The MCAL Championships will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Indian Valley College.  Varsity Girls race at 3:15 pm. Varsity Boys at 4 pm.

To get to IVC from 101. Exit at  Ignacio Blvd. Head west on Ignacio Blvd. The course is at the end of Ignacio Blvd. The start and finish are on the soccer fields. The IVC address is 1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, CA  94949-4912

The Bay Counties League West Championships will be held on Friday Nov. 2 at Lindley Meadows at Golden Gate Park. The meet starts at 3:30pm


MCAL Cross Country Meets Oct. 24

At O’Hair Park

TL_SM_Oct 25

At San Rafael

Red_SR_Oct 25

At Camino Alto

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At Bon Tempe.    Julia Maxwell set new course record.

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Start of Girls Race    Photos by BARTON JAMES

Start of Girls Race

Sophie Breck (Branson) and Kelsey Nieman (Novato)

Anna Harleen (Branson) battling Isabel Moon (Novato)

Julia Maxwell of Branson leading the race

Start of Boys Race

Drake’s top two runners John Lawson and Clayton Hutchins



Former Marin Runners Compete at Conference Championships

October 27, 2012

Div lll

The Centennial  Conference’s 2012 men’s cross country five-mile championship was held on Saturday, Oct 27.  Haverford, PA

  • Haverford College won the Centennial Championships.  Peter Kissin (Redwood) placed 6th in 25:19. Peter 2nd from left in lead pack. Photo by Roy Kissin.

Div ll

The 2012 Northwest Conference Championships was held on Saturday, Oct 27. Forest Grove, OR

  • Whitman College finished 7th.  Cory Rand (Tam)  placed 16th in a time of 26:55

Div 1

The .2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship were held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at West Windsor Field. Princeton, NJ. Photos by Linda Gill

  • Columbia placed 2nd at the Ivy League Cross Country Championships.  Steven Iglehart (Branson) placed 34th in 24:41. Steven is leading group in photo below.

  • Harvard placed 5th at the Ivy League Championships. Dan Milechmand (Tam) finished in 56th place running 25:10. Dan is on right in photo below.

The Pac-12 Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club, Santa Clarita, CA.

  • Stanford placed 2nd at the Pac-12 Championships. Erik Olson placed 30th in 24:18.

NCAA Rankings Week 6

NCAA Div lll Rankings Week 6  North Central (Ill) has been ranked #1 for the past 24 weeks. Haverford breaks the streak in DIII as Haverford has moved into the #1 spot.



  •  NCAA Conference Championships  Oct.  27
  • NCAA Regional Championships  Nov. 9
  • NCAA Div l Cross Country Championships  Nov. 17  Louisville, KY
  • NCAA Div ll Cross Country Championships  Nov 17  Joplin, MO
  • NCAA Div lll Cross Country Championships Nov 17  Terre Haute, IND


Mt. Sac Cross Country Invitational      Friday  Oct. 19   3 mile race

Boys Div 4 Sweepstakes  Drake team incomplete

  • 1st  John Lawon  Drake  15:03  (5:01)
  • 2nd  Clayton Hutchins  15:14  (5:05)
  • 69th  Tucker Wasuta  17:24  (5:48)
  • 115th  Cole Schwartz  18:20  (6:07)

Girls Div 3 Sweepstakes

Julia Maxwell of Branson runs fastest time of the day beating the time posted by Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley who ran 16:57 to win the Div 4 Sweeps. Julia’s time puts her #15 on Mt. Sac All Time List.

