Mt.SAC & Small School Action Headline Week 8

262065_fullThe massive Mt. SAC Relays headline week 8.  The SGV well be well represented tonight and tomorrow.  Jorge Zapien (California, Sr) will be looking to improve on his SGV leading 15-02 pole vault while Arcadia junior Phillip Rocha will follow up his great 8:59.42 3200m with his season debut in the Mile.

Sydney Mosley (Monrovia, SR) will lead SGV girls in the 100m Hurdles and relays, while Bishop Amat’s distance crew and Walnut juniors Kayla & Kyla Richardson should also feature prominently.

Mt. SAC entries are here.  Live Results are here.

Five SGV schools will travel to Carpinteria for the Russell Cup – a great small school meet.  You can view entries here.

SGV teams will also be at the Ocean View Small Schools Invitational (live results might be here) while St. Paul will be hosting the Girl’s Night Out meet.

The SGV Trib Group have a nice Mt. SAC preview – more after the jump Continue reading Mt.SAC & Small School Action Headline Week 8

Sydney is AoW – One of Six All-Time Performers!

Girls have only been competing in high school track since the late 70’s, so their SGV All-Time lists are not as deep as the boys.  But the top of the lists are very strong, with many NCAA finalists and a number of Olympians.

Sydney Mosley
Sydney Mosley

At Saturday’s Arcadia Invite, Sydney Mosley (Monrovia, Sr) put herself into that company.  Her 13.85 in the 100m Hurdles ranks her #4 All-Time SGV, just behind Olympians Kori Carter (Claremont)& Janeen Vickers (Pomona).  Her strong performance in what is a historically strong event for the SGV makes her our Athlete of the Week.

Sydney was rivaled for Top Honors by San Dimas senior Hannah Nance‘s breakthrough 5-07 high jump at Arcadia.  She now ranks =9th All-Time SGV.

In other All-Time Performances from Arcadia, Monrovia junior Jordyn Tucker is now #41 & #48 after her 12.15/25.11100/200m double.  Trinity Ruelas (San Dimas, So) continued her big season with a 10:47.27 3200m Friday night.  That makes her #16 A-T SGV and it’s a school record.

Arcadia‘s 4×400 moved up to #15= All-Time with a 3:50.41 and their “B” team missed the Top 50 by .34 with a 3:59.45 effort in the day meet!

Elsewhere, California soph Lauren Anderson set a school record and moved to #41 All-Time with her 120-09 discus in a dual meet v. La Serna, while her senior teammate Stephanie Cortez set a 5:08.49 school record at the Irvine Distance Carnival.

Stephanie also clinched All-San Gabriel Valley honors, one of twelve athletes and four athletes to reach that status or improve on their qualifying marks this week.

You can view the complete 2015 All-San Gabriel Valley list here: 15-4.11 All-SGV Girls

Zapien’s 15-03 is the SGV Best in Week 7

Jorge Zapien from the Interview linked in the article
Jorge Zapien from the Interview linked in the article

Jorge Zapien was on a tear last year until a late season injury.  But Friday at the Arcadia Invitational , the California senior made up for lost time with 15-03 jump in the pole vault – and a legit effort at 16-00!  He now ranks #15 All-Time San Gabriel Valley and is our Athlete of the Week on the strength of that effort and this great interview linked here.

Jorge was one of five athletes with All-Time performances at Arcadia.  Arcadia junior Phillip Rocha returned from injury to run a great 8:59.42 3200m and is now #12.  Thaddeus Smith (Damien, Sr) moved up to #31= with a 10.71 100m.

Diamond Ranch junior Daniel Stokes stormed into the Top 50 with a 21.69 200m, a .42 PR that ranks him #45 A-T, while Gary Hawkins (Gabrielino, Sr) is now among the best with 14.41 #44 All-Time effort in the 110m Hurdles.

These athletes were part of 16 individuals and 2 relays that earned All-San Gabriel Valley status or improved their qualifying marks in week 7.  You can view the entire seasonal list here: 15-4.11 All-SGV Boys

Arcadia Still Bosses the Girls After Week 7

Arcadia, Ayala & Walnut remain solidly atop this week’s SGV Girls Team Rankings.  The biggest mover was California, led by soph Lauren Anderson‘s 120-09 school record in the discus in the La Serna Dual Meet

Sydney Mosley anchoring the relay at Arcadia
Sydney Mosley anchoring the relay at Arcadia

At the massive national Arcadia Invitational, Monrovia senior Sydney Mosley led the SGV performers with her 13.85/3rd in the 100m hurdles.  She is now ranked 4th All-Time among San Gabriel Valley athletes, and this was one of eight All-Time SGV performances at this big, big, meet.

