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GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONS

2004, 2003

GIRLS NCS CHAMPIONS

2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1999

BOYS NCS CHAMPIONS

2009, 2008, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1961

2019 NCS Championships

Girls First Team All NCS: Isabella Alviz

Girls Honorable Mention All NCS: Lindsey Reed

Boys 3rd Team All NCS: Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel

2019 DAL Championships

Varsity Boys: Runner Up

Varsity Girls: Runner Up

Boys First Team All League: Ethan Gaigalas, Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel, Lev Afonine

Boys Second Team All League: Alex Lamoureux

Girls First Team All League: Isabella Alviz

Girls Second Team All League: Lindsey and Grace Reed

Girls Honorable Mention All League: Marlo Taylor

3 Individuals Qualify for CIF State Championships with Top Times in School History

 

College Park’s boys and girls varsity cross country teams finished in 5th place at the NCS Championships on Saturday, November 23 at Hayward High School. The boys put forth a stronger team than last year’s state qualifying team, but Division II is arguable the most stacked Division in all of NCS and the competition was tough. The boys nearly missed qualifying by 1 point. On the girls end, five of the top 7 teams in all of NCS were from Division II and the girls team time was the 7th fastest of all the teams in all divisions. The girls continue to move up in Division II as a top team to watch out for and have established themselves as one of the fastest girls teams that has run for College Park.

After a 3rd place finish at the DAL Championships and the individual win at the prestigious Mt. Sac Invitational, sophomore Isabella Alviz was ready to push the pace for a top five individual finish. Alviz went out with the leaders and held onto her 3rd place position for the entire 3 mile race behind Shae Hill from Granada and Kelli Wilson (Duke bound Monte Vista athlete). Alviz posted the fastest 3 mile time in school history on the Hayward course ahead of school record holder in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m, Hall of Famer, Lindsay Allen. Alviz’s time of 17:35.8 makes her the fastest sophomore in the North Coast Section and earned her First Team All NCS honors, along with an individual qualifying spot at the CIF State Championships.

Fellow sophomore, Lindsey Reed, also continued her amazing season with an 11th place finish in an improvement by 1 minute 24 seconds from her time at NCS a year ago. Reed’s finish in 18:18.8 earned her Honorable Mention NCS Honors and also qualified her for the CIF State Championships. A week before NCS, in a freak accident, Reed suffered a scare that landed her in the emergency room with what looked like a deep dent in her shin, but after being reassured that there was no fracture, Reed maintained her focus and eyes on her goals. 

Freshman Grace Reed was the third runner for the Falcons in 20th place in 18:41. Sophomore Marlo Taylor improved her time from a year ago by 2 minutes and 24 seconds and finished in a zooming time of 19:16.44, which a year ago would have made her the number one runner for the Falcons. Taylor started the season with a personal record in Hawaii in 19:47, and after a season of hard work, brought that time down once again by 30 seconds! 

Freshman Hailey Hallford was moved up into varsity around the middle of the season as an athlete with potential to break into the top 5, and on Saturday she stepped up for the team with a solid 19:25.3 for a 38th place finish. Hallford improved her 3 mile time in her first season by over 3 minutes, showing great promise for her future as she bested all of the current dominating sophomores’ freshmen times. 

Sophomore Brooke Simpson also ended her season with a strong race and personal record by 1 minute 14 seconds. Despite some shin and ankle issues, Simpson pushed herself for her team and finished with a time of 20:09.5. Also battling through some lower leg issues, freshman Jessica Chisar worked hard all season to be a part of the varsity squad and finished with a personal record by 1 minute 34 seconds with a new time of 20:37.2.

The varsity boys were led by junior Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel who ran the best race of his career by about 30 seconds this season and also posted the second fastest three mile time in school history with a time of 15:25.2. The only other athlete to run faster than Vaisset-Fauvel was Jeff Bickert in 2009 when he ran 15:23 at the NCS Championships. Vaisset-Fauvel’s 6th place finish secured him an individual qualifying spot at the 2019 CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Clovis on Saturday, November 30. Vaisset-Fauvel also earned 3rd Team All NCS honors and establishes him as the 7th fastest junior in all of NCS.

Senior Ethan Gaigalas was the second runner for the Falcons who, despite pushing through some pain in his glutes, was within a second of his best time for a 20th place finish in 15:53. Sophomore Lev Afonine improved his time on the course from a year ago by 12 seconds to finish in 25th. 

Star freshman, Alex Lamoureux, continued his stellar season with once again another outstanding performance. Lamoureux posted the fastest time posted by a College Park freshman in recent years, establishing himself as the number 6 fastest freshman in the entire North Coast Section. Lamoureux’s time of 16:07.9 put him in 34th place out of 147 runners. 

 

The number five through seven runners for College Park included sophomore Diego Flores (64th 16:43), senior Kyle Pickle (69th 16:51), and junior Max Benabou (82nd 17:09). Flores improved his time by 16 seconds from earlier this season on the Hayward course, and Pickle improved by 30 seconds. 

Full results can be found at: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/157830/results


 

Falcons Showered in Medals at DAL Champs, 4 teams Score Runner Up Spots to State Powerhouse Team

Last weekend the Falcons took on one of the biggest and toughest leagues with 13 teams represented. Currently, there are four NCS ranked teams, including College Park’s boys and girls varsity teams. The boys are ranked 4th in NCS Division II, while the girls are ranked 3rd in NCS Division II. The top four teams at the NCS Championships on November 23 will advance to the CIF State Championships. 

 

The Frosh Soph Girls started out what would become an exciting day for the Falcons that left the Falcon fans without voices. Only a year ago, the team did not have enough girls to field a frosh soph girls squad at the DAL Championships. This year, the young talent that joined the team allowed the Falcons to field one of the strongest squads that the frosh soph girls have seen, and many of them had stepped up at various points in the season to run with the varsity girls. 

 

 

The frosh soph girls were led to a 2nd place team finish by freshman Mae Gunter who took 13th out of 92 athletes in 14:41.2 over the hilly two mile course. Freshman Vienna Tung took 18th in 15:01.6, sophomore Brooke Simpson was 20th in 15:07.1, and freshman Linsey Blackman had a breakout performance with a huge personal best over the Hidden Valley Park course to take 22nd in 15:09.00. Rounding out the top 5 scorers for the lady Falcons was sophomore Catherine Mitchell who finished in 31st in 15:33.4. They had a team spread of only 52 seconds between the number 1 and number 5 runners.

 

  

 

Sophomore Ethan Leach and freshman Jacob Harn gave the frosh soph boys a fast start as they ran with the lead pack for the first mile. The quick start started to catch up to them, but their endurance allowed them to hold on and stay strong. Sophomore Harley Santos was the top finisher for the frosh soph boys with an 8th place finish out of 178 athletes in a new personal best of 12:03.5. Freshman Ivan Richards also stepped up and was just behind Santos in a very exciting battle to the finish to take 10th place overall. The top ten runners in the frosh soph division received all league honors and individual medals. 

 

Freshman Jacob Harn finished in 16th with a personal best time of 12:17.9. Fellow freshman Caden Nakamura was 21st in 12:24.4. Leach was the final scoring member with a 33rd place finish in 12:42.0. The final league standings had the boys in 3rd overall behind only Campolindo and Northgate. Their team spread between the number 1 and number 5 runners was only 38 seconds.

 

 

The JV girls put forth a strong effort led by junior Ana Huerta who finished in 14th place out of 60 runners with a personal best time of 15:35.0. Sophomore Kyla Blackman followed in 22nd place with a time of 15:52.9. Sophomore Abigail Yeates was 29th in 16:23.1, followed by sophomore Emi Szakats in 32nd place with a time of 16:41.8. Sophomore Sachi Jauhari was the final scoring member in 39th place in 17:08.0.

 

 

With a consistent runner up showing at the DAL center meets, the JV boys were tasked with not letting any other team beat them and breaking up Campolindo’s front running pack. The boys maintained their runner up position keeping Northgate a solid 30 points behind them, and Senior Kyle Pickle and junior Nicholas Guliaev broke into the top 7 to break up the Campolindo squad. Pickle finished in 3rd in 11:27.9 after a surge and push through the final hill loop. Guliaev took 7th place out of 134 runners with a time of 11:45.5. Juniors Jonathan Gunter and Django Casamajor also had strong performances as they finished in 13th (12:12.4) and 16th (12:22.8) place. Junior Sam Benabou rounded out the scoring five with a 32nd place finish in 13:00.7. 

 

 

The varsity girls put some pressure on the Campolindo girls all season and went from a nearly last place ranked team at the start of two seasons ago to runner ups to a state ranked team, just ahead of Miramonte, another ranked team. Even without one of their original top 5 from the start of the season, the new freshmen talent and the sophomore “veterans” held onto their position in the league and became an NCS Division II ranked team.

 

Sophomore Isabella Alviz gave chase to the top runner in the state in Division IV, Audrey Allen of Miramonte. Alviz finished in 3rd place with an outstanding time of 18:41.3, which would have crowned her league champion only a year ago. The Reed sisters continued their number 2 and 3 front running for the Falcons with freshman Grace Reed finishing in 11th in 19:54.9 and sophomore Lindsey Reed in 12th with a time of 20:06.3. Sophomore Marlo Taylor and freshman Hailey Hallford rounded out the top five scorers for the girls, all in the top 25. Taylor was 21st in 21:00.9 and Hallford 24th in 21:37.0. Alviz earned first team all league honors, Reeds both earned second team all league honors, and Taylor took home an honorable mention league honors medal. 


 

The varsity boys ended their season last year with a 3rd place team finish in the league and then went on to qualify for and run at the CIF State Championships. This season the boys were not on anybody’s radar with four seniors from the state qualifying team gone, however, led by senior Ethan Gaigalas, the young and new talent stepped up to the plate and now field a team stronger than last year. At the first league meet, the boys finished in 3rd place, and at the last league meet they finished in 2nd, and that was complemented by their 2nd place finish at DAL Championships, keeping the NCS ranked team, Acalanes, in 3rd place. 

