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Arcadia Preview

The national Arcadia Invitational, featuring athletes from over thirty states and most of the best from the Southern Section, gets going today at the SGV’s Arcadia High School.

The meet has grown over the years by offering an increasing number of spots on Friday and during the day on Saturday, but the best action remains in the Saturday night meet, where 6 SGV boys and relays will compete along with 3 girls.

Of special note on the boys side, Arroyo senior Noah Hibbard will look to follow up his State-leading mile win at the Distance Meet of Champions with a top finish in the loaded 3200, while Bonita’s Jocelyn Hipwell will bring her recent 5-08 high jump effort to the loaded event. Here are all the local competitors…

SGV Night Meet Boys

  • 1600 Seeded – Jacob Moran (Sr, Claremont)
  • 800 Invite – Kai Dettmann (Sr, South Pasadena)
  • 3200 Invite – Noah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo)
  • DMR – Claremont
  • Triple Jump – Tianhao Wei (Jr, South Pasadena)
  • High Jump – Kailen Smith (Sr, Diamond Bar

SGV Night Meet Girls

  • 400 Seeded – Alisha Wilson (So, Bonita)
  • Mile Invite – Audrey Suarez (So, Mayfield)
  • High Jump – Jocelyn Hipwell (Sr, Bonita)

Two Big Seasonal Debuts & a Big Jump Lead the SGV Girls in Week 7

Two sophs got their seasons going this week, and between them took over the SGV leadership in four events, and a senior jumped really high – and they share Athlete of the Week honors for Week 7

Bonita’s Alisha Wilson – in her first year in the sport, had All-Time in SGV performances in the 200, 400 and LJ last year, advancing to the State Meet in the latter event and running a leg on Bearcats State Champ 4×400. At Saturday’s Covina Invite, Alisha opened with big marks in all three events, (25.23, 56.59, 18-04) taking over the SGV lead in each.

Covina soph Maya Rush (a transfer from Serra in her first meet for the Colts) ran the sprint triple at the Covina meet, winning the 100 after taking the SGV seasonal lead in a dual meet two days before in 12.39. She was third behind Alisha in both the 200 & 400 and all of her times narrowly missed breaking the Covina records.

Also at Covina – Bonita senior Jocelyn Hipwell leaped to a big 5-08 mark in the high jump, extending her seasonal SGV lead and now ranking equal 5th All-Time for our area. A Masters Meet Qualifier in 2018, she currently ranks 2nd in the Southern Section and third in the State.

All told, there were 12 new athletes or relays that met the 2019 All-SGV Standards this past week, and 8 improved their marks.

You can view the updated All-SGV lists here: 19 All SGV Girls 3-30

Covina’s Rodriguez Leads SGV Boys in Week 7

Covina junior Aaron Rodriguez got off to a quick and a high start in the pole vault this year, with his 14-00 jump in the early season Covina Five Way meet in February.

The jump was not a complete surprise – he was the Frosh/Soph winner at the SGV Champs last year with a  then PR jump of 13-02, and advanced to CIF after a third place finish in the Valle Vista League.

This past week on his home runway in the Northview dual meet –  he took it even higher with a 14-09 jump for the win. That jump ranks him equal 43rd All-Time San Gabriel Valley, and it makes him our male Athlete of the Week.

The week saw six more athletes earn All-San Gabriel Valley honors, and nine athletes who had already reached the All-SGV standard improved their marks.

There were new 2019 area leaders in four events:

  • 100m – Matthew Hoskins (Sr, Monrovia) – 10.91
  • 110H – Zach Reid (Sr, Bonita) – 14.62
  • 4 x 400 Relay – South Pasadena – 3:26.23
  • High Jump : Matthew Molina – 6-06 (co-leader)

You can view the updated All-SGV List here: 19 All SGV Boys 3-30

 

All-SGV Boys: Hibbard Paces 9 New Leaders

The 2019 season finally got going as local boys shook off the bad weather of previous weeks to turn in a slew of big performances – topped by Arroyo senior Noah Hibbard’s big mile win at the Distance Meet of Champions.

There are now ten All-SGV performers in the 3200 & eight in the 800, while no local boys have yet met the standard in the throws.

Here are the new 2019 Leaders as of this week (or previous leaders who improved their mark):

  • 800: 1:53.61 – Kai Dettman (Sr, South Pas)
  • 1600: 4:07.25Noah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo)
  • 3200: 9:27.01 – Josh Orellana (Jr, Arroyo)
  • 110H: 14.87 – Matthew Uballe (Sr, Diamond Bar)
  • 4×100: 43.60 – Bishop Amat
  • 4×400: 3:26.93 – Monrovia
  • Pole Vault: 15-00 – David Miketta (Jr, La Cañada)
  • Long Jump: 21-11.50 – Julian Thai (Sr, Gabrielino)
  • Triple Jump: 47-06 – Tianho Wei (Jr, South Pasadena)
  • Blue Mark = Top 50 All-Time SGV Mark

The lists are here: 19 All SGV Boys 3-23

Notes

The All-San Gabriel Valley lists include athletes who have achieved a standard based on 98% of the 100th best mark in California the previous year.

