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Ohana Night on Friday (10/18/19) at the Philip’s House at 6:30 PM

  • Hosted by the Philip and Hirth families
  • Friday, 10/18/19 at 6:30pm
  • Location: 5909 Mountain Hawk Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
  • Please bring a jacket; we’ll be in the backyard!
  • What to bring:
    • Freshman bring drinks
    • Sophomores bring pre-sliced bread
    • Juniors bring salad
    • Seniors bring dessert

Recap: Clovis Invitational (10/12/19)

Images courtesy of John Page. Full Album here.

Clovis is one of the funnest meets of the year. The students get to preview the state meet course and run against top schools from other divisions, as well as some of the top ranked teams and runners in the nation. Overall, this year’s meet maintained a strong positive note, with good weather and air quality and our runners performed great at both the individual and team levels. The students felt good about their performances and their prospects to get even stronger by NBL Championships and beyond!

The Varsity ladies got things started with the earliest race of the day (7:15am). They took 4th place in the Varsity Girls Medium race, against larger D1 and DII teams, and even beat a strong Chico girls team that is state ranked in DIII. Junior Nicole Morris (18:58.2) and Senior Jasmin Hirth (19:08.9) went 13th and 17th, both running PRs, followed by Sophomore Ashley Busienei (19:28.8) and Freshman Rebekah Taylor (19:35.8) who went 27th and 30th. Senior Avery Damron (20.48.8) to make it five under 21 minutes, including moving up 50 spots between the 1 mile and 2.1 mile marks, and then picking off another 10 spots in the final mile. There is a lot to be excited about on the girl’s team, as they begin to rebuild from last year, including Rebekah Taylor running the 7th fastest MCHS freshman time at Woodward (just ahead of some big names, like Cal Poly runners Aimee Armstrong and Sydnie Rivas).

The Varsity men had a historic race, running the fastest time at Woodward of any team in Redwood Empire history:

Team Times
1:19:41 Maria Carrillo 2019 Clovis (15:56 0:53)
1:19:55 Petaluma 2008 (15:59 0:43)
1:20:42 Piner 2011 (16:09 1:20)

The team was led by Seniors Colton Swinth (15:33.4, team record) and Rory Smail (15:36.0), both finishing in the top 25 overall and running the 1st and 2nd fastest MCHS times ever at Woodward. They also ran the 10th and 13th fastest times in Redwood Empire history at Woodward!

With key Senior Pierce Kapustka encountering a foot injury, we saw Senior Omar Alvarez-Hernandez (15:52.6) run a huge PR, and also the 5th fastest MCHS time ever at Woodward! Sophomore Jacob Donohue (16:12.1) and Senior Patrick Philip (16:27.2) also ran big PRs to close out the team scoring.” Jacob also ran the 2nd fastest MCHS sophomore time ever.

In other action we witnessed many great performances:

  • Sophomore Noe Vieyra (16:59.7) took the win in the S/M Frosh-Soph Race, followed closely by Freshman Dustin Hatfield (17:10.7) in 3rd place, which is also the 2nd fastest MCHS freshman time ever. The Frosh-Soph boys team also took 2nd overall!
  • Freshman Avery Hedden (21:00.2) just missed breaking 21 minutes and also ran the #6 MCHS girls time for the day, while braving higher temps in the Girls F/S race.
  • Top PRs of the meet:
    • Sophomore Misha Cheek (18:34.9): 19.4% improvement
    • Sophomore Ashley Busienei (19:29.8): 9.8% improvement
    • Senior Omar Alvarez-Hernandez (15:52.6): 9.7% improvement
    • Sophomore Jacob Donohue (16:12.1): 7.4% improvement
    • Sophomore Noe Vieyra (16:59.7): 4.2% improvement

National Coverage:

  • PrepCalTrack.com Recap
    • “Look for Agoura, Maria Carrillo, and Campolindo to battle for the state title in Division 3 at year’s end. The Chargers beat Maria Carrillo by 7 points here. Campolindo takes its stab at the Woodward Park course at next weekend’s Roughrider Invitational.
    • “Maria Carrillo’s Pumas enjoyed another strong outing from its fine frontrunners, Colton Swinth and Rory Smail.”

