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Cross Country Season Begins!

Many programs will get their season started this weekend...a weekend with a local flair.  The Colton Swarm is back and many County teams will make their way to the Colton HS campus.  Some will see the progress at Mt. SAC with the Fastback Shootout, while others will escape any heat we may face to run the Cool Breeze Invitational at Prado Regional Park.  The first Riverside Invitational will attract those curious about the course that will be used for CIF Prelims, while many from the County are scheduled to compete in the Great Cow Run in Cerritos.

San Bernardino County Pre-Season Rankings

It's time to roll out the rankings!  These are based on returners from a year ago, but we know that some teams will land impact freshmen, there will be transfers, and some that ran last year, may not run this year.

1.  Colony
             ***Ranked #44 in the State on prepcaltrack's Hot 100 
2.  Ayala
     ***Ranked #32 in the State on prepcaltrack's Hot 100 
3.  Rancho Cucamonga
             ***Ranked #40 in the State on prepcaltrack's Hot 100 
4.  Bloomington
             ***Ranked #42 in the State on prepcaltrack's Hot 100 
5.  Yucaipa
             ***Ranked #54 in the State on prepcaltrack's Hot 100 
6.  Sultana
7.  Serrano
             ***Ranked #83 in the State on prepcaltrack's Hot 100 
8.  Chino Hills
             ***Ranked #92 in the State on prepcaltrack's Hot 100 
9.  Los Osos
10.  Cajon
11.  Apple Valley
12.  Citrus Valley
13.  Redlands East Valley
14.  Etiwanda
15.  Redlands
With Jurupa Hills' graduating class, for the first time in a few years, this one is much more wide open.  The top team looks to be the Colony Titans, returning a veteran squad in 2015.  The Titans are deep and have a solid front runner in Joshua Zavala, who ran 15:42 a year ago.  The team advanced to CIF Finals and return 6, including a tight 2-5 pack with a gap of 10 seconds.  Ryan Tobin, Kyle Rossman, Matthew Madrigal and Freddy Arias will all battle to bridge a 30 second gap to Zavala.  They won't get a lot of competition in league so look for them to pick their spots on Saturday and crank it up in the post-season.  Teams 2-4 could do a lot of swapping spots this year as only 14 seconds of team time separate them.  Ayala returns 5 from a CIF Finalist team led by Gavin Bradley, who really caught fire in the spring track season.  Steven Khan has also been under 16:00 as the pair look to lead the Bulldogs.  Rancho Cucamonga lacks the front runner, but they are deep and have a history of landing impact freshmen to build on that depth.  They should have the upper hand in the Baseline League in 2015 with an unmatched 26 second scoring gap.  Who will lead the Cougars?  That will depend on the meet, with Daniel Dolan, Chris Weiland and Jacob Birch as the top candidates.  Bloomington came on strong a year ago and return 6 from their CIF Finalist team.  Federico Juarez and Gerardo Vazquez are sub-16:00 runners and solid depth will keep the Bruins in the top 5 throughout the season.  Yucaipa seems entrenched in the #5 spot with Tanner Dutchover and Curtis Durham leading the Thunderbirds.  They will need to shore up their gap to the #5 runner to advance up the rankings.  In what will be a fun battle for the Mojave River League title, Sultana has the edge over Serrano, but it's close.  Sultana brings back their entire 7 and even this year, only one is a senior.  They will be solid for at least two seasons, led by super junior, Manual Ramirez (15:41).  Serrano returns 6 from a year ago and match up well with their league foe as Jhavahn Holsten has run 15:44.  Chino Hills was hammered by graduation, but return their top runner, Peter Torres, along with a deep JV team that will keep the Huskies very competitive.  There is a significant dropoff at this point of nearly 2 full minutes and we find three more teams pretty close to one another.  With undefeated Baseline League champ Bradley Ewart leading the Grizzlies, Los Osos sits at #9 with Cajon and Apple Valley close behind, followed by another gap to Citrus Valley
Small Schools:
1.  Western Christian
2.  Big Bear
3.  Ontario Christian
4.  Barstow
5.  Aquinas
The small schools battle will have some new faces.  Caleb Webb is gone and Western Christian may be able to take advantage as they return their entire lineup that will be battle tested in the Ambassador League.  Noah Meister and Matthew Peters provide a solid 1-2 punch.  If they can find a #5 runner, they will be tough to beat.  Big Bear may have lost Webb, but the talent is still there and they tend to perform well.  Mauricio Ramos and Mark Diaz are the only returners from their CIF Finalist squad.  Jakob Eichor will lead Ontario Christian, who are right on the heels of both teams ahead of them.  Eichor has run 16:11, but graduation has taken a toll here with only 3 returners.  Barstow brings back 4 from a year ago with Devlin and Haydn Diaz leading the Aztecs, while Aquinas is poised to make some noise in 2015.  All 7 are back after making CIF and they are young, with junior Anthony Ramos leading the way. 
1.  Serrano
2.  Ayala
3.  Yucaipa
4.  Redlands
5.  Chino Hills
6.  Rancho Cucamonga
7.  Citrus Valley
8.  Redlands East Valley
9.  Colony
10.  Cajon
11.  Los Osos
12.  Granite Hills
13.  Upland
14.  Chaffey
15.  Big Bear
The top of the rankings will have about the same drama as the boys had in 2014, where Jurupa Hills was far and away the dominant team.  The Serrano Diamondbacks are poised to have a great year and it quite possibly could be the finest team the County has ever seen.  They pulled two impact freshmen last year in McKenzie Cornell and Summer Barkan, which gives them the depth in 2015 to accomplish greatness as their #5 runner has run 18:25 at Mt. SAC.  Seniors' Kelly Fairchild and Courtney Brenner will lead the way and Alexis Ramirez will play a big role as well.  There is a nearly 4 minute gap to #2, where it appears Ayala and Yucaipa will do battle for that spot.  Ayala has the edge with Sydney Tullai a minute clear of a tight pack of four that averages around 19:20.  Yucaipa was hit hard by graduation, but they have a great tradition of reloading quickly.  Plus, many programs would envy what's left in the cupboard.  Mackenna Mason was a force en route to the State Meet and they have a pair of sophomores in Sarah Gee and Madison Parr that will keep the Thunderbirds very competitive in 2015 and beyond.  Redlands loses the Crowleys but the Terriers will be very good and young with Karen Jacobs  and Isabelle Swanson leading the way.  Chino Hills looks pretty solid in the #5 spot with Grace Staton on top followed by 7 girls that all could end up scoring, and that kind of depth usually results in a good season.  Rancho Cucamonga and Citrus Valley will be close in the 6-7 spot, but give the nod to the Cougars on depth.  They both have an outstanding front runner, none better than Claire Graves at Citrus Valley, who ran 17:07 a year ago.  Rancho Cucamonga's Erin Holton has battled injury and if healthy, has and can run under 17:30.  The Cougars are stronger at #2 with Megan Maretti and should have superior depth beyond that.  There is a clear divide at this point...a divide as large as 4:10 to the next team.  A wildcard in all this is Redlands East Valley, who is powerful up front with Samantha Aguilar and Vanessa Gaitan, but they have depth issues.  History tells me they are likely to shore that up and we predict they land here at #8.  From there, things are really tight with Colony, Cajon, and Los Osos, all projecting within 10 seconds of each other, followed by another gap.
Small Schools:
1.  Big Bear
2.  Yucca Valley
3.  Arrowhead Christian
4.  29 Palms
5.  Ontario Christian
Defining small schools here as Division 4 and 5, it should be Big Bear all season long.  They have a projected 2:30 cushion over Yucca Valley.  With the smaller schools, depth plays a bigger role and if you have it, you fare pretty well.  Big Bear has a solid 1-2-3 in Haley and Hanna Cabrera and Madeleine Stiles.  Beyond their top 3, there will be a drop off, but less significant than others on the list.  Yucca Valley returns 4 from their CIF qualifying squad, but were hurt up front by graduation.  Look for Alexia Misset to lead the way for the Trojans.  They will be challenged by Arrowhead Christian, who has great depth, but lack firepower up front to challenge for the top spot here.  Savannah Winslow leads a team with a 1:35 scoring gap, which few teams at this level can match.  There will be a gap after the Eagles and it's likely those positions could see some change as the season progresses.  29 Palms, on paper should be ranked higher, but there is confirmation that they will be losing at least one key returner.  Based on what they did last year, coming out of nowhere, we will start them off at #4 and see how that plays out.  Ontario Christian, led by Robin Valencia and Jessica Congleton, round out the top 5 and if they can shore up some depth issues, could move up the list. 

