Forty-five schools will compete in this year’s SGV Champs, with athletes from some of the strongest programs in the state along with athletes from very small schools, all competing together in the same events to see who is the boss of the SGV.
Arcadia is the defending boys team champion while the Claremont girls came out on . . . → Read More: Preview: 2012 SGV T&F Championships
Some of the SGV’s big guns roll into action, as seven ranked teams will compete in four league meets. Arcadia will try to hold the top spot in the Pacific League at their home Arcadia Park, while the Bonita girls will try to continue their rule of the Hacienda League, competing at Mt.SAC – the girls individual race ought to be excellent in this league. The Rio Hondo League, racing at Lacy Park in San Marino, features four ranked teams – the South Pasadena and San Marino boys and the South Pas and La Cañada girls, which should make for some great battles. The Almont League will wrap things up at Legg Lake
Previews of each league after the jump
Continue reading Preview: Thursday’s League Finals
In Wednesday’s League Championship Finals, two ranked teams will go to the line – Flintridge Sacred Heart (Div. IV #10) in the tough Mission League, the Rosemead (SGV #10) girls, who will look to close out the Mission Valley League. Today also features competition in the dynamic Montview League and the finals for two small girls . . . → Read More: Preview: Wednesday’s League Finals
Here we go. As you can see from the coverage below, eight SGV teams and one individual have already advanced to the November 11 CIF Prelims at Mt.SAC and the rest get going on Tuesday with two on the Mt.SAC course itself. The Glendora girls will be looking to win their first league title ever at the Baseline Finals at Mt.SAC, which will share the course with the tough Sierra League. The Damien boys are hoping to continue their climb to the top with a league title and the Claremont girls will try to unseat Ayala from the top spot.
The Covina boys and Northview girls will look to confirm their leads in the Valle Vista Finals, held on the flatter Lake course at Bonelli Park. Flintridge Sacred Heart will look to move up to the top in the tough Mission League at the hilly Crescenta Valley Park.
Previews of Each of the Meets After the Jump
Continue reading Preview: Tuesday’s League Finals
This weekend was supposed to be a quiet one, lying between the week’s cluster meets and next weekend’s huge Mt.SAC Invitational, at which almost the entire SGV will take part.
However, rain during the previous week moved last weekend’s SGV 1 on 1 Challenge back to this Saturday. This meet, which despite the name is open to . . . → Read More: Week Six Preview: First Crack at Mt.SAC
Del Rio Boys
A very big, very busy week is ahead as almost every team in the SGV will have its second cluster meet.
The second meet is often the most fun, and the most competitive, with teams looking to extend their dominance or to avenge an earlier loss. The athletes are several more weeks fit, so the performances are almost always better. And with the San Gabriel Valley 1 on 1 Challenge postponed until next Saturday, many of these teams will be very well rested!
On Tuesday, 10/11 the Camino del Rey Association will meet at Griffith Park in Los Angles, while the Sierra League will run at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, this time on the 3-mile Invite Course.
Wednesday, 10/12 has four SGV leagues in action: the Baseline at Red Hill Park in Alta Loma, the Hacienda at Bonelli on the Lake Course, the Mission Valley at Legg Lake in South El Monte, and the Valle Vista at Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights.
On Thursday the 13th, the Montview (as always) will be at Schbarum, while the Pacific and Rio Hondo will both be at the hilly Crescenta Valley Park.
The highly competitive Del Rio League will face off on Friday, 10/14 at La Mirada Regional Park.
Previews for Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s Meets after the jump
Continue reading Preview: Second Round of Cluster Meets for All!
Every ambitious XC team has plans to travel to Fresno on Thanksgiving weekend for the California State Meet. Many of those teams like to get in a practice race on the same course by running in this weekend’s Clovis Invitational, run over the same rolling, 5000 meter course at Woodward Park.
Only three four of the SGV’s . . . → Read More: Week 5 Preview – Clovis! (SGV 1 on 1 Postponed)
Many teams take a break in this fourth weekend of the season. It comes just after the first wave of clusters meets and just before the second wave as well as next weekend’s big Clovis Invitational and the local SGV Challenge at Mt.SAC. And many of the teams that are racing will be holding out their top varsity runners, which will give a new set of athletes a chance to shine.
The biggest local meet is the Top Speed Running Super XC Classic hosted by South Hills at Bonelli Park over a somewhat slow, but spectator friendly, 3-mile course. Ten SGV teams will run on the super-fast 3-mile course at the Warren/Stauffer Invite at Hollydale Park in South Gate. The Staub/Barnes Invite at Crescenta Valley Park features a hilly course that runs similarly to Mt.SAC, and will have 12 SGV schools in the field. The excellent Brea Invitational at Carbon Canyon Park includes six teams from the SGV, racing over a tough 5K course. Duarte and Nogales will head east to the Yucaipa Invitational, run at the host school’s campus.
Short Previews after the jump
Continue reading Week 4 Preview – Laying Low
Many cross country teams like to travel, and this weekend hosts three of the major travel opportunities. The top-ranked Arcadia boys will travel, along with several other Southern Section XC powers, to the national Bob Firman Invite in Boise, Idaho, while Div. IV #1 Don Bosco will compete in the Nike Pre-Nationals in Portland, OR. The other destination is the Stanford Invitational, which is the meet for NorCal and will have 7 SGV schools taking part, led by CIF ranked Flintridge Sacred Heart, Mayfield and the Flintridge Prep boys.
Sixteen SGV school’s will compete over a hilly 3 mile course in LA’s Griffith Park at the Bell Jeff Invite, with Los Altos looking to improve on their 2nd place finish here last year, and La Salle’s Daniel De La Torre racing in the Seeded event. The Arcadia girls will test themselves against the OC’s best in the big Dana Hills Invitational. Eight other SGV schools will make the trip, including ranked Bonita, South Pasadena, and Pasadena Poly. Glendora leads four other SGV schools at the small Wayne Walker Invite at Craig Park in Fullerton.
Meet by Meet Previews after the jump
Continue reading Week 3 Preview – Travel Week
The heart of our sport are the league cluster meets, in which the teams of a particular league meet to compete. While large Saturday Invites are exciting, cluster meets bring and intimacy and a personal element to the competition.
For most leagues, the cluster meets are used, in combination with the league final meet, to determine the . . . → Read More: Cluster Meets Start This Week