Week 4 Preview – Laying Low

Many teams take a break in this fourth weekend of the season.  It comes just after the first wave of clusters meets and just before the second wave as well as next weekend’s big Clovis Invitational and the local SGV Challenge at Mt.SAC.  And many of the teams that are racing will be holding out their top varsity runners, which will give a new set of athletes a chance to shine.

The biggest local meet is the Top Speed Running Super XC Classic hosted by South Hills at Bonelli Park over a somewhat slow, but spectator friendly, 3-mile course.  Ten SGV teams will run on the super-fast 3-mile course at the Warren/Stauffer Invite at Hollydale Park in South Gate.  The Staub/Barnes Invite at Crescenta Valley Park features a hilly course that runs similarly to Mt.SAC, and will have 12 SGV schools in the field.  The excellent Brea Invitational at Carbon Canyon Park includes six teams from the SGV, racing over a tough 5K course.  Duarte and Nogales will head east to the Yucaipa Invitational, run at the host school’s campus.

Short Previews after the jump

Top Speed Running Super XC Classic – Bonelli Park in San Dimas (Live Results)  This is the second edition of this meet hosted by South Hills HS.  The course here is two loops over heavy grass and some hills but is very spectator friendly.  The Div. III ranked Huskies will be competing, as will Damien and Div. II ranked Glendora, but neither the Spartans nor the Tartans will have their top runners competing.  Newly ranked Webb (Boys Div. V #10) will be testing themselves against bigger schools like Arroyo and Covina – Cluster Meet winners this week.  The Claremont girls beat the host Huskies on Tuesday and should contend for the title.  Other SGV’s in the meet: Diamond Bar, St. Lucy’s, San Dimas, and the Walnut boys.  Complete list of Entered Teams is here.

The Div. III #3 Bonita girls will be one the top teams at the Warren/Stauffer Invitational.  The 3-mile course is completely flat with few turns and firm surfaces, which always makes it super fast.  The Bearcats were easy winners in their cluster meet, and will test themselves against several ranked schools.  Div. IV ranked Don Bosco will look forward to running without the illnesses that have held them the past two weeks.  Los Altos, winners of the Hacienda cluster last weak, will be looking for a good results.  Other SGV’s in the meet: Bell Gardens, Cantwell-SHM, La Mirada, Montebello, Schurr, South El Monte, & St. Paul.  Complete list of Entered Teams is here.

The Staub/Barnes Invitational is in it’s 45th year, and it’s always been a great meet over a tough course.  It features 5 ranked boys teams and 7 girls, including Div. V Pasadena Poly and Flintridge Prep, Div. IV ranked Flintridge Sacred Heart, and Div. I Arcadia girls, although it’s not clear if they will be running their best athletes.  Div. III ranked South Pasadena will not be.  On the girls side Rosemead and La Cañada will try to take recent invite and league success to a bigger stage.  Other SGV’s in the meet: Bishop Amat, Gabrielino, Pasadena, & Temple City.  Complete list of Entered Teams is here.

The Arcadia boys will probably not bring their first seven to the Brea Cross Country Invite, but their next tier are very strong and will contend for the title.  This meet uniquely matches up each teams 1 & 2, 3 & $, and 5,6 & 7 runners in different races.  Other SGV’s in the meet: Baldwin Park girls, Charter Oak, Ramona Convent, St. Francis, & Wilson.  Complete list of Entered Teams is here.

 

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