November 30, 2019
Boys' Shocker Completes 1st-Ever State Championship Sweep for Cougars; Girls' Roll to Commanding Victory over D3 Field
With a stunning upset over #1 ranked Maria Carrillo at Saturday's CIF Championships, the varsity boys' squad helped Campolindo join just a handful of schools that have won both girls' and boys' state titles in the same year. The 2019 state crown is also a 1st for the Cougar boys' program, and the 1st for a North Coast Section team in Division 3.
Campolindo's historic day began with overcast skies and cold temperatures as the varsity girls arrived in the early morning at Fresno's Woodward Park, which has been the site of the cross country state championship since its inception in 1987. After a resounding win at the NCS meet the previous weekend, where they outdistanced their nearest rivals by a whopping 85 points, the Cougars were heavy favorites to hoist a 5th girls' state-championship trophy.
The prognosticators had it right. In the 2nd race of the day, the girls dominated, posting an 80-point margin of victory over runner-up Cathedral Catholic of the San Diego Section.
Paloma Hancock (20) improved her course best by 47 seconds to finish 5th, earning a spot on the individuals' podium. She was followed across the line by freshman Ellie Buckley (23), who completed her sensational rookie season with an 11th-place effort. Her time of 18:19 is also 11th on the school-record list for the 5k course.
While the Cougars showed capable firepower up front, it was their 3 through 6 positions that raised them head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Zoe Theulier (23) was the final scorer for the squad, overtaking nearly 30 positions through the 2nd and 3rd mile of the race. 34th overall, she finished ahead of every other team's #3 runner. In 36th place, Sophie Webster (21) also displaced all 3rd, 4th and 5th scorers.
With Alicia Hober (20) and Emma Smith (20), who both dipped under the 19-minute barrier to post career-best 5k times, already safely in the finish corral, the Cougars were simply unbeatable.
An hour later, with a heroic team effort, the Cougar boys dropped the 4th-lowest point total in division history to steal the show.
Just as they had done at the section meet, the squad pushed the pace early. However, this time the Cougars were able to build on their early efforts. Leading the charge through the middle of the race was Owen Lekki (21), who picked up 12 places between the 1st and 2nd-mile marks.
Also gaining ground in the middle mile was Dylan Cronin (20). En route to the best race of his high school career, the senior passed 6 competitors on the back loop. As the field crossed the 2.1-mile sensor, Campolindo had all 5 of its scorers in the top 20 and held a 30-point advantage over their NCS rivals.
However, Maria Carrillo was not done. The experienced squad was led by a sensational push from its senior tandem, Colton Swinth and Rory Smail, over the final mile. The duo would go on to claim the top 2 individual places, giving their team a considerable scoring advantage.
Dylan Gunn (21) was once again the top gun for the Cougars, holding on for 5th place after mixing it up with the leaders through 2 miles. Cronin, continuing to roll through the final stages of the race, grabbed his own podium position as the 9th finisher.
Meanwhile, Maria Carrillo's #4 man, Omar Alvarez-Hernandez, was moving up. As he hit the final stretch coming off the pavement and onto the grass he pulled even with Lekki.
At that same moment, just a few meters ahead, freshman Alex Lodewick (23) came alive, pulling teammate Cayden Hein (20) along for the ride.
While the Puma's Pierce Kapustka held off Lodewick to finish 15th, Lekki moved clear of Alvarez-Hernadez and the Campolindo final scorers crossed the line in 16th, 17th and 18th place, respectively.
The clustering of 5 scorers in the top 20 with an astounding 29-second pack margin would prove to be the winning counter to Maria Carrillo's 1-2 punch.
After several minutes of congratulations exchanged under a shadow of uncertainty, the official results and confirmation of the upset were delivered by an enthusiastic Kevin Selby, former De La Salle coach and FloTrack commentator.
November 28, 2019
Varsity Squads Ready for CIF Challenge
The varsity squads complete their 2019 campaigns at Saturday's State Championships on the Woodward Park course in Fresno.
November 23, 2019
Girls' Outrun D3 Field by 85 Points, Set Top Team Time at NCS Championships
As the leaders of the girls' division 3 race at Saturday's North Coast Section Championships passed through the mid-point of the 3.0-mile Hayward High School course, 1 of the many spectators lining the course made this observation: "That is what domination looks like."
The declaration was in response to the pack of 5 Campolindo athletes that continued to hold off the rest of the field after charging to an early lead. Alicia Hober (20), Paloma Hancock (20) and Ellie Buckley (23) ran 3-abreast while Emma Smith (20) and Sophie Webster (21) clung to their heels through the half-way point in the race.
November 9, 2019
Boone's PR Sparks Frosh Soph Rebound; Cougars Sweep Team Titles at DAL Meet
With a hard-charging 2nd mile, Carson Boone (23) surged through the frosh soph boys' field at Saturday's Diablo Athletic League championship meet at Hidden Valley Park, en route to a 15th place finish. The performance eclipsed his previous course best by 1 minute and 9 seconds, and bettered his position versus the rest of the league by 28 places. The freshman had finished 43rd at the 2nd DAL center meet of the season just 10 days prior.
November 2, 2019
Harriers Run Mystery Fartlek at Newhall
Returning just 3 days after racing on its gravel trails at the final DAL Center Meet of the season, the Cougar harriers convened at Concord's Newhall Park on Saturday for a critical workout in preparation for the approaching league championships.
The mystery fartlek grouped athletes by ability. During the 50-minute run, individuals in each group executed various pace changes. The goal was for athletes in the group to stay alert and respond efficiently in order to maintain contact.
With 20 minutes of running as part of the performance warm up and another 5 minutes of easy cool down, most athletes accumulated 75 minutes of quality mileage for the day.
Purchasing Team Gear: Our 1st order window, from July 17 through July 30, has closed. If you purchased team apparel during the 1st window, you should receive it prior to our 1st competition of the fall season.
Our 2nd order window, from August 13 through August 20, has also closed. If you purchased apparel during the 2nd order window, it may not arrive until after our 1st competition.
We do have some new and used apparel items available for purchase in room E12, including new and used team uniform singlets and shorts. We also have team backpacks available. Athletes can stop in to purchase items before school or during brunch.