Five teams and three individuals will compete in Saturday’s CIF Divisional finals over the famous 2.93 mile course at Mt.SAC. Or at least, probably. With rain in the forecast, there’s the possibility that if rains hard enough, the races will be moved to the 5000 meter Rain Course. This course, which finishes inside the stadium and . . . → Read More: Preview: CIF Finals
Cross Country requires more than talent, and even more than hard work – the athletes need to be lucky enough to stay healthy. Last year Claremont was on track for a top finish until the were derailed by the H1N1 virus, and this year they’ve been healthy. Last year, Glendora enjoyed almost perfect health on their way to their championship, and this year injuries and illness have bit their team.
At last Saturday’s CIF Prelims, both teams advanced. CIF, State and Nationally ranked Claremont had an easy win with their team leaders Paul Ross and Henry Falotico going 1-2 with sub-max 15:28 and a team time of 78:49. The Tartans didn’t have that luxury and raced an all-out 79:16 to finish second in their heat. The were led by a heat winning (and GHS course record) 15:13 from senior Anthony Castro, and received a notable performance from frosh Mike Duke who was their 4th man in 16:01! Rowland had a chance to advance with a great day, and unfortunately went the other way, with each of their guys off by 30-40 seconds.
The Div. III teams got to race in the much warmer afternoon and so the times were a bit off, but not their performances, especially from Damien. The Spartans were enjoying their first trip to prelims in five years, and they made the most of it, running a strong 81:49 to advance to the Finals. They were led by senior John Garcia’s 16:01 and were really helped by their small, 42 second 1-5 gap.
Two individuals also advanced. Bonita’s Dillon Nobbs capped a fine freshman season with a 16:09 in the heat of the day. Even more impressive was Northview’s Alan Callison. The senior improved by over two minutes from ’09 to drop a PR 15:49 and move on to the finals.
In Div. V, senior Baily Stockdale (16:33) led Webb (90:08) into next weeks finals for the first time in a number of years
Complete Results are here
Top 14 Performers and Team Ranking with Team Leaders after the jump
Continue reading CIF Prelims Boys: Claremont, Glendora, Damien & Webb – plus Callison and Nobbs Move On
The CIF Southern Section is easily the toughest and strongest sporting section in the country – advancing to the finals of this meet is the equivalent of advancing to the state final in the big states, and superior to the final in smaller states. Just one of the penalties we pay for living in Southern California.
The upshot is that only two of the 19 girls team that qualified from their league meets advanced to the Finals, along with one individual.
Bonita has been ranked in the top 10 of Div III all year, and they advanced as expected with a second place, 99:53 finish in the first heat. There were led once again by 2009 State Finalist Marissa Scott, who finished 7th/19:22 and was joined in first 10 by frosh Mikayla Flores (9th/19:24). The Bearcats time ranked them 13th among the qualifiers, so they will need to take a strong step to finish top 7 to advance as a team, while Marrisa can advance as an individual with a strong effort.
This was the Claremont girls first strong season in several years, and their young team struggled, with a top runner’s DNF and another performing below par. But they were just fast enough and in just the right heat to advance to the Div. II finals, finishing 4th in 100:02. They were led by frosh Merin Arft in a nice 19:17, equaling her effort from the Mt.SAC Invite under less ideal conditions. Div. II is about as strong as any division has ever been for CIF, with the top three teams nationally ranked and the State’s top 9 all from the Southern Section, so the Wolfpack will need a huge step to advance.
South Hills had been ranked #13 in Div III and so advanced as an at-large team despite finishing 4th in the tough Sierra League. The Huskies had a bit of an off day and failed to advance, finishing 6th in the second heat in 102:56. In a division where the top 5 in each heat and the fastest sixth go forward, they missed that spot by 1:34. Junior Alex Borunda (9th/19:24) led their effort and she missed advancing by just 3 places and 17 seconds. Glendora also had a chance to advance but they were slightly off their best and were unlucky to land in the fastest heat. They ran 99:49 – the fastest SGV team time on the day, fastest of the non-qualifying teams, and they would have advanced in heats 2 or 3. This is becoming something of an unwelcome tradition for the Tartans, as their boys team were the fastest non-qualifiers in ’07 and ’08. Tartan senior Lauren Justus – a State finalist in ’09 - fought through illness during the race to finish 6th in 18:39 – top SGV time of the day – to advance individually, and she has strong chance to advance again this year.
