Men's Cross Country in persuit of fourth consecutive state championship
November 18, 2014
If ARC wins a fourth straight as expected, it will cement a dynasty foundation for coach Rick Anderson. He also won in 2005 and guided ARC to runner-up finishes in 2003 and 2010. Read more from the CCCAA
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Northern California Community College Cross Country Championships – Crystal Springs, Belmont
November 8, 2014
The American River College men’s cross country teams seems to be peaking at just the right time again. The Beavers, who placed their top 6 in the top 13 places at the Crystal Springs Invitational on the NorCal course back on September 26th, topped that performance by placing 6 in the top 8 at the NorCal Championships Saturday. Their score of 23 points easily beat 2nd place Hartnell college’s 63 points. Abdul hamid and Sean Gregg battled NorCal MVP Diego Leon from Hartnell and Jesus Salas of Sequoias for the first two miles, until Hamid and Leon broke away on mile three. On the final tough hill, about 3.3 miles in, Diego Leon surged up the hill and tried to gap Abdul Hamid. Hamid responded and threw in a massive surge of his own just after the hill and put a 25 meter gap on Leon. Hamid, thinking there was only about 400 meters to go continued his surge until he realized how far there was until the finish. Leon closed the gap and eventually outkicked Hamid over the last 200 meters of the 4.19 mile course.. Sean Gregg broke away from Salas over the last two miles to grab third place. The four-headed monster of Patrick Jagerson, Sean Jagerson. David French, and Aidan Schraer started the race in the top 10, then slowly chipped their way past a few NorCal rivals until they cemented their place in the top 8. Jason Morris, the 7th man for the Beavers, was racing in training shoes and didn’t produce his best effort, finishing in 24th place in a time of 22:45.
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/6525.html
Big 8 Conference Championships - Granite Regional Park, Sacramento
October 31, 2014
The Beavers dominated the competition at the 2014 Big 8 Conference for the 9th straight season capturing the title by taking 12 of the top 14 places. Twelve Beavers earned All-Conference honors – a record for the ARC men. The Beavers scored 18 points to Santa Rosa’a second place total of 58. Rounding out the conference were Modesto (65), Delta (127), Diablo Valley (131) and Sac City (176).
Complete results can be found at http://timerhub.com/getHytResults.php?page=redcaptiming.com/2014/big8xc/141031F002.htm
Santa Clara Bronco Invitational – Baylands Park, Santa Clara
October 18, 2014
The Beavers ran split squads for the Bronco Invitational again for 2014. In the Invitational, section the Beavers ran their top 10 athletes of their 19-man squad. As a team the ARC Invite men took 15th place among the 23 teams. Not a bad showing, considering the other 22 teams in the race were all 4-year colleges, including several ranked NCAA DI and DII teams – Oklahoma State, Stanford, Cal Poly, Chico State, and several others. Freshman Abdul Hamid took it out early going through the mile in 4:45, 2 miles in 9:37, 3 miles in 14:32, 4 miles in 19:27, then finished up the 8k (actually only 20 meters short of 5 miles) in 24:17 – which is the fastest community college time in the history of the Santa Clara Invitational (edging 2013 ARC star runner Will Reyes time of 24:18). Sean Gregg was ARC’s 2nd runner in 25:12, followed by Patrick Jagerson (25:23), Aidan Schraer (25:26), David French (25:33), Jason Morris (25:36), Sean Jagerson (25:55), Logan Stahl (25:56) and Epi Nunez (26:19).
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/6257.html
In the Open Section, the Beavers placed 4th out of 16 DI, DII, NAIA’s and JC’s. Luke Rodgers of ARC was top finisher in 40th place and a time of 26:26. He was followed by Casey Aguirre (26:28), Chris Garcia (26:44), Anthony Sanchez (27:30), Brad Needles (28:24), Ryan Wells (28:32), Micah Rankin (28:38) and Leo Ochoa (30:04).
