Three San Gabriel Valley boys teams and six girls completed in the CIF-SS Division 2 Prelims last Friday at the Riverside Cross Course. The five teams expected to advance did, while the two teams with a chance fell heartbreakingly close.
The SGV (and CIF-SS) #1 Claremont girls ran an A/B team, finishing 2nd/93:55 to advance. Frosh Maddie Coles ran an easy 18:24 on her first time on the course, and now ranks #37 All-Time SGV here. Arroyo raced without their #2, but still advanced for the second straight year in 10th/100:53 . Rowland is 17th/105:56 and West Covina 20th/110:44 and they do not move on.
In the second race,SGV # 13 Santa Fe #15 Alhambra both had a chance to move on for the first time in this very strong division. Heartbreakingly, they were the first two teams out, the Chiefs 13th/101:20, the Moors 14th/99:33 and , with the Santa Fe missing by just four points. However, their #1 Katie Bautista will advance individually with a life-time best 18:20, =31st All-Time SGV, 7th in the race. Adding extra disappointment for the Moors, their #1 Serena Duenas missed advancing by one spot at 16th/18:53.
In the boys races SGV #5 Arroyo advanced in the first race, finishing 4th/79:49 Noah Hibbard was the winner in an easy 15:20, 1 second off his best here from last year’s Prelims. Junior Josh Orellana ran 15:41 – =45th All-Time SGV on the Riverside Course.
In the second race, #1 Claremont also ran a mixed A/B team that easily advanced in 4th/80:04 and advance. #6 Rowland was 8th/82:28 and will move on for the third straight year.
The San Gabriel Valley advanced thirteen boys teams and seven girls teams to the CIF-SS cross country Prelims held Friday at The Riverside Cross Country Course. The teams picked to advance all did, along with several nice surprises and few heartbreaks.
In the first boys race, SGV #7 Bonita advanced with a restrained 5th/83:03 along #13 South Hills – 7th/83:19. In a nice step up performance, Los Altos 10th/85.36 will join them in the finals. The Conqs, advancing for the first time since 2014, were especially helped by step-up performances from senior Isak Andrade and soph Noah Palafax.
BP junior Edwardo De Paz was an easy 5th/15:52 and will advance individually along with Pasadena wonder-frosh Isaiah Givens who was 10th/16:01. South Hills’ senior Devin Hightower was 2nd/15:36 which ranks him #35 All-Time SGV here.
La Mirada had a bit of a rough day -16th/86:55 – and will miss the final along with Baldwin Park 15th/88:02, El Monte -18th/88:35 and Sierra Vista 21st/93:38. This ends the Braves’ streak of five straight finals.
In the second race,#11 Whitter moved on with a controlled 5th/83:14 effort. Rosemead fell frustratingly 4 points short of the final spot at 13th/86:58, followed by Temple City – 14th/88:04, Gabrielino – a disappointing 16th/89:07, Nogales – 17th/90:22 and Garey – 20th/95:10. Nogales senior Osvaldo Cervantes was in complete control, winning the heat in 15:33 and will advance individually.
In he girls races, SGV #14 Rosemead ran a really excellent 5th/101:02 to advance just ahead of #11 Bonita – who were a little off, running – 6th/101:03 as both teams advance. Gabrielino – 14th/109:03 and South Hills – 15th/89:33 finish their seasons here, but the Huskie soph Arissa Hatcher finished 8th/19:19 and will move on individually.
In race 2: La Mirada was 10th/104:51 and will return to the Finals for the second year, while Nogales nabbed the final qualifying spot in 12/111:04 to advance for the maybe the first time ever, along with Monrovia junior Alayana Peters who was 2nd/18:54. Sierra Vista was 17th/116:28
Of the CIF-SS five divisions for cross country, the San Gabriel Valley was best represented in Div. 4 with 10 boys teams and 13 girls teams advancing from their leagues to Saturday’s CIF Prelims at the Riverside Cross Country Course. On a nice day for our region, seven boys and seven girls teams moved on to next week’s final.
In the girls races SGV ranked #7 Mayfield were 2nd/96:24 in their heat to advance along with #6 Bishop Amat, at 5th/99:12 and Covina – 8th/101:37, with both of those teams missing one of their usual first five. These teams have been regulars in the finals – this is the tenth straight year the Cubs have advanced, sixth straight for the Lancers and five straight for the Colts.
The real news from this heat came from San Dimas who finished 12th/104:27. This was the first time any San Dimas team had qualified for the finals! They were led by a strong efforts from their first two – senior Caroline Cobo (19:34) and junior Layla Graham (19:45).
Mayfield was led by super-soph Audrey Suarez who ran an easy 18:15, 4th-best in a merge of the D4 heats. Also moving on was Montview League Champ Hannah Eubanks (Sr, Gladstone) who was 14th/19:03.
