MileSplit50 Boys Team Rankings Countdown

Analysis: Great Oak (CA) was second at NXN in 2018 and bring back two of their top five and four of their top seven from that team. This will be a team again vying for the National title. They have one of the deepest squads out there with multiple guys on the team able to make an impact to their top seven.

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A preseason Q & A with head coach Douglas Soles

How long have you coached (overall/at your school):  


Years What's your meet schedule:

Focus meets are Woodbridge, Great American, Clovis, and Mt. SAC.

What was one important moment over the summer with your team and why? (Camp/Preseason Meeting/Etc.)

Our Frosh Time Trial #2 -- Color Wars was a lot of fun and involved a lot of our team. Definitely strong team bonding between the older and younger athletes which is very important for long term sustainability.

What's the focus on training over the summer for the varsity squad?

We focus on hitting all of the main areas of training over the summer. I know some programs only do mileage, we do all of our normal types of training as we build up.

Which athletes do you see as a probable five/top seven this season? 

At the start of the season, our top 7 looks like this (we are deep and this could definitely change):
-Gabe Abbes - 12
-Mateo Joseph - 11
-Chris Verdugo - 12
-Cole Sawires Yager - 11
-John Worthy - 11
-Christian Simone - 11
-Aric Reza - 12

Which athletes have taken a bigger role in terms of veteran leadership?

Gabe Abbes and Chris Verdugo have been the guys destined to lead this team since their strong 9th grade campaigns. They are doing a great job and the team is really in a good flow right now.

How have they shown it/what will you expect from them in 2019? 

We opened at the Big Ditch Invite with 15 of the top 16 boys in the entire meet, so we feel like we are showing our depth pretty well. Our expectation is to put up some of the best team performances in US and California history.

Who are some new faces who will make an impact in 2019? (i.e. freshmen, transfers, runners who've improved)

We have some very talented runners that will make big impacts this fall: -Christian Simone -- 11 -- Moved from Chaminade High School. He will be very fast this fall and even better next year!

-Aric Reza -- 12 -- Has always been solid for our team, but looks to make another big jump and can run with pretty much any of our guys in any race. Opened in 2nd overall at Big Ditch Invite.

-Leandro Candray -- 12 -- Started showing glimpses of top-end running last winter. Will challenge for our top 7 all fall.

-Mark Cortes & Ramses Cortes -- 9 -- Isaac and Fatima Cortes' twin little brothers. Both will be exceptional XC and Track athletes long term just like their siblings.

Overall our 9th-grade boys are a fantastic and deep group!

Six weeks before the state championships, what's a staple workout that's readying this team for the postseason run? 

We really focused a lot on soft surface (sand) running last year to be prepared for NXN and I think that helped a lot so we will continue that this year. We also do a lot of visualizations for the State Meet to prepare us to handle the mental stresses the day can present.

What will success look like in 2019 for this team? 

The boys set the goal of winning NXN and I think that will be the defining race for the team this year. We will have a lot of success individually and team-wise this season, but our focus is definitely on winning NXN.

What's the biggest challenge facing this team this fall? 

I think just making sure we stay healthy will be the biggest challenge. It is hard to train at a championship level without having some kids getting banged up a bit. Keeping them healthy and on the course at the end of the season will be tough, but will pay off if we can do it.

Is there a quote or a saying, or a purpose your team lives by? What is it and why? 

We haven't found a rallying cry this season. It has just been more a showup and do the work mindset from the guys. No fluff, all focus.

What are three big goals for this team in 2019? 

-Stay healthy
-Win our 6th State Title in a row.
-Win NXN.

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Projected Top 5

1Great Oak High School (SS) (CA)102
1) Mateo Joseph15:12.004
2) Gabriel Abbes15:21.409
3) Chris Verdugo15:26.3012
4) John Worthy15:41.6032
5) Cole Sawires Yager15:47.5045
Average Time: 15:29.76 Total Time: 1:17:28.80 1-5 Split: 35.50
6) Aric Reza16:08.1098
7) Joshua Abrenica16:12.90118

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MileSplit50 Boys Team National Rankings Countdown



Aug. 20 -- Farmington (UT)


Aug. 20 -- Loan Peak (UT)


Aug. 20 -- Kamiakin (WA) 


Aug. 20 -- Hersey (IL)


Aug. 20 -- Davis (UT)
20Aug. 21 -- Jesuit (OR)
19Aug. 22 --  Clovis North (CA)
18Aug. 23 -- Bishop Hendricken (RI)
17Aug. 24 -- Southlake Carroll (TX)
16Aug. 25 -- La Salle Academy (RI)
15Aug. 26 -- El Paso Eastwood (TX)
14Aug. 27 -- Lewis And Clark (WA) 
13Aug. 28 -- Dublin (CA)
12Aug. 29 -- St. Charles East (IL)
11Aug. 30 -- Tahoma Senior (WA)
10Aug. 31 -- Christian Brothers (NJ)
9Sept. 1 -- Wheaton Warrenville South (IL)
8Sept. 2 --  Corner Canyon (UT)
7Sept. 3 -- Dakota Ridge (CO)
6Sept. 4 -- The Woodlands (TX)
5Sept. 6 -- York (IL)
4Sept. 6 -- FM (NY)
3Sept. 6 -- Newbury Park (CA)
2Sept. 6 -- Great Oak (CA)
1Sept. 6 -- Loudoun Valley (VA)