You can view the 2019 SGV Standards here.

The 2019 standards reflect the small but general decline in the standards of our sport over the past 4-5 years. (For comparison, you can view the 2015 Standards here). And the SGV athletes have declined proportionately a little more, especially in the technical events. Here’s to hoping 2019 will reverse that trend!

All-SGV Girls: A Big Weekend & Six New Leaders

This weekend’s good weather and big meets led to a bunch of SGV area girls earning All-Area honors this week.

There are now eight All-SGV performers in the 800 & #3200, but no local girls have yet met the standard in the shot, and the long & triple jumps.

Here are the new 2019 Leaders as of this week (or previous leaders who improved their mark):

  • 400: 58.57 – Christina Taylor (Sr, South Pas)
  • 1600: 4:55.23 – Chloe Arriaga (Sr, Walnut)
  • 3200: 10:33.46 – Audrey Suarez (So, Mayfield)
  • 300H: 45.72 – Inaya Jumal (Sr, Monrovia)
  • 4×100: 44.90 – Arcadia Monrovia
  • Discus: 132-00 – Nikki Escobar
  • Blue Mark = SGV Top 50 All-Time Performance

The lists are here: 19 All SGV Girls 3-23

Notes

The All-San Gabriel Valley lists include athletes who have achieved a standard based on 98% of the 100th best mark in California the previous year.

You can view the 2019 SGV Standards here.

The 2019 standards reflect the small but general decline in the standards of our sport over the past 4-5 years. (For comparison, you can view the 2015 Standards here). And the SGV athletes have declined proportionately a little more, especially in the technical events. Here’s to hoping 2019 will reverse that trend!

SGV Boys Top 50 All-Time Lists & School Records

Noah Hibbard #3 All-Time Winning the Distance Meet of Champions – Photo: Milesplit

We’re happy to release the latest version of the San Gabriel Valley Track & Field All-Time Top 50 Performers. It also includes confirmed school records and the best documented performance for as many schools as possible.

These lists are complied from every available resource – but there are undoubtedly marks that are missing. If you know of any and can document them (scan of meet results or newspaper articles or online link – please send them in a comment to this post.

Already this year, we have seen four All-Time performances by SGV Girls…

  • Kai Dettman (SR, South Pasadena) – #39 800m: 1:53.61
  • Noah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo) – #3 1600M: 4:07.25
  • David Miketta (Jr, La Cañada) – #27= Pole Vault: 15-00
  • Tianho Wei (Jr, South Pasadena) – #33 Triple Jump: 47-06

All told, there are 6 athletes active this season with Top 50 marks, ranging from two in the 1600 and triple jump to none in the 100-400, 3200, 110H, 300H, the throws and the long jump.

You can view the lists here: 19-03-23 SGV Boys 50 & Records

SGV Girls Top 50 All-Time Lists & School Records

Melanie Mach – Sr, Rosemead – has taken her XC form to the track with an All-Time mark in the 800m

We’re happy to release the latest version of the San Gabriel Valley Track & Field All-Time Top 50 Performers. It also includes confirmed school records and the best documented performance for as many schools as possible.

These lists are complied from every available resource – but there are undoubtedly marks that are missing. If you know of any and can document them (scan of meet results or newspaper articles or online link – please send them in a comment to this post.

Already this year, we have seen four All-Time performances by SGV Girls…

  • Melanie Mach (SR, Rosemead) – #30 800m: 2:15.69
  • Ellaney Matarese (So, La Cañada) – #27 1600M: 5:02.25
  • Julia Marriott (Sr, Claremont) – #42 3200m: 11:01.40
  • Nikki Escobar (Sr, Bell Gardens – #17 Discus: 132-00

All told, there are 25 athletes active this season with Top 50 marks, ranging from 10 in the 3200 to none in  and the triple jump.

You can view the lists here: 19-03-23 SGV Girls 50 & Records

That’s A Wrap: Noah and Audrey Finish XC Season At Footlocker

Two of the SGV’s best, Arroyo senior Noah Hibbard and Mayfield soph Audrey Suarez finished their season at the 40th Annual Footlocker Championship on Saturday at Balboa Park in San Diego. This national championship meet brings together 40 of the top boys and girls from around the country (and US possessions) who have qualified through regional meets.