In the second girls heat SGV #3 South Pasadena moved on with a nice 3rd/97:01 finish, as did Flintridge Sacred Heart – 98:34 and #8 La Cañada – 8th/99:55 – still running without their usual #3. The Spartans’ Ellaney Matarese ran 18:34, 10th best in D4 on the day, and now ranks 48th All-Time SGV on this course. St. Lucy’s frosh Sarah Gann was 15th in the heat with a very nice18:59, and she’ll also move on to the Finals.
Six teams did not move on. In heat 2, San Marino was first out by just seven points in 13th/104:43, while 2017 finalists South El Monte were 14th/104:41 and La Salle 23rd/125:09. In the first heat, Gladstone was 15th/112:27, 2017 finalists Bassett – 17th/112:43 and Edgewood – 20th/116:54.
There were some surprises in the boys races. As expected, SGV #9 South Pasadena – resting their #1 – were 5th/83:26, and Covina – 8th/83:43, both easily advanced. The Colts had a particularly good day, led by a 10th/15:42 overall D4 finish from senior Daniel Hernandez, a life-time best for him. #14 Bishop Amat just squeaked in at 11th/84:45.
A little unexpectedly, St. Francis stepped up to grab the last spot in the finals at 12th/86:05, advancing for the first time since 2010. Edgewood junior Nicolas Castillo-Davidson also moved on with his excellent 9th/15:59 finish. He’ll be the first Lion ever to compete in the Final!
In the second boys heat, SGV #15 Pioneer advanced with a solid 3rd/81:51 finish, along with Azusa – 10th/85:48 and La Cañada – 11th/85:20. Spartan senior Owen Serricchio is now 37th All-Time SGV with his 15:33 finish, 4th overall D4 on the day.
Don Bosco, competing here for the first time since 2013, had a rough day and finished a non-qualifying 13th/87:21. 2017 Finalists Bassett were 14th/90:25 and Southlands Christian – 15th/96:35, but Nathan Vallejo did move on with his excellent 11th/15:54 finish.
Flintridge Prep secured (at least) their tenth straight trip to the CIF-SS Finals Saturday at the Riverside Cross Country Course. Both the boys and girls advanced along with frequent finalists Webb and the girls from Poly.
While the expected teams all advanced there were two happy surprises that earned a spot in the Finals. Ramona Convent advanced for the first time in maybe ever, while Asa Barton (Sr, Blair) earned an individual spot.
The Tigers, who finished second in the Horizon League, were led by soph Isabelle Mix-Vachon 48th/21:48 and frosh Emily Silva – 49th/21:51. The team was 10th/114:07 in their heat. Asa finished 3rd in the Rio Hondo League, (moving up 19 spots from 2017) to advance, and ran an excellent 8th/16:53 finish in the rising heat to move on to the Finals, the first for Blair in years.
In the boys races, Flintridge Prep ran together and cruised to a 4th/86:56 finish. Maranatha advanced for the second year in a row with a 4th/88:02 heat finish, led by by senior Matt Rutzen who was 10th/16:19 overall in D5. Webb advanced at 8th/89:25 in their heat. Evan Hayes (Jr, Poly) ran a life-time best 6th/17:02 and will move on individually.
In the girls races SGV #9 Flintridge Prep put down the hammer with a 98:56 win, nearly 3 minutes ahead of the next team. Senior Haley Allen ran 18:34, 2nd best in D5 on the day,and senior Sasha Codiga was 8th/19:27. Poly was 5th/109:15 and Webb – 8th/110:2 in their heats and both move on, for the ninth and third times, respectively. Gaul soph Lily Miller – 5th/18:48 was 5th overall in D5.
Heat 1: SGV #2 California advances easily with a strong 3rd/77:54 effort. Angel Salinas – 7th/15:19 is now =17th All-Time SGV on this course. Jack Martinez – 18th/15:35 is =40th A-T. Diamond Bar was 17th/85:37 and Schurr – 21st/89:55.
Heat 2: #4 Arcadia advances with one of their best races of the year in 3rd/88:18. Jacob Hsu – 6th/15:14 is now =13th SGV A-T here. Tianyuan Pei -13th/15:24 is =25th A-T. Montebello was 18th/78:48 and Bell Gardens – 20th/92:35
Heat 3: #3 La Serna bounces back with an excellent 2nd/77:47 finish. Marco Perez was best at 10th/15:27, just off his time here last year. Gerald Baltzer was 13th/15:29 and is =31st A-T, Jesse Montez – 16th/15:31 is =34th and Aidan Arredondo – 25th/15:34 is =38th A-T. Walnut – was 16th/82:03 and did not advance.
