About 40% of the San Gabriel Valley’s cross country programs opened their seasons this past weekend, scattered around Southern California in mostly low-key opening races. Here’s a quick round-up of the four races held outside of the SGV..
Great Cow Run – 3 miles
The Great Cow run, 3 flat miles on a fast course at Cerritos County Park, is one of the top opening meets in SoCal, SGV powersÂ CaliforniaÂ and ArcadiaÂ opened here, but neither program ran close full-strength. The Apache boys were 8th overall, withÂ El RanchoÂ a solid 15th/83:09.
In the girls race, Cal finished well at 6th/98:04, with seniorÂ Mai QuesadaÂ leading SGV athletes with her 22nd/19:06 finish – nearly a minute better than last year at this meet
The best male performance was fromÂ RowlandÂ seniorÂ Nicholas Acevedo, who is way ahead of his 2018 bests with a tenth overall finish in 15:25 on the fast, flat 3-mile course.
Riverside Showcase – 2.25 miles
SGV schools came out strong on this opener on a short, 2.25 mile version of the CIF-SS Championship course in Riverside.
TheÂ La MiradaÂ girls led the charge, winning this 10-team meet by putting their first five in the top 21 of the race.Â BonitaÂ were 4th in the race that saw SGV girls put five in the first ten:Â Alexis CorveseÂ (St. Lucy’s) 4th/14:13;Â Mariah WatersÂ (La Mirada) 6th/14:26;Â Arianna KumarÂ (Bonita) 8th/14:34;Â Natalia ZunigaÂ (La Mirada) 9th/14:37;Â Sophia GomezÂ (La Mirada).
CIF-ranked BonitaÂ were the top boys team, finishing 7th in a field of 18.Â Daniel EchevesteÂ (Bonita) 5th/11:18;Â Danny EbinerÂ (Damien) 10th/11:25 had the top local performances.
And, at the UCSB Gaucho Invitational, theÂ PolytechnicÂ girls finished 7th in a field of 11, led by seniorÂ Sophie Phinney, who was 19th/20:28 on the flat 3-mile course. The boys were led by a 29th/16:55 finish by seniorÂ Evan HayesÂ but did not score as a team.Â (Full Results)
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