 

 

Gaigalas and junior Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel finished in an amazing 3rd and 4th place position in 16:16.6 and 16:24.6 over the 3 mile varsity course. Sophomore Lev Afonine also made first team all league honors with Gaigalas and Vaisset-Fauvel. Freshman Alex Lamoureux set a personal best by 1 minute and 5 seconds to close the gap with the top 3 front runners with a 13th place finish in 16:48.6. Lamoureux earned second team all league honors. Diego Flores finished 5th for the Falcons in 35th place overall with a time of 17:40.0. 

 

 

Following the DAL Championships, the Falcons later met up for a team bonding event at the bowling alley to celebrate their success. 

 

The Falcons will race for a top 4 qualifying spot at the North Coast Section Championships on November 23 at Hayward High School. 

 

Full Results from DAL Championships can be found at: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/160585/results












 

Lady Falcons Win Mt. SAC Invitational Division II Race, Boys Claim Stunning Second

-Coach Castro

This weekend the Falcons traveled to Southern California for the largest cross country invitational in Walnut, CA, the 72nd Mt. SAC Invitational and won their Division race on the girls side. In 2006, Coach Castro took on the same course and took the early lead to push and kill the Mt. SAC course to a 1st place finish in 15:37. This year, his athlete completed the same feat. Sophomore Isabella Alviz took the individual crown in 18:50 in the girls Division II race! She came from way back in 3rd by at least 50 meters and chased the top runner down in the final 400m after making a move on the hill and pushing through the downhill to close the gap. Alviz finished in 18:50!

This is the fastest time on the Mt. SAC course from a Lady Falcon since 2013. The girls also won Mt. SAC in 2016, but they raced in a lower Division III race that year.

Check out her post race interview here: https://www.dyestat.com/gprofile.php?mgroup_id=44531&do=videos&video_id=285442-Isabella-Alvis-1st-Place-Girls-Division-2-Varsity-Race-Mt-SAC-Cross-Country-Invitational-2019

Bella led the girls team to an overall 1st place! Lindsey Reed (5th) and Grace Reed (7th) also had top ten finishes. In a step up performance, freshman Hailey Hallford broke 21 minutes and finished in 20th, followed by Marlo Taylor (27th), who despite fighting a fever and recovering, came through once again for her team in a strong gutsy race for a top 30 finish. Freshmen Mae Gunter and Jessica Chisar finished together in 44th and 45th place.

This is an amazing accomplishment on a prestigious and historic course that hosts the largest xc meet in the country. The girls finished ahead of Scripps Ranch, which placed 15th at the 2018 CIF State Championships. The girls' team time was also faster than their NCS Division II competition, San Ramon Valley, which was in a different race. The top ranked teams in NCS Division II are Granada, College Park, Redwood, San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista. These teams have been battling all season and one of them will be out of a spot to qualify for the CIF State Championships. This is one of the deepest most competitive fields in the entire North Coast Section for the girls and the Falcons will be fighting to earn a spot. 

The boys knew they had some work with some tough Division II competition and a strong Murrieta Mesa team. After stalking some teams online, the goal was to place as a team and challenge those strong SoCal teams. 

Right from the gun the boys had a strong start thanks to the track speed of sophomore Lev Afonine who got out strong to prevent his teammates from getting swallowed up by the wave of runners off the line in single file. 

The boys were led by senior Ethan Gaigalas who finished in 7th place with an impressive 16:04, the fastest time of any Falcon boy since 2010! They took a very close 2nd place overall by 3 points to a strong Murrieta Mesa team, which is also the best team finish since 2010, the last time the boys won Mt. SAC! The close range of points was a surprise, but, like the girls, there were 3 front runners with Lev Afonine taking 8th and Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel in 10th. 

However, the surprise that secured a top 3 spot for the Falcons came from freshmen Alex Lamoureux who made a huge surge on poop out hill and the reservoir hill to move up into 15th place! Diego Flores also moved up a lot and rounded out the scoring five with a 33rd place finish. 

In his first varsity race, the newly converted soccer/baseball player, sophomore Ethan Leach was the 6th runner for the Falcons in a solid 18:14, just shy of his sub 18 performance the week before on a much flatter and faster course at Hayward HS. Junior Jonathan Gunter also had a strong race just behind Leach and enjoyed the roller coaster that is the Mt. SAC course with a strong 18:28 on the hilly course. 

The boys were not ranked during the pre-season. Only the top four boys teams in NCS make it to the 2019 CIF State Championship. The top four ranked teams during the pre-season were: Granada, De La Salle, Monte Vista, and Liberty, followed by Redwood and San Ramon. Our boys have beat both Redwood and San Ramon, along with Monte Vista (Mariner Invitational) and Liberty (Mt. SAC Invitational). Only four teams make it and the Falcons want it again this year!

The team bonded, stayed up late when they weren't supposed to, broke bread together, raced together, drove each other crazy on the drive, uploaded a million tik toks, jumped in the pool together, met athletes from other teams and hotels, and came back with lots of bling to add to their growing collections. As Ethan Leach stated, "this weekend was a roller coaster of emotions," just like the course. 

Full Results can be found at (girls are race 88, boys are race 91): https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/156935/results

 

FALCONS PREVIEW CIF STATE MEET COURSE AND SET PERSONAL COURSE RECORDS

 

 

The Falcons traveled to Clovis, California for the 41st Annual Asics Clovis Invitational and had the opportunity to run on the CIF State Meet Course. The Falcons were warned by their coach that October would present them with the hardest weeks of training, but despite the 55 mile week they came off of and the mile time trial they had the Wednesday before they set personal records and made some moves up the rankings. The purpose of this trip was not to disrupt training, but to preview and run on the CIF State Meet Course. 

 

 

On the boys side, senior Ethan Gaiglas led the Falcons with a personal record on the course by 20 seconds and ran a 16:42.1. The Falcons have been struggling to get a tight 1-5 and while there are so many athletes that can at any time fill in those spots, the gap was not tight enough. This past weekend their gap was 1:09 between Gaigalas and junior Max Benabou was the 5th scoring runner. They may not have set personal bests as big as they would have wanted, but this was the first meet where they came together as a pack and that allowed them to beat the 5th place ranked team in the North Coast Section for Division II, Redwood (Larkspur). 

 

Last season the boys were ranked in 3rd place the entire season and lived up to their expectations, but this season they are ready to disappoint and it looks like they are coming together. Do not count out the Falcons because when it comes together for them, they make things happen. 

 

Freshman Alex Lamoureux continues to make great improvements through his hard work and morning pool workouts. Lamoureux set a huge personal best from his 3 mile time of 17:47.3 by beating that time on a longer 5k course with a 17:18.8. The conversion for a 3 mile for that 5k time is roughly around 16:38. He is exactly what the Falcons need and he is ready to go for it to help the team make some noise. 

 

Junior Max Benabou is also making the push as the number 5 runner on the team to break 17 for 3 miles and he ran 17:51.6 on the Clovis course, which is just shy of sub 17 min for 3 miles. There are about 5 other athletes trying to break into the top 5 and are all pushing each other at practice to ensure they are ready for DAL Championships and NCS. Do not count the Falcons out of contention for a State Meet Birth. 

 

On the girls end, sophomore Isabella Alviz led the Falcons with a top 25 finish in a personal record on the course from 20:09.8 to 19:17.1, earning herself an individual medal. Freshman Grace Reed nearly matched her personal record on an all flat course, showing her improving fitness. Reed ran 19:18.4 at Capital Cross and finished in 19:25.8 on the State Meet Course, which is made up of rolling hills. Without one of their front runners, Aiyana Lawler, the Falcons returning the course PR’d, including Lindsey Reed and Marlo Taylor. Newcomers to the varsity squad also showed improvement, sophomore Catherine Mitchell (22:33.3), which is faster than her 3 mile time earlier this season, and sophomore Brooke Simpson (22:35.1) beat her time on a 3 mile course from earlier this season by an entire minute on this 5k course. 

 

 

The team went with the goal of previewing the CIF State Course and trained through the week and still managed to set some personal course records. This Saturday, the team will head to the Mariner Invitational to race on the NCS Course and with a lighter week under their belts they will be looking for some fast times!

FRESHMEN BOYS TAKE THE WIN AT CASTRO VALLEY INVITATIONAL

 

 

The freshmen boys started off an exciting day at the tough Castro Valley Invitational. The 2.1 mile course is very hilly and has a large part of the course that runs through a canyon that is all uphill.

 

The top five boys finished in the top 20 in a wave of purple in white to take a commanding victory of 38 to Castro Valley’s 82. Ivan Richards (5th), Jacob Harn (8th), Caden Nakamura (11th), Austin Chu (12th) and Max Baril (20th) rounded out the five scoring runners and they all earned individual medals along with their first place medals. 

 

The Varsity girls were on an away trip in Clovis, CA, but a solid group of freshmen girls stepped up and represented the Falcons in the Varsity division in Castro Valley. The all freshmen girls team took 4th place overall in an impressive run and finished just behind Northgate and Clayton Valley’s A Teams. Hailey Hallford, Mae Gunter and Ella Fitch all took top 30 to earn individual medals as well! Vienna Tung finished in 35th and Maeve Gagnon in 41st. 

 

 

Sophomore Ethan Leach continues to show improvement and continues to add on to his medal collection with a 14th place finish, followed by teammate Samuel Fischer in 15th.

 

The JV Girls were led by sophomore Haley Joseph who also continues to get stronger and stronger each week, and freshman Linsey Blackman. Joseph took 7th place to earn an individual medal along with the Blackman sisters (Linsey 12th, Kyla 18th). Sophomore Abigail Yeates also took a top 20 finish in 19th place. Newcomer Sachi Jauhari was the 5th scorer in 21st place to help the team earn an overall 3rd place finish. 

 

Junior AJ Stefanski stepped up for the Varsity boys in a 33rd place finish. 

