This weekend, the focus moves to big invites on the traditional cross country championship courses. All of the SGV’s Top Ten teams, with the exception of #1 Claremont and girls #6 Mayfield will be competing.
On Saturday, ten SGV schools will compete in Riverside Invitational, on the course that will be the site of the CIF-SS prelims and finals in November. SGV ranked Bishop Amat, California, Glendora, La Canada and Whittier will be looking to make their mark.
71st Annual Mt.SAC Invitational – Mt. San Antonio College – Walnut
The big Mt. SAC Invitational, will take place on Friday and Saturday. The hilly 2.93 mile Mt. SAC course is the Southern Section’s traditional championship course, but the reconstruction of the track has caused the CIF meets to move to Riverside and limited the field here.
Nevertheless, it will be a strong meet bringing teams from throughout the state and the western US, with Divisions 3, 4 & 5 racing on Friday and Divisions 1&2 on Saturday.
Forty-one SGV teams will compete on this big course. Arcadia, Arroyo, La Serna, and Walnut will be in the big Sweeps races on Saturday. Bonita, Covina, Flintridge Prep, Nogales, Pasadena Poly, and Pioneer will be in the Div. 3,4,5 Sweeps races on Friday. Ranked Rowland and South Pasadena will be competing in the divisional races.
Most of the leagues wrapped up their league/cluster meet schedule last week. All of the others, except for the Montview League, will finish this week.
We’ll add results and brief coverage as it becomes available, and more extended coverage as photos and race notes are made available.
Tuesday, October 15th
Mission League – Crescenta Valley Park, La Crescenta
In the first meetboth Flintridge Sacred Heart and their brother school St. Francis finished in the top half, with Tolog Lauren Nettles finishing an impressive fifth. The Knights will need another good performance to stay in the CIF qualifying spots.
Boys Results: The Spartans jumped up to second by putting three men in the top 10, led by by frosh Eric Martinez who was 4th/16:42. They were also helped by league leaders Chino Hills resting several runners.
Girls Results: The Regents were 5th again, and were a bit further away from 3rd from the first meet. Frosh Sarah Gann stepped up for the team’s top finish at 7th/20:14.
Horizon League #5 – Legg Lake Park, South El Monte
These girls race every week, and form has held each time, with the SGV’s Ramona Convent 2nd, Alverno 3rd, and San Gabriel Mission 6th.
Girls Results: Ramona Convent was a solid second again, let by a 4th/21:17 finish from frosh Emily Silva. Alverno backed up a bit but still held third, their best was Kate Bolin – 9th/22:32
Wednesday, October 17th
Almont League #2 – Legg Lake Park, South El Monte
Schurr was the easy boys winners in the first meet, and Alhambra won the girls meet by an even bigger margin. Montebello and Bell Gardens were 2/3 on both sides. Alhambra has the best chance to move into the top half in the boys race, and San Gabriel will look to move up in the girls.
Boys Results: Montebello were a distant 2nd to Schurr in the first meet, but the Oilers stepped up big to edge their cross-town rivals 48-49. Bell Gardens were 3rd again. Spartan soph Armando Morales was the big winner again in 16:25, and Jonathan Maya (Sr, Montebello) in a big step up performance, was 2nd/16:53, improving three spots and 23 seconds from Meet 1.
Girls Results: Alhambra were the easy team winners again, but it was Schurr that made the big move, improving by 32 points and three spots to finish second. Spartan senior Marai Atanacio registered a clear 18:40 win over form Almont #1 Serena Duenas (Sr, Alhambra) who was 2nd/18:53. A lot of Schurr’s help came from frosh Berlyn Moreno who moved up to the Varsity for the first time to finish 9th/20:40 – a 1:04 improvement from meet 1. Bell Gardens was 3rd, just ahead of Montebello.
Nearly half of the SGV schools will be in action this weekend in two meets at opposite ends of LA County, while SGV #1 Claremont are flying to New York to challenge themselves against some of the best teams in the East.
Bell Gardens Invitational – Cerritos Regional Park
San Gabriel Schools will make up nearly half of the fields of 64 at this meet run on a fast, flat 3-mile course, including SGV ranked Arroyo, Bonita, Glendora, and Walnut. The Bearcats and Tartans will be trying to impress to earn a higher spot in the CIF rankings to help their post-season qualifying chances, as will St. Paul.
