Girls 1600 Sombrero Heat Video (W. Lange)    Boys 1600 Sombrero Heat Video (R. Mackey)

Girls 800 Sombrero Heat Video (W. Lange)    Boys 800 Sombrero Heat Video (W. Lange)

Girls 3200 Sombrero Heat Video (R. Mackey)    Boys 3200 Sombrero Heat Video (R. Mackey)

Brighie Leach (Girls 3200 Winner) Interview    James Morehead Photos

DDF 2015 Event Schdule    DDF 2015 Heat Sheets    DDF Top 5 List


Pick the “Winners” in the Arcadia Auto-Qualifying 3200s

The first “Winner” is.......GOLD!

Dear Athletes, Parents, and High School Track Fans,


We are thrilled to welcome you to Northern California’s premier Distance event, Dublin Distance Fiesta!  Since it’s inception this Invitational has gained in momentum and has absolutely earned the State and National Class attention that it deserves.  Meet organizer, Chris Williams has done a phenomenal job constructing a meet for distance runners of all levels.  You’ll enjoy every second of the day, whether it’s the fast races, the endless personal bests coming out of every single heat, or the great soundtrack that is blasting through the speakers.  Dublin Distance Fiesta is the best way to kick start our track season into high gear!


We brought our entire distance squad to Dublin last year, for the first time in a few years, and it was an excellent experience for our whole group.  Dublin Distance Fiesta provides such a great competitive environment for all the athletes, regardless of ability.  It felt like every other race we had boys and girls coming back into the stands with winning t-shirts, new PRs, and huge smiles.


There is no better place to introduce a new track and field athlete to distance running and racing.  The parade of properly seeded heats provides a tangible and competitive race environment for everyone.  Furthermore, for those fledgling athletes looking to get better they have the opportunity to see some of the best 1600m, 800m, & 3200m boys and girls in the State compete.  What a great experience to be able to compete in the same meet with some of California and the Country’s finest!


On that note, and because of Chris’ tireless efforts, this meet as developed into an excellent venue for elite athletes to flex their winter training muscles.  Finish in the Top 3 of the 3200m and athletes earn their Golden Ticket into the prestigious night meet of Arcadia Invitational.  What an amazing early season opportunity for our young elites!  Truly a reflection on what this meet has become and what it is doing for our Northern California Track athletes!


Cheers and Good Luck!

Laura & Jake Schmitt

Redwood High School, Larkspur


Meet Preview by Patrick Kleinow, Dublin High School Distance Coach


It’s finally here!  The 2015 Dublin Distance Fiesta is just around the corner, and just like the Fiestas before, this one is going to be a full of talent and excitement.  Boasting a RECORD setting 66 high schools and 2200 entries, the Dublin Distance Fiesta is now the LARGEST Distance Meet in the state of California, proving once again, if you are not here, then you are missing out on the party.  With 3 boys 3200 Meter Arcadia automatic qualifiers up for grabs and a girls 3200 meters spot as well, this meet has quickly become the desired spot for all the midseason distance action.  A track meet focused on the heart of running, distance. Each heat is going to be a race, with some heats having 25 boys within a 2 second PR!  With competition like that, each student athlete is set up to run his or her BEST.  Now let’s meet the people and races to watch!


Girls 1600

Meet Record – Kendall Derry – Bella Vista – 2014 – 5:06.04

Last year we had 4 girls make it to the top 5 in DDF history for the 1600m, including EVERY class record.  The question is, how many girls will make it this year.  With an amazing group of runners, it should be an amazing race as Chloe Hansel (Las Lomas - 5:13.20 #4 NCS; 11:11.41 #2 NCS & #21 State), Kathryn Loken (Del Campo - 5:10.07 #3 SJS; 11:15.30 #3 SJS) and Rylee Bowen (Sonoma Academy - 5:03.48 #50 US; 10:37.13 #9 US) battle it out for the top spot and the first Sombrero of the day.  Will Bowen and Loken take it easy with the 3200m race coming up later in the day, or will the allure of the now famous DDF sombrero and pinata t-shirt push the race to the next level.  Belle Moran (Foothill - ‘14 t-Shirt winner) will also be in the mix, hoping to improve her #5 all time DDF 1600 standing.  Other notable entrants are Glennis Murphy from Redwood and track & field newcomer Campolindo’s Toni Finnane (cross country Foot Locker nationalist).  


Boys 1600

Meet Record – Erik Olson – Novato – 2009 – 4:17.28

With a large collection of boys that can run sub-2:00 in the 800, this 1600m final is sure to get out quick.  Two t-shirts winners from ‘14 have already run pretty fast in this early season - Carter Mackey (Castro Valley) has run a 4:22.92 (#4 NCS), which is just behind Roc Johnson (De La Salle) who has run a 4:22.75 (#3 NCS & #25 State).  But Casa Grande’s Nicholas Rauch’s indoor 1:57.10 800 (which is #2 in the STATE) may leave the rest of the field gasping for breath even before the final lap.  And with the strength to run a 9:40.39 (#2 NCS) 3200, Los Lomas’s Tom Robey might have what it takes to mix it up with the front runners.  


Girls 800

Meet Record – Tamara Purpura – Lowell – 2:17.43

The next sombrero up for grabs will be the Girls 800m run.  This field has some familiar faces from the 1600m final heat, and a very familiar face in Bella Vista’s Kendall Derry (‘14 t-shirt winner), who is the current #1 all time DDF 1600m record holder.  Could she be a part of the VERY select few to hold two #1’s at the same time?!  Not if Megan McCandless (‘14 1600 t-shirt winner) of Granada has anything to say about it.  Coming in with a #11 in the state ranked 1600m time of 5:04.30, she has the speed to compete in the grueling 800m run.  Could this be the 2nd year in a row a 400m specialist moves up in distance to win - California’s freshman sensation Alyssa Brewer has already run 57.26 for 400m and brings great speed to this event.  This is sure to be a fast race, so don’t blink, you just might miss it.


