Cross Country League Changes
This fall Piner and Elsie Allen are moving to the Sonoma County League while Windsor and Casa Grande are moving to the North Bay League.
This will be a home coming of sorts for Piner as they return to the league they started in while it will be new territory for Casa Grande, Windsor and Elsie Allen.
From the little I have heard, the reason for these switches have to do with what the general public considers the big sports like football were Elsie Allen and Piner were often playing very strong NBL teams and scores were often 50-0.

In Cross Country however Piner has had the top team in the area as of late.
Piner in 2012 will also drop down in post season divisions as they will compete in Division IV this year as they have been in III since at least 2008.
Piner graduated their number 1, 4, 5 & 6 runner from there 2011 NBL Finals team, yet they still have five runners returning from that meet whose team time would equal 80:17. In comparison Sonoma won the SCL title last year with a school record 82:30 and has five returning at 86:27. Only the Petaluma High teams of 2007-2010 have run faster in the SCL than what Piner has returning.
2012 Petaluma has five returning that equal 85:06, actually faster than 2011 taem, because they had 2 fast boys run JV in the 2011 meet than who they had on their Varsity squad.
Casa Grande has all five returning at 86:50. Elsie Allen only has two returning boys from 2011.

2011 SCL Varsity Finals
1 Sonoma 32pts 82:30, School Record
2 Casa Grande 77pts 86:50
3 Petaluma 80pts 85:42
4 Windsor 92pts 88:00
5 El Molino 94pts 87:53
6 Healdsburg 156pts 94:02
7 Analy 158pts 92:21

2012 SCL returning times
80:17 Piner DIV
85:06 Petaluma DIII
86:27 Sonoma DIII
87:53 El Molino DIV
93:02 Analy DIII
98:47 Healdsburg DIV
Inc. Elsie Allen DIII
Without the league changes this would have probably been Petaluma and Casa Grande battling for SCL title, now it looks like a run away for Piner.

Fastest Individual returners
NBL2 Jaime Silva, 11, Piner 15:13
NBL5 Efren Reyes, 10, Piner 15:27
2 Douglas, Ryan 11 Petaluma 15:41
3 Poteracke, Kevin 11 Petaluma 15:49
NBL13 Mulligan, Matt 11 Piner 16:01
4 Tose, Chris 11 Sonoma 16:26
5 Vargas, Rodrigo 11 El Molino 16:36
NBLJV2 LoCoco, Bryan 11 Piner 16:48
NBLJV3 Ruiz, Joe 11 Piner 16:48
8 Martinez, Christian 10 Sonoma 16:52

SCL Boys 3200 Meter Final
NBL3 Jaime Silva 11 Piner 9:54.42, moving to SCL
NBL6 Matt Mulligan 11 Piner 10:02.92, moving to SCL
2 schultz, ben 11 el molino 10:13.82
3 douglas, ryan 11 petaluma 10:26.52
4 vargas, rodrigo 11 el molino 10:28.35
5 woodall, jake 10 petaluma 10:38.23

2011 NBL Varsity Finals
1 Piner 23pts 76:59
2 Maria Carrillo 79pts 80:38
3 Santa Rosa 79pts 80:37
4 Cardinal Newman 110pts 82:43
5 Montgomery 123pts 84:30
6 Ukiah 134pts 86:16
7 Elsie Allen 209pts 1:41:24
8 Rancho Cotate Incomplete

2012 NBL returning times
81:08 Maria Carrillo DII
83:13 Santa Rosa DI
84:30 Cardinal Newman DIV
85:19 Ukiah DII
86:50 Casa Grande DII
88:22 Windsor DII
89:10 Montgomery DII
Inc. Rancho Cotate DIII
Without the league changes this would have probably been a battle between Piner and Carrillo with edge looking like it was with Piner. Now looks like Carrillo with Panthers being the one to challenge.

3 Paul Holden 11 Ukiah 15:15
10 Luft, Harrison 11 Maria Carrillo 15:50
11 Metcalfe, Colin 11 Maria Carrillo 15:51
15 Friday, Christian 10 Montgomery 16:07
16 Bowlby, Jack 11 Cardinal Newman 16:10
17 Bartlett, Colin 10 Maria Carrillo 16:12
18 Kennedy, Michael 11 Santa Rosa 16:14
19 Holmes, Aden 10 Santa Rosa 16:18
21 Hay, Dante 10 Maria Carrillo 16:23
22 Ahnberg, Jonathan 11 Santa Rosa 16:26

Fastest returner from Casa Grande or Windsor
SCL7 Wistock, Harrison 10 Casa Grande 16:47

NBL Boys 3200 Meter Final
2 Paul Holden 11 Ukiah 9:34.97
**
7 Charlie King 11 Cardinal Newman 10:08.12
8 Harrison Luft 11 Maria Carrillo 10:10.08
9 Michael Kennedy 11 Santa Rosa 10:10.71
10 Logan Stanley 11 Rancho Cotat e10:13.75
12 Nicholas Jensen 10 Maria Carrillo 10:15.68
13 Aden Holmes 10 Santa Rosa 10:20.40
14 Colin Bartlett 10 Maria Carrillo 10:25.25
15 Colin Metcalfe 11 Maria Carrillo 10:27.61

**New Casa Grande freshman Matt Salazar ran a 9:24.21 3,000m time in 2012 which is equal to about 10:05.82 for 3200m. And an =1600 4:38.52

School History of schools changing leagues
LP-Last Pennant
TP-Total Pennants
NBC-Number of boys champions
TBC-Total boys champions, some won for than one.

