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By Rich Gonzalez
Editor, ESPNHS/DyeStatCal

(ARCADIA, Calif.)
-- The Sacramento Meet of Champions enjoyed perhaps its greatest showing yet, with the 32-year-old meet brandishing a meet-best 478 DyeStateElite marks. The total DSE tally vaulted the popular Northern California meet up to third on this year's California meet rankings list as well as among the top 10 meets nationally!

The very powerful Escondido Invitational in San Diego County once again delivered great action as 11 new San Diego Section leading marks were established among a very robust 136 DyeStatElite marks. That ranks second this year (only behind the Mt. Carmel Invitational) among San Diego Section invitationals.

Over in the Southern Section, the Ventura County Championships exactly matched the Escondido Invitational for weekend DSE bragging rights thus far, with athletes from the 805 area code looking very strong in the dashes. Oak Park's Sydney Lewis led the onslaught with a state-leading mark at 100 meters.

Up the state at the Reedley Invitational, the Central Section's finest turned out en force to achieve eight section-leading marks while accumulating a batch of 124 DyeStateElite marks to trail only the West Coast Relays among local meet tallies this year.

Here's the 2012 updated California list comprised of "The Century Club", which is those meets with at least 100 DyeStatElite marks:

Rankings of 2012 California Meets By DyeStatElite Marks Achieved:

1) Arcadia Invitational 1,482 DyeStatElites

2) Mt. SAC Relays 606 DyeStatElites

3) Sacramento Meet of Champions 478 DyeStatElites

4) Stanford Invitational 259 DyeStatElites

5) Mt. Carmel Invitational 251 DyeStatElites

6) Orange County Champs 228 DyeStatElites

7) Trabuco Hills Invitational 202 DyeStatElites

8 ) California Relays 172 DyeStatElites

9 ) CCS Top 8 166 DyeStatElites

10) Woody Wilson Invitational 156 DyeStatElites

11) West Coast Relays 149 DyeStatElites

12) Inland Empire Champs 144 DyeStatElites

13) Escondido Invitational 136 DyeStatElites

13) Ventura County Championships 136 DyeStatElites

15) Reedley Invitational 124 DyeStatElites

16) Distance Meet of Champs 120 DyeStatElites

17) Pasadena Games 117 DyeStatElites

18) Irvine Invitational 109 DyeStatElites


* DSE's are performance standards for each event based on year-over-year national rating performance cutoffs.

* DyeStat does not currently compute Elite Marks in the 4x1600, 4xMile and Shuttle Hurdles relays.
SashaWallaceHurdlingESPNHSSasha Wallace, above in a file photo from club action, leads Holy Names into battle at the Sacramento Meet of Champions
By Rich Gonzalez
Editor, ESPNHS/DyeStatCal

(April 25, 2012) -- With a lineup headed by national leaders Gabby Williams and Sasha Wallace, this Saturday's 32nd annual Sacramento Meet of Champions is primed to continue its tradition as perhaps the premier Northern California late-season invitational in recent years.

A total of 145 schools are entered to compete in the single-day affair, which has relocated to American River College as a results of stadium renovations at Sacramento City College's Hughes Stadium.

This year's lineup showcases 32 athletes currently ranked among the top 10 in the state of California in their respective events. But perhaps leading the way is out-of-stater Williams of Reed HS in Nevada, who recently took over the national lead in the girls high jump with her clearance on 6-00.00 at the Del Oro Invitational.

Meanwhile, Holy Names' Wallace seeks to make more national headlines in the sand pits after taking over the national lead in the triple jump when she spanned a staggering 42-10.75 in the event at last weekend's Mt. SAC Relays. Her main nemesis here should be Bear River all-arounder Kendal Nielsen, who'll seek to break through the 40-foot barrier after a lifetime-best 39-05.00 bound in recent weeks. Wallace is also entered as the top seed in the high hurdles (13.43, #3 this year in all conditions) while training mate Trinity Wilson (St. Mary's HS, Berkeley) remains sidelined and recovering from a toe injury.

Another top talent in action will be Presentation pole vaulter Taylore Jaques, who scaled 13-00.00 for the third time this season in recent action, with the mark earning her a share of a three-way tie for the state lead in the event. Jacques, Homestead's Rachel Bolton and Las Lomas' Cimran Virdi are entrants each ranked among the top five in the state in the event.

On the boys side, Kennedy of Richmond hurdler Kenneth Walker III is the top name entered, with the football star heading up the high hurdles field thanks to a state-leading 14.05 clocking over the 39-inch high barriers.