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/6258.html
Jim Middleton Invitational – West Valley HS, Cottonwood
October 10, 2014
The American River College men’s cross country team captured 12 of the top 14 places at the Jim Middleton Invitational held Friday, October 10 at West Valley HS in Cottonwood, CA. Aidan Schraer won his first race of the season, overtaking Russell Brandt of Butte in the last 20 meters of the 4 mile race. The Beavers scored 19 points – Butte followed in 2nd with 54, Simpson was 3rd with 65, and Siskiyous was 4th with 120. The Beavers also grabbed places 3-10 and 12-14. The men’s team ran this race as a workout cruising easily through the first mile with a pack of 15 before turning on the gas and closing the gap on the early leaders.
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/7052.html
NorCal Preview at Crystal Springs
September 26, 2014
The #1 NorCal and #3 State ranked American River College men’s cross country team won the 2014 NorCal Preview held at Crystal Springs Cross Country course in San Mateo. The Beavers grabbed 12 of the top 27 places of the 129 runner field. Patrick Jagerson was the first ARC runner in covering the 4.19 miles in 21:45 (4th overall). Abdul Hamid was #2 man for the Beavers finishing 6th in 21:47. Securing the 10-13 places were Beavers Sean Gregg (22:06), Sean Jagerson (22:10), Aidan Schraer (22:11), and David French (22:13). The Beavers are also ranked #3 in the State, up one spot from the previous ranking. The Beavers outscored 2nd place Hartnell College 43-68. Other Big 8 teams were Modesto (6th – 167), Santa Rosa (8th – 176), Diablo Valley (11th – 311), Delta (11th – 311), Sac City (14th – 404).
Complete results at http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/6522.html
SoCal Preview – Woodley Pak, Sherman Oaks
September 19, 2014
The “A” team went against the best teams in Southern California, taking third behind Mt SAC and College of the Canyons. The Beavers, ranked #1 in NorCal and #4 in the State, placed 7 runners in the top 23 of the 195-man field. They were led by Abdul Hamid (5th overall), who covered the 4.04 miles in 20:29. Closely behind were Sean Gregg (11th, 20:40), Aidan Schraer (14th, 20:45), Patrick Jagerson (18th, 20:51), Jason Morris (20th, 20:52), David French (22nd, 20:54) and Sean Jagerson (23rd, 20:54). The same two teams beat the Beavers two weeks ago in Fresno, but this time ARC closed the gap considerably. In Fresno Canyons and MtSAC beat the Beavers by 1:40 and 0:56 respectively. At the SoCal Preview ARC closed the gap to 46 and 36 seconds respectively. This Friday the Beavers travel to Crystal Springs Cross Country course in San Mateo for the NorCal Preview.
Complete results can be found at http://royalresults.com/results/2014/MA.htm
Lou Vasquez Invitational – Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
September 18, 2014
The men’s team split squads for the Lou Vasquez Invitational and the SoCal Preview last week. The “B” team ran at the Lou Vasquez Invitational on Thursday and placed 2nd out of 10 teams. The Beavers averaged 21:35 between their top 5 runners over the 4.02 mile course. Hartnell won the meet with a 21:11 average – College of Sequoias was third at 21:38. ARC was led by sophomore Logan Stahl at 21:19. Epi Nunez was ARC’s #2 man (21:32), followed closely by Luke Rodgers (21:40), Casey Aguirre (21:44) and Xavier Gaulman (21:48).
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/6632.html
Fresno Invitational – Woodward Park, Fresno
September 6, 2014
The 3-time defending California State champions ran well enough on the state championships course for 3rd place out of the 19 teams competing. College of the Canyons won the 4-mile race with a score of 64 points. MtSAC was 2nd with 80 and the Beavers were third with 108. ARC was fresh off a 5-mile race last week and showed the effects late in the race as they faded in the last mile. ARC’s #1 runner was freshman Abdul Hamid, running his first race of the year, in a time of 21:18. He was followed closely by Aidan Schraer (21:22), Sean Jagerson (21:22), Jason Morris (21:40), Patrick Jagerson (21:43), David French (21:44), Sean Gregg (21:44), Galen Fritz (21:49), and Xavier Gaulman (21:51). Only 33 seconds separated the Beavers 1st through 9th runners (and only a 25 second top 5 gap), but with no front runners in the race ARC had no chance of beating Canyons or MtSAC. Next weekend the Beavers are off, followed by a Thursday race for the “B” team in San Francisco and a Friday trip to the SoCal Preview in LA for the “A” team.
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/6602.html