All-Empire boys cross-country: Anderson’s commitment to excellence

Maria Carrillo's Ryan Anderson, the All-Empire Boys Cross-Country Athlete of the Year. (CONNER JAY / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s Ryan Anderson, the All-Empire Boys Cross-Country Athlete of the Year. (CONNER JAY / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Commitment. Talent. Work ethic.

According to his coach, those four words are what make Maria Carrillo’s Ryan Anderson an elite athlete and the All-Empire cross-country runner of the year.

Anderson earned the award by winning the North Bay League championship, coming in second in North Coast Section Division 2 and then finishing 14th at the 2013 CIF State Meet.

“I can’t say enough good things about him,” Carrillo coach Greg Fogg said.

“He has the talent to be an elite runner but it’s his work ethic and commitment that sets him apart.

“Some people have the talent but not the work ethic. Others have ability but not the commitment. Ryan has all three.

“He is a good example for other athletes to follow.”

How dedicated is Anderson and how strong is his work ethic?

In the offseason, he runs a minimum of 50 miles per week.

“Annadel is my favorite place to run,” Anderson said. “I never tire of seeing how beautiful it is. It’s awesome.”

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday he’s on the trails.

“During the school year I start my run at 6:25 in the morning,” he said. “Then I go home and get cleaned up for school. Class begins at 8.”

Anderson joined his first cross-country team in the seventh grade. However, it wasn’t until after his sophomore year at Carrillo that he took the sport seriously.

“Coach Fogg told me I had talent but that to run to my potential I would have to dedicate myself to running. That meant training, eating right and improving technique.

“It was something I loved doing and the summer after my sophomore year, I committed myself to getting better.”

Anderson didn’t have to wait long to see the fruits of his labor.

At the state meet on Nov. 24, 2012, in Fresno, Anderson finished 13th in Division 2.

“That was a race I’ll never forget,” he said. “It was the biggest meet I’d run. There were so many people there, I was blown away.

“It’s a 5K and my goal was to finish around 30th. I gave it everything I had and came in 13th. I was so happy and exhausted afterward, I just laid down and looked up to the sky.

“I was hooked on running before that, but that experience reinforced my dedication to do better.”

Anderson plans to run in college, but hasn’t decided which university he’s going to attend.

 

ALL-EMPIRE BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM

RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Ryan Anderson, senior, Maria Carrillo

FIRST TEAM
Colin Bartlett, senior, Maria Carrillo
Christian Friday, senior, Montgomery
Nick Jensen, senior, Maria Carrillo
Casey Kramer, senior, Petaluma
Zach Price, senior, Windsor
Efren Reyes, senior, Piner
Matt Salazar, sophomore, Casa Grande

SECOND TEAM
Owen Ljung, senior, Sonoma Valley
Patrick Loftus, senior, Sonoma Academy
Luca Mazzanti, freshman, Santa Rosa
Nicholas Rauch, junior, Casa Grande
Brian Schulz, freshman, El Molino
Zac West, junior, Maria Carrillo
Griffin Wigert, senior, Casa Grande

THIRD TEAM
Eduardo Calderon, sophomore, Piner
Adan Chavez, junior, Santa Rosa
Jake Gibbs, junior, Analy
Brady Lane, junior, El Molino
Spencer Jones, senior, Maria Carrillo
Zachary Nussdorfer, junior, Casa Grande
Jordan Scobey, sophomore, Maria Carrillo

COACH OF THE YEAR
Mark Grismer, Analy

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