Running in the 'Meda: State meet run results

Running in the 'Meda: State meet run results

Marty Beene

Photo by Marty Beene.

This week, I want to cover some actual local running!

This past Saturday, several Alameda teens participated in the CIF State Cross Country Championships presented by Farmers, a.k.a. the state meet. The weather was excellent in Fresno, unlike the rainy conditions that greeted participants in the North Coast Section meet in Hayward the week before.

Bret Greene of Alameda High School qualified for the state meet as an individual by finishing ninth at the section meet a week earlier. Unfortunately for him, the Division 2 boys race was the most competitive race of the day. Nevertheless, Bret ran the 19th fastest time ever for any Hornet runner at Woodward Park with a time of 16:43, or 5:23 per mile for the 5,000-meter course. He finished in 122nd place out of 194 finishers.

The St. Joseph Notre Dame girls team, led by sophomore Kiera Marshall's second place finish, placed ninth out of 24 teams in the Division 5 race, an outstanding performance for the team's first appearance in the state meet. Marshall's time of 18:44 was just over six minutes per mile. The St. Joe's team was rounded out by freshman Beatrice Levy and seniors Veronica Aguila, Karina Duarte, Julia Courville, Jessica Academia, and Ellie Stuldhreye.

The St. Joe's boys team was shooting for a third consecutive state championship but fell just short, ending up in second place, only 12 points behind Xavier Prep from Southern California. The Pilots were led by super-sophomore Cooper Teare in fifth place and senior Michael Murphy, who came in 10th. Teare's and Murphy's times were 15:44 and 16:10. Seniors Jackson Sundheim and Matthew Murphy, junior Daniel Ratto, and sophomores Willie Mein and Gavin Hill all competed well, also.

This Saturday (tomorrow!) will be one of the few races we have right here in Alameda! The Midway Shelter of Alameda Run and Walk is a 5k race that will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp, with registration starting at 8:00 a.m. They also have a half-mile race for children under 12. Despite the stormy weather this week, forecasts are indicating perfect running weather for Saturday morning. Last year, it was dry but freezing cold, with temperatures in the 40s and a strong wind. It was the only time I have ever raced with full tights, a long-sleeve shirt, and gloves (you can see me in one of the photos on the web page) - and that was barely enough! Proceeds from the race support the Midway Shelter, which is about as good a cause as there is to support.

While not in Alameda, one of the premier marathons in California, the California International Marathon, will be held on Sunday morning in the Sacramento area. There are probably several Alamedans running, and I will report on their results next week. If you run, let me know about your experience in the comments below.

Finally, if you are interested in training for a half marathon or 10k in the new year, I am partnering with Road Runner Sports in Berkeley to form a training group that starts on January 4. I will be coaching two group runs per week, providing training plans to all participants, and some other goodies. If you click on the link to my website below, you can find out more details about the race we will run, as well as cost (which includes a discounted registration to the target race), etc.

See you at the Midway 5k tomorrow!

Marty Beene, a USA Track & Field certified coach, is owner of Be The Runner; he coaches adults from beginners to veterans individually and in groups. Marty can be reached at marty@BeTheRunner.com.