SGV XC on Saturday – Sept 22

While most of the SGV schools will not be competing on Saturday, the ones that will be WILL BE. They will be scattered over several meets.

Billy York Invitational  – Riverside Cross Country Course.

SGV ranked Arroyo and Bishop Amat will be competing, along with Gabrielino, La Salle and Montebello. Live Results: Boys Girls –

  • Arroyo boys roll to an easy 81:02 win with 24 points. Bishop Amat third in a small field of (mostly) small school. Noah Hibbard (Arroyo) is 1st/15:46
  • Bishop Amat (missing their #3) edges Arroyo – 34 pts/98:49 to 41 pts/100:48 – Olivia Paez (Amat) 18:55 for the win.

Dana Hills Invitational – Dana Hills HS.

SGV ranked California and South Pasadena will compete, along with Covina and Bosco Tech. Live Results: here

  • California is 5th in the Invite race, led by Andres Espinosa 14th/15:01
  • Katelyn Vuong (Covina) is 36th/18:39 in the Invite race

Brentwood Small Schools Invite – Brentwood School

CIF Ranked Pomona Catholic and San Gabriel Mission will compete in this Div. 5 only meet. Results: will be here.

Sunny Hills/Wayne Walker Invite – Craig Park in Fullerton

SGV ranked Walnut is scheduled to compete, along with Bell Gardens Whittier and perhaps more – the meet has not published a list of participants. Results: will be here.

Miramonte #1: Bassett At the Front

Girls winner Carissa Bilecki – Edgewood

Bassett came into 2018 hoping to defend their boys title and to overtake Edgewood in the girls division. There had been a lot of turnover in the teams from last year, but the Olympians met their goal the first Miramonte meet Thursday at Bonelli Park in San Dimas.

The Bassett girls had a lower point total than the boys, but a closer battle as they bested Edgewood 26-40 as the two leaders put the first 9 runners across the line. Carissa Bilecki of Edgewood, 6th at last year’s League Final, was the first in 21:49.  Ana Tecuahuehe – 10th in 2017 – led Bassett in 21:57 in a race where the two leaders gapped the rest of the field.

Boys 1 – 2: Castillo Davidson and Castillion

The Bassett boys won on the strength of their pack, putting all five scorers in the first ten, scoring 36.  Edgewood, moving up from 4th at last year’s league meet, was second 61, edging out 2017’s #3 Garey by one point! The leaders were quite spread out, with winner Nicolas Castillo Davidson (Edgewood) finishing with a seven second edge on runner up  Alexis Castillion (Bassett) 16:41– 16:48.

The win was quite an achievement for Bassett, who lost six of seven from last year’s winning team, with new #1 Castillon improving nearly 90 seconds from last year.

Full Results are Here.

Individual Top Tens and Team Scores after the jump.

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Camino Del Rey #1: Bosco Tech Returns, Amat Holds Steady

The Camino Del Rey Athletic Association is a “super league” of 14 girls teams and 15 boys (including 7 from the SGV), divided into three leagues, with something like a “promotion/relagation” system that groups the schools by recent results. All three leagues in the association hold their meets together, and the first of 2018 was Wednesday at Hollydale Park in South Gate.

The Bishop Amat girls last Saturday at Woodbridge

 In the top Del Rey League, SGV #4 Bishop Amat girls were easy winners, running together off the front and just missing a perfect 15, finishing with a 16-54 to second place St. Joseph. Newly promoted Pomona Catholic was 4th and St. Paul fifth. Pomona Catholic is not out of reach of 3rd, the final CIF qualifying spot, but it looks like they’ll need to rely on on an at-large spot to advance to CIF

Amat’s Olivia Paez was the winner in 18:47 and the next five Lancers were within a minute. Brooke Burciaga (11th/19:59) was tops for PC and Raegan Lucero (13th/20:33) was best for St. Paul

La Salle – happy after their first league win!