Boys 800

Meet Record – Sebastian Sam – Oak Grove – 2008 – 1:54.21

The 800m race is often described as the most painful running race in high school track.  The 800m boys final is sure to create some fireworks this year, with stand out like Nicholas Rauch of Casa Grande having already run 1:57.10 indoors.  But there is a whole host of boys who have already broken two-minutes, and are looking to lower their time even further, including Travis Flemming (1:59.66 - #2 NCS) of California and Braeden Kraft (1:59.52 #4 SJS) of Del Campo.  Benjamin Micallef of Bellarmine is looking to add his name to another top performers list after snagging the #1 Freshman all time DDF 800m record last year.


Girls 3200

Meet Record – Diana George – Livermore – 2009 – 10:49.74

The 3200m race is an event that only a Distance Crowd can love, and do we love it here at the Dublin Distance Fiesta.  The girls in the race are competing for more than just a shirt and a sombrero, they are all gunning after the prize that comes with a win in this race, an automatic qualifier to the biggest race in the entire nation… The Arcadia Invitational.  With Rylee Bowen possibly going for the Distance Trifecta (the 1600m, 800m, and 3200m) will her talent be able to pull her through for a win?  Or, will Brooke Starn (4:59.72 #1 NCS & #5 State; 11:03.96 #1 NCS & #17 State) of Monte Vista be able to add to her list of #1 all times and with the coveted spot?  With a DDF meet record of 10:49.74, the all time record spot is going to take some determination to beat.  Or perhaps this will become a tactical race, with no runner willing to risk their chance at Arcadia on an early move?  If so, the speed of Brighie Leach (Campolindo - ‘14 state 1600 finalist) and Christine Bayliss (San Ramon Valley) may become a crucial factor in the last few laps.  Could Campolindo’s Toni Finnane make her 3200 deput with a surprising win, much like her bursting on the cross country scene?  With a race like this, it is not just about pure talent, but tactical know-how and a keen understanding of the rest of the field.


Boys 3200

Meet Record – Fred Huxham – Redwood – 2014 – 9:10.73

The boys 3200m is sure to be the signature race at this years DDF.  To give some perspective, the young men who toed this very line in 2014 took 1st, 4th, 11th and 16th at the State Championships, highlighted by Redwood’s Fred Huxham’s victory.  The student athletes will all be focusing on one goal, getting top 3.  The top THREE, that’s right, THREE, in this race are automatically qualified for The Arcadia Invitational.  This prize will make the race a very tactical spectacle, with races most likely feeling out the competition and playing to their strengths.  In this ONE race alone, we have runners ranked in the top 15 in the STATE.  If you want to see California’s star Distance runners, this race is going to be your best bet.  The young man who took 16th in that state meet is Steven Sum (Saratoga), who is coming into the race with the #12 in the STATE 1600m time (4:19.07), and he currently holds the #1 Junior All time DDF 3200m time.  Sean Kurdy of Jesuit is coming into the meet with a 4:20.6 (#2 SJS & #16 State) 1600m time and will be looking to secure one of those coveted top 3 spots.  Meanwhile, College Prep’s Alex Glavin has a 9:39.49 indoor 2 mile this year, a time that places him #6 in the entire state of California.  The real question is going to be, who is going to decide to lead this high-stakes race? Could it be Salem Bouhassoun of Mission?  His 4:20.88 1600m places him #19 in the state.  Will his race strategy include an early lead?  There are a few other notables from the ‘14 historic race - De La Salle’s Matthew Schumann (2:01.20 #10 NCS) and Bishop O’Dowd’s Colin Burke (4:21.60 #2 NCS & #22 State; Foot Locker national finalist).  The 3200m last year saw EVERY SINGLE top 5 DDF All Time 3200m record get set, could that same magic happen again?  Could THIS be the year with a sub 9:10 3200m??!!  You will have to stay and watch to find out.


Girls Distance Medley Relay

Meet Record – Las Lomas – 2014 – 12:31.29

The DMR is a fine chance to see the depth that a team is bringing to the field.  This year, every team has student athletes who are AT LEAST doubling with the DMR as their second race, so there will be no fresh legs here.  Monte Vista has a #13 in the state time already of 12:47.80, will the excitement of running under the lights and the thrill of the DDF propel them to an even higher ranking and a new meet record?  San Joaquin Section is bringing their best DMR team with Belle Vista, a team that boasts a very impressive 13:06.89, and this is a school that boasts a school record of 12:08 back in 2013.  St. Joseph Notre Dame (13:12.48 - #8 NCS) and Half Moon Bay (13:27.37 - #2 CCS) also should be teams in the mix.


Boys Distance Medley Relay

Meet Record – Bellarmine – 2011 – 10:29.89

The boys DMR is going to be giant, so make sure you watch the exchange zones, especially after the 400m, and who says Track isn’t a contact sport?  St. Joseph Notre Dame is coming in the the current #25 time in the state with a sub 11 minute 10:53.85.  Gregoria (10:59.54 #2 SJS) and Armijo (11:03.45 #3 SJS)  are going to be going at it head to head with a little San Joaquin Section action taking place.  And how can we not mention Bellarmine, who always has a large arsenal of talent to choose from.  Rumor has it that not only is there “A” trying to break the DDF record, but their “B” team is gunning for 2nd!


2014 Meet Preview


Welcome to the 2014 Dublin Distance Fiesta!


For those of you who are returning to this event, you need no introduction to the magic of the day. For those of you who are newcomers, you are in for a fantastic, first-rate, distance-running extravaganza!


What makes the Distance Fiesta a favorite in the Bay Area? Why do teams come back year after year? Why has the growth of this event been so remarkable? I believe it comes down to two factors that combine to make the meet a wonderful experience for each athlete at the Dublin Distance Fiesta: the atmosphere and the competition.


The Distance Fiesta has a positive vibe, an electricity that puts athletes, coaches, and spectators alike in an enjoyable space. From the music, to the food, to the helpful volunteers, to the colorful T-shirts, to the winners’ sombreros, to the wacky pants worn by gracious host and meet director Chris Williams, it’s impossible not to have a good time at the Fiesta!


The competition is also superlative. Because the heats of the races, the 1600s, 800s, and 3200s, are seeded with athletes of similar performance levels, every athlete in every heat has the opportunity to run at the front, be competitive, and go for the victory. The result of this competitive cauldron is lots PRs for the athletes and thrilling races for the lucky spectators.