 




 

ETHAN GAIGALAS LEADS VAR BOYS TO 3RD PLACE WITH A HUGE PR, VAR GIRLS ESTABLISH THEIR POSITION AS A TOP TEAM IN THE LEAGUE AND MAKE CAMPOLINDO WORK FOR THE WIN

The Falcons took on all 12 teams in the Diablo Athletic League on Wednesday, October 2 at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez, California. Frosh/Soph and JV races were 2 miles, and Varsity races were 3 miles.

FSG beat Benicia, Clayton Valley, Acalanes! They put SEVEN girls before Acalanes' top girl and got a perfect score against them! They lost to Campolindo 19 to 36, Northgate 28 to 29 (so close! next time for sure!), Las Lomas 26 to 31, Miramonte 21 to 36.

Freshman Mae Gunter continues to impress as she led the team with a charge up the final hill that took her from 10th to 4th place in the FSG race with a time of 14:28.1. Fellow freshman Maeve Gagnon also finished in the top 20 as she took 17th in 15:09.9. Vienna Tung (27th), Catherine Mitchell (30th), and Ella Fitch (35th) rounded out the top scoring girls for the Falcons.

FSB beat Alhambra, Las Lomas, Berean Christian, Concord, Benecia, Miramonte, Clayton Valley. They got perfect scores against Concord and Berean Christian. They lost to Campolindo 19 to 37, Northgate 27 to 29 (so close!), Acalanes 23 to 32.

Sophomore Harley Santos led the FSB with an 11th place finish in 12:19.8 and he was followed shortly by sophomore Ethan Leach who also broke into the top 20 in 12:26.6 to finish in 13th place. Ivan Richards (26th), Jacob Harn (29th), and Samuel Fischer (40th)rounded out the top five scorers.

JVG beat Alhambra, Las Lomas, Ygnacia Valley, Benicia, Clayton Valley. They had perfect scores against Alhambra and Ygnacio Valley. The lost to Northgate 24 to 32, Campolindo 15 to 44. 

Freshman Lindsey Blackman and sophomore Hailey Joseph stepped up today for the JV girls and led the team as they finished together in 16th and 17th place in 15:55.1. Junior Ana Huerta also broke into the top 20 as she finished in 19th in 15:58.1. Sophomores Samantha Payton and Abigail Yeates took 29th and 30th to make up the top five scoring members of the team.

JVB beat Northgate, Alhambra, Las Lomas, Mt. Diablo, Concord, Benicia, Miramonte, Clayton Valley. They had perfect scores against Alhambra, Mt. Diablo, Concord, Benicia. They lost to Acalanes 27 to 30, Campolindo 15 to 49. 

In his first cross country season, junior Nicholas Guliaev led the JV boys with an 11th place finish in 11:52.8, followed by senior Kyle Pickle in 13th in 11:57.6. Django Casamajor (20th), Jonathan Gunter (32nd), and Caden Dye (36th) rounded out the top five scorers.

VG beat everyone except Campolindo 24 to 32. All top 5 girls were in the top 20 and now they know what they have to do and what it will take the next time they face off against them.

Sophomore Isabella Alviz led the Varsity Falcons with a 4th place finish in 19:11.3, an improvement of about a minute and a half from last year on this course. She was followed by Aiyana Lawler in 6th, Grace Reed 10th, Lindsey Reed 11th, Marlo Taylor (19th), Jessica Chisar (34th), and Hailey Hallford (37th).

VB beat Northgate, Berean Christian, Concord, Ygnacio Valley, Benicia, Concord, Miramonte, Las Lomas, Clayton Valley. They lost to Campolindo 16 to 41, Alhambra 28 to 29, Acalanes 27 to 28. Falcons were without juniors Carson Nagel and Sam Benabou today and will be looking to take out Alhambra and Acalanes to reclaim their runner up spot at the next DAL meet on October 30. 

Senior Ethan Gaigalas improved his time on the Hidden Valley Park course by about a minute from last year and led the Varsity boys with a 6th place finish in 16:32.2. Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel followed in 16:52.2, good for 11th, and sophomore Lev Afonine completed the front running trip with a time of 16:57.1, good for 13th place. Freshman Alex Lamoureux took 37th, followed by sophomore Diego Flores in 38th to round out the top five scorers. Juniors Max Benabou and AJ Stefanski finished in 41st and 43rd. 

More than half of the team set personal course records over the hilly two and three mile Hidden Valley course in their first DAL meet of the season. 

SEE RESULTS AT: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/160583/results

 

Var Girls Swoop Team Title at Nike Invite, Frosh/JV Continue to get Stronger

The Varsity Girls continue to put the Falcons on the radar from Hawaii to Concord, California. The girls were coming off a 52 mile training week and knew going into the Nike De La Salle Invitational that it was not going to be a race for time, but a race for place to try and chase down some of the teams that had been named as contenders for the team title in an article previewing the meet. 

A squad of all underclassmen, the girls took the team title over Division I NCS Champions and runner up, Amador Valley and Dougherty Valley. They were led by sophomore Aiyana Lawler who finished in 5th place and set a personal best in 18:46.96, which shows she still has a lot more to prove in terms of her ability because she beat her time from a very fast course in Hawaii. 

Sophomores Lindsey Reed and Isabella Alviz finished together in 14th and 15th place in 19:28 and 19:29. Freshman Grace Reed struggled a bit with nerves, but managed to stay strong and finished in 19:43.6, good for 22nd place. The strength of this team is that there are four front runners who are constantly pushing each other in practice and in races and their order is constantly switching depending on the course. 

Sophomore Marlo Taylor had a great training week that was definitely taxing on her body, but she came through as the fifth scoring member of the team and solidified the girls’ team victory. Freshman Jessica Chisar has been putting in a lot of miles as well and hitting her double days to close the gap on these varsity runners. She continues to improve and finished 6th for the team in 22:12.27. Sophomore Brooke Simpson was the final member of the varsity squad and despite the pain in her shins, she had a strong finish in 23:35.62.

This weekend the girls will be racing for fast times at the Capital Cross Challenge and it will be their first time as a team racing in the “seeded” race with some of the most competitive teams in Northern California.

 

The Varsity boys were led by Senior Ethan Gaigalas who finished in 16:48.77. Sophomore Diego Flores finished 3rd for the boys and set a new personal record in 17:45.9. In his first 3 mile race of the season, freshman star, Alex Lamoureux, finished 4th for the team in 17:47.3. The boys took 16th out of 40 teams and beat out Diablo Athletic League rivals, Clayton Valley, Las Lomas, and Concord. 

On the JV front, the girls saw a number of athletes step up and race three miles for the first time. Sophomore Catherine Mitchell had a great performance in 11th place to earn an individual medal and a fast time of 22:36.7. Freshman Vienna Tung also finished in the top 25 out of 91 runners in 23:09.4. Junior Ana Huerta also broke the 24 minute barrier in 23:46.08. The JV girls finished in 6th place out of 11 teams and ahead of DAL rivals, Benicia and Las Lomas.

The JV boys showcased the depth that the boys side is developing for a team that will make some noise in the next year or two. The JV boys spread from the first finisher to the fifth scoring member was 1:08. They were led by Senior Kyle Pickle who finished in 45th out of 195 runners with a time of 18:01. Junior AJ Stefanski (49th), sophomore Harley Santos (52nd),  junior Nicholas Guliaev (81st), and junior Django Casamajor (97th) rounded out the scoring five. The JV boys finished in 7th out of 23 teams and beat DAL rivals, Clayton Valley, Las Lomas, Acalanes, and Concord. 

The freshmen trio of Hailey Halford, Mae Gunter, and Maeve Gagnon had strong sub 16 minute performances in their first race this season. Halford earned an individual medal with her 17th place finish out of 188 runners in a very fast time of 14:17.89 over two miles. Gunter (29th) finished in 14:55.05 and Gagnon (42nd) in 15:26.74. Freshman Linsey Blackman (71st) and Sophomore Emese Szakats (73rd) rounded out the scoring five for the frosh/soph girls team. The girls finished in 7th place out of 15 teams and beat DAL rivals, Las Lomas and Clayton Valley. 

Freshman Ivan Richards set another personal best this season with a time of 12:42.61 to lead the frosh/soph boys team. In the frosh/soph unlimited race, sophomore Ethan Leach set a personal best in his first race of the season and earned a medal with a 6th place finish in 12:48.28. 

Other Falcons that set personal bests were sophomores Samantha Parton and Haley Joseph and freshman Virginia Garcia. On the boys end, freshmen Gabriel Sekel, Jacob Harn, Samuel Fischer, Max Baril, Caden Nakamura, Lucas Ziegler, Zander Flynn, sophomores David Bawolski, Noah Velasquez, Ashton Searle, Nicholas DeSilva, Jose Sanchez Lopez, juniors, Tyler Gonsalves, RJ Ruiz, Carl Leung, and Jared Caballero. 

Full Results can be found at: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/157196/results

 

VAR Girls Break Out Performance in Hawaii, VAR Boys Return With Personal Bests

By Coach Castro

This week the varsity cross country teams traveled to the Island of Honolulu, Hawaii for the 21st Iolani Invitational. The team spent four days in this beautiful island and got to race on the beautiful Kualoa Ranch. 

Prior to visiting the Island, the Falcons reached out to the Iolani School XC team to get together prior to the meet for a run and pasta feed. The Iolani School XC team served as excellent hosts and not only did they take the Falcons out on a long run along the beach, but they also provided them with rollers, an ice bath, a pasta feed complete with hula dancers, pop ups and water on  race day, and the athletes even exchanged team t-shirts. 

 

 

 

The athletes got to enjoy the tourist area of Waikiki, delicious local foods, a tour of the University of Hawaii, and snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. While the four days in Honolulu were filled with lots of delicious food, adventures, and fun, they remained focused on the task at hand. 