This is the La Salle girls’ first year in the middle, Camino Real League, and they made the most of it, scoring a 34-35 win over St. Pius X/St. Mattias. Margaret O’Hagan (4th/23:57) was best for LS, but their win sealed by a 6-9 finish from the other four scorers. Cantwell-Sacred Heart was third in this four team league, led by Kylee Daley (14th/26:21)

On the boys side Amat and Bosco Tech made strong efforts but couldn’t quite reach CIF Div. 3 – #3 Cathedral.  Cathedral took command from the gun, their top 5 was in the top 10 all race long. Bosco moved up in mile two to challenge Amat for 2nd but Amat’s frontrunners closing well to secure 2nd place. This was a tightly grouped race, with 2-8 within 20 seconds, so things could change around quite a bit in the coming weeks.

This was Amat’s best race of the year, and the 3rd place puts Bosco in the hunt to advance to CIF for the first time since 2014. The SGV’s St. Paul and La Salle were 4th and 5th in this five-team grouping.

Isaiah Hernandez (2nd/15:46) was best for Amat, and he as joined in the first seven by teammate James Leon (3rd/15:51), Owen Lozano/St. Paul(6th/15:58) and Aaron Dominguez/Bosco Tech (7th/15:58). Daniel Piesik (14th/16:37) was tops for La Salle.

Cantwell-Sacred Heart boys are in the third divison Santa Fe League, and they were second to St. Anthony in the five-team league in which three scored. Josue Banuelos (9th/21:17) was best for the Cardinals.

Complete Results are here: Camino Del Rey #1

SGV Athlete & Team Ranking after the jump

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Osvaldo Cervantes – SGV Athlete of the Week (Week 3)

Osvaldo Cervantes picked a pretty big stage to open his 2018 season – the Sweepstakes race at the massive Woodbridge Invitational. But he kept his head (and his feet!) to finish 40th in a lifetime best 14:45 – #3 in the SGV so far, and that makes him our Athlete of the Week for Week 3.

Osvaldo is no stranger to big stages – his last XC meet was the State Championships, and he was 5th at last season’s CIF Div. 3 Finals. Coming off an injury marred junior track season, Osvaldo is ready for big things this year. Click the link and let him tell you his story…

Week 4 SGV League Meets

Here are the League/Cluster Meets coming this week. We will post results as we get them, and expand the coverage of each meet as results, photos and other information becomes available.

Tuesday – 9/18

  • San Joaquin League (Mile Square Park – Fountain Valley) – Full Results Webb were easy winners of both the boys and girls races. The Gaul’s Lilly Miller was the winner by nearly 3 minutes (!), and Southlands Christian’s Nathan Vallejo was the boys winner by (only) 90 seconds.

Wednesday – 9/19

  • Valle Vista League (Bonelli Park – San Dimas) – Results: Valle Vista League Meet #1 2018  – Kaitlyn Voung was the easy winner and lead Covina to an equally big win. Jonathan Pfeiffer (Jr, Wilson) topped the boys race. Rowland was the team winner, but Covina was a surprisingly close second.
  • Del Rey & Camino Real Leagues (Hollydale Park – Downey) Complete Results – See full coverage here: Camino Del Rey #1
  • Horizon League (Eaton Canyon – Pasadena)

Thursday – 9/20

  • Rio Hondo League (Lacy Park – San Marino) – Full Results As expected, La Cañada girls and South Pasadena  boys were winners. Kai Dettmann (South Pas) and Ellaney Matarese (LC) were the individual winners.
  • Pacific League (Crescenta Valley Park) – Live Results – Arcadia boys fall narrowly to Crescenta Valley – 34-40. The Apaches Joyce Wu is the individual winner, but the team is 4th.
  • 605 League (Cerritos Regional Park) – Full Results and Coverage here at PrepCalTrack
  • Miramonte League (Bonelli Park) – Full Coverage Here: Bassett At the Front

Friday – 9/21

  • Prep League (Palos Verdes XC Course) – Full Results – Audrey Suarez debuts for Mayfield and leads them over 2nd placed Flintridge Prep 43-53. FP win the boys side in a close one over Chadwick 34-41 in this four team league. Top SGV was Carson Hasbrouck (FP) – 2nd in 17:41 on a super-hilly course.

