The League Realignment process was kind to Diamond Bar, moving them from the powerful Palomares to the Mt. Baldy League, a much fairer placing. Their cross country teams took full advantage, and both will advance to CIF for the first time in many years – the girls as League Champs!
The girls were third in the first league meet, but only missed first by two points. They were second in the next meet, and then stepped up big to win the Finals meet Thursday at Bonelli Park.
The Brahmas edged out a Chaffey team that put two below their #1, and were ahead on each matchup until the #5 runners. D-Bar’s #5, Henna Gonzolo was 15th/22:20 and Chaffey’s #5 was 22nd, and that gave the Brahma’s a two point win. Keili Ishitani – 5th/20:16 and Alison Ear – 6th/20:18 earned All-League honors to lead the winning effort.
The boys moved the other way over the season, registering a clear win in the first meet and a narrow second place in the second. They were second again in the Final, this time by a bigger margin as their first five had mixed results, but they earned the CIF spot!
Lukas Amare stepped up from two second-place finishes in the earlier league meets to win the individual championship going away with a 16:29 effort. Thomas Ear moved up from 6th and 5th in the earlier meets to finish 3rd/16:58 and earn All-League honors.