Monday, November 17, 2014

Sac Joaquin Section Championship Meet

This past Saturday many of Stanislaus County's top runners competed against the rest of the section over the undulating Willow Hills course. This course is widely regarded as the toughest section championship course in the state. Although the recent rains kept down the dust, the rocky trails and the constantly changing elevation of the terrain make this course more than challenging for the flat-lander StanCo schools. With all of that said, there were some impressive and some disappointing results turned in by our local athletes and teams.
The 2nd place RBK Ladies--photo credit Dick Hodges

The highlight for the local girls was the second place finish in the D4 race by the Lady Bruins of Riverbank. Their runner-up finishing position also qualified them for November 29th's State Championship Meet in Fresno.
Riverbank's own Kim Ruvalcaba was the fastest StanCo finisher placing 4th in the D4 race with a time of 19:17. The next two fastest runners were also from Riverbank (Haley Richardson and Sabrina Garcia) demonstrating why they are the top girls' team in the county. The top MMC ladies suffered through a rough day. Arielle Names (Downey) was ill most of the week and was unable to compete. StanCo's top finisher in the Sub-Section meet, Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) had a rare off day in the super-fast D1 race.

Richardson and Garcia
 StanCo finishers under 23:00
21. 4th in D4 Kim Ruvalcaba (Riverbank) 19:17
80. 11th in D4 Haley Richardson (Riverbank) 20:44
89. 12th in D4 Sabrina Garcia (Riverbank) 20:56
97. 20th in D3 Lupe Ventura (Patterson) 21:02
122. 26th in D1 Haylee Osgood (Downey) 21:19
124. 17th in D4 Madison Mays (Hughson) 21:20
130. 29th in D2 Esmeralda Aguayo (Downey) 21:28
139. 56th in D1 Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) 21:36
153. 37th in D3 Anna Perrone (Oakdale) 21:48
174. 29th in D4 Joslyn Beliera (Riverbank) 22:01
189. 46th in D2 Makaelyn Bickel (Downey) 22:16
196. 49th in D2 Erika Martinez (Downey) 22:24
219. 58th in D2 Esther Limon (Downey) 22:44
224. 39th in D4 Lydia Hodges (Riverbank) 22:54

The Riverbank girls' team were the only StanCo female qualifiers for the State Meet. Team-wise RBK won the battle of the top two StanCo schools by taking down The Downey girls with a total time of 1:45:52 to Downey's 1:50:11. As I stated at the top, the Knights were missing top runner Arielle Names, but she alone couldn't have made up the four plus minute gap between the two teams.

For the boys the only State Meet qualifiers were Adan and Emmanuel Chavez (Riverbank), and Daniel Yanez (Hughson) who all earned individual spots out of the D4 race. The top StanCo finisher was Mario Medina (Gregori), who just missed a State Meet invitation by a mere one second.
Alania and Medina
Emmanuel and Adan Chavez--photo credit Dick Hodges
StanCo finishers under 18:00
23. 12th in D1 Mario Medina (Gregori) 16:34
36. 2nd in D4 Adan Chavez (Riverbank) 16:46
53. 26th in D1 Orlando Cardenas (Modesto) 16:59
54. 27th in D1 Marc Alania (Modesto) 17:00
55. 5th in D4 Emmanuel Chavez (Riverbank) 17:01
60. 7th in D4 Daniel Yanez (Hughson) 17:03
61. 30th in D1 Andrew Williams (Modesto) 17:03
107. 32nd in D2 Inteus Schiavo (Downey) 17:24
112. 36th D2 Justin Goering (Downey) 17:28
116. 15th in D4 Austin Zehr (Hughson) 17:30
129. 52nd in D1 James DeLaO (Modesto) 17:37
131. 53rd in D1 Anthony Arauza (Gregori) 17:37
139. 55th in D1 Nick Sanders (Gregori) 17:45
144. 57th in D1 Jeremy Hart (Gregori) 17:46
145. 44th in D2 Hunter Casey (Downey) 17:46
152. 20 in D4 Ruben Paradez (Riverbank) 17:48
173. 30th in D3 Tomas Virgen (Patterson) 17:58

Team-wise it was Modesto pulling in the fastest StanCo time. They have won all year by committee, as they have had at least three different runners finish in their top spot. The Gregori team of mostly seniors wrap up four very successful years running together. I have enjoyed watching them grow over the past four years.

