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CIF-SS Polls – Week 1: We’re Up to 14

The California and St. Paul boys teams rode strong opening performances to move into the rankings this week.

This puts fourteen SGV schools among the top 100 schools of the massive CIF Southern Section. These early season rankings are still mostly projections – the rankings matter in October when they can become the basis for advancing to the CIF championships.

Here are the Week 1 CIF Rankings

SGV Boys

  • Div I: La Serna – #8 (9th last week); California – #9 (Not Ranked)
  • Div II: Claremont – #4 (4th)
  • Div III: Arroyo – #4 (6th); Bonita – #9 (5th),
  • Div IV: South Pasadena – #10 (10th)
  • Div V: Flintridge Prep – #4 (4th); St. Paul – 10th (NR)

SGV Girls

  • Div I:
  • Div II: Claremont – #1 (1st last week)
  • Div III: Bonita – #7 (6th)
  • Div IV: La Cañada – #3 (3rd), South Pasadena – #6 (6th), Mayfield – #7 (7th)
  • Div V: Flintridge Prep – #5 (5th)

CIF Pre-Season Polls: 12 SGV Programs Ranked to Start the Year

Six SGV boys team and six girls are ranked in the Top 10 in the initial 2019 CIF Southern Section Rankings.

Unlike most other sports, where teams are divided into many divisions, based on attempts to balance competitive equity, cross country is organized into just divisions, based solely on enrollment.

Here are the Pre-Season Rankings

  • Div I Boys: La Serna – #9
  • Div II Boys: Claremont – #4
  • Div III Boys: Bonita – #5, Arroyo – #6
  • Div IV Boys: South Pasadena – #10
  • Div V Boys: Flintridge Prep – #4

 

  • Div I Girls:
  • Div II Girls: Claremont – #1
  • Div III Girls: Bonita – #6
  • Div IV Girls: La Cañada – #3, South Pasadena – #6, Mayfield – #7
  • Div V Girls: Flintridge Prep – #5

 

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

Claremont Leads SGV Division I Final Rankings

As expected, overall SGV leaders Claremont lead the boys and girls SGV Div. I Rankings. This new ranking system adjusts school enrollment according to demographic factors (explained here), and divides the 78 schools of the SGV into three divisions.

You’ll see that several of the teams below didn’t enjoy a great deal of “success” in 2018, due to unadjusted enrollment divisions and league assignments. These rankings evaluate teams in true, “apples to apples” fashion.

These specific rankings are based on a merge of the top 11 or 12 teams in the division, using each team’s last race up through CIF finals. For teams that did not advance to prelims, times were adjusted to the equivalent at the Riverside XC course. The goal is to try to determine what would happen if these had met up in their final race.

And since there are only 18 teams in SGV Div I compared to 26 in Div II and 34 in Div III two divisions, these rankings go to 7.

San Gabriel Valley Girls – Div I

  1. Claremont (CIF Div. 2) – the Wolfpack defended all of their titles. 2018 saw them win their seventh straight League Championship, and third straight CIF and State crowns in the very though Div. 2. Clearly the class of our region.
  2. Walnut (CIF Div. 1) – The Mustangs finally broke through to advance to the State Meet, where they finished an excellent 4th. The were sixth at CIF Finals and once again Hacienda Champs and were nearly as far ahead of the rest as Claremont
  3. California (CIF Div. 1) – defended their Del Rio Championship in a rebuilding year, but were not able to advance from Prelims. They ranked 4th overall in the SGV.
  4. Arcadia (CIF Div. 1) – graduating six of seven from 2017’s State Meet team, this year was always a battle. The team ran well to advance from their league and then ran their best race of the year at Prelims, where they were three spots short of advancing. The Apaches were 7th overall in the SGV
  5. La Serna (CIF Div. 1) – nearly reached California in their league meet, and then finished their season with a solid CIF Prelims performance. They ranked 10th in the SGV
  6. Glendora (CIF Div. 1) – stuck in the really strong Palomares league with four other CIF teams, the Tartans ended their season at league finals and ranked 14th in the SGV
  7. Bishop Amat (CIF Div. 4) – had a bit of an off day at CIF Finals, where they were 13th, ending their streak five straight State Meet appearances. They ranked 11th in the SGV.

