Well, this is the end for 2018. Four San Gabriel Valley boys teams and four girls teams will compete in Saturday’s California State Cross Country Championships on the 5000m course at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Five of the eight teams return from 2017, including two champs.Â TheÂ ClaremontÂ andÂ Flintridge PrepÂ girls are multi-year champs in Div. II and V, respectively. The Wolfpack, CIF-SS Div 2 champs, are favored to make it three in a row while Prep will face a big challenge to their four-year streak.
Sydney HwangÂ led CHS with an 11th place finish last year, and she’s been joined, and now surpassed up front by froshÂ Maddie Coles, who won last week’s CIF-SS Champs. Prep will be led by seniorÂ Haley Allen, 6th last week and 8th here last year.
The boys teams from CHS and FP also return from 2017 meet, where they were both 4th. Mayfield, 4th here last year, are back for the fifth year in a row, and the ninth time in ten years. SophÂ Audrey SuarezÂ was 2nd in years meet and 2nd last week at CIF.
TheÂ WalnutÂ girls, led by seniorsÂ ChloeÂ andÂ Emma ArriagaÂ have finally advanced after many near misses, as have theÂ South PasadenaÂ boys, who took advantage of a move to Div. IV. TheÂ CaliforniaÂ boys return after missing 2017 – they’ve advanced four the five last years.
Six boys and five girls have advanced individually this year. All six of the boys will be making their state meet debuts -Â Noah HibbardÂ (Sr, Arroyo) in Div. II, Devin HightowerÂ (Sr, South Hills) &Â Eduardo De PazÂ (Jr, Baldwin Park) in Div. III, andÂ Owen SerricchioÂ (Sr, La CaÃ±ada),Â Nathan VallejoÂ (Sr, Southlands Christian)Â &Â Nathaniel EstradaÂ (Jr, Pioneer).
The four of the five girls competed here in 2017.Â Joyce WuÂ (Sr, Arcadia) ran with here team and was 23rd in Div. 1.Â Olivia PaezÂ (Sr, Bishop Amat) was 24th and Ellaney MatareseÂ (So, La CaÃ±ada) 56th in Div. IV.Â Lily MillerÂ (So, Webb) advanced on her own and finished 22nd in Div V.Â Lauren NettelsÂ (Jr, Flintridge Sacred Heart) will make her State meet debut.