The Apache Invitational, the final invite of the season went off over the fast 3-mile course at Arcadia Park on a warm Friday afternoon and evening.
Eighty-five schools, including 26 from the SGV took part. But with League Finals Championship meets just days away, almost all of the schools entered partial or B-varsity teams.
The exception was the SGV #11 Pioneer boys. Fresh off a strong effort at Mt.SAC, the Titans were second here in the Small Schools Sweepstakes. Junior Nathaniel Estrada ran 15:22 and was just out-leaned for the win. Teammate Sergio Martin was 4th in 15:30 and they were the SGV’s two best on the day.
Also notable among the boys, in the Varsity -Small-Schools race, Pasadena super-frosh Isaiah Givens won the in 15:36, an excellent time in the heat. La Mirada were the winners with what looks like their full team, and they were led by senior Christian Santiago who was 2nd/15:39.
In the girls races, Rosemead senior Melanie Mach had a big life-time best in the Small Schools Sweeps to finish 2nd/17:45, just ahead of Olivia Paez (Sr, Bishop Amat) 3rd/17:47 – which was her best result since her sophomore year. Melanie’s performance was matched by her teammates when they won the regular Small Schools Varsity Race without her – setting up the Panthers to make a strong run at Arroyo at next week’s Mission Valley League Meet.
A mostly full strength La Serna was 3rd in the Large School Varsity race, led by soph Remi Vigil at 15th/19:07.
SGV Top 10 Performers Lists After the Jump
SGV Boys Top 10
- 15:22 Nathaniel Estrada – Jr, Pioneer
- 15:30 Sergio Martin – Jr, Pioneer
- 15:31 James Leon – Jr, Bishop Amat
- 15:36 Isaiah Givens – Fr, Pasadena
- 15:39 Christian Santiago – Sr, La Mirada
- 15:40 Tianyuan Pei – So, Arcadia
- 15:43 Drake Maloney – Sr, Arcadia
- 15:44 Chase Bradshaw – Jr, La Serna
- 15:45 Matt Rutzen – Sr, Maranatha
- 15:45 Eduardo Cruz – Sr, Arcadia
SGV Girls Top 10
- 17:46 Melanie Mach – Sr, Rosemead
- 17:47 Olivia Paez – Sr, Bishop Amat
- 18:11 Maddie Franco – Jr, La Serna
- 19:06 Janelle Santos – Fr, Bishop Amat
- 19:07 Remi Vigil – So, La Serna
- 19:13 Natalia Interiano – So, La Serna
- 19:14 Kelly Sanchez – So, La Serna
- 19:15 Dana Hernandez – Sr, Rowland
- 19:16 Alexis Saucedo – Sr, La Serna
- 19:16 Katrina Weisinger – So, Arcadia