Nearly 1400 athletes from forty-five schools will contest the 12th Annual San Gabriel Valley Championships this Saturday, April 22 at 10:00am on San Dimas High School’s fast Mondo surface.
This area championship meet matches up schools and athletes to compete against their neighbors, regardless of league assignment and CIF division. The SGV’s is one of six regional championship meets taking place in the Southern Section this weekend, including the South Bay Championships, the Inland Empire Championships (San Bernardino & Riverside Counties) and the Championship meets for Orange, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
The Arcadia girls and California boys are looking to defend their team titles. The Apaches will be challenged by Walnut, Glendora and St. Lucy’s, while the Condors will try to hold back Damien, and Arcadia.
On the girls side, the top talent is in the field events with California Top 10 ranked Micah Fulton (Muir) leading the long jump and triple jump and Chino’s Taylor Crockem leading the shot and discus.
The top race will probably be the GV 3200 with Chloe Arriaga (Walnut) Trinity Ruelas (Bishop Amat) and Mikaela Ramirez (Ayala) facing off. The same three will meet earlier in the 1600.
Glendora’s Reynolds Twins, Shalee and Shyann, who have each gone 56.xx in the 400, will be in that race, where they’ll face Samantha Crosmer (St. Lucy’s) and Lauren Buehner (Arcadia). They will also run the 100 hurdles, where they hope to catch up with SGV leaders Malia Avila (Walnut) and Citalli Anguiano (La Mirada)
Among the boys, the top race will probably be 1600, where Mt. SAC 800 Champ Jake Lamb (Glendora) will step up to challenge Ayala’s two sub-4:20 men, Stephen Khan and Zach Arias.