As an athlete, I wish I could have had the chance to participate in an event like the Dublin Distance Fiesta. As a coach, I am grateful that my athletes can test themselves against excellent competition in a top-notch venue; I look forward to this meet every spring. As a parent, I am thankful for the multitude of hours and the hard work behind the scenes that goes into making an event like this the best place that a young person can be.


Best of luck to all the athletes at the track today, and throughout the season. May you race with fortitude, and may every contest be a learning experience.


Now, let’s get this Fiesta started!


John Pelster

De La Salle High School


The Dublin Distance Fiesta is here!  Two meet records have already fallen – 53 high schools and nearly 1500 student athletes are invading Dublin making this the largest Distance Fiesta EVER!  Fantastic tunes and hundreds of personal bests help make this such a marquee event for the distance runners.  Three special edition t-shirts or bags are up for grabs in every race (four in the fast heat) and the vaunted special sombreros to the fastest time of the day in each event all leads up some courageous performances for athletes of all ability levels.


Girls 1600

Meet Record – 5:12.80 – Natalie Dimits – Livermore 2010

The first sombrero up for grabs could take a recording breaking performance to bring home, with eight girls entered with times faster than 5:12.80!  Kendall Derry of Bella Vista appears to be the favorite, having already run the 18th fastest time in California this year in 5:10.71.  She will be joined by another couple of state ranked ladies – Gabriella Nathan Funk of Armijo (2:19.68 13th State) and Lauren Jacob of Los Altos (11:14.00 14th State), who is no stranger to the Fiesta surroundings, having run 5:21.35 here as a freshman last year, which is good for the #2 Freshman time at the DDF.  Other DDF veterans include Spencer Moore of St. Mary’s, who had a very impressive double in 2012 (5:20.28 - #4 Sophomore / 11:34.50 - #1 Sophomore) and Megan McCandless of Granada, who was runner-up in ’13 in this event, running a freshman record 5:17.96 (#5 All-Time).


Boys 1600

Meet Record – 4:17.28 – Erik Olson – Novato – 2009

With the 2013 boys version turning into a very tactical race, let the 2014 field be warned – Lowell’s John Hogan will kick you down!  He has already run 1:55.46 in the 800, which is the 2nd fastest time in California in ’14.  He also has a speedy teammate Donald Chen (1:58.74 18th State) who can also bring the pain.  San Rafael’s Nassim Kabbara is quite familiar to these parts, having the 5th fastest time freshman time in the 800.  Two young men who may have their eyes on the 3200 prize later in the day could also add some magic – Marin Academy’s Trevor Rienhart (cross country Foot Locker national finalist) and Del Campo’s Edward Chance (9:38.84 17th State).


Girls 800

Meet Record – 2:17.43 – Tamara Purpura – Lowell – 2009

Could we see our first double sombrero winner of the night?  Kendall Derry of Bella Vista will be doubling back from the 1600 but will definitely be pushed by Bishop O’Dowd’s Emily Fieberling, who has already run 2:19.67, good for 12th in California.  Skyline’s Marayne Martin-Fields (2:15.65 PR) has run well under the record here and also has the 5th fastest sophomore 800 performance at the DDF.  Kylie Freeburg of Half Moon Bay also is on the all-time list, being 5th on the freshman list.  Miramonte’s Georgia Roden (2:21.15 5th NCS) and Las Lomas’ Chloe Hansel (11:09.39 12th State) also add great range to this event.


Boys 800

Meet Record – 1:54.21 – Sebastian Sam – Oak Grove – 2008

The oldest record at the DDF appears to be safe for another year, but their still can be some history unfolding.  Junior Ricardo Avila of Bellarmine is already #2 on both the freshman and sophomore list and has the potential to put himself to be in position to be the first DDF athlete ever to be on each class list.  He is also a veteran t-shirt winner, taking 4th in ’13.  He is behind teammate Marcus Avila on the freshman list, who broke Ricardo’s mark last year.  Oh but how can we overlook Lowell’s Donald Chen doubling back from the 1600 or four of the top 20 NCS 800 boys in 2014 – Ryland Lyons of Dublin (2:01.61 – 14th), Elliott Fong of Miramonte (2:02.18 – 16th), Trevor Ruth of Bishop O’Dowd (2:03.09 – 18th) and Chris Melendez of THE St. Joseph Notre Dame (2:03.20 – 19th).  Just Sub-2, baby!


Girls 3200

Meet Record – 10:49.74 – Diana George – Livermore – 2009

With a lot of the focus being on the boys 3200, these ladies might have deepest range ever seen at the DDF for the girls 3200.  We have defending champion Brooke Starn of Monte Vista, whose 11:27.03 in ’13 broke the freshman DDF record.  She already has run 10:54.53 which is good for 5th in California.  Also ranked for the 8-lapper is Chloe Hansel of Las Lomas (11:09.36 12th State, doubling back from 800), who was a close second to Starn last year, also besting the previous freshman record.  We have 1600 DDF veterans Mary Orders of Campolindo (#3 DDF Freshman) and Sonia Xu of Alameda (#3 DDF Junior) and 800 DDF veterans Rachel Johnson of Campolindo (#2 DDF Freshman) and Christine Bayliss of San Ramon Valley (#5 DDF All-Time).  Ahh but we also have state ranked 800 speedsters Madison Ricks of California (2:15.41 4th State) and Alexandra Hernandez of Livermore (2:20.46 14th State).  Mix them all up and this could lead to a very exciting race!