San Gabriel Valley Boys – Div I

  1. Claremont (CIF Div. 2) – like the girls, the CHS boys notched their seventh consecutive league win and finished second at CIF and were third at State in a year when Div. 2 was extraordinarily strong at the top. Easily #1 in the SGV overall
  2. California (CIF Div. 1) – were up and down through the year, but excellent from League Finals on. They defended their Del Rio titles, and were 7th at CIF, finishing their season with a 13th-place finish at the State Meet. They ranked 2nd overall in the SGV
  3. La Serna (CIF Div. 1) – ran well all year, and finishing just behind Cal at League and at CIF Finals, where they were 8th. This was the Lancers best year ever, and they were #3 overall in the SGV.
  4. Arcadia (CIF Div. 1) – while not hurt quite as much as the girls by graduation, this was also a rebuild or reload year for the Apaches. They were second in the strong Pacific League, and were 12th at CIF Finals. They ranked #5 overall in the SGV.
  5. Rowland (CIF Div. 2) – held back a bit by nagging injuries to their top runners, the Raiders defended their Valle Vista title and advanced to CIF finals for the third year straight, finishing 16th. They were #6 overall in the SGV.
  6. Bonita (CIF Div. 3) – were third in the really tough Palomares league alongside bigger (and demographically similar) D1 & D2 schools. They ran well at CIF Finals to finish 10th, and ranked 7th in the SGV.
  7. Glendora (CIF Div. 1) – are also in the Palomares. They ran well but were still sixth in the League meet, ending their season there.. The Tartans were 9th overall in the SGV

Div I Girls Merge of Final Race Results

Div I Boys Merge of Final Race Results

Mayfield and Arroyo SGV Div II Final Rankings

Annual State Meet qualifier Mayfield and the best Arroyo team since their glory years top the initial girls and boys San Gabriel Valley Division II Rankings. This new ranking system adjusts school enrollment according to demographic factors (explained here), and divides the 78 schools of the SGV into three divisions.

You’ll see that several of the teams below didn’t enjoy a great deal of “success” in 2018, due to unadjusted enrollment divisions and league assignments. These rankings evaluate teams in true, “apples to apples” fashion.

These specific rankings are based on a merge of the top 15 teams in the division, using each team’s last race up through CIF finals. For teams that did not advance to prelims, times were adjusted to the equivalent at the Riverside XC course. The goal is to try to determine what would happen if these had met up in their final race.

(These rankings will be updated with further comments later today. Click here to see what we did for Div. III)

San Gabriel Valley Girls – Div II

  1. Mayfield (CIF Div. 4) – the Cubs didn’t quite have the season they’d hoped for – 2nd in the Prep League, 5th at CIF and 7th at State, but they were clearly the best in our Div. II and were ranked 3rd overall in the SGV.
  2. South Pasadena (CIF Div. 4) – made one of the biggest jumps in the region over the course of the season, powered by two frosh and big developments from their returners. Rio Hondo champs, they just missed advancing to the State meet with a 9th place finish at CIF Finals and ranked 5th overall in the SGV.
  3. Arroyo (CIF Div. 2) – the Knights had a bit of a rough day at CIF Finals, where they 22nd. This was third straight trip to Finals after successfully defending their Mission Valley Championship, and they ranked 6th overall in the SGV.
  4. Flintridge Sacred Heart (CIF Div. 4) – ran a excellent race at CIF Finals, finishing 12th, up from 15th the year before. The Tologs ranked 9th overall in the SGV.
  5. Santa Fe (CIF Div. 2) – the Chiefs were third but nearly first in the tough Del Rio League, and then missed their first ever spot in CIF Finals by just four points! They ranked 15th overall in the SGV
  6. La Cañada (CIF Div. 4) – were ranked higher during the year, but a key injury left them second in the Rio Hondo and only 15th in CIF Finals. They were 12th overall in the SGV.
  7. Covina (CIF Div. 4) – the Colts easily defended their Valle Vista championship, and advanced to CIF Finals for the fifth straight year, where they finished 18th.
  8. St. Lucy’s (CIF Div. 4) – are stuck in a league with schools three and four times their size. They finished their season with a fourth place finish in the Baseline League Finals.
  9. San Dimas (CIF Div. 4) – This was the Saints best year ever. They advanced to CIF Finals for the first time, where they were 23rd, after finishing second in the Valle Vista League
  10. Whittier (CIF Div. 3) – another school stuck in a strong league with bigger schools, the Cardinals ended their season with a fourth place finish in the Del Rio Final.