Complete Results (PDF’s) are here
SGV Top 14 Performers, Team Rankings Top Performers from each team after the jump
Continue reading CIF Prelims Girls: Bonita, Claremont, and Lauren Advance
This site is a one man operation, and the real life affairs of that one man got in the way of the site for a bit.
Apologies to the folks who have checked in and to the Hacienda and MVL athletes looking for timely coverage of their league meets.
We’ll be . . . → Read More: And we’re back…
Each of the three Montivew cluster meets had been a tight clash between Azusa and La Puente boys with the Aztecs taking the last two and carrying a small lead into Thursday’s finals at (where else?) Schabarum Park.
With the title on the line, both teams stepped up with, splitting the first seven spots between them. Azusa’s . . . → Read More: Montview: La Puente Edges Azusa Boys, Girls…
The Sierra League is a strong XC league, with two CIF ranked teams among the guys and three in the girls, plus St. Lucy’s & South Hills guys, who were both CIF Finalists last year. This meant that four of the teams were already assured of at-large CIF spots, but this did nothing to diminish the . . . → Read More: Sierra: Claremont Guys, Champs, Girls Second
Running in Tuesday’s brutal heat, Glendora had another program first (or at least the first in memory) – advancing both boys and girls and teams to CIF in the same year.
Competing in the Baseline League for the first time, senior Lauren Justus led the Tartan girls to their first post-season spot since 2005 finishing . . . → Read More: Glendora – Both Teams Advance from Baseline
Cross Country season began in June or July for many of our athletes, and it reaches it culmination for most with this week’s League Finals Championship Meets – with league titles and CIF berths on the line.
The various leagues differ in how they award their team championships, but CIF mandates advancement procedure to the post-season – the top three teams from 5-6 team leagues, and the top four from 7-8 team leagues. Plus, up to three individuals from non-qualifying teams may advance provided they finish in the top six in the finals meet. Teams may advance on an “at-large” basis if they are 13th or better in any two of the last four CIF Polls. So far, only the Claremont boys and South Hills & Bonita girls have met that standard.
Bishop Amat and Webb got the jump on the local competitors in their Finals held on Saturday. The Lancers advanced both teams to D3 prelims with third place finishes in the Del Rey Finals at Santa Fe Dam. Seniors Illiana Velazquez (4th/18:27) and Zach Mendoza (13th/16:33) were their top performers on the flat, 3 mile course. Webb senior Bailey Stockdale booked his place in D5 Prelims with a 16:03, third place performance over the hilly 2.91 mile course at Pierce College in the Prep League Finals.
Complete League Previews after the jump.
Continue reading League Finals Previews
Whoosh! That was the sound you heard as the boys of the SGV ran over the famous hills as Mt.SAC. Last year in this meet, only two locals went sub 16:00. This year, admittedly aided by better weather and the inclusion of Claremont, eleven guys dipped under that mark! Last year’s #14 was at 16:52 – which would have ranked 46th this year!
The top performances came from senior Paul Ross (15:03) and the Claremont Wolfpack. Paul’s time was the fastest by an ESGV athlete since West Covina’s Diego Mercado set the course record (14:24) in 2005. Claremont had a strong finish in the Team Sweeps on what turned out to be the fastest day in Mt.SAC history.
Los Altos and Rowland also had excellent days, while South Hills (with a key injury) and Glendora (with bad performances) took a step back.
In a merge of all 28 boys Varsity teams at Mt.SAC, Claremont was the easy winner (31) over Glendora (98) with Rowland (105) third.
Local Top 14 Performers and the Top Ten from the merge after the jump
Continue reading Mt.SAC Wrapup – Boys