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
On Mt.SAC’s biggest day, the ESGV was well represented in the biggest races – with Claremont and Glendora in the top event – the Team Sweepstakes. The Wolfpack took another step forward, the Tartans stumbled, and in the heats, Rowlands Soph/Junior duo showed their class.
The Sweeps race was the fastest ever, with Arcadia setting a new course record and two other teams breaking into the top 10. But Claremont more than held their own with a school record 77:38, first among Div. II in the race, third on the day, and the 4th fastest time ever by a D2 team at the Invite. The Wolfpark were led by strong finishes from seniors Paul Ross (4th/15:03) and Henry Falotico (6th/15:07) on a day when the whole team stepped up.
Glendora went the other direction, running only 81:02, with team leader Anthony Castro and two other expect scorers having off days. The Tartans were led by a 15:35 PR from senior Kelly Hernandez.
In the heats, Rowland continued to show their strength with an excellent 81:01 team effort. Running in the top Div II heat, junior Nick Rivera confirmed his move up from the long sprints with a 15:24 PR, while fast rising soph David Galvez checked in with a 15:37.
In a merge of the twelve local Div. I & II teams that competed Saturday (including Glendora’s and Claremont’s B Varsity teams – competing in the JV National Champs race), Claremont was the easy winner with 25 points, followed by Glendora (75) and Rowland (83).
Complete results are here
ESGV Top 10 and the Complete Merge after the jump
Photo by Joan Fryxell
Continue reading Mt.SAC Saturday Boys: Big Day for Claremont and Rowland Pair
On Saturday, the Division I & II schools took the famous 2.93 mile course at Mt.SAC, and at the end of the day the top performances came from Glendora senior Lauren Justus and her Tartan teammates.
Glendora was is in the Individual Sweeps race and Lauren, the SGV’s 2009 leader, took another big step forward to finish sixth in a area leading, PR 17:53. Her teammates were right behind, most notably frosh Tori Whitworth with a 19:32 effort in her first visit to MtSAC, finishing with a school record 97:22.
Claremont had an equally strong day, winning their Div. II heat with at 97:31 time for their five scorers. This fast rising team was by soph Baily Sanin (6th/18:50), and frosh Megan Renken (7th/18:52), & Merin Arft (19:17). Charter Oak junior Carly Lake was second (19:15) in her heat.
In a merge of the eight local teams running Saturday, Glendora (44) and Claremont (44) tie on points with the Tartans getting the nod with the better sixth runner, frosh Taylor Butler (20th/20:23) over junior Danielle Hepperle (21st/20:25). Rowland, led by frosh Courtney Conchola (19:24) was third with 107 points.
Complete meet results are here.
Local Top Ten List and the Complete Merge Results after the jump.
Continue reading Mt.SAC Saturday Girls: Lauren and Tartans Out Front
Northview senior Alan Callison was the ESGV’s leader in Friday’s Div. III, IV, & V action at the Mt.SAC Invitational. Callison dropped an almost 2 minute Mt.SAC PR to finish 2nd in his heat with a 15:53 effort. The other top effort in the heats came from Los Altos (83:51) who finished second in their race, led by senior Andy Lopez (11th/16:29).
Los Altos' Andy Lopez
Damien and South Hills represented the ESGV in the big Div. III Sweepstakes race. The Spartans, despite the illness of a usual scorer, turned in the best effort with an 11th place, 82:25 finish, led by senior John Garcia (15:56) – his first trip under 16:00, and junior Tom Ebiner (15:58). South Hills struggled a bit, with frequent team leader Johnny Flores finishing poorly with what turned out to be a season ending knee injury. The Huskies were 15th in 83:37, with senior Christian Sanchez (30th/16:01) as their top man.
Webb were 14th/89:13 in the Div. V Sweeps, led by Baily Stockdale (16:21).
Complete results are here.
In a merge of the 18 Div. III, IV, & V teams from ESGV, Damien (50) came out on top, followed by Los Altos (67) and South Hills (71).
ESGV Top 10 and Complete Merge after the jump. Continue reading Mt.SAC Friday Boys: Callison breaks Through – Damien is Best
Marissa Scott (c)
Bonita soph Marissa Scott continued her climb up the SoCal XC ladder with a win in the strongest DIII girls heat at Mt.SAC, running a strong 18:08. She was followed by equally strong efforts from soph Lexie Jackson (18:53) and frosh Mikayla Flores (19.10), who was still struggling with a lingering injury, and the team was third in a Bearcat record 97.06 – tops of all the SGV teams on the weekend.
In the other heats, Los Altos (102:46), led by Nicolette Garcia (19.59) were second in their DIII heat, while Bishop Amat senior Illiana Velazquez ran a big 19:24 PR to finish 6th in her heat.
Three local teams competed in the prestigious DIII Team Sweepstakes, with South Hills coming out the best with a 9th place, 98:24 finish. The Huskies were led by a number of strong runs, most notably 19:09 (and 1:36pr) effort from junior Alex Borunda and senior Vianca Holguin’s 19:13. St. Lucy’s (103:28) and Rosemead (103:46) were not at their best, finishing 15th and 16th in the field. The Regents were led by senior Taylor Hebb (19:34) while Kelly Luc (19.56) was the top Panther.
In a merge, in which only the times of the 15 ESGV are combined as if they were running in the same race, Bonita (43) just edged out South Hills (45) with Los Altos (104) third.
Complete meet results are here.
Local Top Ten and the Complete Scores of the merge after the jump Continue reading Mt.SAC Friday Girls: Marissa Wins & Bearcats with their Best
The weekend at the Mt.SAC Invitational is reserved for the bigger Div. I & II schools, along with the biggest races of the weekend. The East SGV only has ten schools competing, but our area will be well represented in the biggest races.
The Claremont and Glendora boys ranked #3 & #6 in the CIF-SS Div. II and #3 & #5 in the State, will run in the biggest race of the day – the Team Sweepstakes at 10:45. The Glendora girls, led by State ranked #10 Lauren Justus will race in the Individual Sweepstakes at 9:30. Unlike on Friday, the locals mostly manage to miss each other, with only one SGV team in most of the races.
Complete ESGV Race Lineup after the jump. Continue reading Preview: Mt.SAC Saturday
Assuming the rain will not change the schedule, most of the ESGV schools will compete on Friday, when Divs III, IV & V take to the three big hills at Mt.SAC in Walnut. This is the biggest XC meet in the country (and presumably in the world), and the famous 2.93 mile course is the standard . . . → Read More: Mt.SAC – Friday Preview
The finals SGV team began, and ended their cluster meet schedule on Wednesday when Glendora competed in the Baseline League meet on a somewhat tough 3 mile course at Red Hill Park in Rancho Cucamonga. (Their first cluster meet was canceled after being postponed first for heat and then for rain.)
The Tartans were second twice to . . . → Read More: Glendora @ Baseline – Two 2nds & Another Course Record for Lauren
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 entries for the massive Mt. SAC Invite were released today, and as always, the schools of the East San Gabriel Valley will be well represented, with 30 of the 37 area schools and 1132 local athletes taking part in this massive, two day event featuring hundreds of schools from many states and nearly 20,000 athletes.
Most . . . → Read More: Mt.SAC Entires: 9 Locals in the Sweeps Races