CIF Pre-Season Polls: 12 SGV Programs Ranked to Start the Year

Six SGV boys team and six girls are ranked in the Top 10 in the initial 2019 CIF Southern Section Rankings.

Unlike most other sports, where teams are divided into many divisions, based on attempts to balance competitive equity, cross country is organized into just divisions, based solely on enrollment.

Here are the Pre-Season Rankings

  • Div I Boys: La Serna – #9
  • Div II Boys: Claremont – #4
  • Div III Boys: Bonita – #5, Arroyo – #6
  • Div IV Boys: South Pasadena – #10
  • Div V Boys: Flintridge Prep – #4


  • Div I Girls:
  • Div II Girls: Claremont – #1
  • Div III Girls: Bonita – #6
  • Div IV Girls: La Cañada – #3, South Pasadena – #6, Mayfield – #7
  • Div V Girls: Flintridge Prep – #5


SGV XC Starts Off This Weekend

So, let’s get things started!

We will once again provide full coverage of San Gabriel Valley prep Cross-Country this year, starting with this weekend’s opening meets.

Next week, look for full coverage of the meets, along with our first rankings of the 2019 season.

Here’s a quick look at this weekend’s events, two of which are hosted by SGV Schools.

Fastback Invitational – Arcadia County Park

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This start of the season short course event will be run one more year on the fast and flat course at Arcadia Park, rather than the traditional 1.9 mile course at MtSAC, which is still under construction. 51 schools will take part, 17 from the SGV. Arroyo (the hosts), Bassett, Charter Oak, Diamond Bar, El Monte, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart, La Cañada, La Salle, Mark Keppel, Montebello, Mountain View, Schurr, South El Monte, St. Francis, Webb and West Covina.

Lancer Invitational – La Mirada County Park

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A new meet this year, La Serna will host this 2-mile meet over the hills at La Mirada. Eleven teams are registered to compete, with hosts joined by the SGV’s Bishop Amat, Diamond Ranch, Pomona Catholic and St. Paul. 

The Great Cow Run – Cerritos County Park

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SGV powers Arcadia and California will lead a forty-four school field over this super fast 3-mile course at Don Knabe Country Park in Cerritos. El Rancho and Rowland will also rep the SGV at this big meet.

The Riverside Showcase – Riverside XC Course

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Another short (2.25 mile) meet, this one takes place on the site of the CIF-SS Championship meet. Bonita, Damien/St. Lucy’s, La Mirada and Walnut are scheduled to compete.

And… Poly (Pasadena) will travel to Santa Barbara to race on the 3-mile course UCSB in the Gaucho Invitational (Live Results)

We will have full coverage of these meets on by Monday. Parents, friends and coaches, please send photos and race notes to