CIF Prelims – SGV Boys: Top Teams Confirm, Disappointment for the Del Rio

Aaron Mora - Whittier

Thirty-Six San Gabriel Valley boys teams competed in Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Preliminaries, each looking to gain one of the sixteen spots in five divisions.  All of the SGV schools seeded to advance did, except for one notable exception.  Del Rio League Champs El Rancho missed advancing in Div. I by just one point as the other two DRL teams, California and Santa Fe, in an amazing streak of misfortune, were also the first non-qualifiers in their heats, SGHS missing by just two points and the Dons by 17.

On the other hand, unranked Maranatha and Whittier Christian both snagged places in the Div. IV finals, as all of the races were run over the flat, paved 2.9 mile Rain Course at Mt.SAC.  Here’s how it went by division:

Div. I: Arcadia was the heat winner in 74:51, fastest among the SGV, led again by senior Sergio Gonzalez (14:41).  Of the three disappointed Del Rio teams, Santa Fe ran best to expectations, and junior Kevin Ramirez (14:39) advanced individually, as did Whittier senior Aaron Mora, also at 14:39, which was the best SGV time on the day.

Div. II: Glendora, second best SGV 75:55, were led by a return to form from soph Mike Duke (14:52 =8th SGV).  They were seventh on time but fifth on a merge of the 16 qualifying teams.  Nick Rivera (Sr, Rowland) won his heat in 14:43 to advance, and La Serna senior Michael Munoz will also move on with his 14:41 effort =3rd SGV.

Div. III: As expected, Damien advanced, pulled by strong performances from Tom Ebiner (14:43) and Doug Negrete (14:51).  But the Spartans had to go pretty far back to four and especially five, so advancing to State will be tough without closing that gap.  South Pasadena was a solid 76:21 to advance, but like Damien will need to close up to advance to Fresno.  Los Altos was disappointingly the first non-qualifier, missing out by 22 seconds.  Their senior Jair Juarez will go on with his 15:03, as will Dillon Nobbs (So, Bonita) at 14:57.

Div. IV: Division #1 Don Bosco held form and won their heat with a measured effort, as did La Salle junior Daniel De La Torre (14:52 =8th SGV)  San Marino advanced as well.  With only 32 teams in Div. IV, Maranatha, and Whittier Christian, were able to bag the last two qualifying spots.

Div. V: Flintridge Prep won their heat with a controlled effort, and Poly (Pasadena) held form to advance as well.

Top 14 Performers and a Ranking of the SGV Teams after the jump.

CIF-SS Prelims – November 12, 2011  Mt.SAC Rain Course – 2.9 miles, paved, mostly flat.

Top 14 Performers

  1. 14:39  Aaron Mora – Sr, Whittier
  2. 14:39  Kevin Ramirez – Jr, Santa Fe
  3. 14:41  Sergio Gonzalez – Sr, Arcadia
  4. 14:41  Michael Munoz – Sr, La Serna
  5. 14:43  Tom Ebiner – Sr, Damien
  6. 14:43  Nick Rivera – Sr, Rowland
  7. 14:51  Doug Negrete – Jr, Damien
  8. 14:52  Daniel De La Torre – Jr, La Salle
  9. 14:52  Mike Duke – So, Glendora
  10. 14:52  Ryan Vargas – Sr, Arcadia
  11. 14:56  Francis Lee – Sr, Arcadia
  12. 14:57  Christian Garcia – Sr, Santa Fe
  13. 14:57  Dillon Nobbs – So, Bonita
  14. 14:57  Alexander Tranquada – Sr, South Pasadena

Team Rankings

  1. 74:51  Arcadia – Pacific Champ
  2. 75:55  Glendora
  3. 76:15  Damien
  4. 76:21  South Pasadena – Rio Hondo Champ
  5. 76:40  Santa Fe
  6. 76:53  El Rancho – Del Rio Champ
  7. 77:39  California
  8. 77:41  Los Altos – Hacienda Champ
  9. 78:04  Arroyo – Mission Valley Champ
  10. 78:05  Bonita
  11. 78:05  Rowland
  12. 78:17  Covina – Valle Vista Champ
  13. 78:17  Don Bosco
  14. 79:44  Walnut
  15. 79:54  Flintridge Prep – Prep Champ
  16. 80:22  Rosemead
  17. 80:30  Baldwin Park
  18. 80:31  Nogales
  19. 80:54  Maranatha
  20. 80:58  La Mirada
  21. 81:04  San Marino
  22. 81:23  Bishop Amat
  23. 82:10  La Cañada
  24. 82:48  Whittier Christian
  25. 82:52  Poly (Pasadena)
  26. 83:11  Montebello – Almont Champ
  27. 83:33  El Monte
  28. 83:43  Schurr
  29. 85:06  Cantwell/Sacred Heart – Camino Real Champ
  30. 85:54  Northview
  31. 86:30  Azusa
  32. 86:35  Alhambra
  33. 87:03  Sierra Vista
  34. 88:12  Ganesha – Montview Champ
  35. 88:19  St. Paul
  36. 88:23  Bassett

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