Boys 3200

Meet Record – 9:22.07 – Garrett Rowe – Mountain View – 2009

To sum this up in a word – EPIC!  Not only is the hallowed sombrero up for grabs here, but 3 guaranteed spots into the Arcadia Invitational night meet heats are on the line as well.  How many plot lines do you want?  Six of the top eight NCS returners and the top CCS returner are in this race.  THE MEN:  Aidan Goltra of Campolindo (2-time cross country Division 2 state champion, NCS 3200 runner-up in ‘13), Blair Hurlock of De La Salle (cross country Foot Locker nationalist, NCS 3200 3rd in ’13), Steven Sum of Saratoga (4:21.95 4th State, top CCS returner) and Cameron Tu of Alameda (9:22.10 2nd State, NCS 3200 7th in ’13).  THE MYTHS:  Can Fred Huxham of Redwood, who has already ripped a 4:14.48 indoors, reach a similar standard for 8-laps?  Can track rookie Trevor Reinhart of Marin Academy duplicate his cross country Foot Locker nationals performance?  THE LEGENDS:  Can St. Joseph Notre Dame’s Gabe Arias-Sheridan (NCS 3200 4th in ’13) defend his DDF 3200 sombrero crown?  Can Luke Williams of De La Salle and Logan Marshall of Half Moon Bay repeat their 2013 winner t-shirt performances?  What about EVERYBODY else we didn’t mention – will they be able to make this meet director look foolish in not mentioning them?  I hope so!


Girls Distance Medley Relay

Meet Record – 12:35.87 – Livermore – 2009

Once the smoke clears from the boys 3200, the ladies will grace the track with their toughness and grit, as many of these young women will be doubling and possibly tripling back from earlier personal record performances.  They could come from the likes of Los Altos’ Lauren Jacob (11:11.00 3200 14th State) and Armijo’s Gabriella Nathan Funk (2:19.68 13th State) doubling back from the 1600.  Or from Las Lomas’ Chloe Hansel (11:09.36 12th State) who could be doing her 3rd event of the night!  Coach Mike Davis of Monte Vista is gathering quite a collection of sombreros with last year becoming the first coach in DDF history to win a sombrero in both genders by winning the girls (won the boys in ’08) and will look to become the first coach with 3 sombreros.  He will need another heroic performance from Brooke Starn (doubling back from 3200), whose team has already run the 10th fastest time in California.  Another impressive team with a large stable of talented runners will be Bishop O’Dowd, who already has 2 teams under 13 minutes, one of them running 12:26.16.  But they will need a big run out of Emily Fieberling, who could be doubling back from the 800.


Boys Distance Medley Relay

Meet Record – 10:29.89 – Bellarmine – 2011

Bellarmine’s Patrick McCrystle will look to add his 3rd sombrero of his DDF career, leading his troops to the line to defend their meet record.  Could he throw long distance specialist Matthew Seidel (9:41.28 20th State) into the mix after running in the epic 3200?  It might take an effort like that to take down some of these other great teams.  St. Joseph Notre Dame, fresh off of their clear cut victory over rival Bishop O’Dowd last week, has run 10:43.49.  The 2-time defending Division 5 state cross country champions seem to have enough depth if they decide to not double Gabe Arias-SheridanCastro Valley has the 20th best performance so far listed on the state leader list.  Livermore’s Eddie Salazar could also become the 2nd coach with multiple gender sombreros, having already won 2 with the girls in ’08 and ’09.  He will have the likes of a fresh Tyler Olson (9:25.97 4th State), as will Granite Bay with a fresh Paul Zeiss (4:27.27 5th State, 9:28.14 5th State) whose team is ranked 15th in California.  What a way to end the Fiesta!


2013 Meet Preview


The Dublin Distance Fiesta is here!  41 high schools, 1000+ student athletes, fantastic tunes and hundreds of personal bests help make this such a marquee event for the distance runners.  Three special edition t-shirts or bags are up for grabs in every race (four in the fast heat) and the vaunted special sombreros to the fastest time of the day in each event all leads up some courageous performances for athletes of all ability levels.


Girls 1600 - 1:00 - 7 Heats

Meet Record – 5:12.80 – Natalie Dimits – Livermore 2010

The 2012 version of the DDF produced no meet records, but something tells me that the young ladies in this event will put an end to that streak.  Maryann Gong of Granada is no stranger to the winner shirts, taking a close second in ’12 with the 5th best all-time DDF performance of 5:18.77.  She has already clocked 5:16.50 which is good for 6th in the North Coast Section.  Teammate Sarah Franklin also has experienced some great success here, running 2:22.83 for the 800m last year, good for the best sophomore performance ever!  They will be heavily challenged up front by Los Altos’ Lauren Jacob, who brings a very impressive 11:02.26 3200 performance to the table, good for 2nd in the Central Coast Section.  If it turns into a kickers race, watch out for Half Moon Bay’s Kylie Freeburg, who is already 7th in the CCS in the 400m with a 61.72 and has the 2nd fastest freshman 1600 time ever at the DDF.  They will be pushed by some DDF veterans – Ashley Feldkamp of Bella Vista (littered all over the all-time lists), Sara Lack of Bella Vista (#5 Sophomore 3200) and Petaluma’s Kirby Franklin (#2 Sophomore 3200).


Boys 1600 - 2:00 - 18 Heats

Meet Record – 4:17.28 – Erik Olson – Novato – 2009

Every year, this race helps blossom a young man into a star and this year looks to be no different.  Petaluma’s Ryan Douglas has already run 2:02.06 (10th NCS) and 4:27.7 (4th NCS) and looks to be the favorite, but better not get hit with the cross fire of the renewed cross section rivalry between Del Campo’s Patrick Jagerson and San Rafael’s Joey Morris.  Jagerson nipped Morris at the line in ’12, 4:28.02 to 4:28.11 for the 4th and 5th best junior performances at the DDF, respectively.  Bella Vista teammates Brynn Sargent (2:02.88 - #17 San Joaquin Section) and Daniel Gow (2:03.34 - #18 SJS) are well tuned up while Dillon Read of Miramonte may have the “home” track advantage, having just run 4:29.09 (6th NCS) here on Wednesday at a dual meet.  Lurking in the shadows could be our freshman 800m record holder Ricardo Avila of Bellarmine, who has opened the season very well at 2:02.97 (#8 CCS) and teammate Miles Meijer, whose 9:46.08 3200 is good for 11th in the CCS.