In the boys races, Arroyo’s Noah Hibbard and Nogales’ Oswaldo Cervantes will face off for top honors, while Walnut’s Chloe & Emma Arriaga will lead the girls races, along with whomever competes for Claremont’s B- Team.
Last year in this meet, then senior Edgar Nunez (Baldwin Park), Hibbard, and George Castillo (El Rancho) had Top 10 finishes and the El Rancho boys were 2nd overall and Arroyo was 5th. In the girls races, the SGV’s best was then senior Lizette Castro (Arroyo), while Claremont’s B-Team were first, with Arroyo 3rd and Glendora 7th.
Santa Clarita Valley Invitational – Castaic Lake Recreation Center
Seven SGV schools will make the drive up to Castaic to run on this rolling, three-mile course. The SGV Ranked Pioneer boys and Flintridge Prep girls will contend for team honors. Rosemead’s Melanie Mach, Poly’s Sophie Phinney and Prep’s Sasha Codiga should finish well individually.
Last year in this meet, Flintridge Prep won the girls Small School race, with Sophie Gitlin (now at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps – Go Athenas!) leading with a big win.
Also on Saturday, nationally ranked Claremont’s top athletes will compete in the big Manhattan College Invite – contested on the famous cross country course at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. They will meet some of the very best teams from the XC hotbed of New York and the surrounding states in the Eastern States Championships races. (Race Assignments here).
We haven’t found a link to live results, but you can view a (paid) live video webcast here.
Most of the SGV will be in action this week as most of the leagues hold their second, concluding cluster meets.
There will be big showdowns in Tuesday’s Del Rey League meet and Thursday’s Del Rio & Pacific meets. Also look for shakeups from the first meet in the Montiview and Miramonte meets – athletes from these schools develop a lot over the season.
We will post results below and expanded coverage as photos and race details are made available.
This Catholic school super-league combines 18 teams from around LA County, 6 from the SGV, racing in three leagues. In the first meetBishop Amat bossed the girls race in the top Del Rio League and the boys had probably their best race of the season. Bosco Tech was third, raising hope of returning to CIF for the first time after a three-year absence.
The La Salle girls, relegated to the middle Camino Real league, took control with a win, while promoted Pomona Catholic struggled a bit in the higher Del Rey. The Pacers will be hoping for a stronger results to re-enter the CIF rankings next week.
Boys Results: Bishop Amat was second again, while Bosco Tech barely held off St. Paul for the third spot – 84-86 in the Del Rey League. James Leon (Jr, Amat) – 2nd/15:54 was the SGV best. Cantwell SHM was 4th in the Camino Real.
Girls Results: Amat dropped a perfect 15 to with the Del Rey, while St. Paul jumped from 5th in the first race to 2nd! Pomona Catholic fell back to 5th. Olivia Paez was the winner with a very nice 18:26. La Salle slipped to 2nd and Cantwell Sacred Heart was 3rd again in the four team Camino Real league.
Horizon League #4 – Eaton Canyon, Pasadena
This league of small Catholic girls prep schools races every week! This week, they’re back to Eaton Canyon. The SGV’s Ramona Convent and Alverno have been 2nd & 3rd each week, but the 4/5 teams are creeping up.
The team results held form, as Ramona Convent and Alverno went 2-3 again behind CIF ranked Sacred Heart of Jesus. RC frosh Emily Silva continues her progress, moving up to 4th this week.
Wednesday – October 10
Valle Vista League #2 – Bonelli Park, San Dimas
In the first race, Covina was the easy girls winner, while their boys were surprisingly close to heavily favored Rowland. Wilson is coming off of a strong weekend, and their girls will be trying to reach Rowland for third while the boys will be trying to hold off Baldwin Park for the third, CIF-qualifying spot.
Boys: Rowland and Covina again went 1-2, while Baldwin Park jumped ahead of Wilson for 3rd, led by a win from Eduardo DePaz who moved up from 5th in the first race.
Girls: Covina and Kaitlyn Vuong won again, but Rowland pushed past San Dimas to finish second.