Saturday – 9/22

  • Palomares League Preview (Legg Lake – South El Monte) – Complete Results – Claremont literally (well, actually, figuratively) cruises to two easy wins. Bonita boys are 3rd by one point, Glendora just behind, but 5th. Bonita girls are 4th and Glendora 6th.  Lorelai Claxton (Jr, Bonita) has a particularly strong performance – 3rd/18:06.

 

SGV Boys Rankings – Week 3: Claremont Extends Their Lead

Defending CIF-SS Div. 2 Champs Claremont began the season with a small edge in the pre-season rankings, but off of early performances, the Wolfpack has run away from the field.

Adding a transfer and a soph making a big jump in performance to their scorers, and having seven (!) boys already under 15:00, in a hypothetical SGV meet, Claremont would put 5 in the first 9 and all seven in the first 14.

It’s early, and teams are performing to expectations. Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the early results of Glendora under first-year coach Brandon Ortiz (formerly of Baldwin Park)

These rankings are based only on times achieved in the first three weeks of the season, not on potential. Teams with injured athletes or runners who haven’t competed yet, will likely rise in the rankings later when those athletes run.

2018 San Gabriel Valley XC Rankings – Week 3

  1. Claremont (Pre-Season – 1st)
  2. Arcadia (3rd)
  3. California (4th)
  4. La Serna (2nd)
  5. Arroyo (7th)
  6. Rowland (5th)
  7. Bonita (9th)
  8. South Pasadena (6th)
  9. Glendora (13th)
  10. Flintridge Prep (11th)

Detailed Team Analysis through the Top 15 after the jump

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SGV Girls Rankings – Week 3: Claremont is Way Up

The Claremont girls are three-time defending CIF Champs and two-time defending State Champs, so they came into 2018 as the class of the SGV. But even starting from a high level, the Wolfpack have taken a big step forward. Returning four of their first five from 2017, they’ve add super frosh Maddie Coles (#4 in the SGV) and those four have run an average of 53 seconds faster than at this time last year.

The two biggest surprises have been Bonita and South Pasadena. The Bearcats have made a big collective jump under first-year coach (and Bonita alum) Amanda Seibert, while the Tigers scored two frosh and two big step-ups in their opener.

These rankings are based only on times achieved in the first three weeks of the season, not on potential. Teams with injured athletes or runners who haven’t competed yet, like pre-season #2 Mayfield, will likely rise in the rankings later when those athletes run.

2018 San Gabriel Valley XC Rankings – Week 3

  1. Claremont (Pre-Season – 1st)
  2. Walnut (3rd)
  3. La Cañada (5th)
  4. Bishop Amat (4th)
  5. Bonita (NR)
  6. La Serna (8th)
  7. Arcadia (9th)
  8. California (6th)
  9. South Pasadena (NR)
  10. Glendora (10th)

Detailed Team Analysis through the Top 15 after the jump

Continue reading SGV Girls Rankings — Week 3: Claremont is Way Up

CIF-SS Rankings – Week 3: Cal Boys & Walnut Girls – Case Made

The California boys (8th D1) and Walnut girls (7th D1) rode strong performances in the Woodbridge Invitational Sweepstakes races to jump into the CIF Rankings this week.  Claremont (boys & girls) and the Flintridge Prep boys remain top ranked in their divisions.

The Arroyo boys fell out of the rankings, leaving the SGV with seventeen ranked teams, the most so far this year. The Knights drop is a measure of the size of the challenge they face in their division.

In a bit of a surprise, neither the Bonita boys nor girls are (yet) ranked in Div. 3. While rankings are mostly for fun during the season, qualifying out of the strong Palomares League will be tough, and the Bearcats may need to be ranked to advance to CIF.

