Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2017 Supercross Varsity Races

Varsity Girls Race

This race turned out to be the tightest race of the day.  It featured 2 highly ranked teams from differenrt CIF sections.  Madera, a division 1 program, had made the long drive up from the Central Section on race morning to face the defending Sac Joaquin Section division 4 champions, Hughson.  Neither team ran a full squad on the day.  Madera's top runner, Unique Ford, did not make the trip and Hughson rested #5 runner, Jessie Lawrence (ankle) and #4 Runner, Kinsey Langley (pneumonia). Nonetheless, these teams were clearly the class of the field, as 6 of the top 7 places in the 112 runner field were taken by athletes from either Hughson or Madera.

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Mavleen Mann (549) got out strong and went on to win.
Early on, Linda Perez and Olivia Zambrano of Madera held a commanding lead over the field.  Just after the 1K marker, Mavleen Mann of Pitman moved into 3rd place and began to gain on the leaders.  Meanwhile, further back in the pack, Emily Fife, Elizette Ysias, and Esmeralda Campos were beginning to move up in the field.  By the time the runners had exited the arboretum, Mann had caught the 2 runners from Madera, and went on to win in convincing fashion.  Meanwhile, Hughson's top 3 had moved into positions 4-6 in the race and went on to finish in those spots.  
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Myrka Banuelos of Modesto finished 8th. 
By the end of the race, it was not clear which team had come out on top.  Both teams' top 3 girls were vey evenly matched, so the team battle came down to the 4th and 5th runners.  Madera had a slightly better 4th runner on the day, but Hughson's 5th runner, Kylee Sullivan was significantly better than Madera's.  When the scores were added, Hughson had escaped with a one point victory 69-70 over the Coyotes of Madera.

Varsity Boys Race

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Ryan Weidman led Enochs to the team title.
In the boys race, Gursharan Singh of Madera grabbed an early lead.  Singh pushed to extend that lead throughout the first mile of the race.  As the race entered the arboretum, Noe Reyes of East Union began to move up strongly.  Noe has some course knowledge at Supercross.  He was featured on the all time top 15 lists for both frosh soph and varsity boys prior to the start of the race, so he knew when to hold back and when to go hard.  Reyes caught Singh as the two exited the arboretum and put 11 seconds into his rival before they had reached the finish line.

The team battle was never really in doubt.  Ryan Weidman of Enochs ran a strong race to place 3rd overall and lead his Eagles teammates to the victory over Pleasant Grove.  Enoch's pack of Branden Zwhalen, Chris Mariscal, and Andrew Keyes sealed the deal for Enochs with 16th, 17th, and 18th placings overall.  

2017 Supercross Frosh Soph Races

Frosh Soph Boys Race

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Alex Alvarez of Patterson, 10th place
Prior to the race, Aiden Singh of Pleasant Grove had stated that his goal was to break the Frosh Soph Course record that he had set the year before.  Once the race started, Singh took off after that goal.  Not only did Singh break his old Frosh Soph course record by 9 seconds, he also ran a time that would have placed him 4th in the Varsity Race.  

Behind Singh, the most competitive frosh soph race in Supercross history unfolded.  By the end, a full 7 runers would move onto the list of the top 15 all time frosh soph performances at Supercross. Early in the race, Ben Scott of Tokay and Andrew Jackson of Pleasant Grove were waging a fierce battle for second place, well behind the pace of Singh.  However, moving up steadily through the field, Jaydon Spires of Tioga was running a great race of his own.  Spires moved from 10th to 5th by the mid point of the race.  Coming out of the arboretum, Spires had caught Jackson and Scott.  He went on to place a very impressive second place. 

Frosh Soph Girls Race

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Blanca Madrigal
about 1 mile in.
The FS girls race also provided us with a course record.  Jasmine Hernandez of Los Banos simply went out and smashed the old mark, held by Julia Vezaldenos of East Union (2015).  Hernandez's time of 16:29 beat the old mark by a full 25 seconds! 

Early leader, Julia Martinez of Madera was able to hold off a hard charging Kayden Legan of Oakdale for second.  Martinez's time was actually only 2 seconds slower than the old course record.  Legan of Oakdale is a strong runner herself with a track PR of 5:40 for the mile.  She moved to #4 on the Supercross's all time list of performances. 

Evelyn Zambrano of Madera and Mykell Bouwhuis placed 4th and 5th on the day, both moving onto the all time top 15 performance list.

All time course records updated

Kayden Legan 3rd place, FS Girls
New course records were set this year in the FS boys and FS girls race!  The FS boys race saw a full 7 runners move into the top 15 all time list. 

Great racing this year.

Every year, the fields here seem to get tougher and tougher

It's fun to see quality racing AND a super fun atmosphere.

Updated All Time Lists

Sunday, August 27, 2017

2017 Supercross

October 14 2017

Mark your calendars.  for those of you who need a flier in order to get a check cut for entry fees, it can be found here:

So far there are 31 high schools and 2 junior highs signed up.  I anticipate a few more junior highs will add later.  This looks like it will be the biggest supercross ever.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Boy Varsity Race

133 runners bolt from the starting line

While the girls race was tight up front for the individual title, the boys race was not.  Juan Gutierrez of San Benito, who early this year had run 15:52 for 3.1 miles at the Stanford Invitational, grabbed an early lead and was never challenged.  His stated goal for the day was to take the course record from his longtime league rival and friend Jose Gonzales of Seaside.  Gonzales had set a sizzling time of 13:05 for the 4k (2.5 mile) route.

