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CIF Rankings – Week 8 – 10/22: We’re up to 25!

This was the second week of the CIF Southern Section Rankings expanding to 16, and the San Gabriel Valley increased its share in the rankings from 22 teams to 25.

This is a big achievement for our area. We make up just over 10% of the Southern Section’s population, yet we have nearly 16% of the ranking spots.

The SGV also has four boys teams and 5 girls teams ranked in the California State Top 10 last week, led by Claremont who rank at the top in both the boys and girls Div. 2.  The SGV has 5% of the state’s population, but our schools have earned 9% of the spots in the rankings.

Five schools moved into the rankings this week – Flintridge Sacred Heart (D4) & Vivian Webb (D5) on the girls side, and South Hills (D3), Pioneer (D4) and Maranatha (D5) on the boys. Falling from the rankings were the Covina girls (D4) and, surprisingly given their solid performance at Mt.SAC, Damien (D3).

Twenty of the teams were ranked for the second consecutive week in the expanded rankings, and so earned an at-large berth in CIF Prelims should they fail to advance from their leagues. Teams earn an at-large spot by ranking in the top 16 twice in the final four weeks – this was week two of the final four

Of those twenty, only the Bonita boys and girls are at all likely to need an at-large spot. Damien may need one as well, so they will be hurt by falling from the rankings. None of the newcomers to the rankings are likely to need an at-large spot, nor is Covina.

Four of the SGV Girls Top Ten were unranked: #5 Arcadia, #8 Glendora, #9 California & #10 La Serna. Only #6 Rowland and #9 Glendora are unranked among the boys, but except for Glendora, none of these are likely to need a ranking to advance.

You can view the entire rankings here

San Gabriel Valley Girls

*=Clinched At-Large CIF berth.

Div 1 – #6 – #9 California Walnut* (6th last week)

Div 2 – #1 – #1 CA Claremont* (Same)

Div. 3 – #8 Bonita* (9th); #13 Rosemead* (13th)

Div. 4 – #5 – #6 CA Bishop Amat* (Same); #7 Mayfield* (8th); #10 Flintridge Sacred Heart (Not Ranked) #11 – #7 CA La Cañada* (6th)

Div. 5 – #2 – #5 CA Flintridge Prep* (Same); #7 Poly* (Same); #12 Webb (Not Ranked)

Left Rankings: Covina – #16 Div. 4

 

San Gabriel Valley Boys

Div 1 – #7 – #10 California  La Serna* (#6); #6 Arcadia* (7th); #14 California* (=12th)

Div. 2 – #1 – #1 CA Claremont* (1st); 9th Arroyo* (9th)

Div. 3 – #10 Bonita* (10th); 12th Whittier* (13th); 16th South Hills* (Not Ranked)

Div. 4 – #4 – #4 CA South Pasadena* (3rd); #10 Pioneer (Not Ranked) #12 Bishop Amat* (10th); #15 La Canada* (13th)

Div. 5 – #3 – #3 CA Flintridge Prep* (=2nd); #11 Maranatha (Not Ranked)

Left Rankings – Damien – 15th Div. 3

 

CIF Rankings: Week 7 – We Go to 16

This week, the CIF Southern Section rankings expanded to 16 for each of the five, enrollment based divisions.

Up to this point, the rankings have been mostly for fun, in that they didn’t have any direct impact on CIF post-season qualifying. But beginning with this week and for the next three weeks, any team that does not qualify by finishing in the top half of their league can advance if they are ranked twice in the last four weeks.

Seven teams moved into the rankings this week. The Arroyo boys returned to the Div. 2 Top 10, where they were ranked earlier this year. New to the extended rankings are the Rosemead and Covina girls, and the boys from California, WhittierDamien La Cañada. The Condors and Cardinals were ranked earlier this year.

With these updates La Canada joins Claremont, Bonita, Bishop Amat & Flintridge Prep in having both their boys and girls teams ranked.

The teams that were most helped by the rankings were Damien and the boys and girls of Bonita. The Spartans were 4th in the strong Baseline league and may need the help The Bearcat boys are narrowly third and the girls narrowly 4th in the brutal Palomares League, where five of the six girls teams and three of the boys teams are ranked. Conversely, SGV ranked Glendora were unranked, so they will need a not-impossible move up to 3rd at finals to advance.

