Just the other day was Sean Gomes' (# 3 all-time StanCo 800m) birthday. Through Facebook I wished him him a "Happy Birthday." A day or so later he responded in a message and thanked me. He then asked how the local HS running scene looked. I told him that there were no "Sean Gomes" type athletes circling the track this year. In retrospect I spoke too soon, because last Saturday, Briseida Garcia (Gregori) exploded up out of the shadows by winning the girls 800m at the Sacramento Meet of Champions in 2:14.28. This race launched her into the stratosphere of Sac Joaquin Section all-star runners. It currently ranks her as the #5 800m runner in the section and #5 all time in Stanislaus County. Did I mention she is a freshman?? Well I thought it might put her accomplishment into perspective to compare it/her to some of the top StanCo female runners of the past 10 or so years.
BRISEIDA GARCIA (Gregori) 2015-
|Briseida Garcia continues to improve|
After doing really nothing of note during XC, Briseida has been a huge surprise. Her times have improved in leaps and bounds causing me to wonder just what her real potential may be (of course only time will really tell).
BEST MARKS (so far):
800m 2:14.26 #5 StanCo
KIM RUVALCABA (Riverbank) 2013-(current)
|Rubalcaba will be graduating this year|
Ruvalcaba will be graduating from RBK this Spring.
1600m 5:23.003200m 11:27.99
MIKAYLA FLOREZ (Riverbank) 2010-2014
|Florez with Ruvalcaba following|
After leaving Riverbank, Florez has run a couple of seasons for Long Beach State
800m 2:19.71 #15 StanCo
1600m 5:02.14 #5 StanCo3200m 11:15.93 #14 StanCo
LAUREN STANISLAW (Beyer) 2010-2014
|Stanislaw, the tiny one in the middle|
Stanislaw burst onto the scene as a very mighty mite. Her small size belied an intense competitive spirit. Her best HS running year was as a frosh. After finishing at Beyer she has been running for Scripps.
BEST MARKS and FROSH MARKS:
1600m 5:16.833200m 11:16.15 #15 StanCo
FAITH MAKAU (Enochs) 2009-2013
|Makau leading the SJS pack|
Certainly the top StanCo runner of the past several years and arguably the best ever, Makau medaled at State in the 800m and won 3 separate SJS Masters titles. Faith is currently running for UC Riverside.
800m 2:11.01 #2 StanCo went to 2013 state Meet in the 800m and placed 6th
1600m 4:54.48 #1 StanCo went to 2011, 2012, 2013 State Meet in the 1600m3200m 10:58.29 #3 StanCo
MARYSSA MCDUFFY (Grace Davis) 2009
|McDuffy leading the pack (Hobby in 3rd)|
BEST MARKS and FROSH MARKS:
1600m 5:19.293200m 11:24
REBECCA HOBBY (Hughson) 2008-2012
|Makau and Hobby battling|
800m 2:17 #10 StanCo
1600m #5:02.14 #5 StanCo went to 2010 State Meet in 1600m3200m 11:05.21 #5 StanCo
CRYSTAL ESPARZA (Beyer) 2004-2008
|Esparza (#8) running for Beyer|
Crystal ran several years for the Golden Bears of UC Berkeley after graduating from Beyer.
800m 2:19.03 #13 StanCo
1600m 5:03.16 #8 StanCo went to 2008 State Meet in 1600m3200m 11:10.02 #11 StanCo
MARITZA GARCIA (Riverbank) 2003-2007
800m 2:18.7 #12 StanCo
1600m 5:04.71 #10 StanCo3200m 11:10 #10 StanCo
ERIN LEWIS (Modesto) 2002-2006
After leaving MoHi Erin went on to run at University of Oregon.
800m 2:19.50 #14 StanCo
1600m 4:57.24 #2 StanCo went to 2005 and 2006 State Meet in 1600m3200m 11:00.2 #4 StAnCo