Local Coverage:

Meet Results:

MCHS Alumni at Capital Cross (9/28/19)

Look who Greg ran into at Capital Cross:

MCHS Alumni, with Nicole Lane

Left to Right: Aimee Armstrong and Sydnie Rivas (Cal Poly), Cecilia Rivera (Santa Clara), Shannon Paladino (Nevada Reno), with Nicole Lane (Grad. El Molino and All Big West at UC Davis, 2014).

Here is the link to their results (College Women’s Invitational Race, 6K):


Speaking of running in college, here is the info/links from our recent Running in College seminar. Enjoy!

Recap: Woodbridge (9/21/19)

The MCHS cross country team traveled to Woodbridge again this year to compete in the what has been aptly and affectionately called the “Norco Speedway.” Our 14 boys and 14 girls joined 500+ schools and 15K+ other runners to test themselves on good flat surfaces, mostly gradual turns, and under the lights. Here are some highlights:

  • The Puma boys challenged themselves to move up to the Sweepstakes race, a first for the program, and faced a faster and more aggressive environment than anyone expected (the Norco Speedway seemed like the Norco Roller Derby). The boys had to contend with hard falls, shoving, and elbows, and yet they persevered. We didn’t witness as many personal best performances, but finishing in the top 1/3 of the teams was a moral victory for that race. It will also make the State meet seem like a breeze.
  • We are also seeing some positive tightening up of our 1-4 runners. In the past, we’ve been known as a team with a very strong top 3, but we’ve struggled to perform consistently across 1-5. Junior Omar Alvarez-Hernandez has run two strong races and much closer to C-P-R. This yielded a 27 second 1-4 spread, as opposed to ~45 seconds in the past.
  • Senior Colton Swinth was our top boy’s finisher (14:47.6) and also ran #1 All-Time for MCHS & #3 All-Time for Redwood Empire. In addition, we saw Omar Alvarez-Hernandez break out for another team-top-5 performance (15:14.6, 5.2% improvement).
  • In the girls Rated race, Senior Jasmin Hirth was our top girl finisher (17:52.6), breaking thru the 18 minute barrier! She also ran the 4th fastest time ever by a Carrillo girl.
  • In other action, the Boys “B” team took first place in the Varsity Gold race. The first four boys (Jacob, Noe, Patrick, Simon) came across in a tight pack (12, 15, 17, 18; with <4 second spread), making it virtually impossible for Southern Section powerhouse Claremont to steal the win. Sophomore Jacob Donohue was our top boy’s finisher in this race (15:27.0; 5.9% improvement). Sophomore Noe Vieyra (15:29.3, 4.5% improvement) also turned in a bit PR!
  • Our Freshman girls ran earlier in the day, which meant hotter temps, but they persevered, finished 5th overall and continue to show great promise. Our top finisher was Freshman Rebekah Taylor, who finished 4th. We also saw a strong finish from Freshman Payton McGarva, who sprinted home for 14th.
  • Meet Links:
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  • Next up for the Pumas is the first NBL meet on 10/9/19 at Spring Lake. See the Team calendar for all upcoming events.

Special thanks from Greg:

This meet could not have happened without the help of our coaches and parents. It is a huge undertaking to go that far for a race and it takes a well-oiled machine to make it work as well as it did. When you see Russ Pugh, Sue Philip, and Leanne West, please thank them profusely and express how much we appreciate them. When you see Dana Kapustka, please thank her for all that she did to get us flights, hotel beds, food, etc. All the detail Dana manages could not possibly be captured here. Thanks also to her merry crew of parent volunteers who helped with shuttling, food runs, and cheering/encouraging the runners.