Four of the SGV Girls Top Ten were unranked: #5 Arcadia, #8 Glendora, #9 California & #10 La Serna. Only #6 Rowland and #9 Glendora are unranked among the boys, but except for Glendora, all of these teams will not need the rankings to advance.

You can view the entire rankings here: Week 7 – 10/15 CIF-SS Rankings

San Gabriel Valley Girls

Div 1 – #6 Walnut (7th last week)

Div 2 – #1 Claremont (Same)

Div. 3 – #9 Bonita (Same); #13 Rosemead (Not ranked)

Div. 4 – #5  Bishop Amat (Same); #6 La Cañada (Same); #8 Mayfield (Same); #16 Covina (Not ranked)

Div. 5 – #2 Flintridge Prep (Same); #7 Poly (Same)

 

San Gabriel Valley Boys

Div 1 – #6 La Serna (Same); #7 Arcadia (9th); #12= California (Not ranked)

Div. 2 – #1 Claremont (3rd); 9th Arroyo (Not ranked)

Div. 3 – #10 Bonita (9th); 13th Whittier (Not ranked); 15th Damien (Not Ranked)

Div. 4 – #3 South Pasadena (4th); #10 Bishop Amat (Same); #13 La Canada (Not ranked)

Div. 5 – #2= Flintridge Prep (Same)

 

SGV Boys Rankings – Week 6: Claremont Still the Class of the SGV

Claremont again leads the San Gabriel Valley in our second rankings of the year. The Wolfpack scored a win at Stanford over a good field, and (almost) tempo-ed for a win in the Palomares meet – a league that could advance all six teams to CIF.

Teams at the high end of our sport don’t change a lot over the year, so success is usually about making incremental progress and avoiding injury. The one exception is Whittier – who were ranked in the pre-season, and then fell out of the rankings. They’re back at #10, driven by a rarity for a boys team – at frosh #1 runner.

2018 San Gabriel Valley XC Rankings – Week 3

  1. Claremont (Previously – 1st)
  2. La Serna (4th)
  3. Arcadia (3rd)
  4. California (2nd)
  5. Arroyo (5th)
  6. Rowland (6th)
  7. South Pasadena (8th)
  8. Bonita (7th)
  9. Glendora (9th)
  10. Whittier (NR)

Detailed Team Analysis through the Top 15 after the jump

Continue reading SGV Boys Rankings — Week 6: Claremont Still the Class of the SGV

CIF Rankings – Week 6: Bonita Doubles Up

This week, Div. 3 Bonita became the third SGV school to have both its boys and girls teams ranked when the girls entered the rankings at #9, the same rank that the boys have held the past two weeks.

Both Bearcats teams, under the leadership of first-year coaches Amanda Seibert and Tim Davis have relied on strong 1-5 performances more than big frontrunners. They finished 20th (boys) and 17th (girls) in the 2017 CIF Finals and will be looking to move up this year.

Maranatha move out of the Div. 5 boys rankings in the only other in/out change of the week. Next week, the rankings will expand to 16, and we can expect to see 6 to 10 SGV teams added to the 15 ranked this week.

You can view the entire rankings here: Week 6 – 10/8 CIF-SS Rankings

San Gabriel Valley Girls

Div 1 – #7 Walnut (Same)

Div 2 – #1 Claremont (Same)

Div. 3 – #9 Bonita (Not Ranked)

Div. 4 – #5  Bishop Amat (8th); #6 La Cañada (5th); #8 Mayfield (7th)

Div. 5 – #2 Flintridge Prep (Same); #7 Poly (8th)

 

San Gabriel Valley Boys

Div 1 – #6 La Serna (8th); #9 Arcadia (6th)

Div. 2 – #3 Claremont (Same)

Div. 3 – #9 Bonita (Same)

Div. 4 – #4 South Pasadena (5th); #10 Bishop Amat (8th)

Div. 5 – #2= Flintridge Prep (2nd)

Left Rankings: Maranatha – 10th in Div. 5 Last Week

10 SGV Teams in the First 2018 State Rankings

It’s hard to have perspective on track and cross country in California. We are the biggest state, and the CIF Southern Section is bigger than all but three states itself. Just the San Gabriel Valley has more people than 14 states.