Bosquez and Yanez run 2nd and 3rd at mid race
The boys race may have been a run away, but the team battle was tight!  No team had a clear
advantage by the 1st trip through the mud pit at 1 Kilometer.  Turlock was well represented near the front of the race, as were Pleasant Grove and Seaside.  As the race progressed, Hughson again showed that they know every twist and turn in the Arboretum and used that section to move into contention.  Daniel Yanez of Hughson and David Bosquez of Turlock raced side by side through the twisting pathways, both trying to chase down Gonzales of San Benito.

Carson Boice of Hughson, who had been laying back early on, began a strong move during this middle section of the race that would carry him all the way to 3rd place overall by the finish.

Mid Pack Mud Pit Action with less than 1k to go.
As the teams exited the arboretum, it seemed that the two small schools (Hughson and Seaside) were starting to assert themselves a bit over their larger rivals.   Julio Ramirez, Taylor Ingram, and Ramon Velasco of Seaside had all moved into the top 10 overall, while Jaymie Jackson of Hughson had also joined the top 10 along with teammates Yanez and Boice.

By the finish line, the course record was safe for at least another year and Gutierrez was the clear winner, finishing 11 seconds ahead of Yanez, but it was not clear which team had won the title.  Hughson runners placed 2nd and 3rd overall, but then Seaside had runners in 5th, 6th, and 8th position.  Hughson had a guy in 9th, and the places alternated between the two schools as runners from all teams streamed across the line. This race had no clear team winner.

When all the runners were in the finish chute and all the scores were added, Hughson had squeaked out a narrow 5 point win over the Spartans of Seaside. The two small schools were followed across the line by Division 1 schools: Turlock, San Benito, Pleasant Grove, and Pitman.

Team Scores (Top 5), 17 complete teams
1. Hughson - 62
2. Seaside - 67
3. Turlock - 97
4. San Benito - 98
5. Pleasant Grove - 176

Top 5 Individuals (133 total finishers)
1. Juan Gutierrez, San Benito - 13:30
2. Daniel Yanez, Hughson - 13:41
3. Carson Boice, Hughson - 14:01
4. David Bosquez, Turlock - 14:02
5. Julio Ramirez, Seaside - 14:07

2015 Varsity Girls Recap

This year, more new schools tried out our meet.  Coming over from Hollister, San Benito High seemed to be a "featured" team, as the Lady Haybalers were sitting second in the Central Coast Section Division 1 rankings.  Other big and quality programs toed the line in the form of Turlock (D1), Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove (D1), Seaside D4 (Also a perennial state meet contender from the Central Coast Section), and Hughson who was ranked 2nd in the Sac Joaquin Section D4 standings at the time of the meet.

As the gun sounded, Ariana Lara of Hilmar bolted to the front and established an early lead.  The San Benito ladies also got our strong, establishing their 5 scorers in the top 12 of the race.  As the pack approached the 1 kilometer mark, Lara held a strong lead.  She was followed by Elli Kliewer and Hailey Cross of San Benito as well as Rachel Victor of Pleasant Grove.

That order held up as the ladies passed the one mile mark and entered the Arboretum.  But, by this point, the Hughson ladies, who had held back a little bit at the start, were beginning to move up, with their top group of: Esmeralda Campos, Emiily Fife, Kinsey Langley, and Abby Mitchell all moving into the top 20.  Hughson's 5th, Taylor Gray was also near by.

Lara and Kliewer battle for the lead with less than 1k to go.
The Huskies enjoy a significant home course advantage when the race enters the Sturtevant Arboretum, since they do workouts there at least once a week.  It was at this time, where they really began to move up to challenge San Benito.  As the ladies exited the arboretum, Lara of Hilmar continued to lead, but the two Haybalers were eating into her advantage. A few of the San Benito runners were beginning to fade and the Huskies were moving up strongly in what was quickly becoming a two team battle for the overall title.

Huskies running strong as a pack
On, the final trip through our mud pit, Lara was caught by Kliewer and Cross.  The San Bentio girls continued to lead, but Hughson's pack of 4 continued to move up.

In the end, the Lady Haybalers had too much firepower for the Huskies to overcome and prevailed 26-45.  The Huskies continued to close the gap all the way to the finish line on this shorter than normal course, with Abby Mitchell and Emily Fife closing hard to finish in 5th and 6th place over all in the field of 107 runners.

Final Team Scores (Top 5 Teams), 14 complete teams
Heading for home with heavy shoes!

San Benito - 26
Hughson - 45
Turlock - 100
Pleasant Grove - 135
Seaside - 136

Top 5 Individuals (107 Finishers)
1. Elli Kliewer, San Benito - 16:32
2. Hailey Cross, San Benito - 16:39
3. Rachel Victor, Pleasant Grove - 16:40
4. Ariana Lara, Hilmar - 16:42
5. Abby Mitchell, Hughson - 16:43

Saturday, May 9, 2015

2015 Date

Mark Your Calendars

Hughson Supercross Invitational


Once again, we are proud to host the Hughson Supercross Invitational on campus at Hughson High School and in the adjoining sports complex and arboretum.

If you've never been to the Supercross, you'll find the meet a unique and exciting experience.

  1. We are the only meet around that offeres an epic Mud Pit
  2. We race on a compact, spectator friendly course.  Coaches and fans can easily access every part of the course with very little running around.
  3. We try to create a "Distance Carnival" atmosphere with music and prizes
  4. Speaking of prizes, we are the only meet that offeres criterium style premes for the first runner to pass through the mud pit (about 1k into the race).  This encourages aggressive racing and a take no prisoners attitude at the front of the pack
  5. We are also the only meet that offers prizes to random finishers, whose place is drawn at random prior to the start of each race.
  6. We have unique course record medals, team trophies, and an overall "sweepstakes" trophy for the team that places the best in all scored divisions.