 

 

 

Last year our varsity girls team was in a rebuilding phase as we only had two senior girls on the team and a young group of freshmen that were eager to be a part of the team. The girls understood that they would be trained through most of the season and that they would not really shine until it mattered. The girls were towards the bottom of the league in rankings and at the DAL Championships the group of freshmen led by senior Kylie Tseng finished in 3rd behind powerhouse teams, Campolindo and Miramonte. 

After a successful track season and hundreds of miles over the summer, the girls proved they are a team worthy of their top 4 NCS pre season ranking. Nothing is simply granted and this young group of girls is full of potential if they keep working hard and stay healthy. 

 

Three Lady Falcons broke the 19 minute barrier for 3 miles! Led by sophomore Isabella Alviz, the girls earned a second place trophy behind last years Division 3 CIF State runner up, Palos Verdes, who also made the trip to Hawaii for the race. Alviz set a personal best in her three mile by about 1 minute and 45 seconds from last year and she finished 6th out of 140 runners in 18:15.4. 

 

Sophomore Aiyana Lawler finished in 12th in 18:48.6, a personal best by a little over 1 minute 40 seconds. Freshman Grace Reed finished right behind her in 13th with a time of 18:53.8. Sophomore Lindsey Reed set a personal best by 40 seconds and ran 19:02. Sophomore Marlo Taylor was the fifth scoring runner for the Falcons and finished in 30th with a time of 19:47.8, setting a personal best by almost 2 minutes! 

While the boys lost a key group of seniors from last years CIF State qualifying team, they have a number of athletes that stepped up this summer and are willing to put in work during this rebuilding phase for the boys, and they are looking to be ready when it counts. They have been ranked 5th in NCS pre-season rankings and will be looking to snatch a top 4 spot to return to the CIF State Championships.

Without their number one runner, sophomore Lev Afonine, the Falcons finished in 8th place out of 23 teams, and all of the 9 Falcons came home with new personal bests! The Falcons were led by Senior Ethan Gaigalas and junior Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel who both finished in the top 20. Gaigalas set a personal best by about 30 seconds and broke the 16 minute barrier in the 3 mile with a time of 15:50.4, good for 13th place out of 169 runners. Vaisset-Fauvel also set a personal best by 17 seconds and finished in 19th place with a time of 16:02.1. 

 

 

Junior Carson Nagel ran 17:25.07, junior Sam Benabou 17:26.86, junior Max Benabou 17:42.3, sophomore Diego Flores 17:49.24, senior Kyle Pickle 18:00.99, junior AJ Stefanski 18:18.1, and junior Nemo Guliaev 18:19.05. 

Cheer on the Falcons this coming Saturday at the Nike De La Salle Invitational at Newhall Park in Concord, CA. 

 

Hidden Valley Park Practice Meet Results

Last First Grade 2019 HVP Practice 2018 HVP Practice
Afonine Lev 10 10:54 11:10
Gaigalas Ethan 12 11:12 11:54
Flores Diego 10 11:43 14:14
Lamoureux Alex 9 12:06  
Pickle Kyle 12 12:08 12:42
Nagel Carson 11 12:12 12:52
Santos Harley 10 12:16 13:53
Benabou Max 11 12:18 12:51
Benabou Sam 11 12:26 12:40
Stefanski AJ 11 12:40 14:14
Alviz Isabella 10 12:41 15:16
Guliaev Nicholas 11 12:45  
Casamajor Alexander 11 12:50 14:34
Gunter Jonathan 11 12:52 13:33
Reed Lindsey 10 12:55 16:54
Richards Ivan 9 13:00  
Reed Grace 9 13:20  
Sekel Gabriel 9 13:24  
Fischer Samuel 9 13:24  
Lawler Aiyana 10 13:28 19:23
Dye Caiden 9 13:36  
Taylor Marlo 10 13:48 15:25
Nakamura Caden 9 13:54  
Chu Austin 9 14:11  
Harn Jacob 9 14:25  
Phister Bradley 9 14:28  
Bassler Kellen 11 14:30 16:21
Bawolski David 10 14:32 20:38
Velasquez Noah 10 14:40  
Velez Christopher 10 14:41 20:20
Baril Max 9 14:42  
Ruiz RJ 11 14:48  
Osborne Aodhgan 10 14:55 18:17
Maxon Blake 10 15:03 20:31
Chisar Jessica 9 15:04  
Ziegler Lucas 9 15:17  
Searle Ashton 10 15:28 17:24
Mitchell Catherine 10 15:43 20:31
Tung Vienna 9 16:01  
Huerta Ana 11 16:01 18:42
Monaghan David 12 16:02  
Szakats Emi 10 16:24 19:44
Parton Samantha 10 16:30 21:17
Ortiz Emmanuel 11 16:36 17:01
Yeates Abigail 10 16:40  
Joseph Haley 10 16:42 21:13
Otsuka Dante 10 16:55  
Alacar Asher 10 16:55  
Sanchez Lopez Jose 10 17:22  
Duane Aidan 11 17:46  
Flynn Zander 10 18:33  
Fitch Ella 9 18:58  
Vaisset-Fauvel Sebastian 11 NT  
Leach Ethan 10 NT  
Torrella Miguel 11 NT  
Marshall Zane 10 NT  
Borissov Gregory 11 NT  
Longo Joseph 11 NT  
Hallford Hailey 9 NT  
Gonsalves Tyler 11 NT  
Soto Ricardo 11 NT  
Gunter Mae 9 NT  
Gagnon Maeve 9 NT  
DeSilva Nicolas 10 NT  
Blackman Linsey 9 NT  
Kritikos Ryder 9 NT  
Garcia Virginia 9 NT  
Blackman Kyla 10 NT  
Lane Dylan 9 NT  
Pham Dalena 11 NT  
Pickle Kelly 12 NT  
Santini Dominic 9 NT  
Vaisset-Fauvel Chloe 10 NT  
Marsden Makenna 9 NT  

Athletes Put Summer Training to the Test in Time Trial

Many of the Falcons put in hundreds of miles of training over the summer. About 30 athletes, new and returning, and a couple of middle schoolers, joined us for our XC Endurance camp and 11 athletes joined us in Tahoe/Truckee. 

On Saturday, August 17, 45 athletes joined us for practice and participated in a two mile time trial. A number of our returning JV and frosh soph athletes from last season really stepped it up this summer and showed they are fighting for a top 7 spot on our varsity teams. 

Sophomore Aiyana Lawler led the girls in her first two mile ever with a sub 12:00 performance. Lawler finished in 11:56. The Reed sisters, sophomore Lindsey and freshman Grace, chased Lawler for the entire 8 laps in a very exciting race. Grace finished just behind her in 11: 57 and Lindsey in 12:09. Lindsey beat her time from last year's time trial by almost 4 minutes! 

Sophomore Isabella Alviz finished in 12:57, followed by sophomore Marlo Taylor in 13:24. Both girls improved from their 2018 time trial by about 4 minutes as well!

Freshmen Jessica Chisar, Vienna Tung, and Hailey Halford all three broke 14:30, showing great potential for this season. Sophomore Haley Joseph and junior Ana Huerta also saw great improvements from last year's time trial. 

Last year our top female athlete ran 14:11 and she helped lead our team to a 3rd place finish at the DAL Championships and 6th place at NCS Championships.

Freshman Lev Afonine, junior Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel, and senior Ethan Gaigalas raced together to the finish in a very exciting race to finish in 10:44, 10:45, and 10:46. This trio will be looking to lead the boys team to a top 4 finish at NCS in an attempt to return to the CIF State Championships. 

A number of JV boys have stepped up and there are still a large number that were not present that will be running their time trials this coming week. Senior Kyle Pickle and sophomore Harley Santos ran together and finished in 11:54. Freshman Alex Lamoureux and junior Carson Nagel raced to the finish and both crossed the line in 12:24. Juniors Django Casamajor and Jonathan Gunter finished just behind them in 12:28 and 12:29. Last year, our number 6 runner on the state qualifying team ran 12:28 at this time trial.

Sophomores Aodhgan Osborne, David Bawolski, Blake Maxon, and juniors Emmanuel Ortiz, Kellen Bassler, and Ricardo Soto also saw great improvements by over 2 minutes!

See PDF below with the first round of time trial results.

2019 XC

Falcon XC Schedule (Tentative) 2019

Date

Event

Location

Monday, August 12

First Day of Practice

Hidden Valley Park

(Center Ave side near play structure)

Martinez, CA

Saturday, August 17

Saturday Practice

Paso Nogal Park

(Odin Drive Entrance)

Pleasant Hill, CA

Monday, August 19

6 PM

Mandatory Team and Parent Meeting 

CPHS MU

Pleasant Hill, CA

Saturday, August 24

10 AM

Saturday Practice, Picnic and Swimming

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area

Walnut Creek, CA

Saturday, August 31

8AM

Hidden Valley Park DAL Service Project

Hidden Valley Park

Martinez, CA

Saturday, September 7

10AM

Practice Meet with Northgate and Berkeley HS

Hidden Valley Park

Martinez, CA

Saturday, September 14

Ed Sias Invitational

Hidden Valley Park

Martinez, CA

Thursday, September 12-Sunday, September 15

Iolani XC Invitational

*Select VAR Athletes Only

Kualoa Ranch

Oahu, Hawaii

Saturday, September 21

De La Salle Nike Invitational

Newhall Park

Concord, CA

Saturday, September 28

Capital Cross Challenge

Arcade Creek Golf Course

Sacramento, CA

Wednesday, October 2

DAL Meet #1

*MANDATORY for ALL ATHLETES

Hidden Valley Park

Martinez, CA

Saturday, October 5

San Leandro Marina Long Run & Team Picnic

San Leandro Marina

San Leandro, CA

Friday, October 11-Saturday, October 12

Clovis Invitational

(CIF State Course)

*Varsity Athletes Only

Woodward Park

Clovis, CA

Saturday, October 12

Castro Valley Invitational

*F/S and JV Athletes Only

Canyon Middle School

Castro Valley, CA

Saturday, October 19

Mariner Invitational

(NCS Course)

Hayward High School

Hayward, CA

Friday, October 25-27

Mt. SAC Invitational

*Top 8 boys and girls only

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, CA

Wednesday, October 30

DAL Meet #2

*MANDATORY for ALL ATHLETES

Newhall Park

Concord, CA

Saturday, November 9

DAL Championships

*MANDATORY for ALL ATHLETES

Hidden Valley Park

Martinez, CA

Saturday, November 23

NCS Championships

*VAR Only

Hayward HS

Hayward, CA

Saturday, November 30

CIF State Championships

Woodward Park

Clovis, CA

TBD

Awards Night

CPHS MU

Pleasant Hill, CA

 


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Varsity Boys Qualify for State Championships after 5 Year Hiatus, Girls Finish Season Ranked 6th in NCS Division II

By Coach Castro

After much uncertainty and inability to run outdoors due to the tragic Paradise, California fire that caused the NCS to be postponed to Tuesday, November 20, the Varsity boys and girls finally got to toe the line at Hayward High School.