That’s why it’s a big deal that ten SGV teams are the first 2018 California State XC Rankings. The SGV has roughly 5% of California’s population, but our schools account for 10% of the spots in the rankings.

Claremont (Boys #3, Girls #1) and Flintridge Prep (Boys #2=, Girls #4) are the the two schools with both teams ranked. Here are the others

  • Boys Div. I: Arcadia 10th
  • Boys Div. IV: South Pasadena 10th
  • Girls Div. I: Walnut 9th
  • Girls Div. IV: La Cañada #6, Mayfield #8, Bishop Amat #9

You can view the entire rankings and commentary by Rich Gonzalez of PrepCalTrack here.

CIF Rankings – Week 5: Holding (Mostly) Steady

There were a few small moves in this week’s CIF-SS ranking, with the only move in or out being California dropping from the Div. 1 rankings after a bit of a rough day at last week’s Del Rio League meet.

Rankings are difficult to do during this part of the season, when teams are racing on different kinds of courses and in wildly differing weather conditions.

At this point, the ratings are (mostly) for fun – but starting with week 7 (October 15th) the rankings expand to 16 at each level. If a team fails to finish in the top half of their league, they can still advance to CIF if they are ranked in the CIF polls twice in the last four weeks of the season.

You can view the entire rankings here: Week 5 – 10/1 CIF-SS Ranking

San Gabriel Valley Girls

Div 1 – #7 Walnut (Same)

Same

Div. 3

Div. 4 – #5 La Cañada (6th); #7 Mayfield (5th); #8 Bishop Amat (Same)

Div. 5 – #2 Flintridge Prep (Same); #8 Poly (#4th)

 

San Gabriel Valley Boys

Div 1 – #6 Arcadia (Same); #8 La Serna (10th)

Div. 2 – #3 Claremont (Same)

Div. 3 – #9 Bonita (Same)

Div. 4 – #5 South Pasadena (Same); #8 Bishop Amat (Same)

Div. 5 – #2= Flintridge Prep (2nd); #10 Maranatha (8th)

Left Rankings: California– 8th in Div. 1 Last Week

CIF Rankings – Week 4: Bonita Moves In

The SGV #7 Bonita boys moved into the CIF SS rankings for the first time this year – entering Div. 3 in the 10th spot. The Bearcats have been solid all year – their most recent achievement was a narrow third place finish Saturday in the very tough Palomares League preview meet.

The Claremont girls are the SGV’s only top-ranked team after the CHS boys and Flintridge Prep boys were bumped from first to third and second, respectively.

SGV #5 Arroyo and #6 Rowland are the highest ranked local boys teams that are unranked in CIF, while #5 Bonita amd #6 La Serna are the top unranked team among the girls.

You can view the entire rankings here: Week 4 CIF Rankings

San Gabriel Valley Girls

Div 1 – #7 Walnut (7th)

Div. 2 – #1 Claremont (1st )

Div. 3

Div. 4 – #5 Mayfield (6th); #6 La Cañada (7th)  #8 Bishop Amat (9th)

Div. 5 – #2 Flintridge Prep (Same); #4 Poly (7th)

Left Rankings: Pomona Catholic – #5 in Div. 5 Last Week

San Gabriel Valley Boys

Div 1 – #6 Arcadia (7th); #8 California (8th); #10 La Serna (10th);

Div. 2 – #3 Claremont (1st)

Div. 3 – #10 Bonita (Not Ranked)

Div. 4 – #5 South Pasadena (4th); #8 Bishop Amat (9th)

Div. 5 – #2 Flintridge Prep (1st); #5 Maranatha (8th)

Left Rankings: Whittier – 10th in Div. 3 Last Week

SGV Boys Rankings – Week 3: Claremont Extends Their Lead

Defending CIF-SS Div. 2 Champs Claremont began the season with a small edge in the pre-season rankings, but off of early performances, the Wolfpack has run away from the field.