Division 1 Girls
Heat 1: SGV #2 Walnut wins the heat in 90:34 and Chloe Arriaga was first in an easy 17:19. Amanda Ghibaudo – 9th/18:08 moves up to =26th All-Time SGV on this course. #12 Arcadia had their best race of the year but is first out by just five points, finishing 11th/96:27. Joyce Wu – 5th/17:57 will move on. #5 California had an excellent race as well but were the next out in 12th/96:33. Diamond Bar was 16th/103:16 and Schurr 19th/108:25.
Heat 2: SGV #10 La Serna finishes 14th/97:54 and does not advance.
Heat 3: Bell Gardens finishes a non-qualifying 18th/97:30.
Division 4 Boys
Heat 1: SGV #9 South Pasadena – 5th/83:26, and Covina – 8th/83:43 easily advance. #14 Bishop Amat squeaks in at 11th/84:45 and St. Francis steps up to grab the last spot in the finals at 12th/86:05. Edgewood junior Nicolas Castillo-Davidson also moves on to the Final with his 9th/15:59 finish.
Heat 2: #15 Pioneer advances with a solid 3rd/81:51 finish, along with Azusa – 10th/85:48 and La Cañada – 11th/85:20. Spartan senior Owen Serricchio is now 37th All-Time SGV with his 4th/15:33 finish. Don Bosco is a disappointing 13th/87:21 and does not advance, along with Bassett – 14th/90:25 and Southlands Christian – 15th/96:35, but Nathan Vallejo does move on with his 11th/15:54 finish.
Girls Division 4
Heat 1: SGV #7 Mayfield runs a solid 96:24 for second as three more local teams advance – #6 Bishop Amat – 5th/99:12, Covina – 8th/101:37 and San Dimas – 12th/104:27. Gladstone 15th/112:27, Bassett – 17th/112:43 and Edgewood – 20th/116:54 do not move on, but GHS senior Hannah Eubanks will compete in finals after an excellent 14th/19:03 finish.
Heat 2: #3 South Pasadena moves on with a nice 3rd/97:01 finish, as does Flintridge Sacred Heart – 98:34 and #8 La Cañada – 8th/99:55, with the Spartans’ Ellaney Matarese running 18:34, to rank 48th All-Time SGV on this course. St. Lucy’s frosh Sarah Gann was 15th with a very nice18:59, and she’ll also move on to the Finals. San Marino was first out by just seven points in 13th/104:43, while South El Monte was 14th/104:41 and La Salle 23rd/125:09
Boys Division 5
Heat 1: Maranatha – 4th/88:02 and Webb – 8th/89:25 both move on as does Asa Barton (Sr, Blair) with a 8th/16:53 finish.
Heat 2: Evan Hayes (Jr, Poly) finishes 6th/17:02 and advances.
Heat 3: Flintridge Prep cruises and advances with a 4th/86:56 finish
Girls Division 5
Heat 1: Ramona Convent -10th/114:07 advances for the first time in ten years, maybe ever. Alverno was 15th/119:18.
Heat 2: SGV #9 Flintridge Prep puts down the hammer with a 98:56 win. Poly – 5th/109:15 and Webb – 8th/110:23 also move on.
Heat 1: SGV #5 Arroyo advances – finishing 4th/79:49 Noah Hibbard was the winner in an easy 15:20, 1 second off his best here from last year’s Prelims. Junior Josh Orellana ran 15:41 – =45th All-Time SGV on the Riverside Course.
Heat 2: #1 Claremont runs a mixed A/B team who finish together in 4th/80:04 and advance. #6 Rowland is 8th/82:28 and also moves on.
Division 2 Girls
Heat 1: Like the boys, #1 Claremont runs an A/B team and runs mostly together, they finish 2nd/93:55 to advance. Frosh Maddie Coles runs an easy 18:24 on her first time on the course, and now ranks #37 All-Time SGV here. Arroyo without their #2, advances by finishing 10th/100:53 . Rowland is 17th/105:56 and West Covina 20th/110:44 and they do not move on.
Heat 2: Santa Fe 13th/99:33 and Alhambra 14th/101:20 are heartbreakingly the first two teams out, with the Chiefs missing by just four points the Chiefs. However, their #1 Katie Bautista advances individually at 7th/18:20 – =31st All-Time SGV. Adding extra heartbreak for the Moors, their #1 Serena Duenas misses advancing by one spot at 16th/18:53.
