CIF Prelims – Div 1: Walnut Finds a Fifth, La Serna Bounces Back and Arcadia’s Streak Ends

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.

This could be the year for Walnut!

CIF Div 1 Girls Merged Results

SGV #2 Walnut won their qualifying heat in 90:34 and Chloe Arriaga was first in an easy 17:19. Amanda Ghibaudo was 9th/18:08 moves up to =26th All-Time SGV on this course. But just as important was the return of soph Anastasia Sloan from illness and the emergence of Milo Santiago (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 #12 Arcadia 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 with Joyce Wu as the only returner from that team, 2018 was a season-long quest to rebuild, and they were just short. Joyce finished 5th/17:57 in the race and will move on individually.

SGV #5 California and #10 La Serna 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 Bar was competing in the Prelims for the first time in many years, and they ran a solid 16th/103:16. Bell Gardens was 18th/97:30 in their race and Schurr was 19th/108:25.


The La Serna Boys have advanced to Finals for the second time ever. Is the State Meet next?

CIF Div 1 Boys Merged Results

In the Boys races, SGV #2 California advanced easily for the 7th straight year with a strong 3rd/77:54 effort punctuated by excellent efforts from Angel Salinas – 7th/15:19 – =17th All-Time SGV on this course, Ethan Ruiz – 9th/15:24 – =27th A-T, and Jack Martinez  – 18th/15:35 is =41st A-T.

SGV #4 Arcadia put together a solid race, especially up front, to advance in 3rd/78:18, a spot they’ve earned for at least 10th straight years. As they have been all year, the Apaches were led by Jacob Hsu – 6th/15:14,  now =13th SGV A-T here and Tianyuan Pei -13th/15:24 is =25th A-T.

SGV#3 La Serna bounced back from a disappointing league meet with an excellent 2nd/77:47 finish to earn their second ever spot in the Finals. Marco Perez was best at 10th/15:27, just off his time here last year. Gerald Baltzer was 13th/15:29 and is =31st A-T, Jesse Montez – 16th/15:31 is =34th and Aidan Arredondo – 25th/15:34 is =38th A-T.

In the merged results of the three heats, 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.  Walnut, Hacienda winners,  were 16th/82:03 in their heat and Schurr, Almont Champs were 21st/89:55. Diamond Bar, competing in Prelims for the first time in over a decade were, 17th/85:37 in their heat, while Montebello was 18th/78:48 and Bell Gardens – 20th/92:35

SGV Tops 10’s and Team Bests After the jump 

SGV Div. 1 Girls Top 10 & Team Bests

  1. 17:19 - Chloe Arriaga – Sr, Walnut
  2. 17:38 - Emma Arriaga – Sr, Walnut
  3. 17:57 - Joyce Wu – Sr, Arcadia
  4. 18:08 - Amanda Ghibaudo – Jr, Walnut
  5. 18:35 - Anastasia Sloan – So, Walnut
  6. 18:53 - Milo Santiago – Jr, Walnut
  7. 18:56 - Zoe Gurule – Sr, California
  8. 19:02 - Stephanie Reynoso – Sr, California
  9. 19:18 - Alexis Saucedo – Sr, La Serna
  10. 19:22 - Kira Graves – Jr, Arcadia
  • 19:40 - Kelli Ishitani  – So, Diamond Bar
  • 19:51 - Marai Atancio – Sr, Schurr
  • 20:13 - Jimena Vazquez – Jr, Bell Gardens

SGV Div. 1 Boys Top 10 & Team Bests

  1. 15:14 - Jacob Hsu – Jr, Arcadia
  2. 15:19 - Angel Salinas – Sr, California
  3. 15:24 - Ethan Ruiz – Jr, California
  4. 15:24 - Tianyuan Pei – So, Arcadia
  5. 15:27 - Marco Perez – Sr, La Serna
  6. 15:29 - Gerald Baltzer – Jr, La Serna
  7. 15:31 - Jesse Montez – Sr, La Serna
  8. 15:34 - Aiden Arredondo – Jr, La Serna
  9. 15:35 - Jack Martinez – Jr, California
  10. 15:41 - Andres Espinoza – Sr, California
  • 15:45 - Lukas Amare – Jr, Diamond Bar
  • 16:06 - Chris Razo – So, Walnut
  • 17:02 - Edson Arias – Jr, Montebello
  • 17:16 - Armando Morales – So, Schurr
  • 17:52 - Emmanuel Valencia – Sr, Bell Gardens

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