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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

Montview: Azusa Boys & Gladstone Girls Grab the Championships

The Montview League is unique in the SGV by holding three cluster meets, all on the hilly, 3-mile course at Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights. The league also gives more weight to the cluster meets than others, and that made the difference in the girls championship.


Nogales were the clear winners in the girls Final race over Gladstone. The Nobles put three in the first five to score just 20 points to the Gladiators’ 50. But Gladstone had the better cumulative results to edge Nogales for the league championship. Sierra Vista was third, taking the final CIF spot.

Gladstone’s Hannah Eubanks was the big, 32 second winner in 19:05. Teammates Crystal Cipriano – 6th/21:41 and Ryleigh La Raue – 7th/21:52 earned All-League honors. Nogales was led by a trio of All-League performances: Alexis Maldonado – 2nd/19:37, Jeanette Salcido – 3rd/20:52, and Jenny Morales – 5th/21:12. Jacqueline Rosie Campos of Azusa took the final All-League spot at 4th/21:07 and will advance to CIF as an individual.

Sierra Vista was led by Aris Carmona – 9th/22:16. Azusa was fourth and Duarte was fifth. Naiden Ceja, 4th last year in the Mission Valley League when she was at Arroyo, was best for the Falcons at 8th/22:04. Workman did not score – their best was Jennifer Reyes – 17th/25:47.

Nogales senior Osvaldo Cervantes was the repeat champion with a huge, 70 second, 15:49 win, and led the Nobles to a second place finish. Azusa put all five in the first 10 to take the team title with just 25 points, while  Sierra Vista was a clear third. The finish at the Finals meets mirrored the league standings, so these three teams will advance to CIF.

Osvaldo was joined in the All-League honors by teammate Ricardo Garcia – 7th/18:08. The Aztecs had four boys among the Montview’s best seven: Angel Medrano – 2nd/16:58, Saul Mora – 3rd/17:08, Eddie Prestegui – 4th/17:22 and Andrew Bazan – 6th/17:44. Alejandro Arenas of Sierra Vista took the final All-League spot at 5th/17:32.

Workman was fourth, led by Ivan Molina – 9th/18:13, and Jake Baena 11th/18:18 was best for fifth-placed Gladstone. Duarte’s best was Brandon Lou – 28th:21:21 but the team did not score.

Pacific League: Arcadia Books Two CIF Spots – As Does Pasadena Wonder Frosh

Arcadia had been chasing in the Pacific League all year. The boys were looking to take back the championship, while the girls, losing six of seven from their 2017 team, were looking just  to return to CIF.

Final Results

Senior Joyce Wu was the only returner from Arcadia’s 2017 League Champ and CIF Finals team. Fourth at last year’s Pacific Final, she led league competition all year, and finished with a dominating 41 second win in 18:31. Her team, struggling all year with injuries and illness, finished a solid fourth and earned the league’s final CIF spot.

Karina Langley led seventh-placed Pasadena all year, and turned in an especially strong performance here, moving up from 23rd and 21st in the first two league meets to finish 14th/20:12, second best among the SGV athletes.

The Arcadia boys fell short of Crescenta Valley on the hilly, 3-mile course at Crescenta Valley Park. The Apaches were led by a 4-5 finish from junior Jacob Hsu (15:49) and soph Tianyuan Pei (15:57), but could not reach a CV team that put four in the first seven.

The two Arcadia runners ran in the frosh/soph race last year, so this finish was a really great advance for them. But their improvement paled compared to Pasadena frosh Isaiah Givens. Isaiah won the frosh/soph race in the first league meet, then moved to Varsity in the second race, finishing 14th. He was was 6th/15:59 Thursday on this course that runs similar to Mt.SAC. He’ll advance to CIF as an individual and get at least one more week to test his talent.

The Bulldogs were sixth in the team standings. Muir did not score, Ronnie Winn – 35th/18:04 was their best.

Almont Final: Schurr & Alhambra Finish the Job

The Alhambra girls were expected the win the Almont League,  they’ve more than fulfilled expectations all year, capping it with a big win Wednesday at Legg Lake in South El Monte. The boys side was more wide-open, with ten of the first fourteen finishers from the 2017 final graduated, but Schurr reloaded the best and defended their title.

Complete Results

Coming into 2018, the Alhambra girls returned four of their five scorers while nearest rival Schurr graduated four of their five. Plus the Moors had Serena Duenas, the defending champ, and they lived up to that promise, winning both clusters and the final. Serena repeated as individual champ in 18:59, a nearly 30 second win.