Girls 800 - 4:05 - 9 Heats

Meet Record – 2:17.43 – Tamara Purpura – Lowell – 2009

This race might turn into a one woman show with San Leandro’s Nijae Jones towing the line.  She is a multiple state meet qualifier and 2012 finalist in the 800 and has already run 56.52 for 400m which is the fastest time in California this year.  The clock and the conditions might be her only challenge.  But there are two ladies who are not too shabby themselves – Jena Pianin of Amador Valley and Claire Bowie of Los Altos.  Pianin has already run 10:46.60 for 3200, good for 2nd in NCS while Bowie’s 2:26.12 is good for 12th in the CCS.  Not to mention that she also has the junior class record set last year in 2:23.87.  Albany’s Suzanne Becker was also in that race, clocking 2:27.64 good for the 3rd best sophomore performance.  Half Moon Bay’s Kylie Freeburg will be doubling back from the 1600, trying for her second shirt of the day.


Boys 800 - 4:45 - 17 Heats

Meet Record – 1:54.21 – Sebastian Sam – Oak Grove – 2008

This race has featured some of the best 800m runners in the state in recent memory – Sebastian Sam of Oak Grove, Kevin Griffith of San Ramon Valley and Kick Ratto of THE St. Joseph Notre Dame.  While some of the 2013 version runners aren’t household names yet, who could become one?  Could it be Sonoma Academy’s Austin Orr, who has already run 1:59.8 (5th NCS)?  What about Kevin Poteracke of Petaluma, who’s not that far behind Orr in the NCS (2:01.04 – 9th)?  Already holding the freshman 1-2 all-time spots in this event, could sophomore Bellarmine teammates Adam Greenlow (51.98 400 4th CCS & 2:01.63 5th CCS) and Ricardo Avila (2:02.97 8th CCS) begin a tradition of holding ALL the class DDF records by being the first sophomores to break 2 minutes?  Will they look back and see the 3rd fastest freshman in DDF history, San Rafael’s Nassim Kabbara unleashing a monster kick?  Who will be the king of the Melendez household, with Chris (2:04.95 – 23rd NCS) and Andrew continuing the SJND/Bishop O’Dowd storied clashes?  The answers to these questions could lead to some very exciting finishes!


Girls 3200 - 5:40 - 3 Heats

Meet Record – 10:49.74 – Diana George – Livermore – 2009

The first sombrero up for the eight laps of fury will feature two of the best runners in the North Coast Section of this early 2013 season – and they are both only freshman!  Monte Vista’s Brooke Starn has already run 5:11.00 for 1600m which is good for 2nd in NCS.  But not far behind is Chloe Hansel of Las Lomas, with a seasonal best of 5:13.01 in the 1600m which is 4th in NCS.  This could be the first of many battles these two could have over the next few years.  Also vying for the coveted t-shirts will be Dublin hometown favorite Jillian Colwell, who has the 3rd fastest freshman time in the 1600 in DDF history.  In what could be the most impressive performance in recent memory, Albany’s Suzanne Becker will be completing the distance triple after just running in the fastest race of the day in the 800.


Boys 3200 - 6:30 - 9 Heats

Meet Record – 9:22.07 – Garrett Rowe – Mountain View – 2009

Most likely being the race of the day, this event features some of the fastest times already posted in Northern California.  Miramonte’s Tyler Hanson has already run 9:22.91, the fastest time in the NCS and will be looking to be the first boy to break 9:20 at the Fiesta!  He will have plenty of distinguished company to help push him along.  CCS’ best in the field will be Raymond Meijer of Bellarmine, whose 9:39.25 is good for 8th in the section.  The SJS will be represented by Jesuit’s Chris Goode, who has run 4:30.76 in the 1600m, a solid ranking of 10th in the section.  History is on Charles DeAnda (9:45.14 – 9th CCS) of Bellarmine’s side, as he is the junior class record holder in this event as well as holding the #2 sophomore spot.  You could also make a historical reference for St. Joseph Notre Dame’s Gabe Arias-Sheridan (4:36.03 18th NCS), who is the freshman record holder in the 1600m.  Sonora’s Steven Grolle can be a player here as well with his 4:31.54 (14th SJS) early season 1600m.  Hanson’s teammate Dillon Read (4:29.09 6th NCS & 9:54.38 13th NCS) will have his hands full coming back from the double in the 1600m, but is definitely capable of doing some damage.  Whoever wins this sombrero will have earned it!


Girls Distance Medley Relay

Meet Record – 12:35.87 – Livermore – 2009

The DMR is where legends are made.  The 2009 Livermore squad featured the likes of Diana George, who was “fresh” off her record breaking 3200m performance when she helped Eddie Salazar’s team set another meet record.  Which team will have another heroic performance like that tonight?  Los Altos will be dangerous, but most of their runners will be doubling back – Claire Bowie (2:26.62 9th CCS) from the 800, Lauren Jacob (11:02.26 2nd CCS) from the 1600 and Sierra Townsend (2:34.95 22nd CCS) from the 800.  And when you couple that with the fact that California will be running the likes of who maybe the best in NCS right now Madison Ricks (2:15.03 1st NCS & 5:06.85 1st NCS) fresh, it’s going to be a great, gutsy race!  Oh, and California also has Tyler Carr (59.96 400m 8th NCS) and Heather Donner (2:25.47 12th NCS) at their disposal.  What both of these teams can’t claim, however, is that Monte Vista has already broken the 13-minute barrier this season!  They will need a George like performance out of Brooke Starn (5:11.00 2nd NCS), who will be doubling back but may have Heidi Fuhriman (2:23.20 8th NCS) and Katharine Smiley (5:15.02 5th NCS) fresh.


Boys Distance Medley Relay

Meet Record – 10:29.89 – Bellarmine – 2011

Oh what a race this could boil up to be.  You have three of the top four teams in NCS signed up – St. Joseph Notre Dame (10:40.27 – 1st), San Ramon Valley (10:46.75 – 3rd) and Amador Valley (10:47.78 – 4th).  All of the major army at Tony Fong’s disposal for SJND are signed up for other events including Gabe Arias-Sheridan (4:36.03 18th NCS – 3200 entrant) and Chris Melendez (2:04.95 23rd NCS – 800 entrant).  And the defending champions San Ramon Valley appears to be running everyone of their stars fresh – David Griffith (51.27 400 10th NCS), Zach Hanze (9:41.17 3rd NCS) and Jason Intravaia (9:56.20 15th NCS).  The same could be said for Amador Valley’s arsenal of Connor McCarthy (9:47.72 6th 3200), Connor McKinnon (1:59.89 6th NCS) and Jacob Schlachte (4:33.61 13th NCS).  But how can we forget about the Bellarmine squad coached by Patrick McCrystle, who has so many weapons to choose from, just go back and reread the previews of the other races today.......oh but that means they might be doubling back!  Be strong and courageous young men!


