CIF Rankings – Week 8 – 10/22: We’re up to 25!

This was the second week of the CIF Southern Section Rankings expanding to 16, and the San Gabriel Valley increased its share in the rankings from 22 teams to 25.

This is a big achievement for our area. We make up just over 10% of the Southern Section’s population, yet we have nearly 16% of the ranking spots.

The SGV also has four boys teams and 5 girls teams ranked in the California State Top 10 last week, led by Claremont who rank at the top in both the boys and girls Div. 2.  The SGV has 5% of the state’s population, but our schools have earned 9% of the spots in the rankings.

Five schools moved into the rankings this week – Flintridge Sacred Heart (D4) & Vivian Webb (D5) on the girls side, and South Hills (D3), Pioneer (D4) and Maranatha (D5) on the boys. Falling from the rankings were the Covina girls (D4) and, surprisingly given their solid performance at Mt.SAC, Damien (D3).

Twenty of the teams were ranked for the second consecutive week in the expanded rankings, and so earned an at-large berth in CIF Prelims should they fail to advance from their leagues. Teams earn an at-large spot by ranking in the top 16 twice in the final four weeks – this was week two of the final four

Of those twenty, only the Bonita boys and girls are at all likely to need an at-large spot. Damien may need one as well, so they will be hurt by falling from the rankings. None of the newcomers to the rankings are likely to need an at-large spot, nor is Covina.

Four of the SGV Girls Top Ten were unranked: #5 Arcadia, #8 Glendora, #9 California & #10 La Serna. Only #6 Rowland and #9 Glendora are unranked among the boys, but except for Glendora, none of these are likely to need a ranking to advance.

You can view the entire rankings here

San Gabriel Valley Girls

*=Clinched At-Large CIF berth.

Div 1 – #6 – #9 California Walnut* (6th last week)

Div 2 – #1 – #1 CA Claremont* (Same)

Div. 3 – #8 Bonita* (9th); #13 Rosemead* (13th)

Div. 4 – #5 – #6 CA Bishop Amat* (Same); #7 Mayfield* (8th); #10 Flintridge Sacred Heart (Not Ranked) #11 – #7 CA La Cañada* (6th)

Div. 5 – #2 – #5 CA Flintridge Prep* (Same); #7 Poly* (Same); #12 Webb (Not Ranked)

Left Rankings: Covina – #16 Div. 4


San Gabriel Valley Boys

Div 1 – #7 – #10 California  La Serna* (#6); #6 Arcadia* (7th); #14 California* (=12th)

Div. 2 – #1 – #1 CA Claremont* (1st); 9th Arroyo* (9th)

Div. 3 – #10 Bonita* (10th); 12th Whittier* (13th); 16th South Hills* (Not Ranked)

Div. 4 – #4 – #4 CA South Pasadena* (3rd); #10 Pioneer (Not Ranked) #12 Bishop Amat* (10th); #15 La Canada* (13th)

Div. 5 – #3 – #3 CA Flintridge Prep* (=2nd); #11 Maranatha (Not Ranked)

Left Rankings – Damien – 15th Div. 3


Mt SAC Saturday – Quick Results

  • Boys Individual Sweeps: Noah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo) is 6th/15:08 and the Knights were equally good finishing 3rd/79:33. Noah is now =31st best All-Time SGV at Mt. SAC. (The A-T best is 14:24, #50 is 15:16)
  • Boys Team Sweeps: Arcadia with a strong effort is 9th/79:43. La Serna was 11th/80:16.  Marco Perez  – 25th/15:37 was best for the Lancers and Jacob Hsu 29th/15:38 led the Apaches.
  • Girls Team Sweeps: Walnut was 4th/93:08 and Arcadia 11th/100:13. Chloe Arriaga again led the way for the Mustangs with a 3rd/17:21 finish. Joyce Wu led AHS at 10th/18:02. Walnut just missed putting four under 19:00, but had a 1:16 gap from 4 to 5 that will hurt them in bigger fields than today’s race of 11 teams.