 

However, just two days before the new date an application for advancement was released along with the most up to date rankings. The application was in order for teams to submit their plea to advance to the CIF State Championships in case the air quality was still unsafe. The varsity boys were ranked in 3rd place behind Granada and De La Salle, which meant that every other team in Division II was going to be chasing down our jerseys during the race to move into the final qualifying spot. Teams ranked behind the boys were Heritage, Liberty and Mission San Jose.

 

 

The varsity boys have had quite a journey with their team with two of their top five runners having to take time off due to injuries and sickness at critical points in the season. Luckily, the YMCA and Sequoia Middle School were gracious enough to allow us to use their facilities for free when the air was unhealthy. The boys stepped up to the challenge and after running the State meet course mid-season, they proved they deserved a chance to run it a second time and finished in 3rd place to qualify for the CIF State Championships for the first time as a team since 2013.

 

The boys were lead by senior captains Dylan Cook and Bjorn Thorsen who finished in 11th and 12th in 15:36.9 and 15:37.4. Cook set a personal best on the NCS course by 30 seconds and Thorsen also set a personal best after already setting a best time by over a minute earlier in the season.

 

 

Junior Ethan Gaigalas had an excellent race and stepped up for the team after passing by his teammate, Freshman Lev Afonine who is normally up with the seniors. Gaigalas finished in 28th in 16:23.8. Sophomore Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel also stepped up after taking 10 days off in the middle of Championship season due to a knee injury. Vaisset-Fauvel finished in 31st in 16:26.2.

 

 

Unfortunately, Afonine was struggling with health complications from a wrist surgery earlier in the season. However, Afonine did not give up and kept pushing himself until the very end to finish 5th for the time and securing their qualifying spot by finishing ahead of the competitions’ fifth runners. Afonine finished in 33rd in 16:35. Senior Jake Heinlein also helped to displace and add points to the competitions’ number five runners and finished in 39th in 16:44.9. Sophomore Carson Nagel also had a great race and first NCS appearance after winning the challenge race for the final varsity spot. Nagel finished in 73rd in 17:31.5.

 

The varsity girls were not ranked in the top 6, but four teams are able to advance as opposed to three for boys. The top four teams predicted to advance to State were Granada, San Ramon Valley, Monte Vista, and Liberty. The team to beat looked to be Liberty.

 

 

The varsity girls put on an amazing performance led by senior Kylie Tseng who finished in 21st in 19:19.9. Tseng’s performance was a season best on the course by about 40 seconds and helped lead the varsity girls to a 6th place finish ahead of top NCS ranked team, Liberty, however, two other teams snuck into the 4th and 5th place spots just ahead of them to qualify.

 

Freshman Lindsey Reed had a break out performance and finished in 26th place in 19:42.1. Reed’s performance put her as the number two freshman in Division II for NCS. Reed also set a personal best on the course by over a minute!

 

Freshmen Isabella Alviz finished in 33rd in 19:59.3 and Aiyana Lawler came in 45th in 20:29.7. Alviz set a personal best by 12 seconds on the Hayward course. Lawler set a 3 mile personal best by almost 20 seconds. Rounding out the top five scorers for the falcons was freshman Chloe Vaisset-Fauvel who finished in 55th in 20:50.5. Vaisset-Fauvel ran a 3 mile best by about 45 seconds!

 

Another outstanding personal record over the NCS course came from freshman Marlo Taylor who ran about 45 seconds faster than she did at the Farmer Invitational in the beginning of the season. Senior Tayler Hall also ran a season best after struggling mid season with asthma issues. Hall finished 82nd in 22:10.2. Next year the young lady falcons have potential to be a top team to beat in the DAL and NCS.

 

 

DAL Championships: VAR Boys tie for 2nd, VAR Girls Pull off Upset to Finish 3rd

LEAGUE CHAMPS RESULTS and FINAL STANDINGS

Varsity Boys: 3rd place; FINAL: 2nd place tied with Las Lomas

Varsity Girls: 3rd place; FINAL: 5th place

JV Boys: 3rd place; FINAL: 2nd place

JV Girls: 4th place; FINAL: 5th place

Frosh/Soph Boys: 4th place; FINAL: 2nd place tie with Acalanes and Northgate

DAL First and Second Team All League and Honorable Mention

Girls Varsity

2nd Team All League

Kylie Tseng - 9th place

Honorable Mention Honors (15-21st place in Varsity)

Isabella Alviz - 15th place

Aiyana Lawler - 18th place

Lindsey Reed - 21st place

Boys Varsity

1st Team All League

Bjorn Thorsen - 4th place

Lev Afonine - 6th place

Honorable Mention

Dylan Cook - 15th place

Girls JV

All League Honors

Marlo Taylor - 3rd place

Boys JV

All League Honors

Joseph Ziegler - 3rd place

Kyle Pickle - 8th place

Frosh/Soph Boys

All League Honors

Carson Nagel - 7th place

Frosh/Soph, JV and Varsity Squads Earn Individual and Team Awards at Castro Valley Invitational; JV Boys Pull Off A Perfect Score

By: Coach Castro

Photos By: Parker Viale, Owen Tseng and Walter Parton

Falcons had a great showing at their final invitational of the season, Castro Valley Invitational. All of the Falcon teams came home with medals and plaques. The 2 and 3 mile course is comparable in toughness to the Falcon's home course at Hidden Valley Park. It was great to see the camaraderie between athletes, coaches and parents, and it helped that resident DJ Peter Reed also provided the team with some tunes on and off the course as he hyped up the Falcons!

Freshman Tony Mai led the boys freshman team from the start and took it out fast with the leaders. Mai held on to his position and took on the very challenging hilly 2.1 mile course. Mai finished in fourth place to earn an individual medal with a time of 13:48.3.

 

Harley Santos and Eddie Bernardo had great races and finished in the top 30. Santos took 24th place with a time of 14:35.5 and Bernardo finished in 30th with a time of 14:58.6. Rounding out the top five for the Falcons were Anthony Simmons and Zane Marshall who finished in 42nd and 57th out of 105 runners.

Frosh/Soph boys ran a great race with 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams only separated by six points! The boys had four runners in the top 25: Max Benabou (10th), AJ Stefanski (19th), Jonathan Gunter (21st), and Daniel Wang (24th). Sophomore Miguel Torella rounded out the top five scorers for the Falcons, finishing in 35th. The boys finished ahead of league rivals, Northgate and Acalanes.

 


The JV Girls team saw a number of freshman girls move up due to some conflicts with other girls on the squad that could not attend the meet. Junior Kelly Pickle led the girls to a 3rd place finish with her 10th place individual medal.

 

Pickle and Freshman Cat Mitchell (24th) both got top 25 finishes in the JV girls race!

 

The JV Boys race was definitely one of the most exciting races of the day as the boys took Coach Castro’s advice to go out as a pack with the leaders. Junior Joseph Ziegler went out with the early leader and was followed closely by a pack of four College Park runners right behind them.

Ziegler separated himself and began to create some distance going into the hilly canyon and finished in first place with a time of 12:49.5. Meanwhile, the four other Falcons put their hill training to the test and gained on the Antioch runner who was fighting to stay in the mix.


A wave of Falcons that included Sophomore Carson Nagel, Senior Stanley Yang, and Junior Kyle Pickle finished in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place! Senior Dylan Viale finished in 6th place just behind Antioch junior, Payton Harty. The boys got a perfect score of 15 points, the lowest score possible in a cross country race, since Antioch did not field a complete team to score.

Varsity boys ran a tight race with the final results coming down to the very last point! Boys had a challenge against NCS Division III team, Casa Grande, and Clovis West also made the trip to Castro Valley after the Falcons defeated them at the Clovis Invitational. Seniors Dylan Cook and Bjorn Thorsen took the early lead with a great start by the Falcons. Casa Grande and Clovis West had a lot of jerseys in the mix in the top 30 and it was a close race throughout the full 3 miles.

Heritage senior and one of the top NCS Division II individuals, Michael Waechter pulled away in the Canyon and finished first, followed by Cook and Thorsen in 2nd and 3rd place. Cook finished in 17:01.3 and Thorsen in 17:04.0. Freshman Lev Afonine continued his impressive return and finished in 11th place in 17:33.1.

The Falcons put all six of their runners before Casa Grande’s fifth man, but unfortunately their 3rd and 4th runners were just ahead of ours and the Falcon’s took 2nd place by 1 point! Junior Ethan Gaigalas and Sophomore Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel ran together for most of the race with Vaisset-Fauvel taking Gaigalas down in the final sprint. Vaisset-Fauvel finished in 18th in 17:46.9, followed by Gaigalas in 19th in 17:47.5. Senior Jake Heinlein finished in 23rd in 18:05.3. All of the boys on the Varsity squad earned individual and team medals for their efforts.

Varsity Girls showed their strength and grit over the hilly course and put three girls in the top 30 for individual medals. Every week the girls get stronger and stronger and take down teams that have previously beat them this season. If the girls can stay healthy, they may surprise some teams come championship season!