San Gabriel Valley Boys – Div II

  1. Arroyo (CIF Div. 2) – the Knights defended their Mission Valley championship and returned to CIF Finals for the second straight year. They finished 10th in the brutally challenging Div. 2, and ranked 4th overall in the San Gabriel Valley.
  2. South Pasadena (CIF Div. 4) – the Tigers moved from strength to strength in 2018, winning the Rio Hondo league, finishing 4th at CIF Finals and advancing to State for the first time since 1989, where they finished 10th. They ranked 8th in the SGV overall.
  3. Whittier (CIF Div. 3) – facing an uphill challenge after graduating most of their 2017 State Meet team, the Cardinals finished a strong third in the Del Rio Finals and advance to CIF Finals for the second time in many years. There were 16th at CIF, and ranked 13th overall in the SGV.
  4. South Hills (CIF Div. 3) – with one of their best teams in years, the Huskies were third in the Hacienda League and advanced to CIF Finals for the first time since 2009. They were an excellent 15th at Finals and ranked 10th overall in the SGV. They rank behind Whittier here do to the vagaries of XC scoring
  5. El Rancho (CIF Div. 1) – facing an uphill battle in a strong league, the Dons finished 4th in the Del Rio Finals
  6. Los Altos (CIF Div. 3) – build over the year, they were second over SGV Div. II #4 South Hills. They also advanced to CIF Finals, the first time since 2014, where they finished 22nd.
  7. Santa Fe (CIF Div. 2) – facing the same circumstances as El Rancho, the Chiefs finished the year with 5th-place finish in the Del Rio League.
  8. Wilson (CIF Div. 4) – improved a lot over the year, and finished with their best race for 4th in the Hacienda Final.
  9. La Cañada (CIF Div. 4) – second in the Rio Hondo League, the Spartans advanced to CIF Finals for the third consecutive year, where they were 22nd.
  10. Bosco Tech (CIF Div. 4) – finished an excellent 3rd in the Del Rey League to advance to CIF for the first time since 2014. They were ranked higher earlier in the year, but had a bit of a rough day at prelims to finish here.

SGV Girls Div II Merge of Final Results

SGV Boys Div II Merge of Final Results

Flintridge Prep & Pioneer Lead SGV Div III Final Rankings

Perennial power Flintridge Prep and fast rising Pioneer top the initial girls and boys San Gabriel Valley Division III Rankings. This new ranking system adjusts school enrollment according to demographic factors (explained here), and divides the 78 schools of the SGV into three divisions.

You’ll see that several of the teams below didn’t enjoy a great deal of “success” in 2018, due to unadjusted enrollment divisions and league assignments. These rankings evaluate teams in true, “apples to apples” fashion.

These specific rankings are based on a merge of the top 15 teams in the division, using each team’s last race up through CIF finals. For teams that did not advance to prelims, times were adjusted to the equivalent at the Riverside XC course. The goal is to try to determine what would happen if these had met up in their final race.