7th in D1 Modesto 1:26:47
8th in D1 Gregori 1:27:58
4th in D4 Riverbank 1:28:42
6th in D4 Hughson 1:29:55
9th in D2 Downey 1:30:35


PHOTOS (by Screamin Scott)

PHOTOS (by Camera Kim)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sub Sections

For the first time this season all StanCo teams (along with the rest of the section) were on the same course the same day. Granted, some teams split up their runners, other teams told their runners to hold back...There are always "if and buts." However it was the first opportunity to compare runners (nearly) head to head. The top 10 teams in each varsity division in addition to the fastest ten runners not on one of those top teams--qualified for next Saturday's Section Championships at Willow Hills in Folsom.

Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) turned in the fastest time in the county as she was able to finally escape the shadow of Downey's Arielle Names who had out-kicked her in all four MMC meets. Savannah placed an impressive 15th in the ultra competitive D1 race. Kim Ruvalcaba (Riverbank) was able to hold back some and still easily qualify placing 7th in the D4 race. Lupe Ventura (Patterson) who has run almost no races this year against top competition showed that she is in top condition by placing 16th in the D3 race.
Below is a listing of all StanCo girls who ran under 23:00 along with their overall ranking with all divisions combined.
31. 15th D1 Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) 20:21 Q
41. 7th D4 Kim Ruvalcaba (Riverbank) 20:29 Q
80. 16th D3 Lupe Ventura (Patterson) 21:01 Q
119. 15th D4 Maddie Mays (Hughson) 21:30 Q
122. 25th D2 Arielle Names (Downey) 21:34 Q
129. 61st D1 Hailey Rodriguez Delaney (Enochs) 21:40
136. 29th D2 Haylee Osgood (Downey) 21:46 Q
140. 18th D4 Haley Richardson (Riverbank) 21:49 Q
155. 69th D1 Arianna Lara Chavez (Turlock) 22:00
166. 71st D1 Cassie Derdivanis (Turlock) 22:10
173. 27th D4 Sabrina Garcia (Riverbank) 22:15 Q
180. 39th D2 Esmeralda Aguayo (Downey) 22:20 Q
184. 40th D2 Erika Martinez (Downey) 22:22 Q
191. 31st D4 Joslyn Beliera (Riverbank) 22:26 Q
211. 50th D2 Makaelyn Bickel (Downey) 22:40 Q
212. 51st D2 Esther Limon (Downey) 22:41 Q
213. 81st D1 Meghan Hopkins (Turlock) 22:41
227. 88th D1 Tierney Hermann (Gregori) 22:50
236. 47th D3 Anna Perrone (Oakdale) 22:56 Q
Team-wise the Riverbank ladies placed 5th in D4 and 29th overall. Downey placed 7th in D2 and 30th overall. Those were the only two varsity StanCo teams to qualify. Turlock placed 35th overall but was unfortunately in the ultra competitive D1 division where they landed in the 14th slot.
Individually in the D3 category in addition to Lupe Ventura, Oakdale's Anna Perrone and Kyannah Hernandez both qualified. For D4 Maddie Mays (Hughson) moves on to the finals. In the D5 division Waterford's Mikayla Lockard and Kylie Joslin both qualified along with Hannah Heath (Central Catholic) and Sadie Roos (Turlock Christian)--I think that is the first mention ever in this blog of a Turlock Christian athlete!

