CIF-State Rankings (11/6/12)

CIF-STATE CROSS COUNTRY RANKINGS
BY RICH GONZALEZ, PREPCALTRACK.COM EDITOR


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(November 6, 2012) – The CIF-State Individual Rankings by division, for those results received by November 5th are contained below. Any comments or input are welcome and can be directed via email to richgonzaleztrack@gmail.com . A very big thank you to all meet directors and meet timers for their assistance in securing all the results!

DIVISION 1 BOYS
1. Arcadia (SS)
2. Carlsbad (SD)
3. Madera South, Madera (CE)
4. California, Whittier (SS)
5. Vista Murrieta, Murrieta (SS)
6. Dana Hills, Dana Point (SS)
7. Buchanan, Clovis (CE)
8. Trabuco Hills, Mission Viejo (SS)
9. Great Oak, Temecula (SS)
10. Bellarmine, San Jose (CC)
Notes: Aided by the return of two standouts sidelined by early-season injury, the continued emergence of its top frosh, and the recent impact of a solid transfer, top-ranked Arcadia’s gap versus the rest of the field is growing. The next seven teams are now very close together on paper, with Buchanan rounding into shape in seeking another late-season charge. De La Salle fell out of the rankings after lead runner Blair Hurlock did not run at league finals.


DIVISION 2 BOYS
1. Dos Pueblos, Goleta (SS)
2. Mt. Carmel, San Diego (SD)
3. Westlake, Westlake Village (SS)
4. Saugus, Santa Clarita (SS)
5. Ramona (SD)
6. Redondo Union, Redondo Beach (SS)
7. Loyola, Los Angeles (SS)
8. Bella Vista, Fair Oaks (SJ)
9. Del Campo, Fair Oaks (SJ)
10. Hart, Newhall (SS)
Notes: Wow! Any of the top seven teams can win the state title. They are that close. By very slight margin, the division’s best statistical showing of the year came by Westlake at its league final. Dos Pueblos, however, has been very consistent all season and only a shade behind that singular performance. Hence, they get the nod for the top spot. Mt. Carmel and Ramona should have quite a battle for the San Diego Section title. Who’ll make the mistake of writing off Loyola? We project a postseason ‘pop’ upcoming for Del Campo.


DIVISION 3 BOYS
1. Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates (SS)
2. St. John Bosco, Bellflower (SS)
3. Brea Olinda, Brea (SS)
4. Campolindo, Moraga )NC)
5. Paso Robles (SS)
6. Oak Park (SS)
7. Acalanes, Lafayette (NC)
8. Placer, Auburn (SJ)
9. Cathedral, Los Angeles (SS)
10. (tie) El Dorado, Placerville (SJ)/Will C. Wood, Vacaville (SJ)
Notes:  Palos Verdes does gave the slight upper hand, but anything can happen between the top two powers during the last two weekends of the championship season. All others would need to work some magic to claim the title.


DIVISION 4 BOYS
1. Fillmore (SS)
2. Salesian, Los Angeles (SS)
3. Yreka (NO)
4. Crean Lutheran, Irvine (SS)
5. Piner, Santa Rosa (NC)
6. Don Bosco, Rosemead (SS)
7. Seaside (CC)
8. Twentynine Palms (SS)
9. Big Bear, Big Bear Lake (SS)
10. Morro Bay (SS)
Notes: Fillmore looked so good early on when cruising to victories. Well, they competition has just about run them down and sheared away all the deficit. The Flashes likely have another gear left. If not, powerful Salesian and defending champ Yreka will be licking their chops. One thing is certain: We’ll also find out if Fillmore can handle the pressure.



DIVISION 5 BOYS

1. St. Margaret’s, San Juan Capistrano (SS)
2. Flintridge Prep, La Canada Flintridge (SS)
3. St. Joseph Notre Dame, Alameda (NC)
4. Country Day, La Jolla (SD)
5. Thacher, Ojai (SS)
6. Athenian, Danville (NC)
7. Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa (NC)
8. Lick-Wilmerding, San Francisco (NC)
9. Xavier Prep, Palm Desert (SS)
10. (tie) San Francisco University, SF (NC)/Marin Academy, Kentfield (NC)
Notes: Collectively, St. Margaret’s had the edge. BUT, that’s if everyone comes ready… and that has been a problem for the Tartans on occasion. Flintridge Prep is very close on paper and is more consistent, so they could be considered the favorite and it would not be a stretch.


