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Noah and Audrey Advance to the Footlocker Nationals

Noah Hibbard of Arroyo gets one more week!

Two of the SGV’s very best competed one more time this past weekend, with, Audrey Suarez (So, Mayfield) and Noah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo) earning the right to compete one more week with two of our area’s best efforts ever on the big hills of Mt.SAC at the Footlocker West meet.

There are two national “Championship” meets for Cross Country – the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN -) that was held last weekend in Portland, Oregon, and the Footlocker Championships, held each year at Balboa Park in San Diego.

The Footlocker meet is the older of the two, and the athletes compete individually, qualifying directly through regional meets. Hibbard and Suarez both advanced in the West Regional which matched athletes from 12 States on Saturday over a 5000m Mt.SAC course that runs about 50-70 seconds slower than the traditional 2.93 mile course.

Official Results

State Champ Audrey Saurez

In the girls race, State Div. IV Champ Suarez ran in the lead pack the whole way and advanced easily in 6th/18:18, behind two other State Champs and girls from three other states. This is one of the best efforts ever by a SGV athlete here. Three of our areas top seniors were also in the Championship race. Emma Arriaga (Walnut) was best, 35th/19:01, followed by Joyce Wu (Arcadia) -75th/19:43, and Melanie Mach (Rosemead) - 82nd/19:50.  Covina junior Kaitlyn Vuong finished her season at 109th/20:55.

The top boys were even more tightly bunched, and Hibbard finished a controlled 5th in 15:37. As with Audrey, Noah’s effort was one of the best ever by an SGV athlete on these hills. Pasadena frosh Isaiah Givens closed out his debut year with an exceptional 82nd/16:42 finish, matching the time he ran on the nearly 300m shorter invite course in October.

Arroyo junior Josh Orellana was 92nd/16:49, Claremont senior Jacob Moran was 110th/16:58 and Diamond Bar senior Lucas Amare was 116th/17:03. Nine other SGV athletes also closed out their year here.

Audrey and Noah will finish up next Saturday, racing in the 40th Annual Championship at Balboa Park in San Diego. There will be a live webcast and other meet details here:

State Meet: Audrey and Claremont are Champs!

Eight San Gabriel Valley teams and eleven individuals competed Saturday in the California State Cross Country Championships, on the 5000 meter course at Woodward Park in Fresno.

The Claremont Wolfpack, the SGV’s Top XC Program – The Girls were 1st & the Boys 3rd

Five of the eight teams were here in 2017, with the Claremont and Flintridge Prep girls looking to defend respective winning streaks of two and four years. The Wolfpack extended the streak to three, and finished first in a merge of all of the competing teams, earning a place in next week’s Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon. They’ll be joined in Portland by Chloe Arriaga (Sr, Walnut). Chloe finished 7th overall (and 4th in DI) to qualify individually, and  led her team to an outstanding 4th place finish in Div I.

Prep fell a little short, earning a 3rd place finish, their 8th time on the State podium. The Claremont boys also had a strong day and earned their third podium placing ever with a third-place finish in a exceptionally strong Div. II race.

California Div. IV champ Audrey Suarez

In Div. IV, Mayfield soph Audrey Suarez became the SGV’s first individual champion in several years with a 17:44 effort. Joining her in individual, Top 7 honors were Chloe Arriaga, Maddie Coles (Fr, Claremont) – 2nd/17:44 in Div. II, and Noah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo) who was 2nd/15:05 in the boys Div. II race.

Links to the Official Results, updated All-Time Lists and coverage of each of the races after the jump. Continue reading State Meet: Audrey and Claremont are Champs!

SGV League Finals Schedule & Results

The seventy-eight schools of the San Gabriel Valley competed in their League Championship Finals meets, beginning Saturday, October 27 through Friday, November 2.

La Mirada’s Girls at Mt.SAC. They won the Suburban League

Unless a team has earned an at-large qualification through the CIF-SS rankings, they will need to finish in the top half of their league to advance to CIF Prelims. Individuals whose teams fail to move on can also advance if they finish in the top six at their League Meet.

After the jump is a list of all the league meets with a link to our coverage.

Continue reading SGV League Finals Schedule & Results

SGV League Meets – Week 6: Previews & Results

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%.

The Girls Start from the First Mission Valley League Meet

Tuesday, October 2

Mission Valley League #2 – Bonelli Park, San Dimas

Live Results

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.

Full Coverage of the Meet is Here

San Joaquin League – Webb School, Claremont

Live Results

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.

Full Meet Coverage Is Here

Horizon League #3 – Legg Lake, South El Monte

Ramona Convent and Alverno finished 2nd and 3rd in the first two Horizon meets, where CIF-SS Div. 5 #9 Sacred Heart of Jesus has been the big boss.

Complete Results

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.