SGV Boys Div. 1 & 2

  1. 15:08  Noah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo)
  2. 15:32  Joshua Orellana (Jr, Arroyo)
  3. 15:37  Marco Perez (Sr, La Serna)
  4. 15:38  Jacob Hsu (Jr, Arcadia)
  5. 15:41  Jack Ruan (Sr, Arcadia)
  6. 15:45  Tianyuan Pei (So, Arcadia)
  7. 15:57  Jerry Baltzer (Jr, La Serna)
  8. 15:59  Saket Sama (So, Arroyo)
  9. 15:59  Yoon Cho (Jr, Claremont)
  10. 16:04  Andrew Hernandez (Sr. La Serna)

SGV Boys Div. 1 & 2 Teams

  1. 79:33  Arroyo
  2. 79:43  Arcadia
  3. 80:16  La Serna
  4. 81:56  Claremont B
  5. 83:52  Rowland – John Martinez 16:26
  6. 87:03  Walnut – Jesse Alvarado 17:04
  7. 87:14  Diamond Bar – Lucas Amare 16:11
  8. 90:24  West Covina – Max Loera 17:35
  9. 91:10  Santa Fe – Matthew Mora 16:18

SGV Girls Div.1 & 2

  1. 17:21  Chloe Arriaga (Sr, Walnut)
  2. 17:38  Emma Arriaga (Sr, Walnut)
  3. 18:02  Joyce Wu (Sr, Arcadia)
  4. 18:43  Anastasia Sloan (So, Walnut)
  5. 19:05  Amanda Ghibaudo (Jr, Walnut)
  6. 19:21  Katie Bautista (Sr, Santa Fe)
  7. 19:55  Molly Hake (Sr, Arroyo)
  8. 19:55  Dana Hernandez (Sr, Rowland)
  9. 19:56  Amelia Rivas (Fr, Arroyo)
  10. 19:59  Grace Dorantes (Sr, Claremont)

SGV Girls Div. 1 & 2 Teams

  1. 93:08  Walnut
  2. 100:13  Arcadia
  3. 101:45  Arroyo
  4. 102:39  Claremont B
  5. 105:35  La Serna – Alexis Saucedo 20:01
  6. 107:27  Diamond Bar – Kelli Ishitani 20:30
  7. 108:52  Santa Fe
  8. 109:34  Rowland

Riverside Quick Results

  • Girls – Div.1: Glendora – 13th/98:05; California – 15th/98:34. Stephanie Reynoso (CHS) – 48th/19:13 was the top individual
  • Boys – Div.1: California  – 4th/79:09; Glendora – 10th/81:36. Angel Salinas (CHS) – 11th/15:28
  • Girls – Div. 2: Bishop Amat – 3rd/97:02; Alhambra 10th/101:35; Mark Keppel 24th/126:28. Olivia Paez (BAHS) – 11th/18:35
  • Boys – Div. 2: Bishop Amat 16th/86:10; Alhambra 26th/93:05; Mark Keppel 30th/100:27.  James Leon (BAHS) 23rd/16:08
  • Girls – Div. 3: Flintridge Sacred Heart 2nd/104:08; La Canada 3rd/103:13; Bassett 7th/115:46; South Hills 8th/116:22; Maranatha 129:14.  Ellaney Matarese (So, La Canada) – 4th/18:59
  • Boys – Div. 3: South Hills 5th/84:28; Los Altos 6th/85:36; La Canada 7th/86:39; Whittier 9th/88:49; Maranatha 12th/91:25; Bassett 13th/91:53.  Devin Hightower (Sr, South Hills) – 1st/15:50

Mt. SAC Friday: Oswaldo & South Pas with Big Days

Oswaldo Cervantes (Sr, Nogales) and Haley Allen (Jr, Flintridge Prep) had the top SGV individual performances on Friday, while the Bonita boys and the South Pasadena girls, choosing to run in the divisional race,  turned in the best team performances.

Allen was 11th in the Girls Div.4/5 Sweeps and the Rebels, running a bit our of order, were 6th. South Pas had three girls under 20 minutes as they were easy winners of the Div. 4 race, led by frosh Sydney Morrow (1st/19:19) and Mai Koyama (7th/19:50). Bonita was 7th in the girls Div. 3 Sweeps, with junior Lorelei Claxton (5th/19:04) up front for the team.

Cervantes was third in the Div. 3 sweeps race in 15:21 – a 36 second gap on the SGV’s next best on the day. Soph Daniel Echeveste (17th/15:58) led Bonita to a fourth-place finish in that race, while senior Kai Dettmann (1st/15:58) led South Pasadena to an easy win in their divisional race.

SGV Top 10 Individuals and Team Rankings after the jump Continue reading Mt. SAC Friday: Oswaldo & South Pas with Big Days

Week 8 Preview: Championship Season is in View

This weekend, the focus moves to big invites on the traditional cross country championship courses. All of the SGV’s Top Ten teams, with the exception of #1 Claremont and girls #6 Mayfield will be competing.

Riverside Invitational – Riverside

Live Results

On Saturday, ten SGV schools will compete in Riverside Invitational, on the course that will be the site of the CIF-SS prelims and finals in November. SGV ranked Bishop Amat, California, Glendora, La Canada and Whittier will be looking to make their mark.