The Lady Falcons were led by Senior Kylie Tseng and freshmen Isabella Alviz and Lindsey Reed. Tseng went out with the leaders, followed by Alviz and managed to hold on to finish in 5th place in 21:02.3 over the challenging course. Alviz finished in 8th place in 21:09.8 and Reed finished in 27th with a time of 22:34.6.

 

Freshman Aiyana Lawler ran in her Varsity debut and finished fourth for the girls in 42nd place with a time of 23:21.9. Marlo rounded out the top five scorers, finishing in 48th place with a time of 23:42.1. Senior Lexi Ketron put forth a valiant effort on the hilly course and pushed through knee pain and finished 6th for the Falcons.

 

 

Official Results can be seen at: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=145536&show=all

 

More photos by Owen Tseng can be seen at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmtXSr9W

Varsity Boys Place 5th Among Top State Teams at Asics Clovis Invite; Varsity Girls Set Personal Bests Over Rolling Hills

The Varsity falcons took an overnight trip to Clovis, California to run at the elite 40th Asics Clovis Invitational where they raced on the CIF State meet course against some of the top ranked teams in the state. There were 50 state ranked teams in Clovis this weekend, about 200 teams, and 4,000 athletes.

The Varsity girls ran in the first race of the day at 7:15AM and the boys followed at 8:05AM. With an early departure at 5:40AM from the hotel, the girls had to warm up while it was still dark. Freshman Isabella Alviz took the early lead for the lady falcons with Senior Kylie Tseng running with her in the same pack through the first two miles of the 5k course, which includes rolling hills and the so-called, “Killer Hill,” which is nothing compared to the hills the falcons train on.

 

In her first varsity race, freshman Chloe Vaisset-Fauvel was fearless and went out third for the team with fellow freshman Lindsey Reed following behind her through the first two miles. In another step up performance was Senior Lexi Ketron who also had a great race and looked strong coming up the hill before the two mile marker.

A week ago, Tseng set a personal best in her 5k time with a 20:06.8 at the Capital Cross Challenge in Sacramento, CA where she led her team to a 5th place finish. The Capital Cross course is all flat with low cut grass on a golf course. Tseng almost ran a personal best this weekend on the rolling hills of the State meet course with an impressive 20:08.5 to finish 47th out of 215 runners.

Alviz and Reed both set personal bests at Clovis! Alviz set a personal best by 30 seconds and finished in 49th with a time of 20:09.8. Reed improved her time by 4 seconds and ran a 21:18.3 to finish in 109th.

Senior Lexi Ketron also ran her 5k debut and ran a faster time than her 3 mile race at Hayward High School over the North Coast Section Championships course earlier this season where she finished with a time of 22:21.2. This weekend Ketron finished with a time of 22:02.7.

Sophomore Molly Ostrowski, who is also on the College Park water polo team, and freshman Marlo Taylor had strong, consistent races. Taylor finished in 22:55.3 and Ostrowski finished right behind her in 22:56.3.

 

Varsity girls placed 19th overall out of 32 teams. In their race, they beat out North Coast Section Division II competition, Foothill, and their team time of 1:45:24 was faster than league rival, Las Lomas, who ran a team time of 1:46:08 and had previously beat the girls at the first DAL meet. The average mile over three miles for our Varsity girls was 6:47. The girls continue to get faster each week and move up as a team.

Varsity boys continued their impressive individual and team efforts as they are motivated to return to get an opportunity to run at Woodward Park for a second time this season. The boys outperformed many top teams from the central and southern section and finished 5th as a team out of 35 teams in their division.

The boys were not initially convinced that the course with its rolling hills is still not a slow course, but following the girls race where many set personal bests or ran close to their 5k time from Capital Cross Challenge, the boys eased up and once again stepped up to the challenge.

Seniors Dylan Cook and Bjorn Thorsen lead the team at the mile marker, crossing the mile in about 5:04 in 50th and 60th place, which was about 9 seconds slower than what Coach Castro wanted them to go out in and the team was in 12th place at that point in the race. However, the two leaders moved up along with the rest of the Falcons during the hilly part of the race and by the end of the 2nd mile the team moved into 6th place, and Cook had moved all the way up into 16th and Thorsen into 37th place!

Both leaders had a strong finish and Cook almost matched his personal best by 1 second, finishing the race in 10th place out of 225 runners with a time of 15:59.9! Thorsen set a personal best with a time of 16:27.5!

Rockstar freshman, Lev Afonine, ran his first race after cross training for two weeks due to an injury and ran an impressive 16:37.7 and finished as the third fastest freshman in the race!

Sophomore Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel and junior Ethan Gaigalas continued their intra-squad rivalry and pushed each other to strong finishes and some fast times! Vaisset-Fauvel set a personal best by 7 seconds and finished with a time of 16:52.7, while Gaigalas finished in 17:02.6.

Senior Jake Heinlein continues to close the gap on the Falcon’s number 5 and set a personal best by 20 seconds! Heinlein finished in 17:08.2. Junior Joseph Ziegler set a personal best by .2 seconds and ran 18:08.6.

The Falcon’s team time was faster than NCS Division II competition: Foothill, San Ramon Valley, and Monte Vista.

The competition for the Varsity boys number 7 spot has many prospects, so the team brought Senior Dylan Viale as an alternate and he got to try the course out as a solo runner in the JV race. After spending an entire day running around, cheering on his teammates, and eating a BLT, Viale represented well for the Falcons and finished in 37th place out of 165 runners, ahead of the entire Las Lomas JV team, which is a DAL rival. Viale’s 5k time was 19:06.

 

 

Full results can be found at: https://registration.finishedresults.com/meets/1273








 

Varsity Girls Step Up and Finish 5th at Capital Cross Challenge; Entire Team Sets Season and Personal Bests

The Falcons traveled to Sacramento this past weekend to race at the Hoka One One Capital Cross Challenge Invitational. 

See College Park's results below:

Varsity Girls: 5th Place Team Finish (out of 27 teams)

#

Name

Time

Pts

10

TSENG -U, Kylie

20:06.8

10

14

ALVIZ -U, Isabella

20:39.4

14

31

REED -U, Lindsey

21:22.8

29

69

OSTROWSKI -U, Molly

22:27.0

60

80

TAYLOR -U, Marlo

22:38.4

69

113

HALL -U, Tayler

23:18.9

90

 

Varsity Boys: 14th place (out of 31 teams)

#

Name

Time

Pts

12

COOK -S, Dylan

15:58.2

12

41

THORSEN -S, Bjorn

16:30.7

40

76

GAIGALAS -S, Ethan

16:53.8

71

83

VAISSET-FAUVEL -S, Sebastian

16:59.3

77

131

HEINLEIN -S, Jake

17:26.4

121

181

ZIEGLER -S, Joseph

18:08.8

159

190

NAGEL -S, Carson

18:17.6

164

 

VIALE, Dylan

18:32.4

 
 

YANG, Stanley

18:32.8

 

JV Girls: 10th Place (out of 15 teams)

#

Name

Time

Pts

37

KETRON -OP, Lexi

14:31.1

27

52

PICKLE -OP, Kelly

14:55.1

33

132

JOSEPH -OP, Haley

16:56.6

62

147

SWIFT -OP, Cordilia

17:23.5

66

185

MONTESTRUQUE -OP, Alessia

19:17.3

79

 

JV Boys: 11th place (out of 30 teams)

#

Name

Time

Pts

55

WOODHALL -OP, Nick

12:09.3

48

59

MAI -OP, Tony

12:11.4

51

78

STANKOVICH -OP, Ryan

12:26.2

61

127

SANTOS -1, Harley

12:46.9

90

142

BERNARDO -OP, Edmundo

12:52.1

99

182

FINN -OP, Jed

13:09.0

114

186

BASSLER -OP, Kellen

13:09.8

116

 

MARSHALL, Zane

13:20.3

 
 

SIMMONS, Anthony

13:23.5

 
 

SOTO, Ricardo

13:29.0

 
 

BELISON, John Michael

13:42.0

 
 

OSBORNE, Aodghan

13:43.2

 
 

CHUI, Nicholas

13:59.5

 
 

CERESA, Nico

14:01.5

 
 

MAXON, Blake

14:36.3

 
 

OTSUKA, Dante

14:50.6

 
 

ORTIZ, Emmanuel

14:53.7

 
 

BAWOLSKI, David

14:56.3

 
 

VELEZ, Christopher

16:11.9

 


Frosh/Soph Boys: 16th place (out of 30)

#

Name

Time

Pts

89

WANG -1, Ziyun

11:53.6

82

92

BENABOU -1, Max

11:55.7

85

98

STEFANSKI -1, AJ

11:59.5

90

108

FLORES -1, Diego

12:04.3

95

126

TORRELLA -1, Miguel

12:19.3

111

127

BENABOU -1, Sam

12:19.5

112

132

GUNTER -1, Jonathan

12:23.6

117

 

Frosh/Soph Girls: 25th place (out of 33 teams)

#

Name

Time

Pts

36

LAWLER -1, Aiyana

13:40.8

33

175

HUERTA -1, Ana

15:45.2

143

179

PHAM -1, Dalena

15:49.2

146

208

SZAKATS -1, Emese

16:16.9

166

224

PARTON -1, Samantha

16:54.3

177

 

Full results available at: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/145253/results

Falcons Merge With Alameda Hornets For Weekend Run

Displaying IMG_2796.jpgThe Falcons took advantage of the race free weekend to travel to the San Leandro Marina for a long run. Coach Castro reached out to his alma mater and current head coach, Nino Hernandez. The two coaches agreed to have their teams link up for a run and picnic. CAL cross country coach, Tony Salazar, was also there with his men's and women's team!

Running in Pleasant Hill, it can be very difficult to get in a continuous run with all of the stop signs and stop lights, but on the San Leandro Marina there is nothing but flat, gravel trails that allow athletes to get some good distance without too many disruptions. 

