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California is the biggest state in the country, and the CIF-Southern Section is largest sub-grouping.
Roughly 18 million people live in the area covered by the CIF-SS. If we were a state, we’d be just a little smaller than New York or Florida.
We divide into four enrollment based divisions for sectional competition (also fewer than almost every state), which means making CIF finals a bigger achievement than making State finals in any other state.
SGV athletes will compete at all four Divisional sites. You can follow live results at the links below.
The Damien boys and Arcadia girls lead the San Gabriel Valley in the Final Team Rankings for 2015.
The goal was to create a ranking system that measures overall team strength more than a few top athletes. This system got closer, but was still more weighted toward championship scoring over dual meet strength. For instance, the Glendora girls were 2-3 in league, but if the Palomares had scored their Finals meet, the Tartans would have won by 30 points, and that’s why they made a big jump up the rankings.
All that said, congratulations to the Apaches and Spartans. They are great championship teams, but are also very likely the strongest dual meet teams in the SGV. Damien has at least one athlete in the SGV Top 50 in every event, and two or more in 12 of the 14 individual events. Arcadia is even strongerwith three or more Top 50 athletes in 12 events and two in the other two individual events.
Walnut had the strongest combined team (girls #2, boys #3), just edging out Arcadia (1&5).
So congratulations to these two and to all of the SGV Track and Field on an excellent year.
The girls of the SGV had an outstanding League Finals week with twelve All-Time Performances. Even more astoundingly, four of those twelve came in the 300 hurdles, and three came in the same race, with two from the same team!
Friday’s Rio Hondo League Final was the site of that historic race, where three of the seven finalists achieved All-Time results. Tops was 100 hurdles leader Syndey Mosley (Sr, Monrovia) – her 44.99 was a 1.4 PR and makes her #29 A-T SGV.
She was followed by two South Pasadena athletes – Alexis Mora (Jr) – 45.18 (1.50 PR) and Kate Kutzer (So) – 45.49 (a nearly 2 second PR), and they now rank #36 & #42 respectively on the All-Time lists. And this great race makes these three girls our collective Athletes of the Week.
Here are the other All-Time Performers from Week 11
Sarah Troescher (Jr, Arcadia) – 100: 12.15/#41=, 200: 25.07/#47
In the midst of our historic drought, League Finals week saw cold weather, high winds and even some water falling from the sky.
This is usually bad news for sprinters and hurdlers, but even the tough conditions could not hold back this year’s strong SGV athletes – all five All-Time performances came in the speed events.
The top performers for the week were Damien teammates Thaddeus Smith (Sr) and Zachary Shinnick (So). Competing in the tough Baseline League, which had the biggest number of EPI Elite Performances of all the League Meets, Zach opened up the day with a stirring 47.49 win in the 400. He moved to #14 All-Time SGV. A few minutes later, Smith followed with a wind legal (+0.3) 10.56 win in the 100, and he now ranks #11 A-T SGV. They met up in the 200, with Thaddeus out leaning Zach 21.12 to 21.14 (wind +3.3) to go 1-2. Their seasonal SGV bests, All-Time marks in wins in the strongest league in CIF make them our best this week.
The two other All-Time performances came in the Hurdles
Gabrielino senior and SGV Champ Gary Hawkins moved to #35 All-Time with his 14.33 in the highs at the Mission Valley Prelims on Tuesday. He came back to win on Friday in 14.42 – giving him the three best wind legal SGV performances this year.
On Thursday, Jasher Foster (Jr, St. Francis) continued his rise by winning the tough Mission league 110 highs at 14.43, which moves him to #46 All-Time SGV.
As expected, Week 11 was a huge week for 2015 All-San Gabriel Valley performances, with 34 athletes and relays making the standard for the first time and 28 improving their previous marks.
This has been a great year for SGV track – about 15% more athletes have hit the standards in 2015 than 2014.