We’re back for the 9th annual edition of this Championship Meet.
We are happy to partner with San Dimas to host this great event on their new, nine-lane Mondo track. This facility has excellent concessions and large warm-up areas – everything we need for a great meet.
Most of the SGV’s best competed in the massive Arcadia Invitational this last weekend. The results gave us just one new SGV leader, but three marks on the San Gabriel Valley All-Time Top Performers list that we are introducing this week.
The top performance by place and quality at Arcadia came from 2012 State Champ Claire Kieffer-Wright (Sr – South Pasadena). Her 6’0 jump in the Invite high jump earned her second place while equaling the previous meet record and the SGV record she set in 2012. Earlier in the day, Claire took over the SGV lead in the 400m with a PR 57.07.
There were two other All-Time performances in the Arcadia Night Meet. Monrovia junior Sydney Mosley was 4th at 14.04 in the Invite 100m Hurdles, which makes her =8 All Time SGV. And in the “slow” heat of the 3200m, Estaban de la Rosa (Sr – Arcadia) was the winner in the 8th All-Time SGV time of 8:56.55. His senior teammate Veronica Yamane improved her SGV seasonal leading marks in both the 1600m & 3200m, where her 10:51.32 was a PR. In the girls relays, Monrovia improved their SGV seasonal best with a 47.57 to win the Seeded 4x100m, and in the 4x400m, SGV leaders Arcadia dropped their best to 3:55.10 while finishing 5th in the Seeded race.
There are two other active SGV athletes on the All-Time list. Muir’s Tierra Adams (Sr) is 5th All-Time SGV with her 43’7″ throw in the Shot at this year’s Pasadena Games. And in the girls 1600m, Bishop Amat junior Emily Hubert holds down the 10th spot with her 5:01.45 from last year’s CIF Div. III Prelims.
You can view the entire San Gabriel Valley All-Time Performers List here: SGV All Time PerformersPlease Note: This is a work in progress. I put this together using every public record I can find, but I’ve undoubtedly missed some top marks. Please send any additions you have to email@example.com – but please make sure any marks in the 100, 200, LJ, and TJ are wind legal.
In the boys team rankings Damien is now the clear leader, with last week’s co #1 Walnut falling to 3rd, but only just. All of the leaders lost ranking points, with the Spartans losing the least. Arcadia remains best among the girls, holding a 3 point margin over Walnut, while there’s a crowd at the foot of the rankings, with five new schools entering the list at =10th.
With most teams on Spring Break, last week was a slow one for the track programs of the San Gabriel Valley. This gave us only one new event leader. Flintridge Prep junior Gareth Weiss, whotook over the Pole Vault lead from his twin brother Barrett with a PR 14’6″ jump at the Prep League Meet #3 last Wednesday. Among the girls, Veronica Yamane (Arcadia, SR) improved her lead in 1600m with a fine 5:05.34 in a Tri-Meet with Pasadena & Burbank.
At the big Trabuco Hills Invite, Walnut soph Kayla Richardson was 2nd in the 100m, and her junior teammate Millan Trujillo was 3rd in the Invite 3200m with a PR 9:24.16. In San Diego at the Arnie Robinson Invite, Mountain View senior Sandra Marquez took two firsts (100m & 400m) and a 2nd (200m) and now has a SGV Top 10 Mark in all three events.
And in the team rankings, from this week forward, we’ll rank the Boys and Girls teams separately.
On the girls side, Arcadia maintains a slim margin over Walnut - both continue to be complete teams, with athletes ranked in, respectively, 12 and 11 of the 16 events we contest. Walnut and Damien are tied at the top of the Boys rankings, with Spartans leading with ranked athletes in 10 events.
This week, the focus moves to the national Arcadia Invitational (Update: SGVTrib Group coverage here) and to a full slate of dual meets. At Arcadia, three girls and seven boys have qualified for the prestigious night meet, along with four relays.
The past week brought great conditions and strong competition, and the excellent results contributed to a considerable shakeup in the San Gabriel Valley team rankings. This list is based on the number of athletes and relays in the 2014 SGV Track & Field Rankings through 3/29.
