Category Archives: Top Performances

Six Athletes with Seven All-Time Performances on the Championship Courses

Arroyo’s Saket Sama, along with Nick DiConti at last year’s MVL Meet

Championship cross country for SGV schools is run over two courses. The State Championship has been held since its beginning in 1987 on the rolling 5000m course at Woodward Park in Fresno. For many years, the Southern Section Championships and several league championships were held on the hilly 2.93 mile course at Mt.SAC. But with Mt.SAC’s prolonged renovations and the apparent preferences of Southern Section officials, the CIF meets have, since 2016, been held on the mostly flat 3 mile Riverside Cross Country Course.

Jonathan Zavala from Wilson

We’ve created the San Gabriel Valley All-Time Top 50 Performers lists for all three of these courses. The lists include times from all the meets held on these three courses, so they include results from CIF Prelims, and the Mt.SAC, Riverside and Clovis Invites, and from the years when the National XC champs were run at Woodward Park.

SGV athletes all made their first visits to the three courses this month, with five athletes joining the All-Time Top 50 for the first time, and one improving his place.

South Pas soph Sydney Morrow at last year’s RHL meet

At the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno on October 12, South Pasadena soph Sydney Morrow announced her arrival among the SGV elite with 18:21/4th place finish in the Medium Schools race. Sydney now ranks =34th All-Time SGV on this course.

At the Riverside Invitational last Saturday, Gerald Beltzer (La Serna, Sr) moved up to 21st A-T SGV on this 3 mile course with his 15:16/7th place finish in the Div. 1 race. Previously ranked on this course with his 15:25 from CIF Finals last year, Gerald moves up to #21 A-T SGV. He’s joined in the top 50 by Wilson’s Jonathan Zavala, whose big senior year advanced with another big step – a 15:30 finish, good for =46th A-T SGV.

Maddie Franco

Also at Riverside, La Serna senior Maddie Franco – able to compete in Varsity races this year after transferring last year, made up for lost time with a 18:23/9th place finish in the D1 race. She now ranks =39th A-T SGV.

This past weekend at the Mt.SAC Invitational, South Pas soph Sydney Morrow earned her second spot on the All-Times lists. She was 3rd/18:14 in the Div. 3/4/5 Sweepstakes race in the heat of Friday afternoon and now ranks =39th A-T SGV.

Pasadena’s Isaiah Givens

Also on Friday, Arroyo junior Saket Sama took a huge step forward with a 2nd/15:09 finish in the boys Div.3/4/5 sweeps. He’s now =34th SGV on the course. Pasadena soph Isaiah Givens was the winner of the Div. 3/4/5 individual Sweepstakes in 15:11, and now ranks =41st All-Time SGV here.

You can view the All-Time Lists for all three courses here:

Since most schools do not maintain all-time lists, these lists are the best I can do by scouring the internet for available results. Please send additions or corrections to the lists to Bob Ramsey at bramseyjr@gmail.com

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!

Osvaldo Cervantes – SGV Athlete of the Week (Week 3)

Osvaldo Cervantes picked a pretty big stage to open his 2018 season – the Sweepstakes race at the massive Woodbridge Invitational. But he kept his head (and his feet!) to finish 40th in a lifetime best 14:45 – #3 in the SGV so far, and that makes him our Athlete of the Week for Week 3.

Osvaldo is no stranger to big stages – his last XC meet was the State Championships, and he was 5th at last season’s CIF Div. 3 Finals. Coming off an injury marred junior track season, Osvaldo is ready for big things this year. Click the link and let him tell you his story…

Noah Hibbard – SGV Athlete of the Week (Wk 2)

Arroyo senior Noah Hibbard is our first SGV Athlete of the Week for 2018, on the strength of his dominating win at the Rosemead Invitational. His 14:28 at Rosemead was the fastest ever for a SGV athlete on that course.

Noah is the defending Mission Valley League champ, and finished 14th at last year’s CIF-SS Div. 2 Finals. His win on Saturday was nearly a minute faster than his time there last year, so both he and his team have set their sights much higher for 2018.

So here our first interview (Noah is great, but the quality is a little choppy – we’ll get better)

Chloe Arriaga Named SGVN Athlete of the Week

King’s Lauren Peurifoy and Walnut’s Chloe Arriaga battle for the lead during the Girls Division 1 CIF-Southern Section Cross Country Finals at Riverside City Cross Country Course in Riverside Saturday, November 18, 2017. FRANK BELLINO, THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

Walnut senior Chloe Arriaga has been named the San Gabriel Valley News Group’s girl Athlete of the Week, on the strength of her dominating win at last Saturday’s Fastback Invitational. 

