TheÂ ClaremontÂ boys earned the SGV’s only podium place in Saturday’s California State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno, while theÂ CovinaÂ girls had the top girls performance with their fourth place finish in Div IV.
It was a bit of a rough day for our local teams, with only three of the nine, the above two plus theÂ La SernaÂ boys performing ahead of the average for Southern Section teams in their race.
Three SGV athlete’s made the State Meet’s ten person podium.Â Audrey SuarezÂ (Jr, Mayfield) was the only girl, finishing 3rd/17:53 in Div. IV, 9 seconds off of her winning time in 2018. On the boys side, ClaremontÂ junior Jack Keough-LansfordÂ led his team’s strong Div II effort with a 7th/15:14 finish, whileÂ Eduardo De PazÂ (Sr, Baldwin Park) was 3rd/15:31 and the top CIF-SS athlete in Div III. Jack and Eduardo’s times rank them =17th and =48th, respectively, among theÂ SGV All-Time Top 50 Performers on this storied 5000m course.
The SGV’s results, by division, are after the jump
SGV Teams & Athletes at the 2019 State Meet
Div II GirlsÂ – Claremont had a rough day and finished 7th in 93:41, ending an incredible three year run of championships JuniorÂ Angie GushieÂ led the first three across the line 15th/18:10. She now ranks 26th A-T SGV.
Div III GirlsÂ – Arroyo had advanced to both CIF Finals and the State Meet for the first time ever, but never got going here,Â finishing 20th in 102:23. SeniorÂ Kelly Luna-FloresÂ was their leader at 76th/19:54
Div II BoysÂ – Claremont, 3rd here last year with an arguably better team,Â and 4th in the incredibly loaded CIF D2 Finals, ran a really strong race to move up to again to 3rd/78:29. In addition to Keough-Lansford, seniorÂ Adam TrafecantyÂ joined the All-Time Performer’s list with his 17th/15:28. He’s =32 SGV on this course.
Div III Boys – As noted above,Â Eduardo De PazÂ (Sr, Baldwin Park) finished 3rd overall, running only 11 seconds slower than his 3 mile time at CIF Finals. where he was eighth. He was the top Southern Section runner here by 3 places. Pasadena sophÂ Isaiah GivensÂ could not duplicate his efforts at the SS Final and the earlier Clovis Invite here, but still just missed the podium with his 11th/15:40 finish.
ArroyoÂ returned to Fresno for the first time since their win in the first State Meet in 1987 but suffered a bit of an off day and finished 13th/83:02
Div IV Girls – CovinaÂ were a big fourth place, and second best SS team, moving up one spot from Finals. They were led by a big effort from seniorÂ Katelyn Voung, who bounced back from a rough 29th place finish at CIF-SS Finals to place 17th/18:42, and 7th among SS girls.
MayfieldÂ were 6th/97:47, led by Suarez’ 3rd place finish. Also in the race were individual qualifiersÂ Sydney MorrowÂ (So, South Pasadena) 27th/18:48 in here first time here, andÂ Ellaney MatareseÂ (Jr, La Canada) 30th/18:50 in her second State Meet.
Div V Boys -Â After their surprise win in the Southern Section Finals,Â Flintridge PrepÂ could not make it two in a row, falling to sixth and third among SS teams with an 84:06 team time. JuniorÂ Hudson BillockÂ was their top finisher at 21st/16:21.
Div IV BoysÂ -Â WilsonÂ made a huge jump this year, advancing to CIF Finals and State for the first time in maybe ever, but couldn’t keep the momentum going, finishingÂ a few spots below their ranking in 12th/84:03. SeniorÂ Johnathan ZavalaÂ led the team with a solid 22nd/15:59 finish
Div V GirlsÂ – the SGV only advanced individual’s here, juniorsÂ Lily MillerÂ (Jr, Vivian Webb) andÂ Alessia ChecconeÂ (Jr. Poly). This was Lily’s third trip to Fresno and her 20th place finish and 19:17 time were life-time bests. Alessia was 43rd/19:52 in her first time here.
Div I BoysÂ -Â La SernaÂ closed out the day, advancing for the first time after a near miss last year. The were 12th overall in 80:20, a really solid effort. SeniorÂ Aiden ArredondoÂ led the team at 54th/15:48.