30 - Arcadia (Last Week – 1)
30 - Walnut (2)
27 - Damien* (4)
19 - Monrovia (6)
18 - South Pasadena (NR)
15 - Glendora (5)
14 - St. Francis* (7)
13 - California (3), La Salle (9)
12 - Bonita (NR), Santa Fe (8)
*Single gender schools. We are using their actual number x 1.8. Because math. Update: One result from the Bell Gardens meet moves California from =9th to =8th. Update 2: Walnut had a few athletes compete in the Beach Cities Invite, and those results added one more top ten for the Mustangs, bring them level with Arcadia.
Arcadia is joined at the top by Walnut with the Apaches best with ranking in 23 of the 32 events, and with 8 event leaders – G 400, B/G 1600 & 3200, G 4×400, B Shot & B Discus. Walnut follows closely in the “complete team” race, with rankings in 21 events and 5 event leaders. Monrovia also leads the SGV in five events.
Individually, there were two new event leaders in the SGV, while eight other leaders improved their seasonal bests.
The Pasadena Games also produced the only two new SGV Event Leaders for this week. In the 400m, St. Francis junior Ross Niederhaus dropped a huge 48.67 pr while finishing 4th. Not to be outdone, Barrett Weiss (Flintridge Prep/Jr) jumped 14’1-1/2″ to win the pole vault.
SGV leaders Damien, Monrovia, & South Pasadena also competed at PCC. Wildcat senior Cravon Gillespe confirmed his SGV 200m lead with a big 21.70 pr to win the event, and the Monrovia girls 4×100 time of 47.72 extended their SGV lead. 2012 State Champ Claire Kieffer-Wright jumped a seasonal best 5’10″ to win the high jump. Muir senior Tierra Adams match an earlier season best of 43’7″ to win the shot and maintain the top spot in the SGV.
The Arcadia and Walnut travelled to the Mt Carmel Invitational, where Mustang soph Kayla Richardson confirmed her SGV sprints leadership with a pair of second places in seasonal bests of 11.90 & 24.40. Her senior teammate Kyle King took the SGV High Jump lead with a 6’5″ effort to finish 4th. Apache seniors Kyra White and Veronica Yamane improved their SGV leading marks in the 400 (58.07/4th) and 3200 (11:05/5th) respectively.
We’re three weeks in to the 2014 track season, so we have enough results for our first rankings! (Update: The rankings have been adjusted to account for the results from the Rosemead Invite. More below.)
Using the SGV Top Ten Performers List as a guide, Arcadia High School leads the rankings with 32 athletes and relays - 15 boys and 17 girls – in the top 10 in their event. The narrowly edged out Walnut‘s 31 athletes and relays.
While Arcadia is known for their distance athletes, a quick look at the list will show that the Apaches are a complete track team, with athletes ranked in 22 of the 32 boys and girls events. The runner-up Mustangs are just as balanced – they are also ranked in 22 events
California has the most athletes in a single event on the boys side, with four top 10′s in both the 1600m and 3200m, while Arcadia has the best among the girls with four ranked in the 400m
Here’s the complete Top 10 (single gender schools are doubled)
Arcadia – 32
Walnut – 31
California – 20
Damien - 20
Glendora – 20
Monrovia – 19
St. Francis – 18
Santa Fe -15
La Salle - 15
Covina – 13
These rankings are based on 2014 results. The database includes all invites (except Rosemead, which produces their results in a form that’s incompatible with the various results databases). Update: After a heroic effort from meet director Fidel Dominguez, and me and the people at Athletic.net, the Rosemead results are in. But unfortunately, the database only includes dual meet marks that have been publicly published or have been input by the teams themselves. The rankings would be better and more accurate, of course, if we had every mark from every athlete.
Team Winners: Los Altos won the boys title for the first time and Glendora defended the girls title. The Conquerors edged Arcadia 78-74. The started the day with a solid win in the 4×100 and sealed the deal with a 2nd place finish, just behind the Apaches, in the 4×400. They were led by wins from soph Hunter Muncie (49.86 – 4th SGV) and Gabriel Aceves (300 hurdles). The Tartan girls piled up a big 121 points for a 28 point gap over Arcadia. Glendora posted five wins, with doubles from Brittney Johnson and Emily Hoey and a high jump win from senior Hannah Nelli.
Glendora won the girls Frosh/Soph Trophy and Arcadia won the boys Frosh/Soph Event, both by large margins.
Athlete of the Meet (Girls) Kyra White - the Arcadia junior went home with four first place medals. She posted strong wins in the 200 and 400 and contributed a leg to the Apache’s meet record win in the 4×400 as well as their #2 AT SGV 4×100 win. Kyra’s win in the 400 (58.16 – #3 AT SGV) came in only her second attempt in the event, and her 25.33 200m is #2 AT SGV.