PINER
League Years LP TP Last Champion NBC TBC
SCL 1966-1985 1985 14 Steve Miller 1984 7 8
NBL 1986-2011 2011 2 Luis Luna 2011 2 3
SCL 2012-

CASA GRANDE
League Years LP TP Last Champion NBC TBC
SCL ?1975-2011 2003 5 Mike Becker 2004 5 8
NBL 2012-

WINDSOR
League Years LP TP Last Champion NBC TBC
SCL 3rd ’08 Matt Brady 2000 2 2
NBL 2012-

ELSIE ALLEN
NBL 1994-2011 Highest Place 4th 1996, 2nd by Celedonio Rodriguez 1997
SCL 2012-

NCS Rankings

Returning 2012 All-Empire runners, last years grade is listed

FIRST TEAM

Paul Holden
Ukiah, Jr
2nd NCS II, 3rd NBL, 28th State,
Clam Beach Champion

Efren Reyes
Piner, So
5th NBL, 41st State III,
19th NSC, Viking Fr/So. & Scott Bauhs So Champion

Jaime Silva
Piner, Jr
2nd NBL, 4th NCS III, 26th State, Rahm Champion, Viking Jr. & Scott Bauhs Jr Champion

SECOND TEAM

Ryan Douglas
Petaluma, Jr
2nd SCL, 24th NCS III,
Rancho Cotate Champion

Harrison Luft
Maria Carrillo, Jr
8th NCS III, 10th NBL

Colin Metcalfe
Maria Carrillo, So
11th NBL, State II, 17th NCS

Kevin Poteracke
Petaluma, Jr
3rd SCL, 23rd NCS III

HONORABLE MENTION

Jack Bowlby
Cardinal Newman, Jr
7th NCS IV, 16th NBL

Christian Friday
Montgomery, So
14th NCS II, 15th NBL

Matt Mulligan
Piner, Jr
13th NBL, 31st NCS III

Jax Reiff
Sonoma Academy, Jr
2nd CMC, 12th NCS V,
34th State

Coastal Mountain Conference
Last years scores from the finals had Sonoma Academy way ahead of the rest of the CMC scoring 20 points to Cloverdale at 94.
With only five of the top 25 graduating it does not look like much will change.
The top four returning are all from Sonoma Academy with Jax Reiff as the top runner, shown just above.

2011 Finals
Bold names are the five seniors now gone
1 16:38 North Joe Carrillo Cloverdale 12, New Course Record
2 18:13 South Jax Reiff SA 11
3 18:33 South Aaron Rotman SA 12
4 18:41 South Jacob Gaynor SA 11
5 18:51 South Austin Orr SA 11
6 18:57 South Patrick Loftus SA 10
7 19:08 North Chris Orr Willits 12
8 19:10 North Audel Torres Lower Lake 12
9 19:11 South Nathan Van Horn Mendocino 10
10 19:15 North Axay Patel Cloverdale 10
11 19:22 North Grant Jeffcoat Saint Helena 11
12 19:23 North Jacob Richards FB 11
13 19:26 North Ian Bright Middletown 9
14 19:31 South Jared Wade Upper Lake 11
15 19:32 North Darin Marcucci Cloverdale 11
16 19:48 South Graham Johnson SA 11
17 19:55 South Chris Cisneros Upper Lake 11
18 19:56 South Alex Rogers Upper Lake 11
19 19:57 North Rafael Rios Saint Helena 10
20 19:57 North Brice Beare CL 10
21 20:08 South Francisco Ornales RP 11
22 20:10 South Nick Knoebber Mendocino 11
23 20:11 South Cory Rodriguez Upper Lake 11
24 20:12 South Morgan Kinunen SA 11
25 20:17 South Van Lara Mendocino 12

Quick look at league changes for Track

SCL 2012 Championship points

1) casa grande 110
2) petaluma 109
3) windsor 105
4) sonoma 76
5) analy 55
6) healdsburg 23
7) el molino 16
Of 494 points scored in 2011 SCL Fials, Casa & Windsor had 215 or 43.5% of them, The average for two teams 2/7 of 494 is 28.5%

NBL 2012 Championship points

1) Maria Carrillo 107
2) Rancho Cotate 103
3) Cardinal Newman 102
4) Piner 69
5) Santa Rosa 61
6) Ukiah 45
7) Montgomery 7
8) Elsie Allen 0
Of 494 points scored, Piner & Elsie Allen had 69 or 14%, 2/8 of 494 is 25%

This basically means the quality of the NBL should be a lot stronger in 2013bthan last year, while the SCL should drop noticeably.
Last year the top 6 from NBL, SCL and two other leagues advanced to NCS Redwood Empire. Looking at last years marks for those places it appears it was already a lot tougher to move on from NBL than the SCL. If it stays at 6 each for 2013 and the team realignments do move two of the strongest from the SCL to the NBL than qualifying will probably be even more unbalanced this spring.

2011 NBL/ SCL finals 6th place marks
100 11.43/ 12.03 w-1.5
200 23.36/ 24.10 w-2.3
400 53.87/ 54.79
800 2:04.28/ 2:03.08
1600 4:36.34/ 4:40.82
3200 10:02.92/ 10:41.92
110HH 16.95/ 18.94 w-3.8
300IH 42.88/ 43.23
400R none/ none
1600R 3:40.23/ none
HJ 5-10/ 5-8
PV 10-6/ 10-0
LJ 19-8.75/ 18-1.25
TJ 40-2/ 37-4.5
SP 47-2.75/ 41-7
DT 117-4/ 118-3