Before I go further into the boy's results it should be noted that in the D1 race (which as the girls' race produced the fastest overall results) the top 30-40 runners took a wrong turn about 400m into the race. Although it only cost them about 50 m in distance, it certainly changed their mind set and confidence level--the top MMC runners: Medina, Hart, and Alania and perhaps some others were victims of this follow-the-leader fiasco.
With that said...Andrew Williams (Modesto) turned in the fastest StanCo time of the day and an impressive 10th overall in the D1 race. This result is all the more amazing in that Andrew placed 11th last week in the MMC championship! Behind Andrew Orlando Cardenas (Modesto) was 15th in the D1, and Justin Goering (Downey) was 17th in the D2 race.
Yanez and Chavez in D4 race
Below is a listing of all StanCo boys who ran under 18:00 along with their overall ranking with all divisions combined.
33. 10th D1 Andrew Williams (Modesto) 17:03 Q
40. 15th D1 Orlando Cardenas (Modesto) 17:08 Q
48. 17th D2 Justin Goering (Downey) 17:16 Q
50. 17th D1 Mario Medina (Gregori) 17:17 Q
54. 4th D4 Daniel Yanez (Hughson) 17:19 Q
78. 9th D4 Adan Chavez (Riverbank) 17:27 Q
87. 14th D4 Emmanuel Chavez (Riverbank) 17:30 Q
88. 33rd D1 Anthony Arauza (Gregori) 17:30 Q
105. 19th D3 Isaiah Aguilar (Oakdale) 17:38 Q
116. 44th D1 Marc Alania (Modesto) 17:42 Q
117. 45th D1 Jeremy Hart (Gregori) 17:43 Q
122. 47th D1 James DeLaO (Modesto) 17:45 Q
140. 36th D2 Hunter Casey (Downey) 17:52 Q
149. 21st D4 Ruben Paradez (Riverbank) 17:57 Q
152. 22nd D4 Austin Zehr (Hughson) 17:57 Q
156. 44th D2 Inteus Schiavo (Downey) 17:58 Q
DeLaCruz, Cardenas, Alania pacing MoHi
Team-wise it was the Panthers of MoHi placing 12th overall and 5th in D1. Gregori was 19th overall and 8th in D1. Riverbank coasted to 4th in D4 (26th overall); Hughson was 5th in D4 (30th overall); and Downey squeaked into the finals by placing 10th in D2 (32nd overall). Although neither qualified Enochs (21st D1) edged Turlock (23rd D1) for the sixth team in the county.

Individually Isaiah Aguilar (Oakdale) and Thomas Virgen (Patterson) both grabbed a qualifying spots out of the D3 race. In the D5 race Eric Magana and Russell Magee both of Central Catholic qualified. Out of the same D5 race Waterford's Nick Ramirez and Devin McCoy also qualified.


PHOTOS ALL VARSITY (by Screamin Scott)
PHOTOS JV and FS (By Screamin Scott)
PHOTOS MISC (by Camera Kim)

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Yesterday (10/31/14) the seven MMC schools met for the 4th and last time this year for their championship meet held on the triple oval course at Legion Park. Although the team competitions were pretty much sewed up, all MMC status and bragging rights were certainly on the line.

As they have all season, Downey dominated the girls' results placing 5 runners in the top 8. The Lady Knights easily won the team competition (TD= 21; M=52; GR=71). Individually it was a battle between Arielle Names (Downey) and Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) as it had been all season. And as she had all season, Arielle got the better of the strategic match up once again. The additional story is that on the third one-mile loop of the race, it began to rain--which definitely added some unusual running conditions in our parched Valley.
First Team All-MMC (missing Mya Torres)
1. Arielle Names (Downey) 20:08
2. Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) 20:17
3. Esmeralda Aguayo (Downey) 20:41
4. Haylee Osgood (Downey) 20:43
5. Makaelin Bickel (Downey) 20:44
6. Mya Torres (Gregori) 20:47
7. Hailey Rodriguez-Delaney (Enochs) 20:49
8. Erika Martinez (Downey) 20:52
Second Team All-MMC
9. Hilda Perez (Modesto) 21:11
10. Torey Maravilla (Gregori) 21:14
11. Esther Limon (Downey) 21:36
12. Sonia Perez (Modesto) 21:36
13. Tierney Herrmann (Gregori) 21:42
14. Emily Mosqueda (Modesto) 21:58
15. Dailene Perez (Modesto) 22:01

For, I believe, the first time in MMC history EVERY member of the girls all-MMC teams will be returning next year (there are no seniors!) AMAZING


If the girls' race was strategic, the boys race was flat out fast. Mario Medina (Gregori) and Jeremy Hart (Gregori) took the pace at the gun with Marc Alania (Modesto) running with them. A shuffling chase pack of at least ten runners shadowed the trio. Medina would pull away over the final 1/2 mile and Alania and Hart would lose a furious finish to Orlando Cardenas (Modesto). I will note that 7 different runners made the all-time (under 16:30) list for this course. Also, unlike the lady's race, only 5 of the top 15 runners will return for next year. In the team hunt Modesto already had the title wrapped up...but it was all about PRIDE. It would be a tight battle that was decided at the line (by inches) The final scores would reflect these facts as M=32; GR=33; TD=66; E=104; B=158; GD=181.
1st Team All-MMC
1. Mario Medina (Gregori) 6:12 #7 all time
2. Orlando Cardenas (Modesto) 16:22.0
3. Marc Alania (Modesto) 16:22.9
4. Jeremy Hart (Gregori) 16:23.3
5. Inteus Schiavo (Downey) 16:23.7
6. Anthony Arauza (Gregori) 16:28.2
7. James DeLaO (Modesto) 16:28.4
8. Justin Goering (Downey) 16:29.0
2nd Team All-MMC