Athlete of the Meet (Boys) Josh Ji - massively improved in the 2013, the Arcadia junior’s double win in the throws narrowly edged out the 100/200 double from South Hills senior Shawn Cutkelvin. Josh’s winning marks of 53’5-1/4″ in the shot and 150’8″ rank #3 and #5 respectively AT SGV
The Top Sprinter Awards go to Kyra and Shawn
The top Distance Awards go to Glendora junior Emily Hoey and West Covina senior Tyler Potts. Emily rode big kicks for a 1600/800 double. Her 5:05.73 was a ten second PR and ranks #3 AT SGV and her 800 win ranks her 9th AT. Tyler, just the 13th seed in the 1600, made a strong move over the last 400 to win the 1600 with a 7.54 second PR and now ranks #10 SGV.
The boys Field Event Award goes to Josh, and the girls award goes to Glendora junior Brittney Johnson on the strength of her Long Jump/Triple Jump double. Brittney had a big PR 17’5-1/4″ in the LJ, which ranks her #4 AT SGV, and her TJ win ranks #10.
There were no repeat winners in the Varsity events, but thirteen of this year’s winners were juniors, sophs and one frosh, so we’ll have a lot of athletes looking to repeat next year.
The Frosh/Soph division grows stronger and stronger, with 10 Meet Records, including all six distance events
Results and All-Time Performers Lists
Full Results in One Column Format (pdf) - 13 SGV – 1
Full Results in Two Column Format (pdf) - 13 SGV – 2
Over 1300 athletes braved the heat and competition to make the 2012 San Gabriel Valley Championships a great meet. Forty-Five schools took part, the most ever. Six Varsity meet records were set, fewer than last year, but the last two years had so many outstanding athletes that the pace of change was bound to slow at some point.
Monrovia was the big winner in the boys team competition with 98 points to runner-up Arcadia‘s 52.5. The Wildcats only win was a MR in the Shot Put from UCLA bound Ellis McCarthy, but they scored in almost every other event to make up their total. Hosts Glendora were the Girls champs by a margin of just 2.5 points over Monrovia. Like the boys winners, the Tartans scored in 14 of the 16 events and had wins from Makayla Jacoub (PV) and Rocki Bartholomew (DT)
Highlighted performances were the boys 110m Hurdles, where four (!) athletes broke the meet record and the boys 3200, where the meet’s only remaining record from the first year in 2006 finally went down.
The Athletes of the Meet were both from meet newcomers Bonita. Toure McCully broke the tape three times, in a MR 110 hurdles against our strongest field, in the 100m and in the 4×100 relay, and he was 3rd with PR in the long jump. His teammate Marissa Scott was the girls winner on the strength of her triple win in the 800, 1600, 3200. She won by considerable margins in all three and just missed the MR in the 800.
The sprinter/hurdler awards go to Toure and Skyler Buchanan (Monrovia) Skyler, who’s headed to Howard University this Fall, won the 200m and was 2nd in the 100, and won the long jump as well.
The girls distance award goes to Marissa. The boys distance award was also a tough call, with three different and excellent winners, but we gave the edge to Daniel De La Torre‘s (La Salle) MR win in the 3200, taking down our oldest meet record on a hot day.
Cassie Ramirez (Northview) is the field athlete of the meet on the strength of a MR win in the shot and 2nd in the discus. Michael Harris (Monrovia) is the boys choice with a long jump and triple jump double
De La Torre is the boys Small (Div. IV) Schools Athlete of the meet. Miya Wensley (Webb) is the girls winner with three 3rds in the LJ, TJ, & HJ.
On the Frosh/Soph level, Arcadia was the boys and girls winner, with Glendora the runner up in both. There were eight F/S meet records, led by Monrovia soph Madison Herrera‘s three bests in the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and the long jump.
Thanks to all who competed and to those who worked so hard to make this a great day.
Next year’s meet will be Saturday, April 20 – so start planning and training today!
Forty-five schools will compete in this year’s SGV Champs, with athletes from some of the strongest programs in the state along with athletes from very small schools, all competing together in the same events to see who is the boss of the SGV.