Thursday, October 4

Mount Baldy League – Bonelli Park, San Dimas

Live Results

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 League Meets – Week 5

By the end of this week, all of the SGV Schools will have participated in their first league cluster meet.  This week features perhaps the region’s hottest contest in the battle for the Del Rio League.

The SGV # 4 La Serna Boys

Here are the meets for this week. We will link to quick results and then to fuller coverage as photos and meet information become available.

Wednesday – September 26th

Almont League (Legg Lake – South El Monte) – Complete Results  –

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

Mission League (Crescenta Valley Park) – Complete Results

Lauren Nettles (4th/20:08) led Flintridge Sacred Heart to a second place finish in this four team league. St. Francis, missing their usual #2, was fourth of seven, led by Stuart Serventi (12th/17:40)

Horizon League #2 (Los Angeles State Historic Park) – Complete Results

The SGV teams kept their order from the first meet, with Ramona Convent 2nd, Alverno 3rd and San Gabriel Mission 6th. SGV best was Emily Silva (Fr, Ramona Convent) who was 6th/21:48 for 5000m.

Thursday – September 27th

Del Rio League (Legg Lake – South El Monte) – Full Results

  • 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.

Montview #1 Boys Results

Montview #1 Girls Results

  • Boys: Nogales’ Osvaldo Cervantes posted an easy (16:24) win, while the Azusa boys, led by Angel Medrano (2nd/17:27) had the next four finishers to take the meet with 22 points over Nogales at 48.
  • Girls: Alexis Maldonado (Nogales) was the winner over Hannah Eubanks (Gladstone), 20:29 to 20:37. Nogales was the team winner at 33, followed by Gladstone at 53 and Sierra Vista with 67.

Suburban League (Cerritos County Park)

La Mirada is the sole SGV team in this now four-team league. The Lancers are heavy favorites to win both the boys and girls championships.

Full Results

  • Boys: Christian Santiago (Sr, La Mirada) was the clear winner in 15:49, but with only two of their previous best five scoring, the Matadors were edged out for the win 39-41 by Mayfair.
  • Girls: La Mirada were solid 35-52 winners over Norwalk, led by soph Mariah Walters (3rd/19:41).

Diamond Bar’s First Meet in the Mt. Baldy League – They Almost Win Both

Diamond Bar made the most of their move to the Mt. Baldy League, with their boys registering a win and the girls missing the top spot by just two points

Running on the rolling and somewhat slow three-mile course Thursday at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, Keili Ishitani (3rd/20:24) and Allison Ear (5th/20:32) led the Brahmas to a third place finish, just two points behind Ontario and Chaffey.

The boys were clear winners in their new league. Finishing together, George Rosales and Lukas Amare were 23 second winners in 16:24 and joined up front by Thomas Ear (7th/17:09).

The Brahmas are considerably ahead of where they were at this time last year – this could be a great year for them.

Compete Results at Finished Results

Fastback: Chloe A & the La Serna Boys Boss It from the First Steps

SGV Boys #2 La Serna – Fastback Champs! (photo courtesy of @lasernacctf)

Some of the SGV’s top returning performers showed their class from the gun at the season opening Fastback Invitational. Traditionally run as a short course opener at Mt.SAC, the construction of Mt. SAC track stadium necessitated moving the meet to the flat, and super fast course at Arcadia Park for the past three years. Fourteen San Gabriel Valley teams competed in the field of 35.

Walnut’s Chloe & Emma Arriaga made their HS debuts in this meet four years ago with a 1-2 finish, and they began their senior season with a strong 1-2 finish in the senior race. Chloe dominated the entire field by over 22 seconds with a 10:42 performance, while Emma was fourth overall (and #2 SGV) in 11:09. The twins led their team to the #2 team overall finish and the top SGV team in the field. La Cañada junior Sarah Auther joined them at the top, winning the junior race and finishing 10th overall in 11:32.

On the boys side, SGV pre-season #2 La Serna immediately confirmed their promise with a 49:50 win. Running a controlled race, their top runner, senior Marco Perez was only 11th overall in 9:47, but their 1-5 gap was just 16 second. Senior Noah Hibbard led Arroyo to the 3rd overall finish with a strong 9:25 run for 3rd overall, 1st SGV.  Owen Serricchio (La Cañada, Sr) and Joshua Orrellana (Arroyo, Jr) also place in the overall top 10, at 7th and 8th respectively, both in 9:45

Complete Results & Coverage

SGV Top 10 Performers, Team Rankings and the Top Performer for each team after the jump.

Continue reading Fastback: Chloe A & the La Serna Boys Boss It from the First Steps

Great Cow Run: Arcadia Boys and Amat Girls are HOT Out of the Gate

Teams come to The Great Cow Run meet in Cerritos to open their season by running fast for a full three miles. There are always several strong teams there to lead the races, and two of the SGV’s best took advantage to post strong performances to lead off 2018.

