The Bee's Fall All-Stars: Boys Cross Country

The Fresno BeeDecember 18, 2013 

Kasey Knevelbaard of Immanuel, center, competes in the CIF State Cross Country Championships Division V race at Woodwood Park on Saturday, November 30, 2013, in Fresno, Calif.

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Kevin Chavira

Vitals: Senior, Clovis

Qualified because: Leaped from 27th in the Central Section Division I final as a junior in 16 minutes, 50 seconds at Woodward Park's 3.1-mile course to seventh at 15:44 this season. Placed third in the Tri-River Athletic Conference at the same venue at 15:53.

David Garcia

Vitals: Senior, Madera South

Qualified because: While running in the shadows of teammates Jose and Eduardo Herrera — brothers named Bee Runners of the Year the past two seasons — he represented a secure link in consecutive Stallion section D-I championships. He placed fourth this season (15:38) after third in 2012 (15:49). He was 22nd in this season's state D-I final (15:45).

Kasey Knevelbaard

Vitals: Junior, Immanuel

Qualified because: Repeated section D-V title at 16:27. Also ran 16:01 at Woodward in Clovis Invitational.

Juan Macias

Vitals: Junior, Madera South

Qualified because: Tenth in the section D-I last year at 16:07, he was remarkably consistent this season on the Woodward trail — 15:48 in the Clovis Invitational, ninth in the section D-I (15:49) and 30th in the state (15:49).

Connor Nolen

Vitals: Senior, Clovis North

Qualified because: A year after placing seventh in the section D-I final at 16:02, his 15:16 in the Clovis Invitational was exceeded in the section for the season only by Stockdale's Blake Haney, who twice ran 15:02. Nolen also won the TRAC gold (15:42), placed fifth in the section D-I (15:38) and 39th in the state (15:54).

Psalm Ocampo

Vitals: Junior, Clovis North

Qualified because: Emerging force placed sixth in the section D-I (15:40) after finishing 23rd (16:44) a year ago. Also placed second in the TRAC (15:51) and 18th in the state (15:42).

Jorge Perez

Vitals: Junior, Reedley

Qualified because: He was reduced to tears among relatives and friends in late November after capturing the section D-II title in 15:41. He then finished 20th in the state at 15:43.

Alek Simpson

Vitals: Senior, Yosemite

Qualified because: After being denied a section D-III gold by 6 seconds in 2012, he didn't miss this season, routing the field by 29 seconds in 15:52. He then placed 11th in the state nine days later at 15:46.

Alex Torres

Vitals: Junior, Kingsburg

Qualified because: He followed a section D-IV fifth-place finish in 2012 (17:08) with a winning 16:06 performance this season. He had made a statement a month earlier at Woodward by clocking a 15:42 at the Clovis Invitational, which would prove to be the eighth-best section time among all divisions for the season.

Jacob Williams

Vitals: Senior, Buchanan

Qualified because: He matched 15:45 times in the section and state D-I races, a rare feat and outstanding in quality as well. They resulted in No. 8 and 23 finishes.

Honorable mentions

Jacob Bilvado, junior, El Diamante

Myles Delgado, junior, Clovis North

Chris Garcia, junior, Reedley

Bobby Garza, junior, Clovis East

Chris Goertzen, junior, Clovis North

Adam Gonzalez, junior, Redwood

Michael Marquez, senior, Madera South

Jonathan Matson, sophomore, Corcoran

Joel Mendez, senior, Monache

Eric Molina, senior, Redwood

Jacob Russo, junior, Clovis

Kyle Tabor, junior, Monache

Daniel Turpin, junior, Clovis East

Coaching Kudos

Rich Parris, Madera South: Not only delivered an 11th-straight Central Section boys title (six at Madera South, five at Madera), he also won the section D-II girls championship. The Stallions boys drew national attention as well by placing second to Arcadia for the CIF State Division I championship.

Jason Lienau, Clovis North: Emerging force swept TRAC boys, girls titles and placed second in section D-I in both.

Jon Steinmetz, Roosevelt: Followed section D-III crown title in 2012 by placing second in the division behind Javier Zuniga (third) and Manuel Santos (sixth).

Isaias Ramirez, Corcoran: Routed the section D-IV field by 65 points while placing four runners in the top 10.

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