Recap: Ed Sias Invitational (9/14/19)

New: Colton’s Interview (Dystat)

The Pumas came to Ed Sias on a mission this year to race and to race fast! Here are some highlights:

  • Temps were warm and it become warmer as the day wore on. The light breeze and shade was welcomed by the parents and spectators, but our students truly had to show great grit in their performances to achieve what they did in the pounding sun!
  • The boys were #1 out of 45 teams and the girls finished #3 out of 37 in the combined results. This is where all results from all races are merged together and it provides an early season snapshot about how the team compares to it’s DIII rivals, such as Campolindo, but also against bigger schools that are also state ranked.
  • Our team took home a lot of hardware, earning home medals in every race they entered.
    • Championship Plaques (1st Place Team, by race):
      • Boys Varsity Small School (Top 7)
        • The Pumas got out fast and had 3-4 guys in the lead pack for most of the race. At the base of the hill it was Seniors Colton Swinth and Rory Smail, followed closely by Campos lead guys. Colton and Rory were able to maintain the gap, followed by the unleashing of Colton’s kick for the win. Rory was a hair behind to give the boys the 1-2!
        • 1st place: Colton Swinth (10:20 = fastest time of the meet; MCHS course record, besting the great Ben Lawson by 0.4 seconds!)
        • 2nd place: Rory Smail (second fastest time of the meet)
        • Plus, we saw 6 Pumas in the top 20 combined, out of 1017 runners!
      • Boys JV Small School (Top 7)
        • 5th place: Junior Patrick Cooper
      • Boys Frosh-Soph (Top 7)
        • 2nd place: Sophomore Jacob Donohue (10:49 = MCHS sophomore course record)
        • 4th place: Sophomore Oswaldo Rodriguez
        • 5th place: Sophomore Noe Vieyra
      • 2nd place, Girls Varsity Small School (Top 7)
      • 3rd place: Senior Jasmin Hirth (sixth fastest time of the meet)
      • 4th place: Junior Nicole Morris
    • 3rd place, Girls Frosh-Soph (Top 7)
      • 4th place: Freshman Rebekah Taylor
    • 4th place, Girls JV Small School (Top 7)
  • Top MCHS All-Time Performances on the Hidden Valley Park course:
    • The varsity boys broke the team record, as well as the individual all-time marks below:
      • Colton Swinth, 1st all-time
      • Rory Smail, 3rd all-time
      • Pierce Kapustka, 7th all-time
      • Omar Alvarez-Hernandez, 8th all-time
    • The sophomore boys set all-time grade marks too:
      • Jacob Donohue, 1st all-time
      • Oswaldo Rodriguez, 7th all-time
      • Noe Vieyra, 9th all-time
  • Personal Records (PRs)
    • 18 out of 29 returning runners had a PR!
    • Girls
      • Senior Jamie Lu, 6.3% improvement
      • Sophomore Ashley Jepkoech, 4.2% improvement
    • Boys
      • Junior Patrick Cooper, 17.6% improvement
      • Noe Vieyra, 7.3% improvement
      • Omar Alvarez-Hernandez, 7.2% improvement
      • Junior Kyle Hirth, 6.7% improvement
      • Junior Logan Field, 5.4% improvement
      • Sophomore Adam McCorquodale, 4.3% improvement
  • Top Performers (Rancho + Ed Sias):
    • Statistically speaking, if we look at Rancho and Ed Sias combined, the two runners below have had the best start to 2019:
      • Rebekah Taylor, 1.13 (# of standard deviations from the mean)
      • Omar Alvarez, 1.55 (# of standard deviations from the mean)
  • Coaching Focus (Insight for Parents)
    • The coaches are focused on several key topics this month, such as hydration, race goal setting, and a strong competitive mindset. Visit the Training Resources page to learn more.
    • The coaches also reviewed an analysis of the splits from Ed Sias at practice yesterday (9/16/19). The second mile of Hidden Valley Park is harder than the first mile and they wanted the kids to shoot to limit the difference between them to 105-106%. The Average difference was 109.7% and the median was 107.8%. This goes to show that despite the great success yesterday, there is room for improvement on race execution. The splits analysis is also on the Training Resources page.
  • Videos by Andrew Smail
  • National Coverage:
  • Local Coverage: Redwood Empire Running
  • XC Stats Meet Results Page

