Boys Countdown to XC Day 8: Dana Hills

One thing you can always count on from Dana Hills: depth. The Dolphins always have lots of up-and-coming runners in their pipeline, and they have a program that develops them very well from season to season. That's why I expect them to bounce right back from the loss of four seniors off of 2018's Division 1 podium squad. You can easily see their year-round development by looking at track results: this team had 6 guys under 10 minutes in the 3200 (plus a 7th at 10:04), and they also put 8 returners under 4:40. Carrick Denker led the way in both events, posting marks of 4:13 and 9:18 to show that he will be a force to reckon with individually. (Side note: it would be interesting to see what Jai Dawson could do during cross country; he did not run in the spring but clocked 1:54 and 4:21 in the spring.) Here's the REALLY interesting thing about the 2019 Dolphins: they project to have no more than 2 seniors in their top 7, and possibly only one (that being Denker). With 7-8 juniors and a sprinkling of sophomores competing for those varsity spots, Dana Hills has both high upside this year and an even higher potential ceiling for 2020.

Dana Hills High School (SS) (CA)
1) Carrick Denker14:52.5031
2) Brandon Pizano15:07.3067
3) Gianni Viola15:09.0072
4) Ryan Broadhead15:40.30239
5) Justin Boos15:51.80332
Average Time: 15:20.18 Total Time: 1:16:40.90 1-5 Split: 59.30
6) Jonathan Sweeney16:05.30445
7) Joseph Moersch16:13.60530


  • 3 Mile Returning Ranking: 12th
  • 3 Mile Improvement Rating: 22nd
  • 5K Returning Ranking: 31st
  • 5K Improvement Rating (3 year): 21st
  • Team 1600 Ranking: 4th
  • Team 3200 Ranking: 7th