2012 Dublin Distance Fiesta Meet Preview

The moment you all have been waiting for has finally arrived - the Dublin Distance Fiesta is here!  More than 1000 student athletes representing 43 high schools, great music and fantastic racing headline this wonderful event especially for the distance runners.  Three special edition t-shirts or bags are up for grabs in every race (four in the fast heat) and a special sombrero to the fastest time of the day in each event can make for some great opportunities to set personal records.  No Distance Fiesta record is safe!


Girls 1600

Meet Record – 5:12.80 – Natalie Dimits – Livermore – 2010

In 2010, this event kicked off a record setting evening for American Christian Academy’s Stephanie Rasmussen, who won both the 1600 and 3200 becoming the first person ever to win two individual sombreros at the same meet.  A veteran to these parts, she was also t-shirt winner in 2009, taking second place only losing to the current record holder.  She has come back for an encore performance this year, but the coveted sombrero will not come easy.  Granada’s Maryann Gong (11:17.53 3200 PR) and St. Mary’s Spencer Moore (5:06.68 1600 PR/11:11.33 3200 PR) bring tremendous credentials to this heat.  Already posting some amazing times this early season are Miramonte’s Rebekah Ent (2:19.16 800 - #12 in California), Campolindo’s Juliet Farnan (11:12.04 3200 - #20 CA) and Holy Names’ Julia Gullikson (11:24.12 3200 - #28 CA).  Looking to add to her collection of winner t-shirts is Liz Hebel of San Ramon Valley, who was third here last year.


Boys 1600

Meet Record – 4:17.28 – Erik Olson – Novato – 2009

The crop of talented young men who will be running today will get the Fiesta started off with a bang!  Having already run sub-4:20, Half Moon Bay’s Mitch Martin (4:19.16 - #17 CA) looks to be the favorite but Del Campo brings a trio who have already run some fast times as well – Jordan Rushing (4:28.47 1600 - #26 CA/9:30.91 3200 - #20 CA), Tyler Mercado (9:37.24 3200 - #35 CA) and Patrick Jagerson (2:00.81 800 - #42 CA).  They will be pushed by the dynamic duo of Tyler Hanson (9:31.61 3200 - #32 CA) and Jaime Fehrnstrom (1:59.14 800 - #26 CA) of Miramonte.  Bishop O’Dowd’s Jonathan DeGroot (1:59.44 800 - #30 CA) brings great speed while Campolindo’s Keith Geiger (9:38.78 3200 - #40 CA) brings the endurance.  St. Mary’s Duncan Calvert also brings his 4:20.63 personal best to the show.


Girls 800

Meet Record – 2:17.43 – Tamara Purpura – Lowell – 2009

We are in for a treat in this race as two nationally ranked 3200 runners come down in distance to give the meet record a run for its money.  Campolindo’s Carrie Verdon has already ripped off a 10:33.38 3200 this year, which is good for #3 in the United States and #2 in CA.  Freshman phenom Christine Bayliss of San Ramon Valley has also popped a big one early, pacing to 10:52.00 for the 3200, good for #11 US and #7 CA.  National rankings or not, they will be challenged.  Granada’s Carina Novell ran 2:19.40 last year for 800 along with a not too shabby 5:00.61 for 1600 while St. Mary’s Spencer Moore could be coming back for her second win of the day.


Boys 800

Meet Record – 1:54.21 – Sebastian Sam – Oak Grove – 2008

This meet director will not be jinxing himself this year after his failed guarantee of 2011 but he can promise you one thing – a rivalry will be reborn!  Ah the glory days, when St. Joseph Notre Dame and Bishop O’Dowd would sell out the Oakland Coliseum for regular season basketball games.  Fast forward to today (and I mean FAST), and we will get to see one of what could be many great showdowns between SJND’s Nick Ratto and O’Dowd’s Sam Kane.  Both have already ripped off sub-1:56’s, with Ratto winning the state indoor championship and Kane opening up with a 1:55.90, good for #2 CA.  But I know a few good men who could care less about the shameless plugging of the meet director’s alma mater.  How about San Ramon Valley’s Parker Deuel (4:18.26 1600 - #12 CA/9:23.90 3200 #10 CA), who will look to regain the sombrero for SRV after Kevin Griffith won it two years in row in ’09 and ’10.  Or what about Trevor Fuhriman from Monte Vista, who has only run the 5th fastest time in the nation in the 1600 this year at 4:16.15 (#4 CA).  Thomas Joyce from Campolindo says he sees your 5th place ranking and raise it one spot to #4 in the US for the 3200, clocking 9:16.83 (#3 CA).  Kane’s teammate Eugene Hamilton also has run an impressive 1:58.54 (#17 CA) this year as has Miramonte’s Jaime Ferhnstrom (1:59.14 - #26 CA) and Del Campo’s Patrick Jagerson (2:00.81 - #42 CA), both of whom will be doubling back from the 1600.  What a showdown!


Girls 3200

Meet Record – 10:49.64 – Diana George – Livermore – 2009

Could a possible record be matched or broken for most sombreros in a meet?  St. Mary’s Spencer Moore (5:00.68 1600 PR/11:11.33 3200 PR) is signed up for all three individual events and definitely has the talent to pull it off.  But these three young ladies will be sure it won’t be an easy run – Holy Names’ Julia Gullikson has already run 11:24.12 which is good for #28 CA and the Campolindo duo of Rachel Johnson (6th at NCS in cross country) and Brighie Leach (12th at NCS in cross country) can all bring the pain for 8 laps of furry!


