Coach of the Year
Noel Mattern, Granada
Mattern guided the Matadors to North Coast Section Division I and East Bay Athletic League championship team titles, and Granada had the fastest team time among East Bay schools at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships (1 hour, 33 minutes, 52 seconds). The Matadors placed 13th and were the top NCS school in the latter race. They had four underclassmen and only one senior on their seven-person team at the state meet. "I actually thought that NCS and state were our best races of the season. It kind of came together at the right time," said Mattern, who has been Granada's head cross country coach for seven seasons. He also gave credit for his team's focus this postseason to his wife Sarah, an assistant coach at Granada and former collegiate runner at UC Davis. "They were ready to run in the worst of conditions," said Mattern about his team's performance in the NCS championship race, which was run in a torrential downpour.
JENA PIANIN, Amador Valley, Sr. -- The Northwestern-bound Pianin became the first East Bay runner since 1989 to place in the top three in the California Interscholastic Federation Division I girls state championship race. She was third with an impressive time of 17 minutes, 39 seconds for the 3.1-mile Woodward Park-Fresno course. Pianin also defended her title in the North Coast Section Division I championship race with a time of 17:56
DIRIBE ABDO, Berkeley, So. -- Abdo was consistently fast in the postseason. She was 15th in the CIF Division I state championship race (18:10), third in the NCS Division I championship race (18:01) and won the West Alameda County Conference championship race (18:15.3 on the Hayward High course).
CHRISTINE BAYLISS, San Ramon Valley, So. -- Bayliss kicked to a second-place finish in the NCS Division I championship race (17:59) in an impressive performance, and was 22nd in the CIF Division I state championship race (18:23). In the EBAL championship race, Bayliss placed third (17:32.80).
MARYANN GONG, Granada, Sr. -- Gong led the Matadors in the CIF Division I state championship race with a 31st-place finish (18:32) and was sixth in the NCS Division I championship race (18:54) for team-champion Granada.
ANNIE MARGGRAFF, Acalanes, Sr. -- Marggraff, who has committed to Washington-St. Louis, won the NCS Division III championship race (18:25) and led her team to its first section team title in any division since 1985. She also placed eighth in the CIF Division III state championship race (18:22) and was second in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League championship race (18:32.2 for the 3-mile Hidden Valley Park-Martinez course).
MEGAN MCCANDLESS, Granada, Fr. -- McCandless finished her outstanding postseason with a 33rd-place finish in the CIF Division I state championship race (18:35). She also was fourth in the NCS Division I championship race (18:12) and second in the EBAL championship race (17:26.71).
BROOKE STARN, Monte Vista, Fr. -- Starn was another EBAL freshman who had an impressive postseason. She was 37th in the CIF Division I state championship race (18:37), fifth in the NCS Division I championship race (18:16) and fourth in the EBAL championship race (17:35.00).