Recap: Rancho Invitational (8/23/19)

Google Photos Album: Rancho 2019

Thanks for the photos John Page! If anyone wants to contribute photos in the future, please contact Patrick or Samantha at mariacarrillorun@gmail.com. Thanks!

Meet Highlights

The annual Rancho Invite was a fantastic opportunity to test the legs after a several weeks, or in some cases an entire summer, of hard training and to “knock the rust off” under live racing conditions. It was also the first high school race for our freshman and first time runners. The Pumas did not disappoint, turning in solid performances and getting the season off to a great start. Here are some highlights:

  • On the girls side, we saw Junior Nicole Morris take the win, with a kick we haven’t seen before, holding off hard charging Senior Emma Boswell from Casa Grande. Senior Jasmine Hirth took 3rd. The top varsity girls were mainly running this as a tempo/training run, but still got the job done: Carrillo took four of the top 10, including strong runs from Sophomore Ashley Jepkoech (6th) and Freshman Rebekah Taylor (10th), Sophomore Brooke Cregan (11th) and Freshman Payton McGarva (12th). Freshman Ella Chong took 1st in the JV race. Overall, the future looks bright with a rising underclassman presence that was strongly felt at this meet. That depth will help with some of our top ladies battling some injuries.
  • On the boys side, Carrillo rested the top five varsity boys, giving the leadership reigns to the rest of of the team. In response, the boys took five of the top 9 spots. Senior Omar Alvarez-Hernandez sprinted home for fourth place and Sophomore Oswaldo Rodriguez took sixth, also earning them a spot on the coveted Woodbridge Sweepstakes roster. The “where in the world is Simon Peterson” theme (following the closure of RVCS) officially came to end too, with Simon posting a strong time and 7th place finish in his Vegas Gold debut. Junior Kyle Hirth took 1st in the JV race and Freshman Sean Gubera took 1st in the Freshman race, beating fellow Puma Freshman Benjamin Choe by 1 second!
  • Overall, the team ran great! The course was warm but not blazing (e.g. it was 77 and sunny for the boys Varsity race). The year-over-year improvements are hard to calculate, given that last year’s course was shorter due to construction (2.72 vs 2.97 miles). That said, there were some incredible 2-year PRs. Keep in mind that the coaches train for 3-5% improvement year-over-year. See below:
    • Senior Chilo Mandeville improved 3:12 (14.2%)
    • Senior Patrick Phillip improved 2:07 (11.8%)
    • Senior Jamie Lu improved 2:38 (11.0%)
  • Also, four girls and five boys ran top 40 all time marks at this race. You can see the breakdown via the RedwoodEmpireRunning.com links below. Also, GPS showed the course at over 3 miles (3.03 to 3.04 miles) and so the mile pacing was likely better that it shows in XCStats.
  • From the Coaches:
    • The coaches worked with the students last week to review their splits. For new parents, this is when the coaches take their time at the 1 mile, 2 mile and finish line and help students see how they paced thru the race. Many of our runners will be encouraged to work on the middle mile of the race when it’s easy to get tired or mentally check out. The middle of the race is when everyone else is hurting as much as you are it’s a great opportunity to pass and take points for your team!
  • Next up is the Ed Sias Invite on 9/14 in Martinez. We hope to see everyone there. It is a well run event, giving all students a chance to challenge themselves and win as a team. There will also be other top ranked teams from California, a luxury that Carrillo usually has to travel out of the area for. It should be a barn burner!

Links and Local Coverage

Recap by: Patrick Donohue

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