Major 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 North Bay League.
This will be a home coming of sorts for Piner as they return to the league they started at, 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 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. Not that any of that has anything to do with girls cross country.

These changes in the sport of girls cross country make the NBL even more of a power house league than it was before and nearly wipes out the SCL league. But hey football will be better.

Last year only four of the seven SCL girls teams fielded complete teams for the final. with two of those being moved out of that league.
Which means of the seven schools in the SCL for 2012, only three of those fielded complete teams in their league finals last year, which could make for a very boring upcoming dual season.
It only takes five girls and each of these schools has about 350-900 to try and get out. Toughest will probably be Elsie Allen that has about 600 girls but has never fielded a complete team in the league finals.

The old SCL would have had nine girls returning under 20 minutes for the Spring Lake course. The new realignment leaves them with only five.
The 2011 NBL finals had 7 of their 12 sub 20 minute runners graduate but with the school realignment the 2012 NBL will have 9 sub 20 minute runners returning.
All five of the sub 19 minute runners from both leagues now end up in the NBL.
Maria Carrillo’s Lauren Kraus 2nd in the NBL 18:16 and Andres Natoli 3rd 18:17 are the top two returners from old NBL with teammate Brynna Thigpen 4th 18:50 also under 19.
Casa’s Ashley Moffett would have been the top returning SCL runner at 2nd 18:18 and Windsor’s Victoria Tomaszewski 3rd 18:41 also under 19. Moffett has the chance to be the first person to ever win both the SCL and NBL individual titles having won the SCL in 2010.
In the new SCL the fastest returner now is Jessica Ohanlon of Petaluma 4th 19:03.
UPDATE: Piner’s Paloma Romero, who was only 23rd in NBL finals last year, has opened up the season with a win at the Lagoon Valley Classic in a time just faster than what graduated 1st team All-Empire Kyra Johnson ran last year.

2011 SCL Varsity Finals
1 Petaluma 44 pts 98:49
2 Casa Grande 47 pts 99:46
3 Windsor 51 pts 102:38
4 Analy 74 pts 106:38
El Molino, Healdsburg, Sonoma all incomplete.

2012 SCL returning times
102:10 Petaluma DIII
107:49 Analy DIII
111:09 Piner DIV
El Molino, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Elsie Allen all incomplete.

Fastest Individual returners in SCL
4 Ohanlon, Jessica 9 Petaluma 19:03
7 Foster, Molly 10 Analy 19:35
NBL12 Villa, Mayra 10 Piner 19:42
11 Bernard, Liza 9 Petaluma 19:50
12 Biaggi, Gianna 11 Sonoma 19:54
13 Behen, Audrey 10 Petaluma 20:02
14 Lynch, Hailey 11 Petaluma 20:17
15 Purcell, Rita 11 Analy 20:22
16 Cenci, Hannah 11 Sonoma 20:22
17 Barragan, Maria 11 Healdsburg 20:37

SCL Girls 3200 Meter Final
2 gonzalez, andrea 09 casa grande 11:53.74
3 tomasziewski, victoria 10 windsor 11:58.81
4 hall, chloe 10 casa grande 12:04.96
5 moffett, ashley 11 casa grande 12:08.25
6 haley, hannah 10 windsor 12:10.87
7 cenci, hannah 11 sonoma 12:14.70, only girl returning to SCL in 2012

Returning 3200 bests for new SCL
Kirby Franklin, 11, Petaluma; 2011 11:46.74

2011 NBL Varsity Finals
1 Maria Carrillo 26pts 94:17
2 Santa Rosa 60 pts 99:34
3 Piner 60 pts 99:26
4 Montgomery 101 pts 105:42
5 Rancho Cotate 125 pts 108:53
6 Cardinal Newman 167pts 116:24
Elsie Allen and Ukiah both incomplete.

2012 NBL returning times
96:16 Maria Carrillo DII
99:24 Casa Grande DII
106:13 Santa Rosa DI
108:00 Windsor DII
108:13 Montgomery DII
116:24 Cardinal Newman DIV
118:39 Rancho Cotate DIII
Inc. Ukiah DII

In the new NBL team race it still looks like Carrillo, who returns the two fastest in the league and should take the pennant again as they have since 2003 with five returning at 96:16. Casa should make it harder for them but it will take some to beat the Puma’s.
Casa has all five of their Varsity runners back and their 2012 team time improves 22 seconds faster because of a faster JV runner to 99:24.

Fastest Individual returners in NBL
2 Lauren Kraus, 11, Maria Carrillo 18:16
3 Andrea Natoli, 9, Maria Carrillo 18:17
SCL2 Ashley Moffett, 11 Casa Grande 18:18
SCL3 Victoria Tomaszewski, 10 Windsor 18:41
4 Brynna Thigpen, 11, Maria Carrillo 18:50
SCL6 Chloe Hall, 11 Casa Grande 19:07
6 Sadia Ibrahim, 11 Santa Rosa 19:11
SCL8 Hannah Haley, 10 Windsor 19:37
SCL10 Andrea Gonzalez, 9 Casa Grande 19:40
13 Sarah Withers, 10 Santa Rosa 20:08

2012 returning 3200 bests for new NBL
11:16.63 Andrea Natoli, 9, Maria Carrillo, NBL leader; 4/20 woody
11:38.51 Ashley Moffett, 11, Casa Grande; 5/26 NCS
11:50.39 Chloe Hall, 11, Casa,Grande; 5/19 Redwood
11:50.81 Paloma Romero, 10, Piner; 5/19 Redwood
11:52.68 Andrea Gonzalez, 9, Casa Grande; 5/19 Redwood
11:55.34+ Victoria Tomaszewski, 10, Windsor; 4/11 win 2011 11:43.42
12:03.54 Brynna Thigpen, 11, Maria Carrillo; 3/8 gabor 2010 11:55.60
Lauren Kraus, 11, Maria Carrillo; 2011 11:05.45

