These are the final rankings of the 2011 CIF-SS Cross Country Season. From this point on, everything is sorted out by the teams racing head to head on the same dirt paths and giant hills (or flat pavement, if it rains) at Mt.SAC on Saturday, November 12.
A season high twenty San Gabriel Valley teams were ranked . . . → Read More: Week Nine CIF Rankings: the Last One on Paper (or Pixels)
Getting caught up, there was little local XC Invite action in week eight, with only last Friday’s Apache Invite attracting the SGV schools. But there were a number of early league finals, including the Camino Del Rey Association and the Prep League locally, plus County meets in other part of the Southern Section to move the . . . → Read More: Week Eight CIF Rankings: Just a Little Movement
Again, this is why we run the races. Arcadia ran very well in the tough Mt.SAC Team Sweepstakes, turning in the SGV’s best performance of the weekend. Unlike the boys, where several ranked team’s stumbled on the famous 2.93-mile course, the girls teams all either surged forward or held their places. Also unlike the boys, where . . . → Read More: SGV Girls Rankings II: Arcadia Out in Front
Arcadia holds the top spot in our second ranking of the 2011 season for San Gabriel Valley Cross Country. All of the SGV’s top teams ran at last weekend’s Mt.SAC Invitational, and the results created quite a bit of movement in the rankings. While the Apaches are still on top, their team depth is now merely . . . → Read More: SGV Boys Rankings II: Damien & Don Bosco Move Up, Flintridge Prep Moves In
Pomona Catholic at Mt.SAC
“Yeah, but let’s see how they do at Mt.SAC”.
That’s a frequent response to a team that runs well in it’s opening meets, especially if it’s been on a flat course. But now that almost everyone has run at Mt.SAC, we know.
The rankings of three boys teams, California, Glendora, and Webb didn’t survive . . . → Read More: Week Seven CIF Rankings: Now We Know
The SGV ran very well at last weekend’s Mt.SAC Invitational. The Arcadia boys and girls were the top teams, and the Apache’s Sergio Gonzalez and Veronica Yamane were the top local athletes on a weekend that saw nine girls break 19:00 and seventeen boys go under 16:00 despite the heat on Friday and Saturday afternoons. In this article, we want to go a bit deeper in analyzing the SGV’s performances
The San Gabriel Valley has about 2
3 million residents. If we were a state, we’d be about the size of New Mexico. The Southern Section has (roughly) about 19 million residents, about equal in size to Florida. Because of the size and excellence of the Southern Section’s many excellent athletes and teams, runners that would be State meet athletes in most states get lost in the shuffle at CIF prelims or in some cases, don’t even make it out of league! (ED: Not enough coffee – the SGV is 2 million people (and that is the size of New Mexico) so the merge should include just 11 schools. Next time…)
This is why we’ve developed events like the SGV Track and Field Championships, where athletes can have a place to compete that is bigger than league but more attainable than CIF, and it’s why we’ve created this website.
So how would things have turned out if it were just the SGV competing at Mt.SAC in our own championship? If we kept the same proportion as the CIF-SS finals (80 teams in finals for 19 million people) would have 13 teams in our Championship heat. So to that end, you can see these two merges of the top 13 SGV teams from the Mt.SAC Invite. Even though they ran at different times and in different weather, we didn’t adjust the times – we just plugged in each teams Varsity times and did a merge as if they were in the same meet.
We also took a guess at trying to adjust for the heat in the afternoons, and after the jump you can see the top 13 teams by time and the top 14 athletes after the adjustments, showing that if we can all run when it’s cool, our athletes will turn in some extraordinary times.
Continue reading SGV at Mt.SAC – Combined & Adjusted
This is why we run the races. Arcadia came out blazing, running an amazing 89:20 at Woodbridge, outpacing SGV rivals Bonita by nearly four minutes. But a month later on the hills of Mt.SAC at Saturday’s SGV One on One Challenge, the Bearcats had turned the tables and bested the now short-handed Apache’s by 30 seconds. . . . → Read More: SGV Girls Team Rankings: Bonita by a Bit
In the early weeks of the season, the rankings are mostly just for fun. September is a long time from November, and Woodbridge is not Mt. SAC. But beginning this week, the CIF – Southern Section rankings take on a real importance. Any team ranked in the top 13 twice in the last four weeks of . . . → Read More: Week Six Rankings: This One Counts!
Rankings in Cross Country are notoriously difficult. Teams run on flat courses and hilly courses, and in different weather, so that even schools running on the same course on the same day, as will probably happen at Mt.SAC this Saturday, can face very different conditions.
That said, here’s our first attempt to rank the 70 schools of . . . → Read More: SGV Boys Team Rankings: Arcadia Still #1 in the SGV
The big news is that for the first time in over a year, the Arcadia boys are no longer ranked #1. There is really nothing that they did to lose their place, turning in an easy win and team CR at the Central Park Invite. It’s just that Div. I rival Rancho Cucamonga finally put it . . . → Read More: Week 5 Rankings: Arcadia No Longer #1, Mayfield & Flintridge Prep Move Up