Perhaps the deepest event of the whole meet is the triple jump, where James Logan's Jeff Prothro leads four athletes holding marks ranking among the top 10 in the state in all conditions. Prothro, who cleared 48-01.25 at the Arcadia Invitational to move to #2 in the state, will be challenged by Merrill West's Deon Pinder, Bishop O'Dowd's Nathaniel Moore and James Logan's Karsten Wethington.

Below is a list of entered athletes who currently rank among the top 10 in the state based on 2012 marks:


Boys 100
Kyree King (Colony) 10.61 (#4)

Boys 200
Daniel Fortenko (Terra Linda) 21.46 (#3)

Boys 400
Frank Kurtz (Heritage) 48.22 (#3)
Daveon Overton (Vallejo) 48.85 (#10)

Boys 800
Dylan Chamberlen (Paradise) 1:52.95 (#4)
Darrell Jackson (Fairfield) 1:53.85 (#7)

Boys 1600
Thomas Joyce (Campolindo) 4:10.31c (#3)

Boys HH
Kenneth Walker (Kennedy) 14.05 #1)

Boys HJ
Noel Frazier (California) 6-10.00 (#2)

Boys PV
Colin Barber (San Ramon Valley) 16-01.00 (#4)

Boys LJ
Conner Barla (Golden Sierra) 22-09.00w (#9 all conditions)

Boys TJ
Jeff Prothro (James Logan) 48-01.25 (#2)
Deon Pinder (Merrill West) 47-10.75 (#4)
Nathaniel Moore (Bishop O'Dowd) 47-07.00 (#5)
Karsten Wethington (James Logan) 46-06.00 (#10 ac)

Boys SP
Ryan Donnahoe (Gridley) 58-06.00 (#10)

Boys DT
Curtis Bleasdale (Vacaville) 177-07 #9

Girls 800
Kody Atkins (Chico) 2:10.37 (#3)
Madison Rcisk (California) 2:11.69 (#6)

Girls 1600
Carrie Verdon (Campolindo) 4:51.68c (#4)

Girls HH
Sasha Wallace (Holy Names) 13.43 (#3 ac)
Daje Pugh (Fairfield) 14.08 (#9 ac)
Daria Cook (Vacaville) 14.08 (#9 ac)

Girls LH
Daje Pugh (Fairfield) 42.98 (#2)
Daria Cook (Vacaville) 43.41 (#6)

Girls HJ
Gabby Williams (Reed, Nev.) 6-00.00 (#1)

Girls PV
Taylore Jaques (Presentation) 13-00.00 (#1)
Rachel Bolton (Homestead) 12-10.00 (#4)
Cimran Virdi (Las Lomas) 12-09.00 (#5)

Girls LJ
Shea Taylor (Grace Davis) 19-02.00 (#7 ac)

Girls TJ
Sasha Wallace (Holy Names) 42-04.75 (#1)
Kendal Nielsen (Brea River) 39-05.00 (#4)

Girls SP
Lovina Akauoka (Vallejo) 42-09.00 (#7)

Full entries, by school
PorterReddishDMRanchorJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSVista Murrieta's Porter Reddish anchors team to distance medley relay victory at Arcadia.
By Rich Gonzalez
Editor, ESPNHS/DyeStatCal

(ARCADIA, Calif.) -- With several top regional championship meets taking place last weekend, there's been some juggling in the 2012 order of top California meets based on DyeStatElite marks achieved.

Based on its whopping 606 DSE's achieved, the Mt. SAC Relays moved up to #2 for the year; the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet and the Woody Wilson Invitational (Sac-Joaquin) also moved into the Top 10 for the year.

By season's end, look for the two-day state meet (predicted to be about 900 DyeStatElites) and the CIF-Southern Section Divisional Finals meet (between 800-900 DSE's) to make big moves at the top.

Here's the 2012 list, which includes all invitationals with at least 52 DSE's attained. In terms of non-invitationals, this year's Vista Murrieta-Great Oak dual meet generated 42 DSE's all by itself!

