Del Oro sophomore Riley Chamberlain won the State Division III title as a freshman. (Credit: DeAnna Turner)
Defending titles appears to be the overriding storyline of the Sac-Joaquin Section heading into the 2019 cross country season.
At the State Meet level, the SJS has two of the elite distance runners in the U.S. in Jesuit senior Matt Strangio (No. 4 returner from NXN), and Del Oro sophomore Riley Chamberlain (No. 4 U.S. in her class, No. 17 overall returner for 5K).
Both won SJ Section titles, went on to also win divisional championships at the CIF-State Meet last November, and run as individuals at NXN.
Strangio and Chamberlain are two of the seven returning SJS divisional champions from 2018, including all five girls divisions.
On the pages below we take a closer look at storylines in the Sac-Joaquin Section heading into the 2019 cross country season. And be sure to check out our list of the section's top 250 returners for 5K.
10 HOT DATES
Sampling of 10 key meets in the Sac-Joaquin Section
Aug. 23 - Lodi Flame at Lodi Lake
Aug. 31 - Oakmont Invitational at Maidu Regional Park, Roseville
Sept. 7 - Lagoon Valley Classic, Vacaville
Sept. 20 - Yuba-Sutter Invitational at Feather River Parkway, Yuba City
Sept. 21 - Pacific Invitational at Stockton
Sept. 28 - Capital Cross Challenge at Arcade Creek XC Course, Sacramento
Oct. 5 - Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational at Angels Camp
Oct. 19 - Bella Vista Bronco Invitational at Johnson Springview Park, Rocklin
Nov. 9 - CIF-Sac-Joaquin Sub-Sectional at Angels Camp
Nov. 16 - CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Finals at Willow Hill Reservoir, Folsom
- Countdown to XC Preview: Whitney Boys
- Countdown to XC Preview: Jesuit Boys
- Countdown to XC Preview: St. Francis (Sacramento) Girls
- Countdown to XC Preview: Whitney Girls
- Countdown to XC Preview: Vista Del Lago (Folsom) Girls
- 2018 SJS Championship Results
- 2018 SJS Championship Recap
- 2018 SJS Championship Interviews