Division 3 Boys
Heat 1: SGV #7 Bonita advances at 5th/83:03 as does #13 South Hills – 7th/83:19 and in a nice step up performance, Los Altos 10th/85.36 will move on. La Mirada was 16th/86:55 and Baldwin Park 15th/88:02, but junior Edwardo De Paz was 5th/15:52 and will move on individually, as will Pasadena super-frosh Isaiah Givens who was 10th/16:01. El Monte was 18th/88:35 and Sierra Vista 21st/93:38. South Hills’ senior Devin Hightower was 2nd/15:36 which ranks him #35 All-Time SGV here.
Heat 2: #11 Whitter moves on with a strong 5th/83:14 effort. Rosemead falls frustratingly 4 points short of the final spot at 13th/86:58, followed by Temple City – 14th/88:04, Gabrielino – 16th/89:07, Nogales – 17th/90:22 and Garey – 20th/95:10. Nogales senior Osvaldo Cervantes won the heat in 15:33 and will advance individually.
Division 3 Girls
Heat 1: #14 Rosemead, with an excellent 5th/101:02 finishes just ahead of #11 Bonita – 6th/101:03 as both teams advance. Gabrielino – 14th/109:03 and South Hills – 15th/89:33 finish their seasons here, but the Huskie soph Arissa Hatcher finished 8th/19:19 and will move on individually.
Heat 2: La Mirada – 10th/104:51 and Nogales 12/111:04 put in very nice performances as both advance, along with Monrovia junior Alyana Peters who was 2nd/18:54. Sierra Vista was 17th/116:28
Thirty-seven San Gabriel Valley boys teams and thirty-nine girls teams have qualified for the CIF-Southern Section cross country Prelims, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at The Riverside Cross Country Course in Riverside.
Southern Section cross country divides teams into five, enrollment based divisions. Teams advance to Prelims by finishing in the top half of their leagues, or through at-large bids given to the Top 16 in each division – the Bonita girls qualified this way. Individual runners from non-qualifying teams can also advance – 13 SGV boys and 5 girls will complete individually.
Twenty-Four teams will advance to the Championship Finals, which will be next Saturday, November 17 on the same Riverside course. Making the Final, when only sixteen teams advanced when the championships were at Mt. SAC, was the equivalent of making the semi’s of a ball sport. With twenty-four advancing, it’s not quite the same, but it’s still a huge achievement given the size and strength of the Southern Section
There were few changes in the rankings of the boys San Gabriel Valley cross country teams following league finals as Palomares champs Claremont remained well ahead of the rest of our region
These rankings are based on a merge of league finals results that tried to account for the vagaries of course types, lengths and heat.
#2 California and #3 La Serna finished 1-2 in the Del Rio Final – the Condors ran their best race of the year to beat an injury depleted Lancers team. It’s a measure of La Serna’s strength that they’re able to actually rise in the rankings this week even when they were not able to run their best five.
Others moving up were Valle Vista champs Rowland who had runners perform well after injury, and Hacienda champs Walnut, who have been improving all year.
605 League champ Pioneer fell four spots, but this is likely due to them taking it a bit easy in their final, which they won easily. We’ll find out more about them on Saturday.
No teams entered or left the rankings, but #8 Glendora and #10 Damien did not move on to CIF. The Tartans ran well but still finished 6th in the tough Palomares League, while the Spartans had to run a banged-up team in the Baseline final and fell short of advancing.
There was quite a bit of movement in the girls cross country rankings for the San Gabriel Valley this week. While Claremont and Walnut remained stable at the top, two teams moved and two teams dropped out, and five teams moved at least four places.
These rankings are based on a merge of league finals results that tried to account for the vagaries of course types, lengths and heat.
Rio Hondo champs South Pasadena and Mission Valley winners Arroyo are third and fourth, moving up four and six spots respectively. Both teams have been building all year and turned in really impressive performances defeating ranked teams (#8 La Cañada and #14 Rosemead) in the process.
Other big movers were #9 Flintridge Prep who were able to run well with their best five to win the Prep League over #7 Mayfield, and #10 La Serna who bounced back from a rough day at Mt.SAC to finish a strong second in the Del Rio meet to #5 California. #13 Santa Fe moved into the rankings for the first time by finishing a strong third in the Del Rio.
Leaving the rankings were previously #4 Glendora and #14 Flintridge Sacred Heart. The Tartans had a disappointing league meet after a really strong performance at Riverside, while the Tologs ran well in the Mission finals, but were bumped by superior performances.
The Prelim Race heat sheets have been released for the CIF-Southern Section, the strongest sports region in the country. The CIF-SS divides its schools into five, enrollment based divisions, the fewest of any sport in the SS, and the SS is so big, making CIF finals is equal to or superior to making the state final anywhere else in the country.
The prelims and finals will be held again this year at the Riverside Cross Country Course, and because of the larger starting area on this course, twenty-four teams will advance to the Championship Finals instead of the traditional 16.