Rankings of 2012 California Meets By DyeStatElite Marks Achieved:

1) Arcadia Invitational 1,482 DyeStatElites

2) Mt. SAC Relays 606 DyeStatElites

3) Stanford Invitational 259 DyeStatElites

4) Mt. Carmel Invitational 251 DyeStatElites

5) Orange County Champs 228 DyeStatElites

6) Trabuco Hills Invitational 202 DyeStatElites

7) California Relays 172 DyeStatElites

8 ) CCS Top 8 166 DyeStatElites

9) Woody Wilson Invitational 156 DyeStatElites

10) West Coast Relays 149 DyeStatElites

11) Inland Empire Champs 144 DyeStatElites

12)) Distance Meet of Champs 120 DyeStatElites

13) Pasadena Games 117 DyeStatElites

14) Irvine Invitational 109 DyeStatElites

15) Maurice Greene Invitational 98 DyeStatElites

16) Redondo Invitational 66 DyeStatElites

17) San Gabriel Valley Champs 65 DyeStatElites

18) Rocklin Thunder Invitational 63 DyeStatElites

29) Sacramento State Classic 59 DyeStatElites

20) Sanger Metric Classic 58 DyeStatElites

20) St. Francis Invitational 58 DyeStatElites

22) Triton Invitational 56 DyeStatElites

23) Beach Cities Invitational 54 DyeStatElites

24) Dan Gabor Invitational 52 DyeStatElites

24) Roosevelt Invitational 52 DyeStatElites


* DSE's are performance standards for each event based on year-over-year national rating performance cutoffs.

* DyeStat does not currently compute Elite Marks in the 4x1600, 4xMile and Shuttle Hurdles relays.
In the season's second installment of Dyecast, Nicole Haynes and Rich Gonzalez run through the headlines of the busiest weekend of cross country action so far.

Click here for a rundown of all the news, with photos and video, on our very own Big Show. And if you missed it, here is where you can find last week's show as well.

For the latest in-depth coverage of cross country news from Illinois, check out Bob Geiger, Mike Newman and Janet Leet breaking down all of the highlights. Leet provides valuable insight into hot button issues of iron deficiency and proper mechanics.
The cross country season continued to pick up steam over the weekend from coast to coast, with some of the nation's top teams and individuals getting their first taste of the competitive season.

Here is a recap, with links to specific meet pages with additional highlights and results:

Dyestat Cal editor Rich Gonzalez filed a thorough report on the Seaside Invitational, detailing the performances of several of the Golden State's top teams -- Palos Verdes and Trabuco Hills on the boys side, and the perennially strong Saugus girls. Jonah Diaz was impressive in victory.

Also on the west coast, North Central's boys from Spokane and the Bozeman (MT) girls made splashy debuts at the Tracy Walters Invitational in Spokane. (For those of you who don't know, Tracy Walters was Gerry Lindgren's coach at Rogers High back in the 1960s and a legend in his own right). Anthony Armstrong and Katie Knight got impressive individual wins.

Pat Cooper/no_sourceFreshman Allie Ostrander leads the pack at a recent meet in Alaska.

Way up to the north, Kenai Central's fab frosh Allie Ostrander won meets on back-to-back days. She won a 3,000-meter race on Friday and then went sub-18 for her third straight win at 3 miles or 5K, this time at Alaska's Palmer Invitational.

In Utah, the Davis boys rolled to a big victory at the BYU Autumn Classic in Provo.

In Missouri, Rockhurst's Zach Herriott flipped the script on Rock Bridge's Caleb Wilfong at the Forest Park Festival. A year ago, it was Wilfong first, Herriott second. There was also a sparkling debut from freshman Hannah Long of Eureka in the girls race.

In Alabama, Carmen Carlos and Griffin Lee picked up individual honors, at the Mobile Challenge of Champions. Plus, Arthur Mack provides details of the team titles won by McGill-Toolen's girls (AL) and Brother Martin's boys (LA).

In Illinois, the New Trier girls rolled and the Niles North boys got a big lift from their No. 5 at the Peoria Woodruff Invitational. Amanda Fox dipped under 17 minutes for 3 miles and Garrett Sweatt got a big win on the boys side.

In Indiana, the Columbus North boys went 1-5-7-12-15 to win the 17-team Brown County Eagle Classic.

At the Mason Invitational in Ohio, the girls from Carmel IN made themselves at home, going 1-3-5-6-7 to make a strong statement. Meanwhile, at the always huge Tiffin Cross Country Carnival in Ohio, Tsehaye Hiluf (15:19.58) and Jacquelyn Crow (18:23.14) put up impressive early season times.

In New York, Lizzie Predmore demonstrated her might with a 61-second win on the tough Guilderland course.

And in New Jersey, Bronxville's Mary Cain's star continued to rise with a big PR at the Randolph Invitational, where she won by a whopping 82 seconds.