The Mission Valley League moved over to Bonelli Park for their second cluster meet, but the top results were the same as Arroyo won both races and Noah Hibbard and Melanie Mach were the individual winners.
Mach (Sr, Rosemead) (19:14) continued her strong season by holding off cousins and Arroyo teammates Molly Hake (19:17) and Amelia Rivas (19:24). This was Melanie’s fourth win of the year, including the Friday Senior race at the Rosemead Invite and last Saturday’s Perris Valley meet. Each week she has been running a minute ahead of her times from last year, when she was 5th in the MVL
The girls race also featured a large snake on the race path (no photo, unfortunately), but that did not stop Arroyo from putting their five in the first seven to beat Rosemead again, 22-39. Gabrielino held on to the third spot. Miranda Lam (Jr, Rosemead) had the biggest jump from the first meet among the leaders, improving from 12th to 8th and running 53 seconds faster.
On the boys side, Noah Hibbard won again with a very strong effort – a MVL Course record 15:10 for 3 miles on this rolling course that features two trips over a decent sized hill. Noah also dropped a SGV all-time best in winning the Rosemead Invite last month. He was joined up front by strong efforts from junior Joshua Orellana (2nd/15:24), and especially by soph Saket Sama (3rd/15:59)
Arroyo was almost perfect, but Gabrielino’s Nicolas DiConti (5th/16:03) got in just ahead of the Knights #5 leaving them with 16 points. The Eagles behind DiConti had an equally good day, getting just ahead of Rosemead 78-79, reversing their order from the first meet. The Panthers had an uneven day, setting up a showdown for 2nd at League Finals. The biggest improvement among the leaders was Carlos Martinez (Jr, El Monte), who moved up from 15th to 7th, improving by 1:44.
Thanks for the photos goes to Gabrielino dad Andy DiConti.