The South Pasadena Tiger Invitational serves as a companion meet for Arcadia.  Fourteen SGV teams took part, and both local wins came from the hosts.  Junior Alexis Mora and senior Rowan Leddy took 300m Hurdles (46.68) and Pole Vault (10-00), respectively.

Following the growing trend of distance only “track meets” seven partial SGV “teams” made the trip to the Irvine Distance Carnival.   California senior Stephanie Cortez set a school record with a 5:08.49/2nd finish in the 1600.

SGV Girls Team Rankings – Through April 11

  1. 147 – Arcadia (1 last week)
  2. 129 – Ayala (2)
  3. 122 – Walnut (3)
  4. 112 – Claremont (4)
  5. 105 – Monrovia (5)
  6. 97 – California (9)
  7. 96 – Glendora (6)
  8. 90 – St. Lucy’s (8)
  9. 87 – El Rancho (10)
  10. 84 – Bonita (7)
  11. 83 – South Pasadena (11)
  12. 78 – Flintridge Sacred Heart (14)
  13. 71 – Bishop Amat (12)
  14. 68 – La Salle (13)
  15. 51 – Rosemead (15)
  16. 49 – Covina (16)
  17. 47 – San Dimas (17)
  18. 40 – Mayfield (18)
  19. 39 – Gabrielino (NR)
  20. 36 – La Mirada (19)

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These rankings are based on the current SGV Performance List.  Points are awarded for up to three athletes in each event, with 5 points going to athletes ranked 1-9, 4 pts to 10-18, 3 to 19-27, 2 to 28-36 & 1 to 37 to 45.  Relays are 7 points to ranks 1-9, 5 to 10-18 & 3 to 19-27.

Almost all invitational meets are uploaded into the database.  It is up to individual schools to upload dual meet results, and most do not.

Damien Leads Week 7 Boys Rankings

Damien, the defending cup holders of  SGV Championships continue to lead this year’s team rankings, which measure team depth as well as quality.

The top three of Damien, Covina and Walnut are unchanged from last week, but the point totals are dropping as more performances are added to seasonal records.

All three teams featured prominently last weekend at the national Arcadia Invitational.  Senior Thaddeus Smith (Damien) was the top local performer with his 10.71/21.55 double in the sprints.

Gary Hawkins
Gary Hawkins

The big change this week was Gabrielino, moving up eight spots to rank 11th.  They had a number of strong performances at their dual meet and on the weekend, especially Gary Hawkins’ 14.41 school record in the Highs at Arcadia.  However, much of their jump came from inputting all of their dual meet performances into the database this week. La Serna entered the rankings at 14th, also on the strength of dual meet performances.

On Friday night, fourteen local teams competed alongside a national field at the South Pasadena Tiger Invitational.  There were wins from three SGV athletes: 1:58.02 800m by Tim Corvese (Damien, Jr), 9:35.02 3200m by Donald Brown (El Rancho, So) and 6-02 high jump by Gavin Hong (Gabrielino, Sr).

Seven partial SGV teams made the trip to Orange County for the Irvine Distance Carnival – where California senior Samuel Bautista doubled back from Arcadia to finish second overall, 4:23.36 in the 1600m.

SGV Boys Team Rankings – Through April 11th

  1. 140 – Damien (Last week – 1)
  2. 136 – Covina (2)
  3. 129 – Walnut (3)
  4. 99 – Ayala (5)
  5. 95 – Bonita (4)
  6. 84 – Monrovia (=6)
  7. 79 – Claremont (=6)
  8. 76 – California (8)
  9. 69 – Arcadia (10)
  10. 70 – Rowland (9)
  11. 59 – Gabrielino (19)
  12. 54 – Arroyo (13)
  13. 54 – Rosemead (11)
  14. 49 – La Serna (NR)
  15. 48 – South Hills (12)
  16. 48 – South Pasadena (18)
  17. 48 – West Covina (14)
  18. 43 – Baldwin Park (15)
  19. 43 – Bishop Amat (17)
  20. 36 – Glendora (NR)

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These rankings are based on the current SGV Performance List.  Points are awarded for up to three athletes in each event, with 5 points going to athletes ranked 1-9, 4 pts to 10-18, 3 to 19-27, 2 to 28-36 & 1 to 37 to 45.  Relays are 7 points to ranks 1-9, 5 to 10-18 & 3 to 19-27.

Almost all invitational meets are uploaded into the database.  It is up to individual schools to upload dual meet results, and most do not.

Arcadia Preview: Tougher Than Ever

ArcadiaInvitationalSealEleven SGV athletes and seven relays have been accepted into the elite, evening portion of the 2015 Arcadia Invitational.