71st Annual Mt.SAC Invitational – Mt. San Antonio College – Walnut

Live Results

The big Mt. SAC Invitational, will take place on Friday and Saturday. The hilly 2.93 mile Mt. SAC course is the Southern Section’s traditional championship course, but the reconstruction of the track has caused the CIF meets to move to Riverside and limited the field here.

Nevertheless, it will be a strong meet bringing teams from throughout the state and the western US, with Divisions 3, 4 & 5 racing on Friday and Divisions 1&2 on Saturday.

Forty-one SGV teams will compete on this big course.  Arcadia, Arroyo, La Serna, and Walnut will be in the big Sweeps races on Saturday. Bonita, Covina, Flintridge Prep, Nogales, Pasadena Poly, and Pioneer will be in the Div. 3,4,5 Sweeps races on Friday. Ranked Rowland and South Pasadena will be competing in the divisional races.

Week 8 League Meets – Previews & Results

Most of the leagues wrapped up their league/cluster meet schedule last week. All of the others, except for the Montview League, will finish this week.

We’ll add results and brief coverage as it becomes available, and more extended coverage as photos and race notes are made available.

Tuesday, October 15th

Mission League – Crescenta Valley Park, La Crescenta

In the first meet both Flintridge Sacred Heart and their brother school St. Francis finished in the top half, with Tolog Lauren Nettles finishing an impressive fifth. The Knights will need another good performance to stay in the CIF qualifying spots.

Complete Results

Boys ResultsSt. Francis had a bit of a rough day, falling from 4th in the first meet to 6th. Sean Wilcox was best for the Knights in 18:16.

Girls ResultsFlintridge Sacred Heart moved from 2nd in meet 1 to win here, helped by Harvard Westlake resting two runners. Tolog junior Lauren Nettles was 2nd/19:58

Baseline League – Bonelli Park, San Dimas

Damien was 4th and St. Lucy’s 5th in the first Baseline Meet. The Spartans’ CIF chances increased when they received a CIF Ranking Monday, but a third place is in reach for both teams.

Baseline League #2 Results

  • Boys Results: The Spartans jumped up to second by putting three men in the top 10, led by by frosh Eric Martinez who was 4th/16:42. They were also helped by league leaders Chino Hills resting several runners.
  • Girls Results: The Regents were 5th again, and were a bit further away from 3rd from the first meet. Frosh Sarah Gann stepped up for the team’s top finish at 7th/20:14.

Horizon League #5 – Legg Lake Park, South El Monte

These girls race every week, and form has held each time, with the SGV’s Ramona Convent 2nd, Alverno 3rd, and San Gabriel Mission 6th.

Complete Results

  • Girls ResultsRamona Convent was a solid second again, let by a 4th/21:17 finish from frosh Emily SilvaAlverno backed up a bit but still held third, their best was Kate Bolin – 9th/22:32

Wednesday, October 17th

Almont League #2 – Legg Lake Park, South El Monte

Schurr was the easy boys winners in the first meet, and Alhambra won the girls meet by an even bigger margin. Montebello and Bell Gardens were 2/3 on both sides. Alhambra has the best chance to move into the top half in the boys race, and San Gabriel will look to move up in the girls.

Complete Results

  • Boys ResultsMontebello were a distant 2nd to Schurr in the first meet, but the Oilers stepped up big to edge their cross-town rivals 48-49. Bell Gardens were 3rd again. Spartan soph Armando Morales was the big winner again in 16:25, and Jonathan Maya (Sr, Montebello) in a big step up performance, was 2nd/16:53, improving three spots and 23 seconds from Meet 1.
  • Girls ResultsAlhambra were the easy team winners again, but it was Schurr that made the big move, improving by 32 points and three spots to finish second. Spartan senior Marai Atanacio registered a clear 18:40 win over form Almont #1 Serena Duenas (Sr, Alhambra) who was 2nd/18:53. A lot of Schurr’s help came from frosh Berlyn Moreno who moved up to the Varsity for the first time to finish 9th/20:40 – a 1:04 improvement from meet 1. Bell Gardens was 3rd, just ahead of Montebello.

CIF Rankings: Week 7 – We Go to 16

This week, the CIF Southern Section rankings expanded to 16 for each of the five, enrollment based divisions.

Up to this point, the rankings have been mostly for fun, in that they didn’t have any direct impact on CIF post-season qualifying. But beginning with this week and for the next three weeks, any team that does not qualify by finishing in the top half of their league can advance if they are ranked twice in the last four weeks.

