35th Annual Westmoor HS Ram Invitational Meet Preview

If there is one sure thing that has taken place on the last Saturday of every September for the past few years, it's the Westmoor HS Ram Invitational. The meet is now in it's 35th year and the only meet director in meet history has been longtime Westmoor HS coach, Ron DiMaggio. While the wildly popular Mr. DiMaggio retired from teaching a few years ago, he has continued to lead the long green line of Rams in both Cross Country and Track and Field and directed one of the more popular meets in Northern California. The dirt track you see in the course map below is history and students at Westmoor HS as well as all the participating teams (check below) get to enjoy the all-weather track (still somewhat new). What is also part of the course is the famous shot put hill that runners scale after taking their two lap around the track. 

In year's past, the Stanford Invitational has usually been on the same date as the Ram Invitational but not this year. With Stanford moving forward to October 1st, we will be able to see some very competitive varsity races over the rugged 2.3 mile course. Bellarmine, as always, will make it's presence known in all races both with quality and depth. They were very impressive last Saturday at the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational led by junior Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau. Fellow WCAL teams like St. Francis (MV), St. Ignatius, Archbishop Riordan, Presentation, and Junipero Serra will also be present looking to sharpen up before several of them compete at the Stanford Invitational the following weekend. Outside of the strong contingent from CCS that includes state ranked Homestead and San Lorenzo Valley, there will be other strong teams from other Northern California sections such as Alameda, College Park, Del Oro, San Francisco University and Northgate. The forecast for the meet is about 73 degrees and plenty of sun which is not typical Daly City weather.

For those that are interested, the course record for the boys is held by Eric Chavez of St. Francis (MV), who ran 12:04 in 1999 (pre-all weather track). The course record for the girls is held by Cate Ratliff of Santa Cruz who ran 14:03 in 2014. The previous record was held by Jennifer Akana of Lowell who ran 14:05 in 1996.

Participating Teams

Time Schedule
7:30 AM Walk course
8:30 AM Coaches and Alumni race
9:00 AM Boys Frosh Race #1
9:30 AM Boys Frosh Race #2
10:00 AM Girls Frosh/Soph Race #1
10:30 AM Girls Frosh/Soph Race #2
11:00 AM Boys Soph Race #1
11:30 AM Boys Soph Race #2
12:00 PM Girls JV Race #1
12:30 PM Girls JV Race #2
1:00 PM Boys JV Race #1
1:30 PM Boys JV Race #2
2:00 PM Girls Varsity Race #1
2:30 PM Girls Varsity Race #2
3:00 PM Boys Varsity Race #1
3:30 PM Boys Varsity Race #2

Note from Meet Director
There is some practical information I want to pass on to everyone ahead of time.

Parking at Westmoor during The Ram is always a challenge. This year there is potential for it to be even more of a challenge. Due to construction the dirt areas around the portables on the hill that a number of cars used as overflow parking will not be available. I strongly suggest a combination of carpooling, giving yourself plenty of time, and avoiding the parking lot altogether. Parking in the surrounding neighborhood and walking in is a good idea to avoid a highly congested parking lot. Also, please do not park in the small lot next to the swimming pool on the other side of the school. That is run by the city on weekends and they have threatened to tow vehicles in the past.

Buses might want to avoid the parking lot altogether. A number of buses had a hard time making a turn in the parking lot last year due to all the cars stopping, sticking out, or improperly parked. If you look at a map you can see that Del Prado Dr. is a residential street that goes right next to the Westmoor track. That is a good place to drop off and pick up while avoiding potentially getting stuck in the parking lot. Please note, however, that buses will not be able to wait there all day. I strongly suggest that buses drop off and go somewhere else until the team is ready to be picked up.

As promised, there will be many more restroom facilities available this year. In addition to the restrooms next to the track, the athletics portion of the school building will be open and there will be 5 porta-toilets on the blacktop/basketball courts. This nearly triples the number of available restrooms from last year. The restrooms in the school building are wheelchair accessible by using the ramps on either side of the school.

The Course:
Please make sure athletes know the course. We have athletes assigned to be at key points on the course to help direct the flow and keep bystanders out of the way but it can be confusing to new runners. Below are links to maps of the course. They are from before our track was remodeled but are still essentially accurate.