Del Rio League #2 – La Mirada Park
Rising La Serna won the first meet in a showdown with defending champs California in the boys race. The Lancers are coming off an excellent performance at Clovis, while the Condors have been uneven in their past two meets – they’ll need 5 good performances to challenge the new leaders. Whittier will try to move up to take the third spot from El Rancho. In the girls race Cal was in easy control.
Boys: Gerald Balzer edged out California’s Angel Salinas to lead La Serna to their second league win. Whittier moved up to third over El Rancho, flipping their order from the first meet. The Lancers once again featured a tight 31 second 1-5 gap.
Girls: La Serna closed the gap to California, but the Condors repeated their win from the first meet. The real move came from Santa Fe. Katie Bautista’s 25 second win led the Chiefs, third in the first meet by a lot, to finish just three points behind the Lancers. Santa Fe’s the 2-5 runners moved up an average of three spots per person from the first meet.
Thursday – October 11
Suburban League #2 – La Mirada Park
In this four-team league, the La Mirada girls were easy winners in the first race, but the favored boys, missing several runners, were 2nd.
Boys: Order was restored as La Mirada recovered from an off Meet 1 to go undefeated in the multi-dual format. Christian Santiago repeated his win from the first meet, while soph Jakob Silvas moved up from 5th to 7th.
Girls: They were missing their usual #1 but La Mirada did not miss a beat, repeating their win from Meet 1. Senior Mia Gutierrez moved up from fourth to second to lead the Matadoras to the win.
Rio Hondo League #2 – Crescenta Valley Park, La Crescenta
The La Cañada girls and South Pasadena boys were clear winners in the first meet. Look for the same result, but there’s a strong battle for the 2 & 3 spots on the boys side, where Temple City, La Canada & Monrovia finished in that order, each only a point apart! The course for this meet is a hilly 3 miles, and runs similar to Mt.SAC.
Boys: South Pasadena held out four the seven that finished second at Clovis Saturday, including first meet winner Kai Dettmann, but it was still enough to hold off La Cananda 42-46. Temple City moved back to third but had a clear edge over Monrovia who were 4th again, 74-94. Spartan senior Owen Serricchio was the overall winner at 16:22.
Girls: Ellaney Matarese (So, La Canada) repeated her win from Meet 1 with a very nice 18:56, but with her team missing one scorer and another having an off day, the Spartans fell to second to South Pasadena 44-46. San Marino was third again, but 82 points barely edged out Monrovia who moved up from 5th place to score 84 – a 16 pt improvement. The Tigers girls also sat out two of their seven from Saturday, including their usual #1 – but a strong 5-6-7 finish from frosh Mai Koyama and seniors Elizabeth Bock & Lindsey Calva propelled them past the Spartans.
The Arcadia boys are trying to regain the top spot while the Apaches’ girls are working for a CIF berth. Held back by injuries and illness, both teams fell just short in the first meet. The girls are finally at full-strength and boys are healthy, so this will be an exciting day.
Boys: Tianyuan Pei led Arcadia’s strong 6-7-8-9 pack, but it wasn’t enough, as the Apaches fell short of winner Crescenta Valley again, 36-45. Missing one of the five who ran Saturday at Clovis and with another projected scorer having a rough day, Arcadia can still win the league championship with a win at Finals, but it will take a solid 1-5 effort to earn the top spot.
Girls: Joyce Wu repeated her win from meet 1, and Arcadia, still running without at least one projected scorer, was 4th again. But with seven teams scoring, 4th will advance to CIF, so the Apaches look likely to advance to the post season.
Montview #2 – Schbarum Park, Rowland Heights
This will be the second of three cluster meets on this super hilly course. They followed form in the first meet, with Azusa the easy boys winners and Nogales the girls . Expect that to repeat, but the other finishing spots could switch up quite a bit.
Miramonte #2 – Bonelli Park, San Dimas
Bassett were the winners on both sides in the first race. Edgewood will look to challenge the Olympians in the girls race.
This weekend’s Clovis Invitational, run on the California State Meet Course at Woodward Park, is always a strong meet, with half of the state’s ranked XC teams taking part, including eights SGV schools. At least ine local schools will run at the Central Park Invitational, another strong meet run over a hilly course in Huntington Beach.