Seven teams moved into the rankings this week. The Arroyo boys returned to the Div. 2 Top 10, where they were ranked earlier this year. New to the extended rankings are the Rosemead and Covina girls, and the boys from California, WhittierDamien La Cañada. The Condors and Cardinals were ranked earlier this year.

With these updates La Canada joins Claremont, Bonita, Bishop Amat & Flintridge Prep in having both their boys and girls teams ranked.

The teams that were most helped by the rankings were Damien and the boys and girls of Bonita. The Spartans were 4th in the strong Baseline league and may need the help The Bearcat boys are narrowly third and the girls narrowly 4th in the brutal Palomares League, where five of the six girls teams and three of the boys teams are ranked. Conversely, SGV ranked Glendora were unranked, so they will need a not-impossible move up to 3rd at finals to advance.

Four of the SGV Girls Top Ten were unranked: #5 Arcadia, #8 Glendora, #9 California & #10 La Serna. Only #6 Rowland and #9 Glendora are unranked among the boys, but except for Glendora, all of these teams will not need the rankings to advance.

You can view the entire rankings here: Week 7 – 10/15 CIF-SS Rankings

San Gabriel Valley Girls

Div 1 – #6 Walnut (7th last week)

Div 2 – #1 Claremont (Same)

Div. 3 – #9 Bonita (Same); #13 Rosemead (Not ranked)

Div. 4 – #5  Bishop Amat (Same); #6 La Cañada (Same); #8 Mayfield (Same); #16 Covina (Not ranked)

Div. 5 – #2 Flintridge Prep (Same); #7 Poly (Same)


San Gabriel Valley Boys

Div 1 – #6 La Serna (Same); #7 Arcadia (9th); #12= California (Not ranked)

Div. 2 – #1 Claremont (3rd); 9th Arroyo (Not ranked)

Div. 3 – #10 Bonita (9th); 13th Whittier (Not ranked); 15th Damien (Not Ranked)

Div. 4 – #3 South Pasadena (4th); #10 Bishop Amat (Same); #13 La Canada (Not ranked)

Div. 5 – #2= Flintridge Prep (Same)


Claremont Girls Win Eastern States Championship – Boys 3rd

Demonstrating, once again, that the West Coast is the best coast, the Claremont girls defeated a national level field to win the Eastern States Championship race at the Manhattan Invite at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

Full Results

Eastern State Champs on the Van Cortlandt Podium

Despite running out of their usual order, the Wolfpack  put 4 in the first 17, led by frosh Maddie Coles who was 6th/14:44 on this hilly 2.5 mile course. They defeated several nationally ranked schools, including CIF SS rival Saugus, who were 4th.

Third Place!

The Wolfpack boys also ran a bit out of their usual order, but they finished a strong 3rd in this national field, and were just 4 pts from 2nd. Their top finisher was senior A.J. Reyes at 14th/12:45.

You ride the subway to this meet.

SCV Invite: Quick Results

Final Results Are Here

It looks like most of the SGV schools ran partial or B Teams here.

The exception is the Girls Varsity Small Schools Division.

Melanie Mach (Sr, Rosemead) won here second Invite in a row with an 18:21 effort – a 90 second improvement from 2017! She was 5 seconds clear of Flintridge Prep‘s Haley Allen in 2nd.

Prep won the race, contested over a rolling 3-mile course in 97:02. Rosemead was 2nd in 100:19.

Bell Gardens – Quick Results

Live Results are here

Boys CombinedNoah Hibbard (Sr, Arroyo) is the SGV’s best at 2nd/14:41 on this flat, 3-mile course. Others in the Top 10:

  • Oswaldo Cervantes (Sr, Nogales) – 3rd/14:46
  • Joshua Orellana (Jr, Arroyo) – 4th/15:00
  • Jesse Alvarado (Jr, Walnut) – 6th/15:09
  • Eduardo De Paz (Jr, Baldwin Park) – 8th/15:15
  • Daniel Echeveste (So, Bonita) – 9th/15:17

Top 10 Teams (Out of 44 Teams)

  • Arroyo – 2nd
  • Claremont B – 4th
  • Bonita – 6th
  • Glendora – 7th
  • Los Altos – 10th

Girls CombinedChloes Arriaga (Sr, Walnut) scorches the wet course to win big in 16:28

Emma Arriaga (Sr, Walnut) – 4th/17:16 was the only other SGV Athlete in the Top 10 of this meet that featured a very strong girls field.

Top 10 Teams (Out of 40)

  • Claremont B – 2nd
  • Walnut – 3rd
  • Arroyo – 5th
  • Bonita – 6th
  • Glendora – 9th