9. Isaiah Avila DeLaCruz (Modesto) 16:31
10. Nick sanders (Gregori) 16:34.4
11. Andrew Williams (Modesto) 16:34.6
12. Jonathan Alcantara (Gregori) 16:47
13. Hunter Casey (Downey) 17:05
14. Juan Ortega (Gregori) 17:06
15. Eddie Hernandez (Modesto) 17:15




Girls (sub 17:00)

1) Monica Frailing (Downey) 17:46 2004
2) Erin Lewis (Modesto) 18:09 2005
3) Maryssa McDuffy (Davis) 18:23 2009
4) Crystal Esparza (Beyer) 18:24 2007
5) Rachell Van Nes (Modesto) 18:31 2009
6) Amanda Innes (Davis) 18:40 2006
7) Faith Makau (Enochs) 18:42 2012

8) Katie Drueen (Modesto) 18:59 2005
9) Erica Cuellar (Modesto) 19:10 2004
10) Lauren Stanislaw (Beyer) 19:13 2011

11) Sophia Villalobos (Davis) 19:25 2007
11) Emma VanNes (Modesto) 19:25 2012

13) Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) 19:26 2013
14) Lizzy Lehn (Modesto) 19:27 2009
15) Tici Joven (Enochs) 19:31 2009
16) Mya Torres (Gregori) 19:32 2013
17) Ashlyn Durham (Enochs) 19:35 2008
18) Samantha Reardon (Beyer) 19:38 2007
19) Megane Queromes Modesto 19:40 2006
20) Hailey Hinkle (Enochs) 19:41 2011

21) Sierra Durham (Downey) 19:43 2010
22) Ali Battig (Modesto) 19:43 2006
23) Brianna Fillpot (Gregori) 19:46 2011

24) Karah Brown (Ceres) 19:48 2005
25) Shellin Chuong (Beyer) 19:55 2012

26) B. Hawkins (Davis) 19:58

Boys (sub 16:30)
1) Roberto Rosas, (Davis) 15:36 2009
2) Matt Maldonado (Modesto) 15:43 2007
3) Martin Pyeatt (Modesto) 15:54 2007
4) Javier Brambila (Johansen) 16:07 2007
5) Sean Gomes (Beyer) 16:08 2010
6) Chris Izquierdo (Davis) 16:11 2008
7) Mario Medina (Gregori) 16:12 2014
8) Jamasen Rodriguez (Modesto) 16:13 2009
8) Ronnie Bruce (Davis) 16:14 2007
10) Steve Casado (Modesto) 16:14 2006
11) Owen Demming (Modesto) 16:18 2007
12) Alex Freitas (Modesto) 16:19 2005
13) Jesse Lara (Davis) 16:20 2009
14) Noah Heese (Modesto) 16:21 2012

15) Orlando Cardenas (Modesto) 16:22.0  2014
16) Marc Alania (Modesto) 16:22.9  2014
17) Jeremy Hart (Gregori) 16:23.3 2014
18) Inteus Schiavo (Downey) 16:23.7 2014
19)Anthony Arauza (Gregori) 16:28.2 2014
20)James DeLaO (Modesto) 16:28.4 2014
21) Max Wu (Beyer) 16:29 2008
22) Justin Goering (Downey) 16:29 2014
23) Andrew Musca (Modesto) 16:30 2009

Thursday, October 30, 2014

League Championship Wednesday

Yesterday 10/29/14 there were four different (local) league championship meets. I will attempt to summarize some of the results.

WAC results are hard to come by. Lupe Ventura (Patterson) reports that she repeated as the VG Champion and ran around 21:00 over a challenging course. She also said that the Patterson boys placed third. Antonio Venegas (Patterson) placed second and Tomas Virgen (Patterson) placed third.


The schools of the CCC contested their conference championship at Donnelly Park in Turlock.
For the VBs it was all about the head to head battle of Merced's upfront stars vs Atwater's depth. On Wednesday, it was Merced squeaking out the 36 to 39 victory. Turlock was a distant third with 69.

