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 #11Â PioneerÂ boys. Fresh off a strong effort at Mt.SAC, the Titans were second here in the Small Schools Sweepstakes. JuniorÂ Nathaniel Estrada ran 15:22 and was just out-leaned for the win. TeammateÂ Sergio MartinÂ 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,Â Pasadena super-froshÂ Isaiah GivensÂ won the in 15:36, an excellent time in the heat.Â La MiradaÂ were the winners with what looks like their full team, and they were led by seniorÂ Christian SantiagoÂ who was 2nd/15:39.
In the girls races,Â Rosemead seniorÂ Melanie MachÂ had a big life-time best in the Small Schools Sweeps to finish 2nd/17:45, just ahead ofÂ Olivia PaezÂ (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 strengthÂ La SernaÂ was 3rd in the Large School Varsity race, led by sophÂ Remi VigilÂ at 15th/19:07.
SGV Top 10 Performers Lists After the Jump
SGV Boys Top 10
- 15:22Â Â Nathaniel EstradaÂ – Jr, Pioneer
- 15:30Â Â Sergio MartinÂ – Jr, Pioneer
- 15:31Â Â James LeonÂ – Jr, Bishop Amat
- 15:36Â Â Isaiah GivensÂ – Fr, Pasadena
- 15:39Â Â Christian SantiagoÂ – Sr, La Mirada
- 15:40Â Â Tianyuan PeiÂ – So, Arcadia
- 15:43Â Â Drake MaloneyÂ – Sr, Arcadia
- 15:44Â Â Chase BradshawÂ – Jr, La Serna
- 15:45Â Â Matt RutzenÂ – Sr, Maranatha
- 15:45Â Â Eduardo CruzÂ – Sr, Arcadia
SGV Girls Top 10
- 17:46Â Â Melanie MachÂ – Sr, Rosemead
- 17:47Â Â Olivia PaezÂ – Sr, Bishop Amat
- 18:11Â Â Maddie FrancoÂ – Jr, La Serna
- 19:06Â Â Janelle SantosÂ – Fr, Bishop Amat
- 19:07Â Â Remi VigilÂ – So, La Serna
- 19:13Â Â Natalia InterianoÂ – So, La Serna
- 19:14Â Â Kelly SanchezÂ – So, La Serna
- 19:15Â Â Dana HernandezÂ – Sr, Rowland
- 19:16Â Â Alexis SaucedoÂ – Sr, La Serna
- 19:16Â Â Katrina WeisingerÂ – So, Arcadia