Adding a transfer and a soph making a big jump in performance to their scorers, and having seven (!) boys already under 15:00, in a hypothetical SGV meet, Claremont would put 5 in the first 9 and all seven in the first 14.

It’s early, and teams are performing to expectations. Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the early results of Glendora under first-year coach Brandon Ortiz (formerly of Baldwin Park)

These rankings are based only on times achieved in the first three weeks of the season, not on potential. Teams with injured athletes or runners who haven’t competed yet, will likely rise in the rankings later when those athletes run.

2018 San Gabriel Valley XC Rankings – Week 3

  1. Claremont (Pre-Season – 1st)
  2. Arcadia (3rd)
  3. California (4th)
  4. La Serna (2nd)
  5. Arroyo (7th)
  6. Rowland (5th)
  7. Bonita (9th)
  8. South Pasadena (6th)
  9. Glendora (13th)
  10. Flintridge Prep (11th)

Detailed Team Analysis through the Top 15 after the jump

Continue reading SGV Boys Rankings — Week 3: Claremont Extends Their Lead

SGV Girls Rankings – Week 3: Claremont is Way Up

The Claremont girls are three-time defending CIF Champs and two-time defending State Champs, so they came into 2018 as the class of the SGV. But even starting from a high level, the Wolfpack have taken a big step forward. Returning four of their first five from 2017, they’ve add super frosh Maddie Coles (#4 in the SGV) and those four have run an average of 53 seconds faster than at this time last year.

The two biggest surprises have been Bonita and South Pasadena. The Bearcats have made a big collective jump under first-year coach (and Bonita alum) Amanda Seibert, while the Tigers scored two frosh and two big step-ups in their opener.

These rankings are based only on times achieved in the first three weeks of the season, not on potential. Teams with injured athletes or runners who haven’t competed yet, like pre-season #2 Mayfield, will likely rise in the rankings later when those athletes run.

2018 San Gabriel Valley XC Rankings – Week 3

  1. Claremont (Pre-Season – 1st)
  2. Walnut (3rd)
  3. La Cañada (5th)
  4. Bishop Amat (4th)
  5. Bonita (NR)
  6. La Serna (8th)
  7. Arcadia (9th)
  8. California (6th)
  9. South Pasadena (NR)
  10. Glendora (10th)

Detailed Team Analysis through the Top 15 after the jump

Continue reading SGV Girls Rankings — Week 3: Claremont is Way Up

CIF-SS Rankings – Week 3: Cal Boys & Walnut Girls – Case Made

The California boys (8th D1) and Walnut girls (7th D1) rode strong performances in the Woodbridge Invitational Sweepstakes races to jump into the CIF Rankings this week.  Claremont (boys & girls) and the Flintridge Prep boys remain top ranked in their divisions.

The Arroyo boys fell out of the rankings, leaving the SGV with seventeen ranked teams, the most so far this year. The Knights drop is a measure of the size of the challenge they face in their division.

In a bit of a surprise, neither the Bonita boys nor girls are (yet) ranked in Div. 3. While rankings are mostly for fun during the season, qualifying out of the strong Palomares League will be tough, and the Bearcats may need to be ranked to advance to CIF.

You can view the entire rankings here: Week 3 CIF Rankings

SGV Girls

Div 1 – #7 Walnut (Not Ranked Last Week)

Div. 2 – #1 Claremont (1st )

Div. 3

Div. 4 – #6 Mayfield (=4th); #7 La Cañada (7th)  #9 Bishop Amat (9th)

Div. 5 – #2 Flintridge Prep (Same); #5 Pomona Catholic (Same); #7 Poly (Same)

SGV Boys

Div 1 – #7 Arcadia (9th); #8 California (NR); #10 La Serna (6th);

Div. 2 – #1 Claremont (#2)

Div. 3 – #10 Whittier (10th)

Div. 4 – #4 South Pasadena (Same); #9 Bishop Amat (8th )

Div. 5 – #1 Flintridge Prep (Same); #8 Maranatha (6th)

Left Rankings:  Arroyo – #9 Div. 2 last week