It appeared that he had a build up of nine weeks of adrenalin, unfortunately (for him), the pace he set was beyond his ability and about half way through the race he began to die.
Hart takes it out too fast
Mario Medina (Gregori) then took the lead and easily cruised in for the victory. Anthony Arauza (Gregori) came from behind and passed a number of Modesto High runners over the final 200m to take second. But it was Modesto with the next 4 spots to easily take the team victory in the third straight cluster.
Arauza stalks the MoHi pack of Williams, Alania, and DeLaCruz
1. Mario Medina (Gregori) 16:43
2. Anthony Arauza (Gregori) 16:51
3. Andrew Williams (Modesto) 16:53
4. Orlando Cardenas (Modesto) 16:58
5. Isaiah Avila-DeLaCruz (Modesto) 17:02
6. Marc Alania (Modesto) 17:06
7. Justin Goering  (Downey) 17:11
8. Inteus Schiavo  (Downey) 17:11
9. James DeLaO (Modesto) 17:22
10. Jeremy Hart (Gregori) 17:34
11. Nick Sanders (Gregori) 17:35
12. Hunter Casey  (Downey) 17:41
13. Juan Ortega (Gregori) 17:45
14. Michael Keith (Enochs) 17:49
15. Jonathan Alcantara (Gregori) 17:56



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekend Action

We have reached the mid-season lull. The calm before the storm if you will. The weather slowly begins to change. Fatigue injuries begin to pop up, some kids start to catch colds, and the seniors are busy taking the SAT. This weekend saw StanCo teams in very limited action; with only MoHi, Gregori, and Hughson taking part with small numbers in some very big meets.

The only StanCo team to participate in this meet was Modesto High and they had partial representation at that.  Marc Alania and Savannah Mendoza turned in some notable times over the rolling 2.95 mi rolling course in spite of having limited team support. Some of the younger guys also ran really well.

In the VG Race
21. Savannah Mendoza 19:57

In the VB Race
27. Marc Alania 16:40
48. James DeLaO 17:25
74. Graham McAllister 17:56
115. Girbert Lares 18:36
145. Jesus Cordero 19:34

In the JV Race
38. Israel Saavedra 19:11

In the Soph Race
24. Cameron Duquette 18:00
44. Josue Perez 18:40

If you want to see some amazing results check out the Championship VG race. The dual between CCS power Aptos and SJS power Bella Vista. The two teams together put ten runners in the top 16 places. Aptos took the team competition 48 to 50 over BV.


Gregori was the only StanCo team to make the hop over the coastal mountains to compete on this challenging course. Their competing athletes were limited to mostly under-classmen. Jeremy Hart dons a Jaguar jersey for the first time and turns out a solid effort on the hilly 3 mi course. Adding him to the already strong Gregori roster could shift the balance of VB power in the MMC--we will all see at Cluster #3 on Wednesday at Davis Park.

27. Jeremy Hart 17:48
60. Nick sanders 19:02
91. Chris Verissimo 20:42
95. Jonathan sanders 20:55
103. Ladislado Ruiz 22:01


Hughson was the only StanCo team in this large meet that gives teams a chance to preview the State Meet course. Like other local schools, most of Hughson's top runners did not compete. As he has all season Daniel Yanez led the Huskies over the 5K course

41. Daniel Yanez 17:20
103. Tristan Edwards 18:16
183. Garrett Hartman 19:44
189. Mark Borges 19:56
204. Mark Hanson 20:33
208. Jackson Calbreath 20:43


Thursday, October 9, 2014

CCC # 2

The south Sac-Joaquin CCC school squared off for the second time this season. The VG and VB team race was very close and exciting to watch as it evolved over the course of the competition.
VG Bulldogs after their race

For the VGs Arianna Lara Chavez (Turlock)was the first StanCo finisher in 3rd. In the team chase it was Atwater narrowly edging Turlock and Merced in a 47-49-52 scoring line.
Lara Chavez

3. Arianna Lara Chavez (Turlock) 20:06
5. Makenzie Salyer (Turlock) 20:27
10. Cassie Derdivanis (Turlock) 21:31
13. Raveena Samra (Turlock) 21:39
18. Erin Knopp Sargoni (Turlock) 21:57
19. Maria Varela (Turlock) 22:06
20. Meghan Hopkins (Turlock) 22:02


The VB race was also a tightly contested event. Merced runners led most of the race and they would finish 1-2-3 (a formidable triad to be sure). Atwater countered by taking 6 of the next 8 spots. Most of the Turlock team trailed the heavy hitters up front. At the line it would be Merced capturing the meet with 34 points, eclipsing Atwater's 40 and Turlock's 76.
Moosekian, Farias, Andreson

