Ranking CA's top returning 800/1600 runners, teams

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Jacqueline Duarte leads the Great Oak trio of Fatima Cortes, Arianna Griffiths and Tori Gaitan during a CIF-Southern Section champion meet last spring. These are four of the top returning middle distance girls in CA.

This report ranks the top returning middle distance runners by combined 1600/800 times, and breaks down the top mid-D teams by both distances. Click through the pages below to explore each of the rankings reports.

We start with returning girls combined 1600/800 rankings. 

We searched for the top 500 girls in the 1600 who also had a time in the 800. We used the 1600 as the first data point because it provided us with a deeper list of athletes. Once we added the 800 and cleared out anyone who did not have a time in both races during the 2018 season, our rankings list was reduced to 428.

Jacqueline Duarte, one of three freshman girls to medal (top-six finish) in the 1600 at the CIF-State Championships last June -- she placed third -- is the only one on the list whose combined 1600 + 800 time is under 7 minutes!!!

There are 12 girls whose 16/8 combined time is under 7:10, including three from Great Oak (Fatima Cortes, Tori Gaitan and Arianna Griffiths). Cortes is one of four who made the State 1600 final (top 12 from prelims) as juniors. (The others are Meagen Lowe (Buchanan/CS), Gabrielle Peterson (Healdsburg/NC) and Jessica Riedman (La Costa Canyon/SD).)

The sub-7:10 list also includes Rayna Stanziano, the top returning girl in the 800, and Peterson, a CIF-State division champion and Foot Locker National finals qualifier during the fall cross country season. Stanziano was third in the 800 final at State and is one of three returning medalists and six returning finalists. 

Duarte, the top returner in the 1600, ranks just 30th among returners in the 800. Mikaela Ramirez, who is second on this list at a combined 7:00.33, ranks sixth in the 800 and eighth in the 1600. (Ramirez, No. 2, is pictured at right.) Sophomore Audrey Suarez, another 1600 medalist at State, ranks seventh in the 1600 and 12th in the 800. 

Cortes is the highest ranking of the Great Oak trio, at a combined 7:01.48.

Mia Barnett, the other member of that amazing trio of sophomore girls who all medaled in the 1600 at the State Meet, has a combined time of 7:02.08.

Mission Viejo junior Ashley Johnson, the No. 2 returning 800 runner in the state (2:10.57) ranks 17th on this list. She only ran the 1600 twice last season. Because these rankings are based solely on 2018 times, Johnson's 1600 PR of 4:55.47 from her freshman year is not included. 

Johnson was fifth at the State Final. Other returners from the 800 final at State: junior Charlotte Tomkinson (Menlo/CC), Julia Morales (Scripps Ranch/SD), Makayla Browne (J.W. North/SS) and Lauren Harper (Trinity/NS).

There are 11 girls with a combined 1600 + 800 total time within 10 seconds of the leader, 24 within 20 seconds, 69 within 30 seconds, 155 within 40 seconds, 267 within 50 seconds and 395 within a minute.

Watch the girls 1600 final from the CIF-State Championship:

On the following pages, find reports for the top returning ... :

  • Girls combined 1600/800 runners
  • Girls 1600 Teams
  • Girls 800 Teams
  • Boys combined 1600/800 runners
  • Boys 1600 Teams
  • Boys 800 Teams