Boys 3200

Meet Record – 9:22.07 – Garrett Rowe – Mountain View – 2009

As has been proven in the past, the 3200 can make for some memorable Fiesta moments and this year is no different with Del Campo’s trio of Jordan Rushing (4:28.47 1600 - #26 CA/9:30.91 3200 - #20 CA), Tyler Mercado (9:37.24 3200 - #35 CA) and Patrick Jagerson (2:00.81 800 - #42 CA) all coming back for what could be their 3rd event of the day.  Could one of them become the first male to win two sombreros in one meet?  Will Bellarmine’s Charles DeAnda (9:32.94 3200 - #28 CA) take home another t-shirt as he did last year?  Can Bishop O’Dowd’s Sam Kane (1:55.90 800 - #2 CA/4:17.20 1600 - #6 CA) handle another bout with St. Joseph Notre Dame, this time vs. sophomore sensation Gabe Arias-Sheridan who was the NCS champion in cross country?  Only time (and our stop watches) will tell.


Girls Distance Medley Relay

Meet Record – 12:35.87 – Livermore – 2009

No stranger to winning this event is Campolindo, who won here in 2010 just missing the meet record by 8 seconds.  Coach Chuck Woolridge’s depth will be on full display as he has not one but two teams that could stretch the bounds of the record.  With a stable of runners including Carrie Verdon (10:33.38 3200 - #3 US & #2 CA), Juliet Farnan (11:12.04 3200 - #20 CA), Rachel Johnson and Brighie Leach, you could understand why.  Looking to break that vaunted 13-minute mark will be Rebekah Ent (2:19.16 800 - #12 CA) lead Miramonte and Carondelet.


Boys Distance Medley Relay

Meet Record – 10:29.89 – Bellarmine – 2011

And now it’s time for the main event!  Coach Patrick McCrystle’s army from Bellarmine will look to make it three in a row and defend their DMR sombreros.  Nicholas Mantovani (1:59.48 800 - #33 CA) looks like he will be running this fresh and could get some help from Charles DeAnda (9:32.94 3200 - #28 CA) who could do the heroic doubling back from the 3200.  But wait just a second...let’s not.  Let’s wait 10:25.75, which is what San Ramon Valley has already run in 2012 which is the #2 time in the nation and #1 in the state.  They will be lead by a fresh Trevor Holgrem (1:56.69 800 - #7 CA/4:21.98 1600 - #25 CA) and a tough double from Parker Deuel (4:18.26 1600 - #12 CA/ 9:23.90 3200 - #10 CA).  Also ranked in the state is St. Joseph Notre Dame (10:44.01 - #12) with Nick Ratto (1:59.32 indoor 800 - #1 CA) leading the charge.  There will also be plenty of other teams who have some heavy hitters as well – Livermore with Joel Schmierer (1:57.24 800 - #8 CA), Miramonte with Tyler Hanson (9:31.61 3200 - #32 CA) and Jaime Fehrnstrom (1:59.14 800 - #26 CA), Campolindo with Thomas Joyce (9:16.83 3200 - #4 US & #3 CA) and Keith Geiger (9:38.78 3200 - #40 CA) and Los Altos.  What a way to cap off the Fiesta!


Meet Record, 3 Top 10 California Boys DMRs Highlight DDF

March 19, 2011 -
Distance runners of all ability levels braved the cold, rain and wind to help make another Dublin Distance Fiesta successful.  The highlight of the Fiesta came in the last race of the evening, with Bellarmine making good on their promise to break the meet record in the boys Distance Medley Relay, running 10:29.89, which is now good for the 3rd fastest time in all of California (anchored by a 4:17 and change 1600 from Kyle Rae).  They were chased by Willow Glen and San Ramon Valley, running 10:36.04 and 10:37.91 respectively.  Both are also both ranked in the top 10 in the state this year (7th and 10th).  Stephanie Rasmussen of American Christian Academy became the first athlete to win two sombreros on the same day, winning the 1600 (5:20.45) and 3200 (11:44.54).

Steve Pryor Photos    Michael Ong Videos


March 17, 2011 - The Dublin Distance Fiesta is nearly hear!  Thirty seven schools, 900+ student athletes, great music and fantastic distance racing headline this wonderful ESPN Rise/DyeStatCal Featured Meet for the distance runners.  Three special edition t-shirts or bags are up for grabs in every race (four in the fast heat) and a special sombrero to the fastest time of the day in each event can make for some great opportunities to set personal records.  No Distance Fiesta record is safe!


Girls 1600

Meet Record - 5:12.80 - Natalie Dimits - Livermore

Last year’s race featured a very spirited race between Natalie Dimits of Livermore, Stephanie Rasmussen of American Christian Academy, and the then record holder Sammy Hamilton of Half Moon Bay.  Dimits and Rasmussen both went on to break Hamilton’s record, running 5:12.80 and 5:15.65 respectively.  This years is something out of boxing - there is a rematch!  Both Dimits (5:09.48) and Rasmussen (5:11.92) are signed up to run with the latter already churning out a 2:22.95 this season, which is good for 49th in the state.  There could be another record breaking upset, however, with San Ramon Valley’s Lauren Connelly lurking in the distance.  With a personal best of 5:12.27, she definitely will challenge for the first sombrero of the evening.


Boys 1600

Meet Record - 4:17.28 - Erik Olson - Novato

The meet record of 3 sub-4:20 performances in one race is definitely in jeopardy with this fine crop of young men.  Willow Glen’s Donald Plazola and Del Campo’s Robert Pflasterer are the early favorites, both having run 4:20 already.  Plazola has registered 3 top 50 marks in California this year - 1:58.88 (25th), 4:20.98 (13th) and 9:30.35 (16th), giving him plenty of range to push the pace to a record breaking performance.  However, Pflasterer is a veteran of these parts, running in the fastest race at the Fiesta last year and already having run 4:21.93 (19th) this season, which is just off his PR of 4:20.50.  But wait, there’s more!  Cameron Trinh of Skyline and Jesse Chestnut of Washington will rematch from their earlier race at the Skyline Invitational, running 4:23.91 (34th) and 4:25.72 (44th), respectively.  Jesuit’s Cormac McCullaugh (2:00.06 - 50th), Del Campo’s Jordan Rushing (9:43.43 - 42nd), Fairfield’s Imandeep Sahota (9:44.40 - 48th) and freshman sensation Aiden Goltra (9:41.06 - 35th) of Las Lomas all have top 50 marks to make this race one of the deepest in Fiesta history!


