The Claremont boys ran very well in this meet last year, but the clock was about to strike twelve – with several runners already sick and the rest about to be with the H1N1 virus. Returning healthy on Saturday, the Wolfpack were easily the top Div. II team, and finished overall 5th in the prestigious Championship race. They were led by seniors Paul Ross (6th/15:21) and Henry Falotico (13th/15:31) in one the fastest races ever on this rolling 5000 meter course, site of the California State Meet in November. Seniors Colin Domonoske (16:02) & A.K. Metoyer (16:11) also chipped in excellent performances, with all four setting coure PR’s
Glendora, running without four of their top six because of injuries, illness and the SAT, was 16th in Champs race, paced by Anthony Castro (16th/15:35 – just off his course best) and junior Austin Mendoza (16:18).
Among the girls, GHS’s Lauren Justus was an excellent 7th (18:26) in the champs race, while her teammates, led by frosh Emily Hoey (36th/19:59) were 6th in the Div II race (and rank 2nd with Lauren’s time added in). Frosh Merin Arft (18th/19:29, =10th among frosh girls) and Megan Renken (24th/19:41) paced the Claremont girls to a 4th place finish in the DII race while South Hills was 9th behind junior Alex Borunda (26th/19:48) and senior Vianca Holguin (30th/19:53), who will be this site’s featured athlete on Wednesday
The Huskie boys were paced by Johnny Flores (33rd/16:29) to 9th place finish. The Rosemead girls were 6th in the Div. IV race, led by junior Kelly Luc (24th/20:25). The guys were 10th, with Abraham Esparza (27th/17:30) first across.