At the beginning of this season, we wanted to identify the top XC program in California history. We narrowed the field down to 16 teams, and then you chose the winner through a bracket-style series of polls.
This week, we want you to help us decide the top individual runners ever from our state! We're going to use a similar format, but we have more candidates so we're separating the girls and boys in two different "tournaments." There are so many potential candidates, in fact, that we needed some outside perspectives to assist us in narrowing down the lists. We contacted several long-time California coaches, most notably Ken Reeves, currently at Foothill Tech and the former architecht of the very successful Nordhoff program (one of the teams in our earlier tournament). Most of the comments below are his, but some are mine (which are aided by the input of Walt Lange, Hal Harkness, Peter Brewer, Bill Leung, Jeremy Mattern, John Pelster, and Charles Alexander).
Here is the raw list of top runners in state history that we generated, in no particular order. They will be seeded, and we will begin voting tomorrow!
Voting is Open!
The #1 Seeds
Jordan Hasay, Mission Prep:
Julia Stamps, Santa Rosa:
Deena Drossin, Agoura:
Sarah Baxter, Simi Valley:
4 time state champ, Mt. Sac Record Holder. NXN national champion in 2011 and 2012. All-Time Woodward Park record holder at 16:40 (also ran #2 time of 16:43).
The #2 Seeds
Sarah Bei, Montgomery:
3 time Footlocker top 10, 2000 National Champ. 10th as a frosh. One of 3 4-time state champs (Hasay and Baxter are the others).
Amy Skieresz, Agoura:
Vickie Cook, Chaminade and Alemany:
3 time Kinney top 10 finisher (2nd in 1980), 2 time CIF SS champion, 7 CIF SS track individual titles, 3 time CA state champion in 3200. Fastest 3200 meter runner in nation in 1980.
Kauren Tarver, Serrano:
The #3 Seeds
Kim Mortensen, Thousand Oaks:
Amber Trotter, Ukiah:
Kira Jorgensen, Rancho Buena Vista:
1987 Foot Locker National Champion. 1987 D2 state champ, 1988 D1 state champ.
Polly Plumer, University of Irvine:
Star of the University team that held Mt. Sac team record for years, considered one of the best high school teams ever assembled. Polly also had the national mile record and the team set the national DMR record that stood for 18 years (11:44.53)
The #4 Seeds
Tania Fischer, Chaminade
1983 National Champ. finished her high school career with 2 CIF SS titles and finished high school with the #4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 marks on the Mt. Sac course.
Kristen Gordon, Carondelet:
1996 Foot Locker National Champion. D3 state champion in 1996, 2nd in 1995, top 10 all 4 years.
Fiona O'Keeffe, Davis Senior
2013 & 2014 CIF State Champion, 4th at NXN in both years. Tied for 4th all-time at Woodward Park.
Anita Siraki, Hoover:
1999 & 2000 CIF State Champion (4th in 1998). 4th in 1999 Foot Locker Nationals, 2nd in 2000. Tied for 4th all-time at Woodward Park, one of 6 CA girls ever to break 17 there. Two-time 3200 national champion.
The #5 Seeds
Milena Glusac, Fallbrook:
2 time state champ and national 3K champ. Undefeated senior year until taking 2nd at Kinney Nationals.
Cory Schubert, Del Mar
Kirsten O'Hara, Palos Verdes:
5th at Kinney in 1983--undefeated senior year in CC. Set the Mt. Sac record at 17:16 that year and won state 3200.
Cheri Williams, Livermore:
Former National record holder in 2 mile. won state 16 and 32 in 1978. Best of 10:09.8. 2:09.2 800, 4:43.4 16.