Arcadia is the defending boys team champion while the Claremont girls came out on top last year. Both teams should contend again this year for both titles, as will Glendora, which dominated the F/S division in ‘12, along with Monrovia, Covina and California.
Covina’s Remontay McClain was the male athlete of the meet in 2011, setting dominant meet records in the 100m (10.60) and the 200m (200m) and went on to defend his State titles in both events. Remontay is competing at Azusa Pacific this year. Now at UCLA, Kylie Price was the female AOM, with MR performances in the 100 (12.11) and the long jump (19’2”).
Last year’s meet was extraordinary, with several State leading marks, multiple State Top 10’s, and Meet Records in 14 events. Even with that progress, this year we have entries superior to the meet record in 12 of the 32 Varsity events.
In the sprints and hurdles, Monrovia’ Kia Smith is the returning 100m hurdles champ, and her ’12 best of 14.64 is better than the meet record. She ranks 9th in the Southern Section Kimberly Chen (Claremont) returns as 400m Champ. In the 100m Sklyar Buchanan (Monrovia) has a seasonal best just .01 off the meet record, and her 200m is .02 from the meet record. The Arcadia boys 4×400 is ranked #5 in California and #3 SS. St. Francis James Knowles is having a great year, and his best in the highs ranks #4 CA and #1 in the Southern Section
In the distances, Rowland’s Nick Rivera is the defending 800 champ and record holder, and he’s the top seed in the 800 and 1600 and ranks CA #5, SS #2, and CA #9 and SS #5 in those two events. He’ll be challenged in the 800 by Arcadia’s Tony Mosely. Second in the 400m here last year, Tony has taken the 800 by storm, and his recent PR ranks him #8 CA and #4 SS. 3200 champ Ryan Vargas (Arcadia) is back, but will run the 1600. Teammate Sergio Gonzalez is top seed in the 3200, and his ’12 best is well ahead of the meet record – the only record standing from the meet’s first year in ’06. Sergio ranks #6 CA and #3 SS in the 3200 and #9 SS in the 1600, where he’ll challenge Rivera.
Two champs return in the throws – Cassie Ramirez (Northview) and Elis McCarthy (Monrovia) in the shot, and both have thrown past the meet record this year. Elis has exceeded the discus mark, too and ranks #10 SS. Glendora’s Rocki Bartholomew leads the discus list and is ranked 7th in the Southern Section.
In the jumps, Phillipe Ueng (Temple City) and Makayla Jacoub (Glendora) will defend in the pole vault, and both have jumped past the meet record mark this year. Phillipe is ranked CA #6 and SS #3. Emily Sanchez (Covina – sorry, Northview) returns as triple jump champ, while Monrovia’s Michael Harris is SS #7 in the long jump.
Ed: And while we are making corrections – the record on the Girls Varsity 4×400 is not held by Covina, but by either Northview or possibly Claremont.
The meet begins at 10:00am at West Covina High School. Admission is $5
Performance List (Click) – last revised 8:00am 4/20
A record 45 schools will contest the 2012 San Gabriel Valley Championships, including newcomers (or returning from an absence) Bassett, Bell Gardens, Bonita, El Rancho, Mayfield, John Muir, Pomona, Pomona Catholic, San Dimas, South El Monte, and South Pasadena.
Last year saw a number of extraordinary performances, with Varsity records set in 14 events. This year’s entries look just as promising, with 12 entries with marks equal to or superior to the meet record, and another 10 within range. And that’s not counting the athletes that come up a special performance out of no where, something that always happens at this meet.
We’re less than two weeks away from the 7th Annual San Gabriel Valley Track and Field Championships. The meet will once again be held at West Covina High School’s fine facility on Saturday, April 21. 37 schools have already committed, including traditional SGV powers Arcadia, Claremont, Covina, Glendora and Monrovia. Taking part for the first time this year will be Bassett, Bonita, Diamond Bar, Edgewood, El Rancho, Pomona, Pomona Catholic, and South Pasadena, getting us even closer having all of the SGV schools compete in this regional Championship meet.
The athlete’s of the SGV have turned in a strong set of performances as we move into the Championship portion of the season. You can view the season’s Top 10 lists (and more by clicking on the event heading) here:
Coaches should be reminded that entries are due on Sunday, April 15 at 9:00 pm. Preliminary accepted entries will be sent to coaches on Monday, and Final Accepted Entries will be posted here on Tuesday of meet week, followed (hopefully) by event previews.