The Arcadia and La Serna boys, along with Audrey Suarez (So, Mayfield) and Joyce Wu (Sr, Arcadia) will contest the big Sweepstakes Race – which will bring together many of the State’s top teams, regardless of division, in one race. Both of the boys teams will be aiming for top 10 finishes and both have ambitions to return here for the State meet.
The rest of the SGV teams will compete in one of the four divisional races. State ranked Flintridge Prep will be looking for a podium in both the boys and girls Small Schools race, as will the South Pasadena boys and the Bishop Amat girls. Likely CIF-SS finalists Rowland and Whittier will be competing in the Large School race.
This week begins the second cycle of league cluster meets. In most leagues, with two cluster meets and then the finals, the first two meets each count for 25% of the team standings and the league finals meet accounts for the remaining 50%.
Tuesday, October 2
Mission Valley League #2 – Bonelli Park, San Dimas
Preview: Arroyo took both sides in the first meet, followed by Rosemead and Gabrielino. The Knights are likely winners again, with the biggest question is whether El Monte on the boys side and South El Monte on the girls can make it into the top 3.
Preview: Webb were the easy winners in meet one, and they should hold that spot on their home course.
Girls Results: Lily Miller (Webb) repeats her 2 minute win from the first meet, this time over teammate Anne Lofgren as the Gauls put five in the first eight for the easy win.
Boys Results: Nathan Vallejo (Southlands Christian) wins by 90 seconds again, this time over Frank Hu (Webb). The Gauls earn a big win with 25 points, while SCHS moves up to third in this seven team league.
Wednesday, October 3
Hacienda League – Bonelli Park, San Dimas
Preview: The Walnut girls were the easy winners here in the first meet and should repeat. On the boys side, Los Altos will try to build on strong performances since the first meet to push Walnut out of first, while West Covina will be trying to beat South Hills and reach the top half of the league.
Girls Results: Ramona Convent got a little closer to League leaders Sacred Heart but were still 2nd. Alverno was 3rd and San Gabriel Mission 6th. The best SGV runner was again Emily Silva (Fr, Ramona Convent) who dropped one spot from last week to 7th/22:03 for 5000m.
After years of struggling in the Palomares/Sierra League, Diamond Bar jumped to the front of their new league. The boys had a solid win and the girls were third, but just two points out of first.
Girls Results: The Brahmas move up to second, four points short of Chaffey. Meet 1 winner Ontario fell to fourth, so DB can win the League Championship with a win at League Finals. Kelli Ishitani (5th/20:11) was the team leader while Cameron Tsau, not in the Varsity in Meet 1, made a key contribution by finishing 11th/21:07.
Boys Results: George Rosales (16:21) and Lukas Amare (16:33) go 1-2 again, but DB’s #4 from Meet 1 is not in the team costing the team enough points that Ontario edges them 37-38, setting up a showdown for the Championship at Finals.
605 League – La Mirada Park
Pioneer moved from the Del Rio League to this new league this year, and the boys dropped a perfect 15 in the first race, while the girls were 4th (of four)
SGV and CIF-SS #1 Claremont leads a contingent of six San Gabriel Valley schools to compete in the prestigious Stanford Invitational – back after a one year hiatus.
This is a big meet that brings together many of the State’s top – especially Northern California’s. Our athletes get to race in the same meet as college teams on the university’s golf course over 5000 meters.
SGV #1 Claremont, #9 Glendora and rapidly improving Bishop Amat will run at 12:00 in the boys seeded race, while the #1 Wolf Park and #9 Tartans will be joined by #4 Bishop Amat and a full-strength Mayfield in the girls top race at 12:30. Those races will be something of a State Meet Preview, especially for Div. II, as the Claremont boys will face off with Mountain View St. Francis and San Diego La Costa Canyon while the girls will match up with La Costa Canyon and NoCal’s Granada.
Flintridge Sacred Heart and South Hills will also compete in the divisional races. The second 7 from each of the teams will also compete in the divisional races, except for Mayfield. The non-Varsity Cubs will compete later in the day at the Westmoor Invite in Daly City.