San Gabriel Valley Girls – Div III

  1. Flintridge Prep  (CIF Div. 5) – the Rebels finished third in Div. V at the California State Championships. This ended a four year state winning streak, but also marked their sixth straight year on the State Podium. There were also Prep League Champions and 2nd in Div. 5 CIF-SS Finals, and were ranked ninth overall in the San Gabriel Valley
  2. Rosemead  (CIF Div. 3) – the Mission Valley runners-up were tenth in the Div. 3 CIF-SS Finals, their best finish in many years. The Panthers were ranked 13th overall in the SGV
  3. South El Monte  (CIF Div. 4) – fourth in the Mission Valley League, the Eagles were the SGV’s 20th best team at CIF Prelims while just missing a spot in the Div 4 Finals.
  4. Bell Gardens  (CIF Div. 1) – were second in the Almont League Finals, and ranked 24th among SGV teams at CIF Prelims.
  5. Poly  (CIF Div. 5) – Advanced to CIF Finals in Div 5 for the ninth year in a row, where they finished 14th. They were third in the Prep League
  6. St. Paul (CIF Div. 4) – stuck in a very difficult league, they finished the season with a 4th place finish in the Del Rey League Final.
  7. Pomona Catholic (CIF Div. 5) – several time CIF finalists, PC was promoted to the stronger Del Rey League and failed to advance to CIF, finishing fifth.
  8. Ramona Convent (CIF Div. 5) – finished second in the Horizon League, and advanced to CIF Finals in Div. 5 for the first time in many years, maybe ever. The Tigers finished 19th in Riverside.
  9. Gladstone  (CIF Div. 4) – had one of their best teams in many years, finishing second in the Montview League and advanced to CIF Prelims
  10. Webb (CIF Div. 5) – a long-time prep school power, they were San Joaquin champs, and advanced to CIF Div 5 Finals, finishing 21st

San Gabriel Valley Boys – Div III

  1. Pioneer  (CIF Div. 4) – the Titans have been on the rise, and benefited from a move this year from the powerful Del Rio League to the new 605 League. They bossed their new league, winning the championship with just 19 point. Advancing to CIF Finals for the first time, they finished a solid 11th in Div 4, and were ranked 12th overall in the San Gabriel Valley.
  2. Flintridge Prep (CIF Div. 5) – 2018 was a season of near misses. First in the Prep League, they were second in CIF-SS Div 5 and sixth at the State Meet. The Rebels were also second to Pioneer by just one point in the merge used for these rankings. They ranked 14th overall in the SGV.
  3. Azusa  (CIF Div. 4) – were big winners in the Montview League, and advanced to CIF Finals in Div 4 for the second year in a row, where they finished 23rd.
  4. Rosemead  (CIF Div. 3) – the Mission Valley runners-up had the SGV’s 22nd best performance at CIF Prelims, missing a spot in the Div 3 Finals by just 4 points.
  5. Baldwin Park  (CIF Div. 3) This team developed a lot over the season, but did not peak as high as previous years. Third in the Valle Vista League, their season ended at Prelims for the first time since 2014.
  6. El Monte  (CIF Div. 3) – fourth in the Mission Valley League, the Lions finished the year at CIF Prelims for the third year in a row.
  7. Webb  (CIF Div. 5) – The Gauls powered their way to the San Joaquin championship  and advanced to CIF Finals for the third year in a row, where they finished 17th.
  8. St. Paul  (CIF Div. 5) – the first of three teams that did not advance out of their leagues, the Swordsmen were stuck behind bigger schools in the Del Rey, where they were 5th
  9. South El Monte  (CIF Div. 4) – The Eagles were also fifth in their league, but ran well enough in the Mission Valley Final to rank 9th here.
  10. La Salle  (CIF Div. 4) – finished just ahead of St. Paul in the Del Rey Final, but finish just behind them here in the vagaries of cross country scoring.