Chloe and the Mustangs race next on Saturday at the Rosemead Invitational. 

Read all about it here: https://www.sgvtribune.com/2018/09/04/sgvn-girls-athlete-of-the-week-chloe-arriaga-walnut/

It’s a Crowd atop the 2018 Boys All-SGV Honors

2018 was a solid year for our boys as the top athletes and the top teams were tightly bunched in the final 2018 All-San Gabriel Valley Track & Field lists.

Arroyo’s Noah Hibbard

Four boys each earned All-SGV honors in three events: Chuma Azinga (San Marino, Sr) – 110 hurdles, High Jump & Triple Jump; and Ryan Cowgill (Claremont, Jr), Xian Shively (Poly, Sr), and Noah Hibbard (Arroyo, Jr) each in the 800m, 1600m & 3200m. But Noah was the only athlete to also place in the California Top 100 in each his three All-SGV events, so he earns top honors for 2018.

Monrovia bunched performances in the sprints, hurdles & relays to led all schools with 9 All-SGV performers and relays, followed closely by California, Claremont and La Serna with seven each.

The All-San Gabriel Valley Standard is 98% of the 100th best mark achieved in California in each event the previous year.  An average of 8.3 boys met the standard in each event, while 2.8 per event ranked among California’s 100 best.

The SGV’s best event was the 800m, where a whopping 19 boys earned All-SGV status, with five ranking in the State 100.

You can download and view the complete 2018 Boys Track and Field All-San Gabriel Valley list here: 18 Final All SGV Boys

Arcadia’s Yen leads 2018 All-SGV Girls Lists

Arcadia’s Stephanie Yen competes in the varsity girls long jump during the San Gabriel Valley track and field Championships at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, Calif., on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Libby Cline)

Arcadia senior Stephanie Yen who will be attending UCLA this Fall, was 2018’s top All-San Gabriel Valley performer, meeting the All-SGV standard in five events: 200m, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, Long Jump and Triple Jump.

Stephanie’s marks in the long hurdles and long jump also ranked in the California Top 100 for 2018, and the mark in the latter event, 18-04.50, leaves her ranked #28 on the SGV All-Time Performers List.

Bonita led all schools with 13 All-SGV performers and relays, followed closely by Arcadia and Claremont with twelve each.

The All-San Gabriel Valley Standard is 98% of the 100th best mark achieved in California in each event the previous year.  An average of 6.6 girls met the standard in each event, while 3.8 per event ranked among California’s 100 best.

Our girls’ best event was the 3200m, where 14 girls met the standard, with 7 ranking in the State 100.

You can download and view the complete 2018 Girls Track and Field All-San Gabriel Valley list here: 18 Final All-SGV Girls

Rio Hondo Hurdlers Lead Girls in Week 11

The girls of the SGV had an outstanding League Finals week with twelve All-Time Performances.  Even more astoundingly, four of those twelve came in the 300 hurdles, and three came in the same race, with two from the same team!

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In the hurdle races, these are the real opponents

Friday’s Rio Hondo League Final was the site of that historic race, where three of the seven finalists achieved All-Time results.  Tops was 100 hurdles leader Syndey Mosley (Sr, Monrovia) – her 44.99 was a 1.4 PR and makes her #29 A-T SGV.

She was followed by two South Pasadena athletes – Alexis Mora (Jr) – 45.18 (1.50 PR) and  Kate Kutzer (So) – 45.49 (a nearly 2 second PR), and they now rank #36 & #42 respectively on the All-Time lists.  And this great race makes these three girls our collective Athletes of the Week.

Here are the other All-Time Performers from Week 11

  • Sarah Troescher (Jr, Arcadia) – 100: 12.15/#41=,  200: 25.07/#47
  • Lauren Buehner (Fr, Arcadia) 400: 56.54/#24
  • Samantha Huerta (Jr, La Mirada) 1600: 5:01.15/#16
  • Ally Palomino (So, Bishop Amat) 1600: 5:01.42/#17
  • Kayla Grahn (Sr, Flintridge Sacred Heart) 3200: 11:03.50/#26
  • Helen Tade (Sr, Gabrielino) 100H: 14.90/#32
  • Shalee Reynolds (So, Glendora) 300H: 45.58/#43
  • Crystal Rodriguez (Sr, El Rancho) Shot: 37-10/#43

Week 11 saw 38 athletes and relays meet the 2015 All-San Gabriel Valley Standards for the first time, and 20 others improve on their marks.

You can view the entire list here: 15-5-9 All-SGV Girls