Arcadia had been chasing in the Pacific League all year. The boys were looking to take back the championship, while the girls, losing six of seven from their 2017 team, were looking just to return to CIF.
Senior Joyce Wu was the only returner from Arcadia’s 2017 League Champ and CIF Finals team. Fourth at last year’s Pacific Final, she led league competition all year, and finished with a dominating 41 second win in 18:31. Her team, struggling all year with injuries and illness, finished a solid fourth and earned the league’s final CIF spot.
Karina Langley led seventh-placed Pasadena all year, and turned in an especially strong performance here, moving up from 23rd and 21st in the first two league meets to finish 14th/20:12, second best among the SGV athletes.
The Arcadia boys fell short of Crescenta Valley on the hilly, 3-mile course at Crescenta Valley Park. The Apaches were led by a 4-5 finish from junior Jacob Hsu (15:49) and soph Tianyuan Pei (15:57), but could not reach a CV team that put four in the first seven.
The two Arcadia runners ran in the frosh/soph race last year, so this finish was a really great advance for them. But their improvement paled compared to Pasadena frosh Isaiah Givens. Isaiah won the frosh/soph race in the first league meet, then moved to Varsity in the second race, finishing 14th. He was was 6th/15:59 Thursday on this course that runs similar to Mt.SAC. He’ll advance to CIF as an individual and get at least one more week to test his talent.
The Bulldogs were sixth in the team standings. Muir did not score, Ronnie Winn – 35th/18:04 was their best.