In last year’s meet, South Pasadena’s Claire Kieffer-Wright (now at Univ. of Michigan) finished second and equaled her SGV record with 6-00 jump.  Sydney Mosley (Monrovia) was fourth in the Invite 100 hurdles, and she is back in that race Saturday night.

Keith Lair of the Trib Group has written a nice preview

“Most of the valley athletes competing are in the distance events. Walnut senior Millen Trujillo is in the invitational mile, Arcadia junior Phillip Rocha in the 3,200-meter invitational, Flintridge Prep junior Jack Van Scoter is in the seeded 3,200.

The Bishop Amat and Bonita boys and Amat girls are all in the distance medley relay.

Damien’s Thaddeus Smith is in the invitational 200 and seeded 100, and Zachary Shinnick is in the invitational 200 and 400. Bonita sophomore Dillon Beckum is in the invitational 800, Monrovia’s Sydney Mosley in the invitational 100 hurdles, teammate Micah Fulton in the triple jump and Arcadia’s girls in the invitational 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Gabrielino’s Gary Hawkins is in the seeded 110 hurdles, Monrovia’s Baileigh Akins in the seeded 100 hurdles, St. Francis’ Ross Niederhaus in the seeded 400, Monrovia’s boys in the seeded 4×100 and 4×400 relays and the Wildcats’ girls in the 4×100 seeded relay.”

Go read the whole thing here, including quotes from Damien’s Mike Williams talking about the “Arcadia Proximity Effect” without actually talking about the Arcadia Proximity Effect.

Live results will be here at EPI.

Also sixteen SGV schools will compete at South Pasadena’s Tiger Invite.  This meet features top Soph/Frosh competition and top finishers can qualify for the Arcadia Day Meet.  Live results will (probably) be here.

Two Second PR Makes Caleb Stanton Best in Week 6

Caleb Having a Tougher Time of It in the Highs
Caleb Having a Tougher Time of It in the Highs

One of the joys of our sport is the sudden improvements the athletes can make.  At Saturday’s Covina Invitational, Bonita junior Caleb Stanton dropped an almost out-of-nowhere 38.13 to win the 300 Hurdles.  That mark gives him the lead in SGV, the meet record and the probable Bonita school record. It ranks him #43 All-Time among SGV Performers and makes him our Athlete of the Week.

Right behind Caleb, with 38.23, Leo Brown (Covina, Sr) also broke the meet record and now ranks #47 AT SGV.  Defending SGV Champ B.J. McLauren (Bonita, Jr) took over the SGV yearly lead with a big 46-00 PR in the Triple Jump.

There were two All-Time SGV performances at the UCLA Legends Invitational.  Walnut senior Millen Trujillo was 9:13.10/2nd in the 3200, best in the SGV this year and #41 All-Time.  Ross Niederhaus (St. Francis, Sr) improved to #31 AT SGV with a 48.31 400.

And in dual meet action Zach Shinnick (Damien, Soph) took over the SGV seasonal 200 lead with a wind legal 21.48, #31 AT SGV, to go along with his 47.91 #17 All-Time 400 from the previous week.

These athletes are among twenty-five individuals and relays that met the new All-San Gabriel Valley Standards this week.  These standards were created to award excellence in each event, measured against an objective standard.  The standard is 102% of the mark of the 100th best performer in California in 2014.

The strongest events for the SGV boys have been the 3200 and the 110 hurdles, each with eleven performers meeting the SGV Standard.  At the other end, none of our throwers have met the 56-06/151-09 standards… yet.

You can view the complete list of 2015 All-San Gabriel Valley performers here: 15-4.04 All-SGV Boys

Jessica Gallardo’s Double Leads Girls in Week 6

Bishop Amat junior Jessica Gallardo was the SGV’s top performer in Week 6, leading the way with her 800/1600 double at the big Trabuco Hills Invitational.

Jessica competing last year for Walnut

Jessica took the SGV seasonal lead with her 5:03.53/6th finish in the 1600 that ranks her 20th All-Time among SGV performers.  In the 800, she was 2:15.96/3rd, and is now 23rd AT SGV and second best on the season behind Claremont soph Annie Boos.  

In other SGV leading performances at Trabuco, Kayla Richardson (Walnut, Jr) improved to #20 AT SGV with her 56.53 win, and SGV Defending Champ Ally Palomino (Amat, Soph) moved to #25 with her 11:03.31/2nd.  California soph Lauren Anderson set a school record with her 119-04/6th placing in the discus.