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Varsity Boys Continue Top 3 Streak; Frosh-Soph & JV Teams Take on 3 Mile NCS Course

Senior Bjorn Thorsen lead the varsity boys to another top 3 finish at the Farmer Invitational at Hayward HS on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Boys finished in 3rd place out of 33 teams, beating Division II NCS competition: Liberty and Mission San Jose. The Farmer Invitational offers teams an opportunity to run on the North Coast Section Championships course early in the season. Thorsen finished 5th with a blazing time of 15:42.23! That is a personal record of 1 minute 2 seconds!

Freshman Lev Afonine proved once again that he is one of the top freshmen boys in the North Coast Section and finished 18th in 16:10.19. His time would have easily won the boys Frosh/Soph race by 19 seconds! Not too far behind was sophomore Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel who rounded out the top 25 medalists by finishing with a time of 16:19.22. This is Vaisset-Fauvel’s first cross country season!


Sophomore Ethan Gaigalas also had a huge personal record by 1 minute 10 seconds to finish with a time of 16:24.5. Senior Jake Heinlein ran a season best to round out the top five scorers for varsity, finishing with a time of 16:48.66.



 

In the Varsity Girls race, Senior Kylie Tseng led the pack and finished the 3 mile course in a time of 20:02.07. The varsity girls finished 14th out of 24 teams and took out some NCS Division II rivals. Freshmen Isabella Alviz and Lindsey Reed showed what dedication and training can do as they both broke the 21 minute barrier on the 3 mile course! Alviz finished in 20:12.64. Reed who has been building up her weekly mileage (hitting 44 miles last week!) and attending morning pool workouts finished in 20:53.02.


Senior Lexi Ketron set a personal record and finished 21st to earn a medal with a time of 22:21.19 in the JV Girls Race. Junior Kelly Pickle and Sophomore Dalena Pham had great races as well. Freshmen Samantha Parton and Haley Joseph stepped up to run in the JV race to help complete a scoring team of 5 and ran great races. The girls were nervous about racing 3 miles, but they took on the course like veterans.

JV Boys were led by Junior Kyle Pickle and Senior Stanley Yang who earned medals as well for finishing 12th and 13th out of 155 runners. Pickle ran a 17:45.29, followed by Yang in 17:49.85. JV Boys took 9th place out of 20 teams.

Sophomore Daniel Wang ran his first cross country race and finished with a fast time of 18:37.91! Wang went out with the lead pack and finished in 11th place out of 274 runners! Freshman Ethan Leach made his cross country debut as well and broke 20 minutes, racing a 19:59.9 to finish in 58th place. Freshmen Eddie Barnardo and Tony Mai broke 21 minutes along with sophomores Brayden Jones and Kellen Bassler.

Frosh-Soph boys team finished in 9th place out of 26 teams led by sophomores Ben Tellez and Max Benabou. Tellez and Benabou were both well under 19 minutes finishing in 18:35.19 and 18:38.06! Sophomores Sam Benabou and AJ Stefanski, who comes to us from track where he runs the 400m and pole vaults, along with Freshman Diego Flores, rounded out the top five and all ran in the low 19 minutes. Benabou finished in 19:10.54, Stefanski ran a 19:16.3, and Flores raced a 19:19.39.

Lastly, our solo Freshman girl, Emi Szakats had a great race after battling some knee pain! She continues to get stronger and improve with each race. The girls team was short runners this weekend, but Szakats was proud to represent College Park in her race. She finished the three mile course in 25:31.68.

 

 

Ed Sias Invitational: Varsity Boys Take 3rd, Newcomers Set Season Bests

 

 

Check out Meet photos by Parker Viale:

https://parkerv65.wixsite.com/collegeparkxc

*Official Individual and Team Results:

https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/145525/results

*See Results : Ed Sias Compared to Intra Squad Meet

 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j-zTAZ0Sp7cm-IpLTWMbdaEWOcjVSU8meD8e04fWa6I/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

Falcons Took Top Spots at Nike Ultimook

By: Lorraine Tseng

The CP Cross Country Team wanted to run a race on a course that offered a "REAL" cross country experience. 18 athletes took the early morning flight to Portland with Head Coach Miguel Castro and 8 chaperones. They had a full schedule to get through in just a few days. Athletes toured Reed University and ran their practice run at Tualatin Hills Nature Park on Thursday. Friday, the group toured the Tillamook Cheese Factory, worked out at Oceanside Beach, ran a trial run through the race course before having a pasta feed at the Hydrangea Ranch. Back at the hotel, athletes and chaperones checked on the weather for race day. Rain in the forecast. Not good considering the difficult aspects of this true "cross country" course.

The Ultimook Nike Invitational is a cross country race that is held at the Hydrangea Ranch in Tillamook, Oregon. This famous race course features two river crossings (shallow but nearly waist deep if you're 5'2", but with a wide crossing), a mud pit (deep enough for you do dive in), a mile of wood chipped trails, and of course a bunch of beautiful hydrangea flowers all along the course. This was not a course to try to get a Personal Record time. It's a course where you just hope that you can finish. "I hope I don't lose my shoes in the mud pit!" was on everyone's mind. Athletes are DQ'd and removed from the race if they lose a shoe(s) in the mud pit. On their trial run of the course, the athletes strategized how to best get through the mud pit but when they inspected the course on race day, the mud pit was wider and fuller. The course director had added more mud!

The first squad to race featured the JV Boys with athletes Carson Nagel, Dylan Viale, Joseph Ziegler, Kyle Pickle, Max Benabou, and Nico Ceresa. At 2:45pmthe bell rung (yes, no gun, church bell - that's how they do it up there in Oregon). The JV boys were off to a great start as they made their way across the wide grassy field. Chaperones stationed at the mud pit waited for the runners to come through. What a hilarious and crazy scene that was!  Joseph Ziegler was the first runner to reach the mud pit. Then one by one the JV boys made it out of the mud pit with shoes intact! Whew! From there they headed to the first river crossing. The Kilchis River was shallow but very rocky at this time of the year. The runners had to make their way down a rather steep bank to get to the river and then plash their way through ankle deep water.  Then back on the trails before crossing the river again , conquering the hill, running past the hydrangea fields and making it back to the finish line. The JV boys were phenomenal on the course: Joseph Ziegler, after exchanging the lead with an Oregon runner, took back the lead in the final stretches to take first place! He was followed by Carson Nagel in 7th, Dylan Viale in 8th, Max Benabou in 9th, Kyle Pickle in 15th and Nico Ceresa in 111th. In cross country the top 5 runners score for the team. With 40 points the JV Boys took first place in their division winning by 41 points!

What happened to the rain that was forecasted? Umbrellas were pulled out and drops of rain came down intermittently and sporadically. Then it stopped right before the Varsity Girls division. CP XC lost 10 seniors at the June 2018 graduation. With a decimated squad, only 5 girls were invited to race. Returning seniors Kylie Tseng and Tayler Hall led their squad in warm ups while the JV boys were racing and then received some final course tips from the JV boys when they finished. Meanwhile, there was some confusion at the start of the race about the bell not ringing because the signal to "go" was given so the girls were told to "go as soon as the signal is given and not wait for the bell!" Luckily, the start was a good one and our girls were out in the front across the newly moistened grassy field. Kylie Tseng was first in the mud pit. She charged through with force in seconds. She was followed by Tayler Hall who scrambled up the slippery mud bank with ease. Freshman Lindsey Reed was not about to let her teammates down as she strongly ran through the mud pit to come in 3rd for her squad. Molly Ostrowski who is used to swimming in chlorinated water looked appalled at the mud on her body hurried through the pit, and finally, Dalena Pham, the petite sophomore waded through the mud delicately. No DQ's! The girls finished 10th out of 17 teams. Kylie Tseng came in 17th out of 140 runners with Tayler Hall finishing in 44th, Lindsey Reed in 49th, Molly Ostrowski in 55th and Dalena Pham in 118.

The Varsity Boys race was the finale! By 4:00pm, the sun was behind some clouds and a chill was in the air. Again, the bell rung and the boys were off to a great start. Dylan Cook was the first to reach the mud pit. To avoid the crowd of boys on the left he went in to the pit on the right side. The thicker mud made it more difficult to wade through the right side of the pit but Bjorn Thorsen took the lead for the Varsity boys. Dylan Cook now in 2nd was followed by Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel, Ethan Gaigalas, and Jake Heinlein in a tight cluster. Stanley Yang and Sam Benabou were stuck behind a wall of runners but tried to break through. As they came through the finish line no one had any idea how the overall result would turn out.   Bjorn ended up in 6th overall, Dylan in 13th, Sebastian in 20th, Ethan in 27th, Jake in 49th, Stanley in 95th and Sam in 103rd. Because none of the runners wore their uniform for this race (too muddy) there wasn't any way to know each team's final points in the race. The varsity boys were glad they all finished this challenging course but they weren't too happy with their times. This was not surprising given the difficulty of the mud and river crossings.

Before the races Coach Castro had instructed the team not to play in the mud during the race (just to race through it) so when the race was over he rewarded that athletes with play time in the mud. It's not every day you find a mud pit that's 15 feet wide and 40 feet in length. Unfortunately, the team did not have a chance to wash up at the river before the awards ceremony. So off they went to the podium in all their muddy glory. Not thinking that the Varsity boys would get an award they raced to the river to rinse off after the individual awards were given. As they made their way to the river the loud speaker called out "and 2nd place goes to College Park!" So the seven super muddy runners came charging back to the stage to receive their trophy. They beat out 20 teams!

So with 8 chaperones on this trip, two of the dads decided to try out the course for themselves. They ran in the open race which was the first race of the day. The race bell rung at 8:15am! Donovan Heinlein and Hale Sramek both held on to the tail end of the lead group through the mud pit and river crossings. "The mud and water from the two river crossing were debilitating." Donovan surged with a mile left to come in 18th overall and Hale hung on to place 29th overall.