9. Javi Lara (Turlock) 17:00
14. Erik Sousa (Turlock) 17:24
16. AJ Carbajal (Turlock) 17:35
18. William Anderson (Turlock) 17:53
19. Gali Farias (Turlock) 17:58
20. Ara Moosekian (Turlock) 17:58



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Boys' Mid-Season Rankings

Just in case you are reading this post prior to reading yesterday's girls' list...being placed on any list is not a substitute for continued hard and dedication. My intention is to give some small amount of recognition to those athletes and teams who are "rockin" the first half on the season. In spite of my best, most thorough efforts, rankings are not an exact science--I have done my very best to make an unbiased list, but I am welcome to your comments and suggestions--please email me at screaminscott64@yahoo.com or comment below.
Adan and Emmanuel Chavez with Yanez over their shoulder
1. Adan Chavez (Riverbank) 1st TVL 1 and 2; 1st StanCo finisher Artichoke
2. Mario Medina (Gregori) 1st MMC 1 and 2; 1st StanCo Sierra Inv
3. Marc Alania (Modesto) 2nd MMC 2; 4th MMC 1
4. Emmanuel Chavez (Riverbank) 2nd TVL 1; 2nd Artichoke
5. Anthony Arauza (Gregori) 2nd MMC 1; 4th MMC 4th
6. Isaiah Avila DeLaCruz (Modesto) 3rd MMC 1
7. Daniel Yanez (Hughson) 3rd TVL 2; 4th TVL 1
8. Isaiah Aguilar (Oakdale) 2nd VOL 1; 3rd StanCo Sierra Inv
9. Orlando Cardenas (Modesto) 3rd MMC 2; 5th MMC 1
10. Jonathan Alcantara (Gregori) 5th MMC 2
     Ruben Paredez (Riverbank) 5th TVL 1; 4th TVL 2; 5th Artichoke
Arauza, Medina, Alania, Avila-DeLaCruz
Others that are making waves...
Justin Goering (Downey)
Michael Keith (Enochs)
Javier Lara (Turlock)
James DeLaO (Modesto)
Andrew Williams Modesto

Gregori at Lowell

1. Modesto
2. Gregori
3. Riverbank
4. Turlock
5. Hughson and Enochs
The Hughson pack

Monday, October 6, 2014

Girls Mid-Season Rankings

Before I start this list I will qualify it by saying that it is merely a slight recognition of those StanCo XC athletes who have began the season with superior effort which has produced some outstanding results. No placement on this list (or any other) is a substitute for hard work and continued dedication. This list carries no weight for winning a league title or a spot in the Section Championship.

We are about half way through the season. There have been some surprising results and some outstanding racing. I for one always look forward to the pending championship portion of the season.
Ruvalcaba and Garcia
As I said with the preseason rankings...wow is this an imprecise science. There is a lot of shuffling of individuals from race to race. Additionally many individuals never run head to head...as I said imprecise and probably not a science at all; but if you are interested, here is my list. I welcome comments. Debate is healthy.
Names and Mendoza
I'll start with the ladies...
1. Kim Ruvalcaba (Riverbank) won both TVL 1 and 2; 1st StanCo finisher at Artichoke
2. Arielle Names (Downey) won both MMC 1 and 2; 2nd Artichoke
3. Arianna Lara Chavez (Turlock) won CCC1; 4th Artichoke
4. Sabrina Garcia (Riverbank) 2nd TVL 2 and 3rd TVL 3
5. Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) 2nd MMC 1 and 2
6. Esmeralda Aguayo (Downey) 3rd MMC 2; 5th MMC 1; 3rd Artichoke
7. Madison Mays (Hughson) 5th TVL 2; 4th TVL 1
8. Erika Martinez (Downey) 4th MMC 1 and 2; 7th Artichoke
9. Haley Richardson (Riverbank) 6th TVL 2; 5th Artichoke
10. Ocean Goldman (Grace Davis) 5th MMC 2; 6th MMC 1
      Haylee Osgood (Downey) 6th MMC 2; 3rd MMC 1
     Makaelin Bickel (Downey) 7th MMC 2; 11th MMC 2; 5th Artichoke

Arianna Lara Chavez
Others having awesome seasons near the top of the pack
Haley Rodriguez Delaney (Enochs)
Megan Warwick (Modesto Christian)
Makenzie Salyer (Turlock)
Joslyn Beliera (Riverbank)
Anna Perrone (Oakdale)
Nicole Warwick (Modesto Christian)
Lupe Ventura (Patterson)

For the team rankings the results from this past weekend's Artichoke meet was a primary factor in the order.
1. Downey
2. Riverbank
3. Turlock
4. Modesto
5. Oakdale

I am still waffling on the Modesto/Turlock order...