2015 San Bernardino All-County Pre-Season Teams
Here are the top returners in 2015 as determined by marks on the Mt. SAC course.  *** designates grade level (seniors have none, juniors have one, sophs have two and frosh have three)
         Boys First Team                                                   Girls First Team
Gavin Bradley (Ayala)                                          *Claire Graves (Citrus Valley)
*Manuel Ramirez (Sultana)                                 Sydney Tullai (Ayala)
Joshua Zavala (Colony)                                        Stefani Gaskell (Sultana)
Jhavahn Holsten (Serrano)                                 Kelly Fairchild (Serrano)
Peter Torres (Chino Hills)                                    Jennifer Sandoval (Summit)
Bradley Ewart (Los Osos)                                    Courtney Brenner (Serrano)
Federico Juarez (Bloomington)                          **McKenzie Cornell (Serrano)
          Boys Second Team                                                  Girls Second Team
*Steven Khan (Ayala)                                           **Grace Staton (Chino Hills)
*Tanner Dutchover (Yucaipa)                            *Mackenna Mason (Yucaipa)
*Gerardo Vasquez (Bloomington)                       Alexis Ramirez (Serrano)
*Curtis Durham (Yucaipa)                                  *Samantha Aguilar (Redlands East Valley)
**Elias Opsahl (Redlands East Valley)             **Summer Barkan (Serrano)
Jakob Eichor (Ontario Christian)                       *Erin Holton (Rancho Cucamonga)
Daniel Dolan (Rancho Cucamonga)                   Samantha Poliakon (Cajon)