The Arcadia boys won the large school race and finished second overall, led by big step up performances from junior Jacob Hsu (14:59) and soph Tianyuan Pei (15:10). Following a strong summer with new AHS coach (and alum) Chris Lee, Jacob improved his flat 3 mile best by a whopping 50 seconds, and Tianyuan by 92 seconds! Their team time of 76:27 is already 14 seconds better than their returning athletes’ cumulative best from 2017. Watch out for the Apaches this year!

California also turned in a strong, but controlled opening performance, dropping a 77:22 to finish fourth overall, with senior Angel Salinas (11th/15:18) up front. That time was 41 seconds faster than the Condors’ cumulative bests from last year, and yet with only a 18 second 1-5 gap.

On the girls side, Bishop Amat were the winners of the small school race, and finished fifth overall in 97:34 – led by senior Olivia Paz (15th/18:37). California (6th/97:58) and Rosemead (9th/99:45) also got out fast for 2018. The Condors were led by senior Zoe Gurule (36th/19:12) and the Panthers by senior Melanie Mach (14th/18:36).

Arcadia senior Joyce Wu had the SGV’s top individual performance, finishing second overall with a very nice 17:43. The Apaches had several key runners on the sideline nursing injuries, so they didn’t factor in the team scoring.

Complete Results & Coverage

SGV Top 10 Performers, Team Rankings and the Top Performer for each team after the jump.

Continue reading Great Cow Run: Arcadia Boys and Amat Girls are HOT Out of the Gate

SGV Scattered Results: Riverside, Santa Barbara & Griffith Park

Four SGV teams scattered over three meets this past weekend, ranging from Riverside to Santa Barbara.

La Mirada – especially their boys team, expect to finish their season in Riverside, so they took part in the Riverside Showcase - run over a 2.3 mile version of the course used for this year’s CIF Prelims and Finals.

The boys finished second in the small school race, with  senior Christian Santiago winning the race by a solid margin in 11:24. He was 9th overall all while the team was 10th among twenty-one schools.

Top girl for LMHS was soph Mariah Waters, who was 41st overall at 14:24. The team was 10th overall.

Results: Finished Results


Pasadena Poly went north to open at the Gaucho Invitational on UC Santa Barbara’s campus, featuring a flat, 3-mile course. Neither team entered enough Varsity athletes to score, but junior Sophie Finney got off to particularly strong start, running 19:16 to finish 3rd. Junior Evan Hayes (41st/17:54) was Poly’s top boy.



Alhambra and Edgewood started their season at the inaugural Jeff Nelson Invitational, run over a hilly 3-mile course at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. The Alhambra girls started off well, finishing third (107:48) in a 14 team field. Tops for the Moors was senior Serena Duenas who was ninth in 20:03. Senior Carissa Biliecki (51st/24:05) was the best for 13th-placed Edgewood.

Neither boys team scored in the Varsity race. The Lions were led by junior Nicholas Castillo Davidson (30th/17:46) and senior Bryan Albarran (69th/19:40) was best for AHS.

Results: Finished Results 

Mt.SAC Saturday: Pow! Phillip & Holly with Huge Wins!

Saturday morning at the Mt.SAC Invitational has been historic for San Gabriel Valley teams and athletes, with two huge wins, one record, and eight All-Time performances.

Sweepstakes Results:

Boys Team: Arcadia senior Phillip Rocha dominates to win in 14:24, one second off the all-time course record, and tying the San Gabriel Valley All-Time best of Diego Mercado (West Covina, 2005) & Ammar Moussa (Arcadia, 2010.  California senior Cisco Cuellar is 9th/15:08 – 30th best All-Time SGV. California ran an outstanding 78:05 to finish 4th among Div. I schools.

Boys Individual: Ayala was the top Div. II team at 79:56, led by Stephen Kahn 4th/15:10

Girls Team: Arcadia Junior Holly Lung had a huge win! Her 17:17 finish is second best All-Time SGV. Her teammate Jasmine He made an even bigger breakthrough with a 17:41 for 4th, and she now ranks =11th A-T SGV.  Soph Eryca Yamane also jumped into the All-Time list, her 18:15 ranks her =#32. The Apaches were 3rd at 91:16 in Div. I, despite running without two of their expected top five girls.  Claremont were 3rd/93:48 in Div. II, and were led by an outstanding 18:13/11th performance from Kiana Cavanaugh, who now ranks 30th A-T SGV.

Girls Individual: Walnut frosh Chloe & Emma Arriaga made a great debut at the Mt.SAC Invite. Chloe was 4th in 17:28 and Emma, with a huge step up, was 5th in 17:37, and they now rank, respectively, 7th and 10th All-Time SGV.

After the jump is the SGV Top Ten performers for Saturday.  Div. II is still to come but the heat will probably prevent anyone from running their way onto the list.  We’ll update if they do.

Continue reading Mt.SAC Saturday: Pow! Phillip & Holly with Huge Wins!