Coach of the Year

CHUCK WOOLRIDGE, Campolindo -- Woolridge guided the Cougars to their second California Interscholastic Federation Division III state championship team title in four years. The experienced squad, which had four runners with previous state championship experience, placed five runners in the top 34 to win by 44 points with a score of 83. Its team time of 1 hour, 33 minutes, 27 seconds is tied for 10th all-time for CIF Division III girls state championship races. Campolindo also won the North Coast Section Division III championship title and the championship and overall Diablo Foothill Athletic League titles.

First team

BRIGHIE LEACH, Campolindo, Jr. -- Leach placed second in the CIF Division III state championship race with the top NCS girls time of the meet (17:51 for the 3.1 mile Woodward Park-Fresno course). She also produced the fastest girls time at the NCS championships this year, as she won the Division III race in 17:26 on the 3.0 mile Hayward High course. It also was the No. 3 mark all-time in NCS Division III girls championship races on that course. Leach also won the DFAL championship title.

NICOLE ANTHONY, Castro Valley, Sr. -- Anthony had the seventh-fastest East Bay high school girls time at both the NCS championships and the CIF state championships. She placed fifth in the NCS Division I championship race (18:02) and was 45th in the CIF Division I state championship race (18:36). Anthony also placed second in the West Alameda County Conference championship race.


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CHRISTINE BAYLISS, San Ramon Valley, Jr. -- Bayliss won the NCS Division I championship race with the second-fastest East Bay girls time of that meet (17:30). It was also the No. 2 mark all-time for NCS Division I girls championship races on the Hayward High course. Bayliss also placed 39th in the CIF Division I state championship race (18:33) and won the East Bay Athletic League championship race.

CHLOE HANSEL, Las Lomas, So -- Hansel capped her impressive postseason with a fourth-place finish in the CIF Division III girls state championship race (18:09). Her time ranked third among all East Bay high school girls runners at the meet. She also was second in the NCS Division III championship race, and her time of 18:01 ranks 10th all-time for NCS Division II girls championship races on the Hayward High course. Hansel started the postseason with a second-place finish in the DFAL championship race.

ALEXANDRA HERNANDEZ, Livermore, Sr. -- Hernandez won the NCS Division II championship race with a time of 18:23, then produced the fifth-fastest East Bay high school girls time at the CIF state championships with a time of 18:25 in the Division II race, good for 21st place. It was the top NCS finish in that race. Hernandez also placed third in the EBAL championship race.

MEGAN MCCANDLESS, Granada, So. -- McCandless placed second in the NCS Division I championship race with a time (17:36) that ranks fourth all-time for NCS Division I championship races on the Hayward High course. She also was 30th in the CIF Division I state championship race (18:24) and was second in the EBAL championship race

BROOKE STARN, Monte Vista, So. -- Starn was the top NCS finisher in this year's CIF Division I girls state championship race, as she finished 17th with a time of 17:56, the No. 2 East Bay girls time at the state championships this year. She also placed third in the NCS Division I championship race with a time (17:54) that is tied for eighth all-time for NCS Division I girls championship races on the Hayward High course.