Not every top runner is an overnight sensation. And Whittier senior Aaron Mora certainly isn’t. This is the fourth year of a solid HS career. He came into his final season with a solid 15:31 MtSAC PR and ran 9:34.89 to finish 3rd in the 3200 at last year’s SGV Track Championships.
After a strong summer, he’s . . . → Read More: Meet Aaron Mora
No sports rewards hard work like cross country. Talent matters, but talent without a lot of running, a lot of hard running, goes nowhere. Slowly.
Bobby Villagomez, a senior at Los Altos, decided in June to find out how good he could be. He entered the season with modest track PR’s of 4:42.74 and 10:42.25 and a . . . → Read More: Meet Bobby Villagomez
Cross Country has improved relentlessly over the past ten years, and the huge field and great weather helped that process leaped forward at this year’s Mt.SAC Invitational.
The athletes of the San Gabriel Valley kept pace with this trend, with several high placings, and numerous school records. The top performance came from Lauren Justus (Sr – Glendora), whose 17:53 was the fastest SGV time since Jessica Nunez (South Hills) in 2007, and the fastest at the Invite since fellow Tartan Christy Adamyk her PR of 17:27 in 2005. Four other girls ran under 19:00 this year, most notably Marissa Scott (So – Bonita), whose 18:08 was the winning time in her Div. III heat. As a measure of the growing quality of our sport, 14th best in the SGV this year was 19:24, while last year 20:17 was 14th.
In a merge of all of the SGV teams, Claremont (75) reversed their order with Glendora (82) from the Div. I, II merge, with Bonita and South Hills both coming in with 94 points.
Top 14 Performers and Top Ten Teams after the jump.
Continue reading Mt.SAC Wrap Up – Girls
Can running be in your blood? If so, Damien junior Tom Ebiner would be a prime example. His father, Mike Ebiner, was a strong track and XC runner on a CIF championship team at Bishop Amat in early 70′s. And if the name sounds familiar, it should, as Tom’s dad was one of six Ebiner brothers . . . → Read More: Meet Tom Ebiner
The South Hills Cross Country team has a strong history and an excellent present. The girls team has had a series of strong performances this year, especially important with their move into the tough Sierra League. One of their top runners has been senior Vianca Holguin, whose best performance so far was her 19:21/9th place finish . . . → Read More: Meet Vianca Holguin
Miriam at Sunny Hills
Our sport takes time. It takes commitment. It takes passion. And when you add all three up, you can have success. That’s how it’s worked for Baldwin Park senior Miriam Jimenez. Miriam has been a steady part of the track and XC program for the Braves, but Coach Cobe Guzman says that . . . → Read More: Meet Miriam Jimenez
Nick at Bosco Tech
Success in Cross Country usually comes only after years of specific training, but sometimes talent gets it done. Rowland junior Nick Rivera is in just his first season of XC, but he has already won at Bosco Tech and turned in a ESGV best performance at Sunny Hills. No stranger to running . . . → Read More: Getting to Know Nick Rivera
There were only seven seniors on last year’s final ESGV Top Ten Lists, but (at least) six have gone on to compete in college – four at NCAA Div 1 schools, one at Cal Poly Pomona (Div. 2) and one at Azusa Pacific, which competes in the NAIA.
2008 Area Athlete of the Year Jayson . . . → Read More: Where’d They Go – 2009′s Top Ten