Div III Girls Merge of Final Race Results

Div III Boys Merge of Final Race Results

SGV Boys Final Team Rankings: Claremont All Year Long

Season long leader Claremont confirmed their status in the San Gabriel Valley’s final ranking for the 2018 Cross Country Season. The pre-season #1 Wolfpack won the tough Palomares League and finished second in the CIF-SS Div. 2 finals in a historically strong year.  These rankings are a merge of the adjusted results from the top 20 teams’ final race of the year through CIF Finals (see below for more details & rationale)

SGV #1 Earlier This Year at the Manhattan XC Invite

San Gabriel Valley Boys Cross Country Rankings

  1. Claremont (Previously 1)
  2. California (2)
  3. La Serna (3)
  4. Arroyo (5)
  5. Arcadia (4)
  6. Rowland (6)
  7. Bonita (7)
  8. South Pasadena (9)
  9. Glendora (8)
  10. South Hills (13)
  11. Damien (10)
  12. Pioneer (15)
  13. Whittier (11)
  14. Flintridge Prep (Not Ranked)
  15. Walnut (12)
Left the Rankings
  • Bishop Amat (14)

There wasn’t a great deal of movement from the previous rankings, which was a merge of league finals results, as our region’s best teams acquitted themselves well in their biggest races.

The rankings were pretty stable over the year, too, as the final Top 10 were all ranked in the first 15 in our Pre-Season Rankings. The biggest move up from 15th to 10th was from South Hills, who advanced to CIF Finals for the first time since 2009.

605 League Champ’s Pioneer, Hacienda champs Walnut and Damien were unranked in pre-season but made the final 15. The Titans advanced to the CIF-SS Div 4 finals, for probably the first time, while the Mustangs ran progressively better all year. Damien was a disappointing fourth at their league meet while running with injuries, but still competed well enough rank #11th in our region.

After the jump, the final merge with its rationale, along with the pre-season rankings. Continue reading SGV Boys Final Team Rankings: Claremont All Year Long

SGV Girls Final Team Rankings – Claremont & Walnut Way Out Front

As they’d been all year, State Meet finalists Claremont and Walnut were easily the top two teams in the final ranking for the San Gabriel Valley Cross Country season. These rankings are a merge of the adjusted results from the top 20 teams’ final race of the year through CIF Finals (see below for more details & rationale)

CIF Finalists Arroyo jumped from 14 in the Pre-Season Rankings to rank 6th

San Gabriel Valley Girls Cross Country Rankings

  1. Claremont (Previously 1)
  2. Walnut (2)
  3. Mayfield (7)
  4. California (5)
  5. South Pasadena (3)
  6. Arroyo (4)
  7. Arcadia (12)
  8. Flintridge Prep (9)
  9. Flintridge Sacred Heart (Not Ranked)
  10. La Serna (10)
  11. Bishop Amat (6)
  12. La Cañada (8)
  13. Rosemead (14)
  14. Glendora (NR)
  15. Santa Fe (13)
Left the Rankings
  • #11 Bonita
  • #15 Alhambra

Some teams performed particularly well in their biggest race, while some struggled, which accounts for the big movements in the rankings.

Mayfield, and Flintridge Sacred Heart had particularly good days at CIF Finals after so-so league meets. Arcadia and California ran really well at Prelims, but failed to advance in the brutally difficult CIF-SS Div. 1.

#5 South Pasadena were unranked in our Pre-Season Rankings (see below) so they made the biggest jump over the season. Led by two strong frosh and excellent progress from the remaining girls, the Tigers were league champs and 9th in CIF-SS Div. 4.

#6 Arroyo were the other big movers. Ranked 14th at the start of the year, they defended the league title and returned again to CIF Finals. They had a strong team progression and finished well despite missing their #2 to injury. They’ll return six of their first seven next year.

After the jump, the final merge with its rationale, along with the pre-season rankings. Continue reading SGV Girls Final Team Rankings — Claremont & Walnut Way Out Front

SGV Boys Rankings – Post Finals: Steady On

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.

San Gabriel Valley Boys Cross Country Rankings

  1. Claremont (Previously 1)
  2. California (2)
  3. La Serna (5)
  4. Arcadia (3)
  5. Arroyo (4)
  6. Rowland (8)
  7. Bonita (6)
  8. Glendora (9)
  9. South Pasadena (7)
  10. Damien (10)
  11. Whittier (13)
  12. Walnut (15)
  13. South Hills (12)
  14. Bishop Amat (14)
  15. Pioneer (15)