Big Hurdle PR made Malia Week 8 Athlete of the Week

We got a bit behind on SGV meet week and it’s time to catch up. The performer of Week 9 is Bishop Amat’s Jessica Gallardo – who was Athlete of the Meet at the SGV Champs on the strength of her 1600/800 double.

Malia Avila looking happy after her big PR!
Malia Avila looking happy after her big PR!

But we wanted to be sure honor our week 8 best performer, junior Malia Avila of Walnut.  Malia dropped a huge PR 44.39 while finishing second in the Seeded Race at the Mt.SAC Relays.  Her time was 2.01 seconds better than her previous best, and she now ranks #19 All-Time in the SGV.

In other All-Time Performances at Mt.SAC, just behind Malia in the same race, La Salle senior India Hines’ 44.61 moves her to #23 AT SGV, and her 36-09.75 triple jump ranks her #41 AT.  In the 800, Gallardo ran 2:14.65 to move to #16 AT SGV, while her soph Amat teammate Ally Palomino is now #17 AT SGV at 10:49.94 in the 3200.

Rebecca Troescher, Rachel Wiggins, Lauren Buehner, and Sarah Troescher - l to r
Rebecca Troescher, Lauren Buehner, Rachel Wiggins, and Sarah Troescher – l to r

The best performance at Mt.SAC came from the Arcadia 4×400 relay.  They won the Invite race in a school record and #10= All-Time SGV performance of 3:48.90.  They are currently ranked #5 in California for 2015.

Most of the best marks from the SGV Champs are covered above, but we should take special note of the 1600 – it had three All-Time SGV Performances and Five School Records!  Gallardo and San Dimas soph Trinity Ruelas were followed by Stephanie Cortez (Sr, California) at 5:04.41 – a school record and #25 All-Time SGV.  Next across were Demi Marine (Jr, Covina) – 5:07.71 and Rochelle Viramontes (So, Whittier) – 5:07.80 – both new school records.  And then came Brenda Dorantes (Jr) – 5:08.35, also under the old Whittier record.  It was really a great race.

The final two All-Time marks came in a dual meets, and it shows the value of auto-timing these meets. Last Thursday against Gabrielino (and SGV Champ Helen Tade) Rosemead junior Tammy Vien ran 15.03 in the 100 hurdles – a school record and #40 All-Time SGV. Temple City’s Karlly Feng (Jr) reached 11-00 in the pole vault vs. San Marino, and now ranks #12= All-Time.

Here is the updated 2015 All-San Gabriel Valley list for the girls. The long jump has the most, with 11 athletes reaching the All-SGV standard, and the throws each have two.  86 athletes and relays have hit the standard, and average of 5.3 per event.

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