Arcadia’s 47.68 4×100 relay win at the Spartan Relays improved their school record and took them to #20 AT SGV, while Kylie Eagon (Ayala, Sr) joined two others in the SGV high jump lead with 5-04 effort at the Covina Invite.

These athletes are among thirteen individuals and relays that met the new All-San Gabriel Valley Standards this week.  These standards were created to award excellence in each event, measured against an objective standard.  The standard is 102% of the mark of the 100th best performer in California in 2014.

The strongest events for the SGV girls have been the 400, 100 hurdles and long jump, each with six performers meeting the SGV Standard, and at least one girl has met the standard in every event.

You can view the complete list of 2015 All-San Gabriel Valley performers here: 15-4.04 All-SGV Girls

Damien Leads, but Big Move from Covina in Boys Team Rankings

Damien moves atop the SGV Boys Team rankings, but only just.  Covina put in a really strong performance at their eponymous Invite, while Bonita made their own big move.  And beginning this week, the rankings are extended to twenty deep.

Daniel Salazar
Daniel Salazar

The Covina Invitational  at Azusa Pacific was the main local action. Fifteen SGV schools took park, with the host Colts taking the team title over Bonita. Covina junior Daniel Salazar was awarded Athlete of the Meet on the strength of his 800 win and 3rd in the 1600 and a leg on the second place 4×400 team.

At the prestigious Trabuco Hills Invitational California senior Sam Bautista had the top local performance with at 4:24.74/4th in the Invite 1600, while Millen Trujillo (Walnut, Sr) was an excellent 9:13.10/2nd at the 1st UCLA Legends Invitational.

SGV Boys Team Rankings – Through April 4th

  1. 144 – Damien
  2. 141 – Covina
  3. 134 – Walnut
  4. 101 – Bonita
  5. 100 – Ayala
  6. 87 – Claremont
  7. 87 – Monrovia
  8. 79 – California
  9. 73 – Rowland
  10. 70 – Arcadia
  11. 59 – Rosemead
  12. 57 – South Hills
  13. 56 – Arroyo
  14. 49 – West Covina
  15. 48 – Baldwin Park
  16. 47 – Whittier
  17. 45 – Bishop Amat
  18. 43 – South Pasadena
  19. 41 – Gabrielino
  20. 41 – Santa Fe

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These rankings are based on the current SGV Performance List.  Points are awarded for up to three athletes in each event, with 5 points going to athletes ranked 1-9, 4 pts to 10-18, 3 to 19-27, 2 to 28-36 & 1 to 37 to 45.  Relays are 7 points to ranks 1-9, 5 to 10-18 & 3 to 19-27.

Almost all invitational meets are uploaded into the database.  It is up to individual schools to upload dual meet results, and most do not.

Arcadia Girls Lead New Twenty Deep Team Rankings

Arcadia Girls Relays!
Arcadia Girls Relays!

This week’s SGV Girls Team Rankings are unchanged at the top, but we’ve decided to extend them to twenty deep!

Leaders Arcadia competed in Oxnard’s Spartan Relayswinning all of the short relays, with their 4×100 breaking their school record & both of their 4×400 teams finishing under 4:00

Five SGV teams competed in the big Trabuco Hills Invitationalled by a great double from Walnut junior Kayla Richardson, first in the 400 and second in the 200 against a very strong field.

The local Covina Invitational always has strong local representation, with San Dimas finishing third in the team race.  San Dimas soph Trinity Ruelas was the top local with a strenuous and successful triple, with wins in the 1600 & 3200 and a second in the 800.

SGV Girls Team Rankings – Through April 4

  1. 152 – Arcadia
  2. 137 – Ayala
  3. 132 – Walnut
  4. 111 – Claremont
  5. 101 – Monrovia
  6. 95 – Glendora
  7. 88 – Bonita
  8. 87 – St. Lucy’s
  9. 83 – California
  10. 83 – El Rancho
  11. 77 – South Pasadena
  12. 76 – Bishop Amat
  13. 73 – La Salle
  14. 58 – Flintridge Sacred Heart
  15. 57 – Rosemead
  16. 54 – Covina
  17. 54 – San Dimas
  18. 48 – Mayfield
  19. 41 – La Mirada
  20. 36 – South Hills

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These rankings are based on the current SGV Performance List.  Points are awarded for up to three athletes in each event, with 5 points going to athletes ranked 1-9, 4 pts to 10-18, 3 to 19-27, 2 to 28-36 & 1 to 37 to 45.  Relays are 7 points to ranks 1-9, 5 to 10-18 & 3 to 19-27.

Almost all invitational meets are uploaded into the database.  It is up to individual schools to upload dual meet results, and most do not.

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