You can view the entire rankings here: Week 3 CIF Rankings

SGV Girls

Div 1 – #7 Walnut (Not Ranked Last Week)

Div. 2 – #1 Claremont (1st )

Div. 3

Div. 4 – #6 Mayfield (=4th); #7 La Cañada (7th)  #9 Bishop Amat (9th)

Div. 5 – #2 Flintridge Prep (Same); #5 Pomona Catholic (Same); #7 Poly (Same)

SGV Boys

Div 1 – #7 Arcadia (9th); #8 California (NR); #10 La Serna (6th);

Div. 2 – #1 Claremont (#2)

Div. 3 – #10 Whittier (10th)

Div. 4 – #4 South Pasadena (Same); #9 Bishop Amat (8th )

Div. 5 – #1 Flintridge Prep (Same); #8 Maranatha (6th)

Left Rankings:  Arroyo – #9 Div. 2 last week

Woodbridge Day 2: Walnut Girls & Arcadia Boys are Best

Nogales’ Osvaldo Cervantes leads a pack of runners during the Boys Division 3 CIF-Southern Section Cross Country Finals at Riverside City Cross Country Course in Riverside Saturday, November 18, 2017. FRANK BELLINO, THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

Oswaldo Cervantes (Nogales, Sr) had a breakthrough performance and the Walnut girls scored an excellent team result to highlight the SGV’s results on the second day of the giant Woodbridge Invitational. On Saturday, the larger schools competed and the elite races were held  at the SilverLakes Sports Complex in Norco on a fast, flat 3-mile course that may have been a bit longer than previous years.

Cervantes was entered as an individual in the Sweeps race on the strength of his 5th place finish at last year’s CIF Div. 3 Finals, a result that also advanced him to the State meet. Running his first meet of the year, Oswaldo showed he belonged by running 14:45 for 40th in the super-deep race. This was the third fastest ever by an SGV athlete on this course, and he was followed closely by fast-rising Arcadia junior Jacob Hsu 46th/14:49.

Walnut’s Top Four Runners at last year’s Mt.SAC Relays.

The Walnut girls were 8th the top Sweepstakes race, with a great 87:46 team time. They were the third best CIF-SS school, and beat three Top Ten Div. 1 teams and three Top 10’s from D2.  They were again led by superb performances by Chloe Arriaga (3rd/16:11) – just off her time from last year and Emma Arriaga (18th/16:51) – her best ever result for 3 miles. Just as important were PR’s from soph Anastasia Sloan & junior Amanda Ghidaudo. The Mustangs are now firmly in contention for CIF and State honors.

Elsewhere among the girls, La Cañada turned in another solid performance, finishing 10th/92:03 in the Rated race and confirming their place in the CIF-SS Div. 4 rankings. Bonita was 2nd in their Divisional race, and continue to edge closer to Div. 3 contention, while Claremont showed their depth with their B team winning their divisional race in 92:28, third best among the SGV.

The Arcadia boys confirmed their quality, and California took a big step up while La Serna was solid. The Apaches ran a closely grouped 75:28 to finish 11th in the very deep Sweeps race, and the Condors were just behind in 13th/75:42, led by Andres Espinosa (14:53) and Angel Salinas (14:57). Jesse Montez (14:59) was up front for the Lancers, who were 19th/76:13 in the Sweeps. La Cañada’s Owen Serricchio continued his strong senior season with a 14:59, nearly a minute faster than his previous life-time best here last year.

Results and Coverage

SGV Top Performers and Team Rankings After the Jump

2018 Woodbridge Invitational

3 miles – flat and fast

San Gabriel Valley Boys Bests

  1. 14:45 – Oswaldo Cervantes (Nogales)
  2. 14:49 – Jacob Hsu (Arcadia)
  3. 14:53 – Andres Espinosa (California)
  4. 14:57 – Angel Salinas (California)
  5. 14:58 – Owen Serricchio (La Cañada)
  6. 14:59 – Jesse Montez (La Serna)
  7. 14:59 – Yoon Cho (Claremont B) – 1st Gold B
  8. 15:05 – Soichiro Nagao (Arcadia)
  9. 15:08 – John Martinez (Rowland)
  10. 15:09 – Gerald Baltzer (La Serna)
  11. 15:10 – Jack Martinez (California)
  12. 15:10 – Tianyuan Pei (Arcadia)
  13. 15:12 – Alec Fernandez (Arcadia)
  14. 15:12 – Jack Ruan (Arcadia)

