Saturday morning at the Mt.SAC Invitational has been historic for San Gabriel Valley teams and athletes, with two huge wins, one record, and eightÂ All-Time performances.
Boys Team:Â Arcadia seniorÂ Phillip RochaÂ dominates to win in 14:24, one second off the all-time course record, and tying the San Gabriel Valley All-Time best ofÂ Diego MercadoÂ (West Covina, 2005) &Â Ammar MoussaÂ (Arcadia, 2010. Â California senior Cisco CuellarÂ is 9th/15:08 – 30th best All-Time SGV. California ran an outstanding 78:05 to finish 4th among Div. I schools.
Boys Individual:Â Ayala was the top Div. II team at 79:56, led byÂ Stephen KahnÂ 4th/15:10
Girls Team:Â Arcadia JuniorÂ Holly LungÂ had a huge win! Her 17:17 finish is second best All-Time SGV. Her teammateÂ Jasmine HeÂ made an even bigger breakthrough with a 17:41 for 4th, and she now ranks =11th A-T SGV. Â Soph Eryca YamaneÂ also jumped into the All-Time list, her 18:15 ranks her =#32.Â The Apaches were 3rd at 91:16 in Div. I, despite running without two of their expected top five girls. Â Claremont were 3rd/93:48 in Div. II, and were led by an outstanding 18:13/11th performance fromÂ Kiana Cavanaugh,Â who now ranks 30th A-T SGV.
Girls Individual:Â Walnut froshÂ ChloeÂ &Â Emma ArriagaÂ 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. Â Div. II is still to come but the heat will probably prevent anyone from running their way onto the list. Â We’ll update if they do.
In the warm late afternoon at Mt.SAC, Flintridge Prep senior Jack Van Scoter led his team to a historic performance. Â They were the easy winners in the Div. V Sweepstakes race, and their team time of 78:51 is aÂ was just offDivision record and the top SGV time on the day. Â Van Scoter was the race winner in an outstanding 14:45, second best ever by a D5 athlete, and which moves him to #10 All-Time San Gabriel Valley on the course that is the standard for CIF-SS Cross Country.
Flintridge Prep were also easy winners on the girls side, led by 18:56/2nd performance from juniorÂ Natalie O’Brien. Â Their team time of 96:58 was just ahead of Div. IV Sweeps winnersÂ Mayfield, who were paced by a 18:32/2nd effort by seniorÂ Emily Serhan.
The top SGV individual girls performance came from Bonita seniorÂ Kelsey Creese. She ran an outstanding 18:16 to finish 4th in the Div. III Sweeps, and she now ranks =31st All-Time SGV. Â Salvador CapetilloÂ (Sr, Baldwin Park) had the other top local performance. Â He ran 15:10 for third in the Div. III Sweeps while his team was second, and he now ranks =33rd A-T SGV.
In the first Hacienda Cluster meet, the West Covina boys surprised favored Los Altos to win with a strong display of pack running, while the Walnut girls showed they had enough depth to lead at the lead level.
On Thursday’s second cluster meet, held on a rolling 3-mile course at Bonelli Park, the Walnut girls turned in an almost identical performance, easily winning with just 27 points. Â But on the boys side, even though West Covina improved their team time from 85:24 to 84:03, the could not answer Los Altos’ big surge from the first meet, with the Conqs winning 32-36.
The Montview League’s second cluster meet was held Wednesday on the tough, hilly 3-mile course at Schabarum Park.
Nothing changed at the top, as Baldwin Park were again the easy winners on the boys side, as were the girls with a bigger margin than the first meet.
Maria HernandezÂ (Sierra Vista) was the dominating winner of the girls race – her 19:59 putting a full minute on runner-upÂ Leah MartinezÂ (Azusa). Â Both runners were better thanÂ the first meet, but nothing like the 2:21 improvement fromÂ Hannah EubanksÂ (Gladstone) as she moved from 11th in meet #1Â to third with a 21:04 result.
The top two boys switched places from meet #1, asÂ Adolfo VelasquezÂ (Baldwin Park), with a really excellent 15:32 effort, pushed past previous winner Cesar BermudezÂ (Sierra Vista) at 15:53.
Last week saw the last of the first round of league cluster meets, and this week will see three leagues competing for the second time this season, this time with relatively cooler temperatures.
We will post results and coverage of the meets as soon as we have them.
Wednesday – October 7
Mission Valley #2Â – Legg Lake – 3 flat miles. Â Arroyo were the easy winners on both sides in the first meet, and should be unchallenged again. Â The athletes in this league make a lot of progress during the year, so there could be a lot of change in the other places.
Montview #2Â – Schabarum Park – 3 miles, very hilly. The teams in this league make even more progress during the season, and unique among our leagues, this is one of three cluster meets the Montview will contest. Â Baldwin Park were the clear winners in meet #1. Â Their boys are almost certain winners again, but Sierra Vista and Azusa could rise up to challenge the girls.
Thursday, October 8
Hacienda #2Â – Bonelli Park – 3 miles, rolling. Â At the first meet, theÂ West CovinaÂ boys opened with what at the time was a surprising win. Â They’ve since confirmed their class, but should be challenged again by Los Altos.Â WalnutÂ should repeat on the girls side
We missed covering last week’s rankings, when theÂ South PasadenaÂ girls moved into the Div. III Top TenÂ and two schools moved out.
This week, two more schools entered the rankings -Â WebbÂ at #7 in the Div. V boys, largely on the strength of a dominating performance at their first league meet, and the BonitaÂ boys, also from a strong league performance where they beat another ranked team.
The fifth weekend of this XC season was a quiet one, with the majority of SGV teams not racing, and several of those that did fielded B or C teams.
The top performance came from Arriaga sisters at the SGV 1 on 1 Challenge (covered below) – the season’s first race on the 2.93 Mt.SAC Championship Course. Â Chloe Arriaga won the event in 17:45 and Emma was third in 18:26, both with All-Time SGV Performances. Covina and Arroyo both ran well in the team competition.
Elsewhere, 16 SGV schools scattered among four meets, with the top performance beingÂ Jack Van Scoter’sÂ (Flintrigdge Prep) win at the Palos Verdes Invitational. Â Coverage of all four meets after the jump.