1. Daniel Ambriz (Merced) 15:33
2. John Hagerman (Merced) 15:44
3. Kirk Hagerman (Merced) 15:55
4. Andres Quezada (Atwater) 15:57
5. Guillermo Rivas (Golden Valley) 16:01
6. Alex Vargas (Atwater) 16:05
7. Erik Sousa (Turlock) 16:11
8. Ozzy Nava (Atwater) 16:14
9. Immanuel Wright (Golden Valley) 16:19
10. Spencer Jacobs (Atwater) 16:26
11. Francisco Gloria (Atwater) 16:38
12. Javier Lara (Turlock) 16:41
13. Jose Aguilar (Atwater) 16:43
14. Faustino Reyes (Merced) 16:45
15. Brian Mendez-Martinez (Turlock) 16:47

For the VGs it was again an Atwater-Merced dual (A=42; M=48) with Turlock a step behind in third with 60 pts. Arianna Lara-Chavez (Turlock) placed third overall to pace the Bulldogs.

1. Ciara Rios Colon (Merced) 18:30
2. Jackie Magana (Atwater) 18:32
3. Arianna Lara-Chavez (Turlock)  19:19
4. Genesis Mendoza (Merced) 19:30
5. Shay Hagerman (Merced) 19:33
6. Marisela Rodriguez (Atwater)  19:43
7. Mya bond (Golden Valley) 19:44
8. Bethany Hamilton (Merced) 19:47
9. Makenzie Salyer (Turlock) 20:07
10. Evelin Espinoza (Atwater) 20:25
11. Marlen Mendoza (Atwater) 20:26
12. Faith Avila (Buhach Colony) 20:27
13. Jacqueline Butrick (Atwater) 20:29
14. Alonda Cisneros (Atwater) 20:31
15. Cassie Derdivanis (Turlock) 20:32


The schools of the VOL met at Eagle Lakes in Tracy. Manteca easily took the VB title. Oakdale placed a distant 4th. For the VGs it was Sierra racking up a near perfect 18 points to take the title. Oakdale was 5th with 95 pts.

In the VBs race Mahir Pepic (Manteca) took the title with a clocking of 16:50. The top Oakdale finishers were frosh Daniel Prado in 11th (18:45) and Isaiah Aguilar in 13th (18:48).

In the VGs race it was Weston Ranch's Iris Carillo taking the title in 19:49. Sierra took 5 of the next 6 places to breeze to the title. The top Oakdale finisher was Anna Perrone in tenth place (22:52).


The TVL (and Southern League) schools met at Legion Park in Modesto for the third time this year. It was the Riverbank Bruin's day. They took both varsity team and individual titles.
The champion VB Bruins

In the VG race it was Kim Ruvalcaba (Riverbank) taking the title, cruising to victory as she has all season. The Lady Bruins swept through the team competition this season as well.
Mays, Richardson, Waters, Garcia, and Ruvalcaba leading the pack

1. Kim Ruvalcaba (Riverbank) 19:24
2. Ellie Waters (ripon) 19:40
3. Haley Richardson (Riverbank) 20:12
4. Sabrina Garcia (Riverbank) 20:45
5. Maddie Mays (Hughson) 20:49
6. Marisol Aguayo (Escalon) 21:16
7. Joslyn Beliera (Riverbank) 21:25
8. Kayla Jacklich (Ripon) 21:38
9. Nora Nash (Escalon) 22:06
10. Nicole Warwick (Modesto Christian) 22:14
11. Sierra Hernandez (Escalon) 22:21
12. Natalie Gutierrez (Hilmar) 22:24
13. Heavyn Herroz (Hughson) 22:25
14. Leone Rivers (Escalon) 22:29
15. Hannah Sanders (Hilmar) 22:32

For the VBs in was Adan Chavez (RBK) leading from the gun as he has all season. Daniel Yanez (Hughson) did give him a solid push for the first two miles. Riverbank as a team put 5 runners in the top eleven to easily take the team title over Hughson.
Yanez pushes Adan Chavez as Emmanuel shadows them

1. Adan Chavez (Riverbank) 16:28
2. Daniel Yanez (Hughson) 16:52
3. Emmanuel Chavez (Riverbank) 17:02
4. Alex Norling (Ripon) 17:34
5. Ruben Paredez (Riverbank) 17:37
6. Zack Gardner (Escalon) 17:45
7. Kenzye Spears (Hilmar) 17:45
8. Carlos Martinez (Riverbank) 17:51
9. Carson Boice (Hughson) 18:04
10. Austin Zehr (Hughson) 18:10
11. Diego Ruiz (Riverbank) 18:18
12. Kyle Jimenez (Escalon) 18:24
13. Tristan Edwards (Hughson) 18:26
14. Wyatt Mitchell (Hughson) 18:29
15. Jared Williams (Hughson) 18:31