Full Results: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/145525/results

 

Team Donations

To donate to the Cross Country Team, go to: https://squareup.com/store/college-park-boosters/item/cross-country-team-donation

Thank you,

Coach Castro

Falcon XC Practice Race Tomorrow

Here is the link to the google sheets with the teams for tomorrow's practice race: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sAZ76-gxmDjvA8RNlwZou2DmpnKKCHId8wbBvSvlEH0/edit?usp=sharing

Please make sure to bring the appropriate color tee. Click on the tabs at the bottom to see which division you have been placed in. I tried to divide the team up as evenly as possible in each division. This does not mean you will be running invitationals or league meets in this division.

Due to air quality, please stay tuned for an update at 2:00 PM tomorrow because we may need to be flexible and change the practice race to another date.

Optional Pool Work Outs

There will be optional pool work outs tomorrow and Thursday from 6:20-7:15 AM at the CPHS Pool. This is a great way to supplement your training and increase your fitness. Hope to see you there!

-Coach Castro

Pizza, Prizes and Pool Time

The College Park Cross Country team had a successful weekend with two team events in a row. Athletes did a cool down run with Coach Castro to Road Runner Sports after an easy rest and recovery run on Friday, August 17.

Road Runner staff provided pizza, a raffle with prizes, plank competition, and their knowledge and expertise on the latest running shoes and gear. Any gear purchased was sold at a discounted rate and part of the proceeds go back to the team.

Freshman Lev Afonine battled it out against sophomore Dalena Pham in the plank competition. Pham put up a good fight and held her plank for FIVE MINUTES and Afonine held on to win with a plank time of 5:30! As a prize, Afonine won a pair of free custom insoles. 

Sophomore Ben Tellez walked away with a free foam roller in the raffle, but the biggest prize, a free pair of running shoes, went to sophomore Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel. 

The following day, the Falcons carpooled to Castle Rock State Park in Walnut Creek, CA for a long run and fun in the sun at the pool. A total of 30 athletes showed up for Saturday practice. All runners, including those new to the team ran 5-10 miles. 

Following their long run, the Falcon XC team jumped into the swimming pool and cooled off after a great effort. It is not too late to join the College Park Cross Country team. See the announcement below or check out our schedule for future team events and races.

-Coach Castro

IMPORTANT XC Events Coming Up!

Hey Team,

 

Thank you for an awesome first two days of practice. I am excited about all of the new people on the team and I hope we can keep adding to our XC family once school officially starts. It is not too late to sign up! We will continue to meet for practice this week from 3-5:30pm at the CP Track bleachers.

With that said, we have a very busy next two weeks that will require a lot of parent support in order for our athletes to have the best experience possible. Then, we will have a brief break while a group of us travel to Oregon for the Nike Ultimook Invitational.

This Friday, August 17th from 5-8 PM is our Cross Country Team Night at Road Runner Sports located at 1975 Diamond Blvd. Unit E-340 Concord, CA 94520. We will be using upperclassmen to put backpacks in cars, so that we can jog to Road Runner as a team. At this event our team will get DISCOUNTS on all gear, get FREE PIZZA, and earn PRIZES through a raffle. If you are new to running, the staff at Road Runner can run a foot/running test on your athlete to determine the best type of footwear to prevent injuries. Please plan on picking up your athlete from Road Runner. Athletes do not need to stay for all three hours, that is simply the time slot to get discounted gear and shoes.

On Saturday, August 18th we will be meeting at the CP staff parking lot at 8:45 AM to carpool to Castle Rock located at: 1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 (right next to Northgate HS). We will depart CP at 9:00 am and meet at Castle Rock near the swimming pool area. Students will go on a long run in the park and afterwards we will go swimming. Pool Time 11-12:00. *Pool Access Fees: $3.50 age 16-61, $2.50 age 1-15. Please contact our team parent, Lorraine Tseng, to sign up to carpool. Her email is: lksvoultiere@yahoo.com.

Next Wednesday, August 22nd at 6 PM in the MU (cafeteria) we will be having our MANDATORY Athlete AND Parent Meeting. We will be discussing budget, donations, fundraising, schedule, rules, and expectations for the season.

We will be having a Practice Meet at Hidden Valley Park on Friday, August 24th during regular practice hours, which is the site of three of our meets this season, including our league championships. Students will run a 2 mile time trial on the same course that is used for the Ed Sias Invitational and our league meets for Frosh/Soph and JV. Once Practice is over we will have a Team Potluck Picnic at 5:30 PM to feed our hungry athletes after a great effort at practice. Please email Lorraine at: lksvoultiere@yahoo.com to sign up to bring something to the potluck picnic.

Lastly, Saturday, August 25th from 8:00-11:30 AM our team will participate in a clean-up of Hidden Valley Park Trails. We will be joining Campolindo and Alhambra XC Teams, along with other teams in our league that also choose to sign up. Hidden Valley Park is our home course and we have not participated in this event in a long time. This is a great opportunity for athletes to bond with runners from other schools and to take pride and ownership over a course that we will see a lot this season for both practice and races. Bring gardening gloves, hoes, shovels, rakes, etc. (any tools you see as helpful for clearing out the trails and overgrown weeds). Don't forget to bring snacks and plenty of fluids! Students should meet me at Hidden Valley Park at 7:45 AM on the Center Ave. side of the park.

Thank you,

 

Coach Castro

Important Message: Oregon Ultimook Athletes

Oregon Athletes,

Hope your summer training is going well.  Just wanted to follow up on a few administrative items.

1. Insurance Cards:  I need a copy (front and back) - you can email, text or hand a hard copy to Miguel.  I still need insurance card from: Dalena, Lindsey, Molly, Tayler, Domas, Ethan, Nico, and Stanley

2. Uniform Checkout Form, see attached: please return a signed copy -  you can email, text or hand a hard copy to Miguel.  I need this form from everyone except Sam and Max.

3. Permission Slip - see attached:  you will need to get this signed off by all your teachers and return the form to me no later than 8/27 - you can email, text or hand a hard copy to Miguel.  We need to send all forms to the school office so please be mindful of the timing of this request.

4. Funding: Thank you to those who have made their full deposit.  The total for this trip is $450 per athlete. If you made a partial payment, please make your additional payment soon.  Contact me immediately if you have any questions/concerns. You can pay online (may need to copy and paste URL to access webpage):

 

https://squareup.com/store/college-park-boosters/item/xc-hawaii-invitational

 

Chaperone, you're only responsible for your hotel and flight so hold off on your additional deposits for now.  Thanks. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email/call/text me: 510-504-8728.

Once we have the itinerary confirmed, I will send it out to everyone.

Have a great weekend!   Thanks, everyone!

Lorraine 

Official Practice Starts Today 8.13!

Athletes,

Today is the first day of practice! I look forward to the official start of a new season! We have a lot of great invitationals, activities and training planned for all of you and we are excited to see you embrace the sport that we all love and see your growth as a student-athlete. 

Cross Country is a no cut sport so there are no official try-outs. Your participation on our team is pending your attendance, effort, and attitude.

We will meet at the CP track bleachers at 3pm. Practice is scheduled from 3-5:30 pm Monday-Friday. Saturday practices will be from 9-11am.

You MUST BE CLEARED in order to practice with the team. Go to collegeparkathletics.com website for more information about the clearance and registration process. The training schedule for August is also posted on this page, along with our team event schedule. 

See you this afternoon!

- Coach Castro

Miguel Castro

Head Coach

Nate Tesfaye

Assistant Coach

CPHSXCTF Falcon Track & Field CPHSXCTF

Fall 2019 Schedule

Falcon XC Schedule 2019

Date

Event

Location

Monday, August 12

First Day of Practice

Hidden Valley Park

(Center Ave side near play structure)

Martinez, CA

Saturday, August 17

Saturday Practice

Paso Nogal Park

(Odin Drive Entrance)

Pleasant Hill, CA

Monday, August 19

6 PM

Mandatory Team and Parent Meeting

CPHS MU

Pleasant Hill, CA

Saturday, August 24

10 AM

Saturday Practice, Picnic, and Swimming

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area

Walnut Creek, CA

Saturday, August 31

8 AM

Hidden Valley Park DAL Service Project

Hidden Valley Park

Martinez, CA

Saturday, September 7

10 AM

Practice Meet with Northgate and Berkeley HS

Hidden Valley Park

Martinez, CA

Saturday, September 14

Ed Sias Invitational

Hidden Valley Park

Martinez, CA

Thursday, September 12-Sunday, September 15

Iolani XC Invitational

*Select VAR Athletes Only

Kualoa Ranch

Oahu, Hawaii

Saturday, September 21

De La Salle Nike Invitational

Newhall Park

Concord, CA

Saturday, September 28

Capital Cross Challenge

Arcade Creek Golf Course

Sacramento, CA

Wednesday, October 2

DAL Meet #1

*MANDATORY for ALL ATHLETES

Hidden Valley Park

Martinez, CA

Saturday, October 5

San Leandro Marina Long Run & Team Picnic

San Leandro Marina

San Leandro, CA

Friday, October 11-Saturday, October 12

Clovis Invitational

(CIF State Course)

*Varsity Athletes Only

Woodward Park

Clovis, CA

Saturday, October 12

Castro Valley Invitational

*F/S and JV Athletes Only

Canyon Middle School

Castro Valley, CA

Saturday, October 19

Mariner Invitational

(NCS Course)

Hayward High School

Hayward, CA

October 25-October 27

Mt. SAC Invitational

*Top 8 boys and girls only

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, CA

Wednesday, October 30

DAL Meet #2

*MANDATORY for ALL ATHLETES

Newhall Park

Concord, CA

Saturday, November 9

DAL Championships

*MANDATORY for ALL ATHLETES

Hidden Valley Park

Martinez, CA

Saturday, November 23

NCS Championships

*VAR Only

Hayward HS

Hayward, CA

Saturday, November 30

CIF State Championships

Woodward Park

Clovis, CA

TBD

Awards Night

CPHS MU

Pleasant Hill, CA