While a majority of the San Gabriel cross country teams will be off this weekend – at least seventeen local schools will run in four different SoCal meets, all on very different courses, with different formats. SGV #2 Arcadia will make the biggest trip, flying to Oregon for the Nike Portland XC Classic (Live Results) Here’s a breakdown of the four races with a list of all the schools we know that are scheduled to compete.
Staub/Barnes Invitational (Crescenta Valley Park)
Results will be here
This meet is considered something of a “Mt.SAC preview” as the hilly 3-mile course here produces times similar to the famous home of CIF XC.
Six SGV schools will get their first taste of big hills this week, led by the SGV #3 La Canada girls in the top race. Muir, Pasadena, San Dimas, Temple City and the non-Varsity runners from South Pasadena will run in the second race.
This meet runs on a 5000 meter course that combines rolling hills with a variety of terrain and footing. It also has the unique format of matching each team’s first and second runners in the same race, and then the 3’s & 4’s in the next and then the 5-6-7 runners in another race.
SGV ranked Bonita will be the top local team taking part, along with El Monte, El Rancho, St. Paul and West Covina.
This long-time meet was in danger of ending when the sponsoring school, Bellarmine-Jefferson closed last year. Sacred Heart of Jesus has stepped up to continue this meet, run on the super-steep hills of Griffith Park.
SGV girls #15 Alhambra will lead the local contingent here, joined my Mark Keppel and Mountain View.
Perris Valley XC Showdown (Lake Perris SRA – Moreno Valley)
Armando Lopez’s (So) big win led the Schurr boys to a clear over Montebello and Bell Gardens. The Alhambra girls had an even bigger win over Bell Gardens and Montebello. The Moors’ Serena Duenas was the easy winner.
Baseline League (Red Hill Park – Rancho Cucamonga)
Damien was 4th and St. Lucy’s 5th in this tough six-team league
Girls: Katie Bautista (Santa Fe) dropped a dominant win and led her team to third place finish. California had the solid team win over La Serna, 26-50, putting four in the first six.
Boys:La Serna had the big break-through win, beating defending champs California 21-41. Gerald Balzer (LS) edged out Angel Salinas (CHS) for the win. The Lancers put their five in the first seven, while the Condors struggled a bit, with their usual #1 & #3 finishing as their fifth and sixth men. El Rancho edged out Whittier for third in this five team league.
Montview League (Schabarum Park – Rowland Heights)
This league runs three cluster meets, and they’re the only league that runs on this super hilly course. Azusa are the favorites on the boys side and Nogales on the girls.
The Woodbridge Invitational is huge. It’s run over two days by 320 schools, nearly 100 in just the elite Sweepstakes and Rated races. Teams are coming from 14 states and five different time zones. It’s outgrown several locations and is now held in Norco rather than at Woodbridge in Irvine.
The meet also looms large in the the expectations of the athletes. Run mostly under the lights on a completely flat and “generously measured” course, most will run their best 3-mile time here.
Forty San Gabriel Valley will take part. SGV ranked La Serna, Arcadia, and California are in the Boys Sweeps race, (along with Olsvaldo Cervantes of Nogales) while Flintridge Prep, Rowland and South Pasadena are in the Rated Race. El Rancho, Bonita, and La Mirada will run in the regular varsity divisions.
Mayfield and Walnut are entered in the girls Sweeps race along with Joyce Wu (Arcadia) and Katelyn Vuong (Covina). SGV teams California, La Cañada, La Serna and St. Lucy’s will be in the rated race, while SGV ranked Glendora,Bishop Amat and Flintridge Prep be in the regular Varsity divisions.
Look for the three SGV boys teams in the Sweeps race to duke it our for who is best in the area behind Claremont – who will only be racing non-varsity athletes here. The Walnut, Mayfield, and La Cañada girls will be our top team contenders, while Chloe and Emma Arriaga (Walnut) will challenge for top honors. They could be joined at the front by the Mayfield’s stellar soph Audrey Suarez, but it’s likely that she will delay her 2018 debut for at least another week.
The smaller schools – (the Red and White Divisions) will race on Friday, beginning at 5:00pm, the larger schools (the Blue and Gold divisions) go on Saturday, starting a 3:50pm.
The meet divisions are somewhat idiosyncratic, you can view all of the teams by division here.