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Bob Ramsey

2015 CIF-SS Track & Field Prelims

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.

Damien & Arcadia Top Final 2015 Team Rankings

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.

We use the SGV rankings at, but his time switched up to only include auto-timed results, which also affected 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 stronger with 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.

Full rankings after the jump

Continue reading Damien & Arcadia Top Final 2015 Team Rankings

Rio Hondo Hurdlers Lead Girls in Week 11

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!

In the hurdle races, these are the real opponents

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
  • Lauren Buehner (Fr, Arcadia) 400: 56.54/#24
  • Samantha Huerta (Jr, La Mirada) 1600: 5:01.15/#16
  • Ally Palomino (So, Bishop Amat) 1600: 5:01.42/#17
  • Kayla Grahn (Sr, Flintridge Sacred Heart) 3200: 11:03.50/#26
  • Helen Tade (Sr, Gabrielino) 100H: 14.90/#32
  • Shalee Reynolds (So, Glendora) 300H: 45.58/#43
  • Crystal Rodriguez (Sr, El Rancho) Shot: 37-10/#43

Week 11 saw 38 athletes and relays meet the 2015 All-San Gabriel Valley Standards for the first time, and 20 others improve on their marks.

You can view the entire list here: 15-5-9 All-SGV Girls

Historic Performances from Zach & Thaddeus are Best for Week 11

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.

Damien soph Zachary Shinnick

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.

You can view the complete list here: 15-5-9 All-SGV Boys

Pacific League Results

Full Results


Sarah Troescher (Jr, Arcadia) 100: 12.15 #4 SGV, #41= All-Time SGV;  200: 25.07 #2 SGV, #44= All-Time SGV

Lauren Buehner (Fr, Arcadia) 400: 56.64 #2 SGV, #24 All-Time SGV

SGV Top 10’s

  • B100 – Taeon Mason (Sr, Muir) – 10.98 #6 SGV
  • B800 – Dominic Gonzales (Jr, Arcadia) – 1:57.37 #6 SGV
  • B1600 – Phillip Rocha (Jr, Arcadia) – 4:19.71 #3 SGV
  • B4x100 – Muir – 43.64 #10 SGV
  • B4x400 – Arcadia – 3:27.93 – #6 SGV
  • G200 – Buehner (Fr, Arcadia) 25.43 #4 SGV, Rebecca Troescher (Fr, Arcadia) 25.45 #5 SGV
  • G400 – R. Troescher 57.89 #5 SGV, Courtney Chan (Fr, Arcadia) 59.79 #10 SGV
  • G1600 – Cindy Hoang (So, Arcadia) 5:06.88 #6 SGV; Holly Lung (So, Arcadia) 5:07.29 #7 SGV
  • G3200 – Lung 11:18.82 – #7 SGV
  • G100H – Keeya Cotlage (Sr,Muir) 14.90w #3 SGV
  • GLJ – Jamine Paulus (Sr, Arcadia) 17-04.50 #8= SGV
  • GTJ – Lauryn Miller (So, Muir) & Stephanie Yen (Fr, Arcadia) 34-07 #9= SGV

Mission Valley League Results

Helen Tade Winning the MVL 100 Hurdles
Helen Tade Winning the MVL 100 Hurdles

Full Results


Helen Tade (Sr, Gabrielino) – 100H – 14.90 – #2 SGV, #32 All-Time SGV

SGV Top 10’s

  • B800 – Baily Tang (Sr, Rosemead) – 1:58.34 – #8 SGV
  • B4x400 – Arroyo – 3:18.16 – #6SGV, Gabrielino – #8 SGV
  • BTJ – Elijah Peters (Sr, Gabrielino) – 43-03 #9 SGV; Fernando Espinoza (Sr, El Monte) 43-02.50 #10 SGV
  • BSh – Robert Sanchez (Sr, Arroyo) 49-08.50 #2 SGV
  • G800 – Lisa Kao (So, Rosemead) 2:20.86 – #6 SGV
  • G4x400 – Rosemead – 4:11.63 – #9= SGV
  • GTJ – Melissa Sosa (Jr, Mountain View) – 34-04.50 #9 SGV

Rio Hondo League


Notable – Girls 300 Hurdles!

  • Sydney Mosley (Sr, Monrovia) – 44.99/1st – #3 SGV, #29 All-Time SGV
  • Alexis Mora (Jr, South Pasadena) – 45.18/2nd – #4 SGV, #36 All-Time SGV
  • Kate Kutzer (So, South Pasadena) – 45.49/3rd – #6 SGV, #43 All-Time SGV
  • Nina Acebo (Sr, South Pasadena) – 47.45/4th – #10 SGV

And… Long Jump –

  • Acebo – 18-01.25 – #2 SGV, #37 All-Time SGV
  • Jazmin Jackmon – (Sr, South Pasadena) – #3 SGV

Other SGV Top 10’s

  • B800 – Justin Fernandez (Sr, South Pasadena) – 1:58.27 – #7 SGV
  • B4x400 – South Pasadena – 3:30.57 – #7 SGV
  • B Shot – Race Hare (Sr, Monrovia) – 46-03.50 – #10 SGV
  • BPV – Kevin Yonami (Sr, South Pasadena) & Cory Atwater (Jr, South Pasadena) – 13-00 – #6= SGV
  • G3200 – Katherine Scoville (Fr, La Cañada) – 11:10.03 – #4 SGV
  • G100H – Kate Kutzer (So, South Pasadena) – 15.48 – #8 SGV
  • G4x100 – South Pasadena – 49.19 – #4 SGV

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