DIVISION 1 GIRLS
1. Great Oak, Temecula (SS)
2. Simi Valley (SS)
3. Buchanan, Clovis (CE)
4. St. Francis, Sacramento (SJ)
5. Davis (SJ)
6. Yucaipa (SS)
7. San Clemente (SS)
8. Dana Hills, Dana Point (SS)
9. Capistrano Valley, San Juan Capistrano (SS)
10. Torrey Pines, San Diego (SD)
Notes: Great Oak has been stellar for the long haul, while Simi Valley has continued to improve. Great Oak remains the clear favorite, but the Pioneers are within reach. The season-long chess match between St. Francis and Davis should hit a crescendo that could carry them into the state title fight as well.


DIVISION 2 GIRLS
1. Saugus, Santa Clarita (SS)
2. Mira Costa, Manhattan Beach (SS)
3. Canyon, Anaheim (SS)
4. Redondo Union, Redondo Beach (SS)
5. La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad (SD)
6. Tesoro, Las Flores (SS)
7. Serrano, Phelan (SS)
8. Rancho Bernardo, San Diego (SD)
9. Colony, Ontario (SS)
10. Golden Valley, Santa Clarita (SS)
Notes: Six-time defending champion Saugus will be facing the war or wars as the top five teams are all capable of nastiness when the chips are down. Perhaps the biggest lingering questions are how much more upside Saugus has with its hard-working crew and if La Costa Canyon will ever get back to full strength. Rancho Bernardo knocked off rival Torrey Pines in league action last week. Best race of the day at state.


DIVISION 3 GIRLS
1. Bonita, La Verne (SS)
2. Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates (SS)
3. Vista del Lago, Folsom (SJ)
4. Northwood, Irvine (SS)
5. Cathedral Catholic, San Diego (SD)
6. Las Lomas, Walnut Creek (NC)
7. Aptos (CC)
8. Campolindo, Moraga (NC)
9. Acalanes, Lafayette (NC)
10. Laguna Hills (SS)
Notes: There’s a change atop the rankings, but the interest level gets piqued over the next few weekends. Bonita has been solid, but must close a bit better this fall than in seasons past. If there’s any division where a Cinderalla team can come from down the list to be crowned as champion, this one is it.


DIVISION 4 GIRLS
1. JSerra, San Juan Capistrano (SS)
2. Mayfield, Pasadena (SS)
3. Arcata (NC)
4. Paraclete, Lancaster (SS)
5. La Reina, Thousand Oaks (SS)
6. Harvard/Westlake, Studio City (SS)
7. San Lorenzo Valley, Felton (CC)
8. Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks (SS)
9. Laguna Beach (SS)
10. Crean Lutheran, Irvine (SS)
Notes:
JSerra has endured a long comeback trail and appears to finally be approaching its potential after summertime and early-season ailments held them back. Coming off its best performance of the season at its league final, the crew seeks to avenge to prior season losses to San Lorenzo Valley. At its own league meet, frontrunner Anna Maxwell of previous #1 San Lorenzo Valley was quite ill but still managed to finish third against two all-state caliber talents. However, word just came in that Abby Sherman is lost for the remainder of the season for SLV, dealing a huge blow to the team’s title chances.


DIVISION 5 GIRLS
1. Thacher, Ojai (SS)
2. San Francisco University, San Francisco (NC)
3. Vistamar, El Segundo (SS)
4. Lick-Wilmerding, San Francisco (NC)
5. Xavier Prep, Palm Desert (SS)
6. Desert Christian, Lancaster (SS)
7. St. Joseph, Santa Maria (SS)
8. Flintridge Prep, La Canada Flintridge (SS)
9. Chadwick, Palos Verdes Peninsula (SS)
10. Branson, Ross (NC)
Notes: One of the more interesting battles come state meet weekend, Thacher has on oh-so-slight statistical edge, but defending champion San Francisco University undoubtedly will be very tough to deny. SFU was pushed to the limit by Lick-Wilmerding at its league meet.

 


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