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

League Championship Eve

The push of the championship segment of the XC season hits with full force tomorrow afternoon. StanCo teams will be vying for league titles, all-league team status, and personal bragging rights. It is like Christmas Eve for cross-country geeks, like me. Unfortunately (for me) 4 of the 5 conference meets will be held tomorrow; and obviously, I can't possibly be in four places at once.

The TVL schools will meet Wednesday at 3pm at Legion Park. Riverbank, Hughson, Orestimba, Waterford, and Modesto Christian are the StanCo schools competing.
Ruvalcaba and Garcia lead the Bruin attack
For the girls it is all about RBK. The Lady Bruins won the two previous cluster meets--easily. Individually Kim Ruvalcaba (Riverbank) won both the previous meet and is having a breakout year. Behind her Ellie Waters (Ripon) and Sabrina Garcia (Riverbank) will battle for the runner-up position.
Norling battles the Chavez twins
For the boys Riverbank took the opener, but it was the upstart Hughson Huskies edging them in the second meet. Consequently this meet will be the decider of the TVL title. Individually Adan Chavez (Riverbank)  has had a fantastic season. Alex Norling (Ripon) seems to be gaining fitness and confidence as the season progresses.

The WAC schools will meet on Wednesday at Ceres Regional Park on Hatch. Patterson, Ceres and Central Valley will represent the StanCo schools.
Lupe Ventura
For the girls I believe that Lupe Ventura (Patterson) is rounding into better fitness and should literally run away with the title.

Honestly, since these school still run head to head dual meets (with little of the results posted online) it is difficult for me to predict much more regarding the possible outcomes from this meet--but I do look forward to seeing some results.

The CCC schools will compete at Donnelly Park in Turlock on Wednesday. I believe that the first race begins at 10 AM. Turlock and Pitman are the only two StanCo schools.
Lara Chavez
For the girls Turlock has been stalking the Atwater Falcons all season. Atwater swarmed the completion in the first cluster, but the Bulldogs fell just a couple of points short in the second cluster. On their home course, Turlock may have the edge. Individually, Arianna Lara Chavez (Turlock)should be in the top 3 if not the winning position. Their title hopes will rest with the re-emerging Makenzie Salyer and the rest of the Turlock pack.

On the boys side it is all about the duel between Atwater and Merced. Merced has potentially the three top individuals, but Atwater will likely take five of the next seven or eight spots. The head to head battle has been very close all season. Turlock has been a distant third through most of the season.

The VOL schools will meet Wednesday at Eagle Lakes in Tracy. Oakdale and Central Catholic are the represented StanCo school.

For the girls Sierra has dominated the team competition. Individually the Sierra runners have swamped the other teams.
Oakdale's Aguilar
On the boy's side Manteca is the odds on favorite to take the team title. Individually Isaiah Aguilar (Oakdale) has finished second in both of the cluster meets.

The MMC schools are the odd-balls of the group and will hold their championship on FRIDAY (not Wednesday). The first race begins at 2:30 and hopefully the rain will hold off until after the meet is over.
The Lady Knights
For the girls it is all about the Knights. Downey will win their first ever varsity MMC team title on Friday. I believe that their last league title (from the CCC) was in 1992--that is 22 years ago! The 2014 version has completely dominated the MMC, winning all three cluster meets by huge margins.
Names and Mendoza
Individually Arielle Names (Downey) has won all three clusters with Savannah Mendoza (Modesto) finishing second. Behind them have been a horde of Downey baby-blue.
The MMC boy's pack of mostly Modesto and Gregori
On the boy's side Modesto has the title locked up, but I won't be surprised if Gregori places first on Wednesday--it will certainly be close as it has been all season. Individually Mario Media (Gregori) won all three clusters. The real race is behind him between Anthony Arauza (Gregori), Jeremy Hart (Gregori), Marc Alania (Modesto), Isaiah Avila DelaCruz (Modesto), Orlando Cardenas (Modesto), and Andrew Williams (Modesto) name a few in the running. As always it should be exciting to watch!

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.