The San Gabriel Valley has always been well represented in the CIF-SS’s Division 1, and we’ll be well-represented again with four teams moving on in nation’s toughest division.
SGV #2Â WalnutÂ won their qualifying heat in 90:34 andÂ Chloe ArriagaÂ was first in an easy 17:19.Â Amanda Ghibaudo wasÂ 9th/18:08 moves up to =26th All-Time SGV on this course. But just as important was the return of sophÂ Anastasia SloanÂ from illness and the emergence ofÂ Milo SantiagoÂ (18:53) as a solid #5 for the Mustangs. Their chances of a high Finals finish and a trip to the State Meet look better than ever.
Going the other way, SGV #12Â ArcadiaÂ ran probably their best year of the season, but were only 11th/96:27 in the first of three heats, ending a Finals streak that dated to 2010. The Apaches were fourth in the State last year, but withÂ Joyce Wu as the only returner from that team, 2018 was a season-long quest to rebuild, and they were just short. Joyce finishedÂ 5th/17:57 in the race and will move on individually.
SGV #5Â CaliforniaÂ and #10Â La SernaÂ had long-shot hopes of advancing, but their season ends here. The Condors were the closer, finishing just behind Arcadia in 12th/96:33 while the Lancers were 14th/97:54 in their heat.
Diamond BarÂ was competing in the Prelims for the first time in many years, and they ran a solid 16th/103:16. Bell GardensÂ was 18th/97:30 in their race andÂ Schurr was 19th/108:25.
In the Boys races,Â SGV #2Â CaliforniaÂ advanced easily for the 7th straight year with a strong 3rd/77:54 effort punctuated by excellent efforts fromÂ Angel SalinasÂ – 7th/15:19 – =17th All-Time SGV on this course,Â Ethan RuizÂ – 9th/15:24 – =27th A-T, andÂ Jack MartinezÂ – 18th/15:35 is =41st A-T.
SGV #4Â ArcadiaÂ put together a solid race, especially up front, to advance inÂ 3rd/78:18, a spot they’ve earned for at least 10th straight years. As they have been all year, the Apaches were led byÂ Jacob HsuÂ – 6th/15:14,Â now =13th SGV A-T here andÂ Tianyuan PeiÂ -13th/15:24 is =25th A-T.
SGV#3 La SernaÂ bounced back from a disappointing league meet with an excellent 2nd/77:47 finish to earn their second ever spot in the Finals.Â Marco PerezÂ was best at 10th/15:27, just off his time here last year. Gerald BaltzerÂ was 13th/15:29 and is =31st A-T,Â Jesse MontezÂ – 16th/15:31 is =34th andÂ Aidan ArredondoÂ – 25th/15:34 is =38th A-T.
In the merged results of the three heats,Â La Serna was ranked 5th and California 7th – so a State Meet spot is certainly in the cards for them. That would be the fourth time the Condors advanced to State and the first ever for the Lancers. Arcadia is 11th, so they’ll race next week with a solid shot at returning to Fresno for the first time since 2015
Two SGV League champs also competed in Div. 1 but did not advance.Â Â Walnut, Hacienda winners,Â Â were 16th/82:03 in their heat and Schurr, Almont Champs wereÂ 21st/89:55.Â Diamond Bar, competing in Prelims for the first time in over a decade were, 17th/85:37 in their heat, whileÂ MontebelloÂ was 18th/78:48 andÂ Bell GardensÂ – 20th/92:35
SGV Tops 10’s and Team Bests After the jumpÂ
SGV Div. 1 Girls Top 10 & Team Bests
- 17:19 -Â Chloe ArriagaÂ – Sr, Walnut
- 17:38 -Â Emma ArriagaÂ – Sr, Walnut
- 17:57 -Â Joyce WuÂ – Sr, Arcadia
- 18:08 -Â Amanda GhibaudoÂ – Jr, Walnut
- 18:35 -Â Anastasia SloanÂ – So, Walnut
- 18:53 -Â Milo SantiagoÂ – Jr, Walnut
- 18:56 -Â Zoe GuruleÂ – Sr, California
- 19:02 -Â Stephanie ReynosoÂ – Sr, California
- 19:18 -Â Alexis SaucedoÂ – Sr, La Serna
- 19:22 -Â Kira GravesÂ – Jr, Arcadia
- 19:40 -Â Kelli IshitaniÂ – So, Diamond Bar
- 19:51 -Â Marai AtancioÂ – Sr, Schurr
- 20:13 -Â Jimena VazquezÂ – Jr, Bell Gardens
SGV Div. 1 Boys Top 10 & Team Bests
- 15:14 -Â Jacob HsuÂ – Jr, Arcadia
- 15:19 -Â Angel SalinasÂ – Sr, California
- 15:24 -Â Ethan RuizÂ – Jr, California
- 15:24 -Â Tianyuan PeiÂ – So, Arcadia
- 15:27 -Â Marco PerezÂ – Sr, La Serna
- 15:29 -Â Gerald BaltzerÂ – Jr, La Serna
- 15:31 -Â Jesse MontezÂ – Sr, La Serna
- 15:34 -Â Aiden ArredondoÂ – Jr, La Serna
- 15:35 -Â Jack MartinezÂ – Jr, California
- 15:41 -Â Andres EspinozaÂ – Sr, California
- 15:45 -Â Lukas AmareÂ – Jr, Diamond Bar
- 16:06 -Â Chris RazoÂ – So, Walnut
- 17:02 -Â Edson AriasÂ – Jr, Montebello
- 17:16 -Â Armando MoralesÂ – So, Schurr
- 17:52 -Â Emmanuel ValenciaÂ – Sr, Bell Gardens