Schurr jumped to the front of the Almont league, as they opened their season at Legg Lake on Wednesday. Running on the flat 3-mile course, the girls were clear winners while the boys were first by the smallest possible margin.
The Palomares League, featuring five ranked teams, met up for their second cluster meet on Tuesday. They had slightly cooler weather (mid 80’s) and tougher course – the 3 mile Invite course at Bonelli Park. Â The day saw strong team battles and several big individual performances. Â ClaremontÂ took both sides, withÂ AyalaÂ andÂ BonitaÂ reversing their order from the first meet in both races
Full Results for the 2015 Palomares League Cluster Meet #2 are here.
The opening month of the 2015 Cross Country season will wrap up with at least 48 SGV teams scattering to six meets. Â The biggest meet in both quality and size is theÂ Stanford InvitationalÂ and will have several strong SGV match ups. Â Almost all of the top local teams are racing, with only El Rancho, California and Bonita taking the weekend off. Â However, several teams are likely to hold their Varsity teams out of the races ahead of big cluster meets next week.
The Miramonte kicked off their league competition on a hot Thursday at the very hilly and tough course at Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights.
BassettÂ took top honors on both sides. Â The boys had 36 points to edge outÂ La Puente’sÂ 48. Â The OlympiansÂ Manuel FernandezÂ (16:37) andÂ Dino RamirezÂ (16:50) led the field. Â Jose PerezÂ was next at 17:01 to lead the runners up andÂ Luis GodinezÂ was 4th/17:08 to lead third-placedÂ Edgewood.
TheÂ BassettÂ girls, led by Jennifer BerriosÂ (4th/20:57)Â had a slightly bigger margin, 30-58 overÂ Garey, who were paced byÂ Rosealba HerreraÂ (6th/22:32). Â The overall winner at 20:57 wasÂ Laura Diaz, who leadÂ EdgewoodÂ to a third place finish, and she was followed across the line byÂ Karen HerreraÂ of La Puente in 21:27.
Full Results for the 2015 Miramonte League Cluster Meet #1…
The SGV’s league for its smallest schools has several of the area’s strongest teams.Â Flintridge Prep boys and girls ranked #1 in CIF Div. V, whileÂ MayfieldÂ is #1 in the girls CIF Div. IV, and all three teams are in the Top 5 of the all-division rankings forÂ the San Gabriel Valley.
Racing on the hilly 3-mile course at Crescenta Valley Park, which runs close to Mt.SAC time-wise, Flintridge Prep were the winners of both events.
The Boys, running within themselves, dropped a perfect 15 while Â taking the first seven spots. Â SGV seasonal #1Â Jack Van ScoterÂ led with a 16:29 performance. Â Michael Yen, 8th at 18:11, was the best for runner upÂ Polytechnic.
The Girls race was a showdown that didn’t happen. Both of the top teams ran controlled efforts, but Mayfield was especially restrained, clearly looking to Saturday and the remaining two Prep League meet. The CubsÂ first 6 finished within a second of each other, and this tipped the balance toÂ Flintridge PrepÂ 40-45. Â Both teams will race for reels on Saturday at Stanford.
Tops for Prep was froshÂ Sasha CodigaÂ 3rd/20:23 while Mayfield was led byÂ Marissa SanchezÂ 7th/21:15. Â Tops in race wereÂ Vivian WheelerÂ 1st/20:22 andÂ Sophie SchleiferÂ 2nd/20:23 for third placedÂ Polytechnic. Â 4th-placedÂ WestridgeÂ was paced byÂ Emma LindeÂ 5th/20:43.
ArcadiaÂ is one of three powers in the Pacific League, along with Burroughs (Burbank) and Crescenta Valley. Â On the boys side, the Apaches are facing a strong challenge from Burroughs with CV just behind, while the girls were the clear favorites.
Racing on a hot Thursday on the fast, flat 3-mile course at Arcadia Park,Â ArcadiaÂ came out on top twice. Using a multi-dual format, in which the all of the teams run in one race but then the results are used to score dual meets between all of the participants, the boys were 7-0, edging Crescenta Valley 26-29, and beating Burroughs by a larger margin.
Arcadia was led by the seasonal debut of defending State ChampÂ Phillip Rocha, who was the overall winner in 14:59.06. Â Unfortunately, the Apaches have lost their strong projected #2 Dominic Gonzales, who had transferred from Walnut last winter only to return last week. Â Nevertheless, they placed three more in a tightly bunchedÂ Top Ten:Â Chris LeeÂ 4th/15:13.88,Â Tony SeguraÂ 8th/15:20.46 andÂ Joseph VasquezÂ 9th/15:23.50
Arcadia was also helped by Burroughs holding out a few top runners, so the next cluster and finals should be a strong three-way race.
The Girls race was not expected to be as contested, and even with the Sweeps race at Stanford less than 48 hours away,Â ArcadiaÂ were the easy winners. Conceding the top places, they put their five in the first nine while running mostly together: Holly LungÂ 3rd/18:02.41,Â Jasmine HeÂ 4th/18:07.28,Â Kelly LiangÂ 7th/18:18.72,Â Eryca YamaneÂ 8th/18:33.72 andÂ Joy HuangÂ 9th/18:35.47
The South Pasadena Boys ran to a comfortable win andÂ La CaÃ±adaÂ Girls ran to an even bigger margain in the firstÂ Rio HondoÂ League meet, run over a flat 3 mile course at Lacy Park in San Marinothe hilly 3 mile course at Crescenta Valley Park.
Kieran Press-ReynoldsÂ (Jr, South Pasadena) andÂ Katie ScovilleÂ (So, La CaÃ±ada) were the easy and expected individual winners.