Girls 800

Meet Record - 2:17.43 - Tamara Purpura - Lowell

There will be four young ladies trying to break the illustrious 2:20 mark for the first time.  Fairfield’s Lillie Cross seems to have the best chance of doing that, having run 2:20.74 in 2010.  However, Kelly Nordine (2:22.60) of San Ramon Valley, Marissa Reyes (2:22.14) of St. Mary’s, and Laura Speigel (2:25.12) all will be able to keep Cross honest.  One dark horse that could bring a tremendous kick if they let her hang around is Skyline’s Chavariana Ryan, who already has run 59.84 in the 400 this year which is good for 46th in the state.


Boys 800

Meet Record - 1:54.21 - Sebastian Sam - Oak Grove

One meet record this meet director is GUARANTEEING to be broken is the 3 sub-2:00 800s in one race because all, yes I said ALL, of the entries have the ability to do it!  San Ramon Valley is no stranger to taking home sombreros in this event, as they have won the last two here with current UC Davis standout Kevin Griffith winning them both and just missing the meet record last year.  They bring two heavy hitters to this prize fight in Trevor Holmgren (1:59.38) and Brian Hardy, who has already run 4:20.92 which is 12th in the state.  Donald Plazola of Willow Glen will be doubling back and brings his 1:58.88 and teammate Joseph Rivera (1:59.55) with him.  Lowell’s William Chen (1:58.85) and Jesuit’s Colton Misono (1:59.66 - 41st) both bring sub-2:00 credentials.  Looking to join them will be Darrell Jackson (2:00.28) of Fairfield, Robert Pflasterer (2:00.16) of Del Campo doubling back, Nick Ratto (2:00.97) of St. Joseph Notre Dame, Nicholas Mantovani (2:00.33) of Bellarmine, and Patrick Atkins (49.65 - 9th) of Skyline.


Girls 3200

Meet Record - 10:49.64 - Diana George - Livermore

Defending champion and hometown favorite Shelby Nickles (11:19.47) of Dublin will be trying to defend her turf versus two very tough young ladies.  Stephanie Rasmussen of American Christian Academy will be doubling back from the 1600 and brings great speed to this event.  One of Campolindo’s cross country state championship scorers Sarah Orders (11:27.53) will give Nickles a run for her money as well as she has proven to be ready for the big stage.


Boys 3200

Meet Record - 9:22.07 - Garrett Rowe - Mountain View

We have had some courageous performances in the past at the Fiesta and this could be one of the more memorable ones.  Defending their previous teammates sombrero honor will be two talented runners from Del Campo - Jack Nevins (9:34.19) and Robert Pflasterer (9:34.43 - 23rd).  Oh, did I mention this could be their THIRD event of the evening?!  Bellarmine’s Esteban Valencia (9:42.41), Petaluma’s Forrest Shaffer (9:38.00), and Skyline’s Cameron Trinh doubling back could make this a very intriguing race.  One speedster moving up in distance for this event is College Park’s Anthony Ortolan, who has already run 1:56.96 (10th) and 4:20.26 (9th).


Girls Distance Medley Relay

Meet Record - 12:35.87 - Livermore

With t-shirts, bags, sombreros AND a plaque on the line, these young ladies will be doing more than just trying to have a personal best.  This race features two of the top 50 teams in the DMR in 2011 in San Ramon Valley (13:11.98 - 34th) and California (13:19.70 - 44th).  San Ramon Valley has three speedsters they can rely on with Sarah Griffith (58.52 - 15th and will be joining her brother at UC Davis), Kelly Nordine (2:22.60) and Lauren Connelly (2:21.34 - 5:12.27) while California can bank on the likes of Heather Donner (2:22.57 - 42nd) and Elaine McVay (5:10.71 - 10:55.01 (4th)).  Valley Christian from San Jose also will be in the mix at trying to break the vaunted 13-minute mark with Isabel Garcia (2:17.88 - 5:14.53) and Morgan Lira (5:12.90) highlighting their team.


Boys Distance Medley Relay

Meet Record - 10:30.69 - Monte Vista

If there is a team that wants to break a meet record more badly than Bellarmine, I surely haven’t seen one.  Right after they just missed the record last year by running 10:31.07, they started saying, “We’ll get it next year!”  With the likes of the following athletes, it would be hard to argue with - Andre Chapman (48.60), Nicholas Mantovani (2:00.33) and Kyle Rae (2:00.59 - 4:18.62 - 4:23.73 in 2011 (31st)).  Ahh, but there will be an argument to be had and San Ramon Valley will have something to say.  They have already run 10:38.73 which is good for 5th in California and boast some all-stars themselves - Trevor Holmgren (1:59.38) and Brian Hardy (2:00.11 - 4:20.92 in 2011 (12th)).  A betting man would say that College Park would argue, having Anthony Ortolan (1:54.12, 1:56.96 in 2011 (10th) and 4:20.26 in 2011 (9th)) and Jeff Bickert (4:24.82 - 9:27.30 in 2011 (13th)).  Just call this race the Great Debaters Relay because Fairfield and Willow Glen both could bring home the sombreros!  Fairfield features Darrell Jackson (2:00.28), Tre Smith (4:28.15) and Imandeep Sahota (9:44.40 - 48th) while Willow Glen brings Donald Plazola (1:58.88 (25th) - 4:20.98 (13th)) and Joseph Rivera (1:59.55).


2 Meet Records Broken Before Races Even Begin!

March 13, 2011 - Before the first bell lap has even been rung, two meet records have already fallen - 37 high schools and 907 athletes will be competing at 2011 version of the Dublin Distance Fiesta!  Crushing the old record of 32 high schools and 712 athletes proves that the Dublin Distance Fiesta is quickly becoming one the fastest growing meets in all of California!

 

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