Girls Div 5 Sweepstakes   Branson team places 6th

  • 1st Julia Maxwell  Branson  16:52  (5:37)
  • 4th  Anna Harleen  Branson  18:45  (6:15)
  • 43rd  Sophie Breck  21:24  (7:08)
  • 65th  Allie Williams  22:20  (7:27)
  • 75th  Lindsay Allison  22:43  (7:34)
  • 82nd  Anisa Lestor  22:56  (7:39)

Girsls Div 3 Seepstakes  Redwood places 7th

  • 12th  Megan Bordes   18:46 (6:15)
  • 29th  Emma Gallagher  19:21 (6:27)
  • 39th  Sophie Epstein  19:44 (6:35)
  • 50th  Julia Hanesn  20:12 (6:44)
  • 52nd  Kendra Loo  20:15 (6:45)
  • 53rd  Sammy Cohen  20:19 (6:46)
  • 65th  Rachel Bordes  20:48 (6:56)

Boys Div 3 Sweepstakes

  • 2nd  Fred Huxham  Redwood  15:06  (5:02)

Honesty,Integrity,Loyalty and ranmarin

Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty. What do they have to do with ranmarin?

The above traits were taught to me by my parents and coaches when I grew up in Marin during the 60s and 70s. These traits are important to me and have value. As a MCAL coach my goal is to teach the importance of honesty, integrity and loyalty in sports and in life to my athletes. This blog, ranmarin, is another way to share these values. The fact is that it is not always easy to do the right thing or make the right choices. As Mark Twain said “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

Linda Gill

Columbia University and other college updates

By Linda Gill

I have to preface this post with the disclaimer that I am a fan of Columbia University due to the fact that I have coached 3 athletes who have chosen to compete there. The first was Nicci Fish of Marin Catholic, the second was my daughter Liz Gill of Branson and the third was Steven Iglehart of Branson. Nicci placed 4th in the 2002 Div 4 CIF State Cross Country Championship and Liz placed 4th in the 2003 Div 5 CIF Championships.

As a high school senior Steven Iglehart placed 2nd in the 2008 Div 5 CIF Cross Country Championships and he was recruited by several colleges. Steven chose to attend Columbia and he has competed for the past 3 years. He has dealt with several injuries and set backs which are often a part of college running. Steven is now a seniorSteven Iglehart (#21) and he raced today at the Princeton Invitational. This race is held on the course where the Ivy League’s HEPS Cross Country Championships will be held in 2 weeks. The weather was perfect for a cross-country race.and Steven ran a 40 second PR to run 24:21(4:54) in the 8km Championship Race. He placed 5th out of 212 runners.(#21 in photo)

Dan Milechman competed for Tamalpais and placed 1st in the 2010 Div 4 Cross Country Championships. Dan is a sophomore and competes for Harvard University. He ran a PR at the Princeton Invitational with the time of 24:48(5:00) placing 24th out of 212 runners.

Erik Olsen competed at Novato High School and as a senior he won the Div 3 2009 CIF Cross Country Championships. Erik Olsen received a scholarship to Stanford University where he is now a junior. Erik competed on Friday at the Adidas Invitational in Wisconsin. The Stanford team placed 1st at the meet and Erik was Stanford’s 7th runner, he ran 24:35 (4:57) to place 176th out of 316 runners.

Caitlin Schmitt competed at Redwood and she is a junior at UCLA. She was UCLA’s 7th runner at the Adidas Invitational running 22:19 (5:59) to place 300th out of 327 runners.

Alec Govi ran for Marin Catholic and he is now a senior at UCLA. He competed at the Bronco Invitational today. Alec ran the 8km race in 25:05 to finish 64th out of 157 runners.


Peter Kissin is a senior at Haverford and he has been running strong this season. He broke the school record for Haverford’s 4 mile XC course.  He did not compete at Princeton but he will run at regionals in 2 weeks. Haverford is ranked #2 in Dlll behind North Central College. In 2010 Peter was part of the Haverford team that won the Dlll National Cross Country Championships and Peter will be at Nationals again in Novermber helping Haverford defend the title.

Theresa Devine ran for Marin Catholic and placed 2nd in the 2009 Div 4 Cross Country Championships. She is a junior at Princeton but she in not competing this fall due to an injury.

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