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California Cross Country 2001

California All-State - 10/16

Billy Nelson and Amber Trotter head
DyeStat individual rankings as of October 16

by Brett Harvey

Boys - Girls


1. Billy Nelson, Taft. Nelson is undefeated this season including big wins at Clovis over Brett Gotcher and at Stanford Division 4. He also won the Morro Bay Invite by 25 seconds, taking the Early Bird Invite easily and then demolished the field at Cal Poly winning by over a minute and breaking his own course record. He has looked unbeatable thus far.

2. Brett Gotcher, Aptos. Gotcher won the Division 1 at Stanford with the 2nd fastest time of the day. He took runner up behind Nelson at Clovis and he was California's top finisher against a national class field at Great American where he was 6th.

3. Yong-Sung Leal, Arroyo San Lorenzo. Possibly the top California runner before the season is over. He triumphed with the fastest time of the day at Stanford Division 2. However, as this was his only race, I can't see giving him the number 1 ranking at this time. At Stanford he was only 1 second faster than Gotcher's winning time from Division 1, and Gotcher later lost by 7 seconds to Nelson.

4. Abadir Barre, Mt. Carmel. Barre won the Bronco Invitational, the Mt. Carmel Invite the Dana Hills Invite and the division 1-3 at the Cal Poly Invite. His only failure so far has been to challenge the real big boys at either Stanford or Clovis. However, he defeated #9 Figueroa at Cal Poly and had a faster time than #6 Hadden at Dana Hills.

5. Carl Dambrowski, Granada. Like Leal, Dambrowski is lower in the rankings because he has only run one race, Great Bay, where he finished 3rd overall and was the top Californian. He will more than likely move up when he takes on the big boys again.

6. Michael Hadden, Woodbridge. Only a sophomore! Hadden won at Woodbridge and Laguna Hills before winning the sophomore race at Dana Hills, his time was the 2nd fastest of the day behind only Barre. In his first race with the top guns he took a very solid 6th at Stanford in Division 2. Also captured the Orange County Division 2 Championship with the fastest time of the day.

7. Jordan Horn, Alta Loma. Horn has put together in an impressive season so far in taking wins at the Foothill Invite, Warren Stouffer Invite the Millikan Invite and the Santa Clarita Invite. He had an off day at the Central Park race and still finished 5th. Unsung runner has a chance to really move if he performs well at Mt. Sac this weekend.

8. Mike Poe, Etiwanda. Beat Horn and everyone else at Central Park invite and also captured the Yucaipa and Inland Empire Challenge titles. Horn got the nod over Poe based on his excellent early season races and the fact that it seems he had an off day at Central Park. Poe has been racing excellently.

9. Hector Figueroa, Corcoran. Points for consistency here. Figueroa has been a factor in every race this year, finishing 2nd at Clovis in the small division, 4th at the Morro Bay Invite, taking 3rd at Mt. Whitney before finally capturing his first invite of the year at Golden West.

10. Tim Nelson, Liberty Christian. Hasn't raced much but when he has he has been very good. Took the Bella Vista Bronco Invite and finished 3rd at Stanford Division 1.

11. Mark Batres, Don Bosco Tech. Batres won the small division at Clovis, won Bosco Tech invite and was the no.2 Californian at Great American in 13th.

12. Luke Llamas, Canyon. Llamas has been very consistent for his nationally ranked team. He was 3rd behind big names Nelson and Gotcher at Clovis. He was also 2nd behind teammate Jameson Mora at Seaside. Was the no.3 Californian at Great American in 17th.

13. Babey Wagnew, Helix. Finished 2nd at Stanford Division 2, Also won the Baron Invitational. Have not seen a whole lot about him, but a runner with a lot of room for improvement in the rankings.

14. Jose Marino, Paso Robles. Was 3rd at Stanford Division 2 in a photo finish with Baby Wagnew.

15. Casey Burchill, Buchanan. Won the Whitney Invitational and backed that up with solid finishes at Stanford Division 1 (8th) and the Clovis Championship Race where he was 6th.

Other Notables:
Jordan Kinley, Maria Carillo
Gilliat Ghebrey, Logan
Mohammed Trafeh, Duarte
Mohammed Qazi, West Torrance
Jameson Mora, Canyon


1. Amber Trotter, Ukiah. Trotter has left no doubt at all that she is the no.1 girl in California and maybe in the country. She charged to huge wins at the Great Race of the Great Bay and Clovis as well as winning the Iolani Invite in Hawaii.

2. Shannon Rowbury, Sacred Heart Cathedral. Finished 11th at the Great Race of Great Bay and was the top California in 10th at Great American Cross Country Festival. Also captured the Lowell Invite, the Cowchip Classis, and the Artichoke Invite.

3. Ruth Graham, Gunn. Only race was a biggie. She won Stanford Division 2, taking out big names #5 Aldridge and #10 Chock.

4. Liza Pasciuto, Murietta Valley. As a freshman she qualified for the Footlocker Nationals and she has been impressive in her only race so far, a 17:56 romp at the Orange County Championships.

5.Jenny Aldridge, Maria Carillo. Was 9th at the Great Race of the Great Bay, and was the runner up at Stanford Division 2. Won the Viking and Bella Vista Bronco Invitationals, setting a meet record in the latter.

6. Julie Allen, Corona Del Mar. Winner at Stanford Division 3 over #5 Timinsky. Also won at Laguna Hills Invitational and the Orange County Championships.

7. Jenna Timinsky, San Dieguito Academy. Was 3rd at the Great Race of the Great Bay and finished runner up to Allen at Stanford Division 3. Captured invitationals at Mt. Carmel and Saint Augustine.

8. Clara Horowitz, Hilton Head Royce. Won Stanford Division 5. Also captured the Concord/De La Salle Adidas Invite.

9. Laura Muller, Woodland. Big winner at Stanford Division 1. Took title at Lagoon Valley, was runner-up to #2 Rowbury at Cowchip and was 3rd at Bella Vista Bronco Invite behind #4 Aldridge.

10. Caitlin Chock, Granite Bay. Only a sophomore!! Chock is coming off a freshman year that saw her record a scorching 10:48.75 for 3200m. She won early at Granite Bay, before finishing as the runner-up to Rowbury at Lowell and as the 3rd place finisher at Stanford Division 2.

11. Maryann Pynchon, Edison. Won small school at Clovis, as well as winning big time Woodbridge Invitational, the Road Runner Classis and the Sunset League Preview.

12. Emily Vince, Peninsula. 5th at the Great Race of the Great Bay. Won Dana Hills and Kenny Staub Invitationals.

13. Stephanie Baird, Helix. Won at Baron and High Desert Invitationals. Finished 5th at Stanford Division 2.

14. Michelle Gallagher, Sacred Heart Cathedral. Rowbury's young teammate is learning from the best and she is putting together an excellent season. She was 3rd behind #2 Rowbury and #9 Chock at Lowell, 4th at Cowchip behind Rowbury and #8Muller and then took a big step to take the runner up spot behind Rowbury at the Artichoke Invite.

15. Heather Hansen, Madera. Won at Mt. Whitney and then won and set the meet record at Golden West Invite.

Other Notables:
Cassie Ramirez, Highland
Casey Nevitt, Aptos
Lindsay Owen, Nordhoff

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