SGV Boys Teams

  1. 75:28 – Arcadia – 11th Sweeps
  2. 75:42 – California – 13th Sweeps
  3. 76:13 – La Serna
  4. 76:53 – Claremont B – 1st Gold B
  5. 78:03 – Rowland
  6. 79:00 – Bonita  – 3rd Gold A
  7. 79:03 – South Pasadena
  8. 79.52 – Glendora
  9. 80:20 – Arcadia B
  10. 81:08 – South Hills
  11. 81:43 – Whittier
  12. 82:06 – Walnut
  13. 82:24 – Flintridge Prep
  14. 82:26 – El Rancho
  15. 83:00 – La Serna B
  16. 88:44 – Bell Gardens

 

San Gabriel Valley Girls Bests

  1. 16:11 – Chloe Arriaga (Walnut) 3rd Sweeps
  2. 16:51 – Emma Arriaga (Wanut)
  3. 17:20 – Ellaney Matarese (La Cañada) 6th Rated
  4. 17:24 – Sarah Auther (La Cañada) 7th Rated
  5. 17:32 – Joyce Wu (Arcadia)
  6. 17:34 – Anastasia Sloan (Walnut)
  7. 17:47 – Amanda Ghidaudo (Walnut)
  8. 17:50 – Adena Dipaolo (La Cañada)
  9. 18:03 – Katelyn Vuong (Covina)
  10. 18:03 – Lorelei Claxton (Bonita)
  11. 18:15 – Lily Widrig (Claremont B)
  12. 18:15 – Haleigh Guerrerro (Claremont B)
  13. 18:17 – Alexis Saucedo (La Serna)
  14. 18:18 – Annette Hermelin (Claremont B)

SGV Girls Teams

  1. 87:46 – Walnut – 8th Sweeps
  2. 92:03 – La Cañada
  3. 92:28 – Claremont B
  4. 95:35 – California
  5. 95:56 – Bonita
  6. 96:22 – La Serna
  7. 96:35 – Glendora
  8. 97:09 – Arcadia
  9. 98:06 – Mayfield
  10. 101:55 – Whittier
  11. 102:29 – Bell Gardens
  12. 102:42 – Rowland
  13. 104:42 – Covina
  14. 105:33 – El Rancho
  15. 106:10 – Santa Fe
  16. 107:20 – South HIlls
  17. 108:55 – Schurr
  18.    NT – Northview (1 Runner)

Woodbridge Day 1: Amat Confirms, South Pas Arrives, Damien Step Up

The smaller schools kicked off the action Friday at the massive Woodbridge Invitational – run over a very fast and flat 3-mile course at Silverlakes Sports Park in Norco.

The SGV #4 Bishop Amat girls opted to run in the divisional race rather than the big race on Saturday, and turned in a very fine performance to win their race with 94:04 team time, 22 seconds better than the previous week at the Cool Breeze Invitational. Led by Olivia Paez (1st SGV/18:01), the Lancers were especially helped by a big seasonal improvement from senior Gia Carrera, which now gives them five solid performers. This will greatly boost their post-season chances.

The South Pasadena girls also made their mark on Friday. Running their first meet of the season, they had three frosh in their scoring five, and registered a solid 95:48 effort. Best for the Tigers was frosh Sydney Morrow (4th SGV/18:16), with their #5 only 1:18 back.

Christian Santiago – the SGV’s Best on Friday

La Mirada’s Christian Santiago continued his solid senior season with a SGV best for the day of 15:29, but the Matadors had a bit of a rough day relative to expectations, with his next teammate nearly a minute back.

Damien turned in the best boys performance on Friday. Soph Danny Ebiner emerged as the new team leader at 15:46, a nearly two minute improvement from his run here as a frosh. Just as important was the run of frosh Eric Martinez – his 15:54 time was the best by an SGV 9th-grader this year, and it now gives the Spartans a solid first five.

Full Results are here.

SGV Top 10’s and Team Rankings after the jump

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