NBL Girls 3200 Meter Final
1 Andrea Natoli 9 Maria Carrillo 11:51.63
3 Paloma Romero 10 Piner 12:04.90

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

CASA GRANDE
League Years LP TP Last Champion NBC TBC
SCL ?1975-2011 2009 7 Ashley Moffet ’10 4 8
NBL 2012-

WINDSOR
League Years LP TP Last Champion NBC TBC
SCL 1998-2011 “3rd 3 times” Laura Rogina 2005 1 1
NBL 2012-

PINER
League Years LP TP Last Champion NBC TBC
SCL 19?-1985 1981 3 Laurie Hollingworth 1981 1 3
NBL 1986-2011 1987* 0 Michelle Ferguson 1988 1 1
SCL 2012-
* won championship meet but not pennant because of 2-3 dual meet record.

ELSIE ALLEN
NBL 1994-2011 Has never fielded a complete team, best individual finish 12th Barbara Merriss ’99
SCL 2012-

NCS Rankings

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

FIRST TEAM

Lauren Kraus
Maria Carrillo, Jr
2nd NBL, 4th NCS II,
95th State

Katy Lee
Sonoma Academy, Jr
8th NCS V, 21st State, 2nd CMC

Ashley Moffett
Casa Grande, Jr
2nd NCS II, 58th State, 2nd SCL,
Mariner Champion

Andrea Natoli
Maria Carrillo, Fr
3rd NBL, 3rd NCS II, 38th State, Viking Fr/So. Champ

Brynna Thigpen
Maria Carrillo, Jr
4th NBL, 8th NCS II, 48th State

SECOND TEAM

Chloe Hall
Casa Grande, Jr
6th SCL, 10th NCS II

Sadia Ibrahim
Santa Rosa, Jr
6th NBL, 25th NCS I

Victoria Tomaszewski
Windsor, So,
3rd SCL, 11th NCS II,
92nd State

HONORABLE MENTION

Molly Foster
Analy, So
7th SCL, 32nd NCS III

Andrea Gonzalez,
Casa Grande, Fr
10th SCL, 21st NCS II

Jessica Ohanlon
Petaluma, Fr
4th SCL

Erin Thomas
Mendocino, So
CMC Champion, 28th NCS V

Coastal Mountain Conference

With not many graduating looks like Sonoma Academy and St. Helena will again battle for tops of the small schools.

2011 Finals results, graduates bolded
1 21:18 South Erin Thomas Mendocino 10
2 21:27 South Katy Lee SA 11
3 22:17 North Alexandra Sciocchetti FB 12
4 22:58 South Kiana Herold SA 11
5 23:09 North Julia Eyer Saint Helena 10
6 23:42 North Kelsie Lawson CL 12
7 24:02 North Yari Sanchez Cloverdale 11
8 24:26 South Tonya Bennett Upper Lake 12
9 24:40 North Alexis Hernandez Cloverdale 12
10 24:43 North Madi Oliver Saint Helena 11
11 24:47 South Bianca Cruz Upper Lake 9
12 25:13 North Delaney Creswell Saint Helena 10
13 25:17 North Tori Roderick Middletown 9
14 25:46 South Yzzy Mirabelli-Montan SA 10
15 26:00 North Tamara Rojas CL 11
16 26:12 North Natalie Soto FB 11
17 26:15 North Holly Kirkman FB 12
18 26:26 South Emily Gaynor SA 10
19 26:33 South Lisvet Nunez RP 11
20 26:37 North Alison Greer Saint Helena 12
21 26:43 North Ariana Fernandez Cloverdale 9
22 26:54 South Amy Pino SA 10
23 27:20 South Clare Sweeney SA 11
24 27:21 South Anabelle Carpenter Mendocino 10
25 27:26 North Margaret Donelan FB 10

Quick look at league changes for Track

SCL 2012 Championship points

1) casa grande 118.50
2) petaluma 104.50
3) windsor 99
4) healdsburg 67
5) analy 41
5) sonoma 41
7) el molino 23
Of 494 points scored, Casa & Windsor had 217.5 or 44%, 2/7 of 494 is 28.5%

NBL 2012 Championship points

1) Maria Carrillo 165
2) Santa Rosa 102
3) Rancho Cotate 68
4) Piner 61
5) Montgomery 59
6) Ukiah 34
7) Cardinal Newman 5
8) Elsie Allen 0
Of 494 points scored, Piner & Elsie Allen had 61 or 12.5%, 2/8 of 494 is 25%

This basically means the quality of the NBL should be a lot stronger in 2013 than 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. 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 a lot tougher in the NBL than the SCL this spring.

2011 NBL/ SCL finals 6th place marks
100 13.33/ 13.74 -3.0
200 27.76/ 27.72 -2.8
400 64.62/ 61.75
800 2:33.14/ 2:34.11
1600 5:45.13/ 5:28.31
3200 13:07.87/ 12:10.87
110HH 17.42/ 18.54 -1.5
300IH 50.75/ 53.48
400R 6thDQ/ 53.49
1600R none/ 4:41.75
HJ 4-8/ 4-10
PV 7-0/ 7-6
LJ 15-5.25/ 14-9
TJ 31-6/ 31-9
SP 30-7.5/ 26-2
DT 89-8/ 80-9