Schurr’s Marai Atanacio repeated her second place finish from 2017, running 19:25, and led her team to claim 3rd place on the day and third place in league, earning the final CIF spot. Alhambra showed their strength by taking the next three places, Alyssa Romero was 3rd/19:29, Palmoa Sanchez 4th/19:34 and Milan Cambon 5th/19:43.

Jimena Vaszquez 6th/19:55 was the best for Bell Gardens, who narrowly edged out Schurr for second, while Mark Keppel senior Kelsey Bustamante, who was sixth in the first two meets, fell to 7th/20:18, earning the final All-League, but falling one short of advancing individually.

Montebello was just two points shy of Schurr and finished a heartbreaking fourth, and out of the CIF spots. Their best was junior Victoria Frausto in 9th/20:54. San Gabriel, led by senior Tiffany Chung – 13th/21:14 was fifth and Mark Keppel was sixth.

While the girls season-long competition was pretty stable, the boys was more volatile, with the exception of the rise of Schurr soph Armando Morales. Frosh/Soph champ last year, Armando completed an undefeated league season with a commanding 29 second win in 16:28, and led the Spartans to the team title after a small stumble in the second meet.

Senior Jonathan Maya in his first and only season of XC for Montebello was second in 16:57, and he led the Oilers to second in the meet and second for the season. Third place went to San Gabriel soph Jason Phung in 16:59. His team was also third on the day, capping a season long rise from fifth in the first meet.

But the Almont League (like most leagues) counts all three meets in determining the final standings, so Bell Gardens, who placed fourth here, finished third in the league standings and will advance to CIF over the Matadores, while Jason will advance individually.  Senior Emmanuel Valencia – 15th/18:04 was best for the Lancers.

Last year’s champ, Dustin Vu (Sr, Schurr) missed most of this season, but returned in time to finish 4th/17:08. The final three All-League spots went to Edson Arias (Jr, Montebello) – 5th/17:21, Adam Alvarez (Sr, Mark Keppel) – 6th/17:26, and Richard Flores (Sr, Schurr) – 7th/17:26.

Arias had a nice rise from 30th here last year, and moved up from 16th in the first league meet, while Alvarez qualified for CIF individually, as he did last year, by out leaning Flores for sixth.

Alhambra was 5th in the team standings – their best was senior Bryan Albarran – 9th/17:41 and Mark Keppel was sixth.

Mt SAC Saturday: Two Screamers – Hibbard 15:08 and Walnut 93:08 – Lead the SGV

Most of the SGV’s schools are in Divisions 3 & 4, so only eight local schools competed on Saturday, but those schools are some of our best, and the performances showed it.

Running in the Boys Individual Sweeps: Noah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo) was 6th/15:08 and the Knights were equally good finishing 3rd/79:33. Noah is now =31st best All-Time SGV at Mt. SAC. (The A-T best is 14:24, #50 is 15:16)

In the Boys Team Sweeps: Arcadia turned a strong effort, finishing 9th/79:43. La Serna was unable to hold their usual tight 1-5 grouping, and finished 11th/80:16.  Marco Perez  – 25th/15:37 was best for the Lancers and Jacob Hsu 29th/15:38 led the Apaches.

In the Girls Team Sweeps: Walnut was 4th/93:08 and Arcadia 11th/100:13. Chloe Arriaga again led the way for the Mustangs with a 3rd/17:21 finish. Walnut just missed putting four under 19:00, but their 4-5 gap grew a little bigger, which could hurt them in the post-season. Joyce Wu was solid up front for the Apaches at 10th/18:02, but the rest of the team had a big of rough day.

SGV Top 10’s and Team Rankings After the Jump Continue reading Mt SAC Saturday: Two Screamers — Hibbard 15:08 and Walnut 93:08 — Lead the SGV

SCV Invite: Melanie M with Another Win!

Final Results Are Here

It looks like most of the SGV schools ran partial or B Teams here.

The exception is the Girls Varsity Small Schools Division.

Melanie Mach (Sr, Rosemead) won here second Invite in a row with an 18:21 effort – a 90 second improvement from 2017! She was 5 seconds clear of Flintridge Prep‘s Haley Allen in 2nd.

Prep won the race, contested over a rolling 3-mile course in 97:02. Rosemead was 2nd in 100:19.