Official Results

Audrey Saurez
Photo Credit: Victah Sailer www.photorun.NET

The girls led things off on the rolling 5000m course. California Div. IV champ Suarez did not go with the lead group of 7 who blew off the front in 5:15 for the first mile, sitting 35th in 5:35. In the slower second mile of the course, she split 6:05 but moved up four spots. In the faster final section of the course, she gained one more spot (and nearly another) in the last 1.1 mile  to finish 30th in 18:31.

Afterwards, Audrey said the race “… was an experience I have never had before. I think coming into this I really didn’t have any expectations, which was good. So I wasn’t disappointed. This is definitely the coolest experience that running has led me to by far.”

Noah Hibbard Photo Credit: Andrew McClanahan www.photorun.NET

Hibbard, State Div. II runner-up, was in the middle of the pack of the boys race, 3 seconds off the lead, as the whole field stayed together through the first mile. In the second 1-1/2 mile, a lead group of 11 formed, with Noah coming just off the back of the second group, standing 26th at the split. He held his place over the final 660m to finish 26th in 16:10.

While Noah had expected a better finish, he was thankful for the chance to race one more time. “Although I felt that I ran terribly, I feel blessed to make it here to compete against the very best. This was the first year I went to states and regionals, so making it to nationals was an extra bonus. My goal was to place in a good pack, in the top half. Being in the top 20’s gives me confidence, knowing that I finished among the top 30 in the nation.”

And with that, the 2018 Cross Country Season comes to an end.

Stay tuned for our post-season honors and track and field coverage.

Noah and Audrey Advance to the Footlocker Nationals

Noah Hibbard of Arroyo gets one more week!

Two of the SGV’s very best competed one more time this past weekend, with, Audrey Suarez (So, Mayfield) and Noah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo) earning the right to compete one more week with two of our area’s best efforts ever on the big hills of Mt.SAC at the Footlocker West meet.

There are two national “Championship” meets for Cross Country – the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN -) that was held last weekend in Portland, Oregon, and the Footlocker Championships, held each year at Balboa Park in San Diego.

The Footlocker meet is the older of the two, and the athletes compete individually, qualifying directly through regional meets. Hibbard and Suarez both advanced in the West Regional which matched athletes from 12 States on Saturday over a 5000m Mt.SAC course that runs about 50-70 seconds slower than the traditional 2.93 mile course.

Official Results

State Champ Audrey Saurez

In the girls race, State Div. IV Champ Suarez ran in the lead pack the whole way and advanced easily in 6th/18:18, behind two other State Champs and girls from three other states. This is one of the best efforts ever by a SGV athlete here. Three of our areas top seniors were also in the Championship race. Emma Arriaga (Walnut) was best, 35th/19:01, followed by Joyce Wu (Arcadia) -75th/19:43, and Melanie Mach (Rosemead) – 82nd/19:50.  Covina junior Kaitlyn Vuong finished her season at 109th/20:55.

The top boys were even more tightly bunched, and Hibbard finished a controlled 5th in 15:37. As with Audrey, Noah’s effort was one of the best ever by an SGV athlete on these hills. Pasadena frosh Isaiah Givens closed out his debut year with an exceptional 82nd/16:42 finish, matching the time he ran on the nearly 300m shorter invite course in October.

Arroyo junior Josh Orellana was 92nd/16:49, Claremont senior Jacob Moran was 110th/16:58 and Diamond Bar senior Lucas Amare was 116th/17:03. Nine other SGV athletes also closed out their year here.

Audrey and Noah will finish up next Saturday, racing in the 40th Annual Championship at Balboa Park in San Diego. There will be a live webcast and other meet details here: footlockercc.com

Chloe & Claremont Girls at NXN

Walnut senior Chloe Arriaga and the Claremont girls team competed last weekend at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon.

Official Results

The Claremont Girls at the Nike Campus the Day Before the NXN

NXN brings together teams that qualify directly from regions and through an at-large selection process and individuals who advance through the same process. The Wolfpack advanced on the strength of their win in Div II of the California State meet, which placed them second in a merge of the top teams from the event. Chloe advanced individually by finishing 4th in Div I and 6th overall.

This meet is part of huge event put on by Nike for the athletes that includes meet ups with professionals and tours. It’s run on a 3 mile course at Glendover Golf Course.

CHS frosh Maddie Coles was again her team’s top performer, finishing 43rd overall and 12th among the athletes from teams in 18:00 – fourth among Californians in the meet. Next up was Arriaga, finishing 61st overall and 9th among Californians in 18:13.

Claremont was a little more spread out than usual, with a 1:17 spread from Coles to their number 5, but that was more of a measure of how well Maddie ran rather than a the other girls falling back. They finished 12th overall, ending another outstanding season.