Bell Gardens – Quick Results

Live Results are here

Boys CombinedNoah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo) is the SGV’s best at 2nd/14:41 on this flat, 3-mile course. Others in the Top 10:

  • Oswaldo Cervantes (Sr, Nogales) – 3rd/14:46
  • Joshua Orellana (Jr, Arroyo) – 4th/15:00
  • Jesse Alvarado (Jr, Walnut) – 6th/15:09
  • Eduardo De Paz (Jr, Baldwin Park) – 8th/15:15
  • Daniel Echeveste (So, Bonita) – 9th/15:17

Top 10 Teams (Out of 44 Teams)

  • Arroyo – 2nd
  • Claremont B – 4th
  • Bonita – 6th
  • Glendora – 7th
  • Los Altos – 10th

Girls CombinedChloes Arriaga (Sr, Walnut) scorches the wet course to win big in 16:28

Emma Arriaga (Sr, Walnut) – 4th/17:16 was the only other SGV Athlete in the Top 10 of this meet that featured a very strong girls field.

Top 10 Teams (Out of 40)

  • Claremont B – 2nd
  • Walnut – 3rd
  • Arroyo – 5th
  • Bonita – 6th
  • Glendora – 9th


SGV Girls Rankings – Week 6: Claremont Even Further Ahead

Claremont again tops the list. They may be the best team in both the Southern Section and in California, and are certainly among the ten best in the country. So, yeah, they’re also the best in the SGV

Girls teams show more surprises and changes during the year than the boys typically do, due to the way frosh can have a bigger impact among the girls. The biggest movement is Mayfield, up to 6th, along with Arcadia and Glendora moving up two spots.

2018 San Gabriel Valley XC Rankings – 10/6

  1. Claremont (Previous – 1st)
  2. Walnut (2nd)
  3. Bishop Amat (4th)
  4. La Cañada (3rd)
  5. Arcadia (7th)
  6. Mayfield (12th)
  7. Bonita (5th)
  8. Glendora (10th)
  9. California (8th)
  10. La Serna (6th)

Detailed Team Analysis through the Top 15 after the jump

Continue reading SGV Girls Rankings — Week 6: Claremont Even Further Ahead

2018 SGV Track & Field Championships

Bishop Amat won their first Boys Team Championship – led by male Athlete of the Meet Nick Guajardo. Nick won the 400m in a SGV leading 48.88 (5th best ever in the meet) and led of the winning 4×100 relay at 43.09, the best time in SGV this year.

Arcadia defended the Girls team Championship and won both the Boys & Girls Frosh/Soph Championships.

The Apaches were led by female Athlete of the Meet Lauren Buehner who was honored for her unprecedented 4th straight championship in the 400m.

There were 12 All-Time Meet Performances for both the Boys and the Girls, and 12 in the Boys Frosh/Soph Division and 3 in the Girls


Here are the results


More to follow

Week 11: Big Times at CIF Prelims

The San Gabriel Valley is just one part of the massive CIF Southern Section. Bigger than all but three states, just advancing to CIF is like going to any other state meet, and our CIF Finals is superior to making almost every other State’s Finals.

That’s why we should give great honor to the athletes who have advanced to Saturday’s big meet at Cerritos College.  The SGV will be represented by…

  • Div. I: 6 boys, 9 girls and 1 relay
  • Div. II: 8 boys and 11 girls
  • Div. III: 30(!) boys, 16 girls and 8 relays
  • Div. IV: 6 boys, 14 girls and 2 relays.

And here are this past week additions to the San Gabriel Valley All-Time Performers Lists

  • G400/55.78 – Shalee Reynolds – Sr, Glendora – #15
  • G400/56.24 – Shyann Reynolds – Sr, Glendora – #20
  • G400/57.45 – Sami Riggs – So, Bonita – #46
  • G100H/14.64 – Micah Fulton – Jr, Muir – #23
  • G300H/44.34 – Shaylynn Wynn – Jr, San Dimas – #21
  • GHJ/5-03 – Ulani Rouse-Wells – Jr, Los Altos – #50=
  • GPV/11-00 – Emeliza Fernandez – So, California – #14=
  • GLJ/18-02 – Stephanie Yen – Jr, Arcadia – #37
  • BPV/15-00 – Garrett Silva – Sr, California – #27

And here are the latest 2017 All-SGV Lists