The fifth weekend of this XC season was a quiet one, with the majority of SGV teams not racing, and several of those that did fielded B or C teams.
The top performance came from Arriaga sisters at the SGV 1 on 1 Challenge (covered below) – the season’s first race on the 2.93 Mt.SAC Championship Course. Chloe Arriaga won the event in 17:45 and Emma was third in 18:26, both with All-Time SGV Performances. Covina and Arroyo both ran well in the team competition.
Elsewhere, 16 SGV schools scattered among four meets, with the top performance being Jack Van Scoter’s (Flintrigdge Prep) win at the Palos Verdes Invitational. Coverage of all four meets after the jump.
Walnut’s Chloe and Emma Arriaga had strong youth track careers, and they started their high school careers with bang at the Fastback Shootout. At Saturday’s San Gabriel Valley One on One Challenge they (and everyone else) had their first look at the full, 2.93 mile Championship Course at Mt.SAC.
Wasting no time, Chloe was the overall winner in 17:45, a time that places her seventh ninth All-Time among San Gabriel Valley athletes on the course. Emma was third overall, and her 18:26 performance ranks #32 #47 All-Time SGV. (This is according to our current AT list, which is evolving as more records become available. Ed: it evolved more on Tuesday).
On the boys side, Sierra Vista senior Cesar Bermudez was the SGV’s best. He was the only local boy to break 16:00, finishing 5th overall in 15:52. Arroyo (83:12), pace by Jesse Ramirez at 16:02 just edged out the Daniel Salazar (16:01) led Covina (83:18) as the top area team. The Knights were fifth overall, while Covina were sixth and the winners of Division 2.
Covina, led by senior Demi Marine – 18:58, were the top SGV girls team, winning Div. 2 at 95:56 and placing second overall.
The Whittier girls and California boys have raced well from Day 1 of this season, and they continued their form into the first Del Rio League Cluster meet, run on the flat 3-mile Legg Lake course on Thursday.
Top Performers were from the top teams – seniors Brenda Dorantes (18:11) and Cisco Cuellar (15:22).
Schurr jumped to the front of the Almont league, as they opened their season at Legg Lake on Wednesday. Running on the flat 3-mile course, the girls were clear winners while the boys were first by the smallest possible margin.
The Palomares League, featuring five ranked teams, met up for their second cluster meet on Tuesday. They had slightly cooler weather (mid 80’s) and tougher course – the 3 mile Invite course at Bonelli Park. The day saw strong team battles and several big individual performances. Claremont took both sides, with Ayala and Bonita reversing their order from the first meet in both races
Full Results for the 2015 Palomares League Cluster Meet #2 are here.
The opening month of the 2015 Cross Country season will wrap up with at least 48 SGV teams scattering to six meets. The biggest meet in both quality and size is the Stanford Invitational and will have several strong SGV match ups. Almost all of the top local teams are racing, with only El Rancho, California and Bonita taking the weekend off. However, several teams are likely to hold their Varsity teams out of the races ahead of big cluster meets next week.
The Miramonte kicked off their league competition on a hot Thursday at the very hilly and tough course at Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights.
Bassett took top honors on both sides. The boys had 36 points to edge out La Puente’s 48. The Olympians Manuel Fernandez (16:37) and Dino Ramirez (16:50) led the field. Jose Perez was next at 17:01 to lead the runners up and Luis Godinez was 4th/17:08 to lead third-placed Edgewood.
The Bassett girls, led by Jennifer Berrios (4th/20:57) had a slightly bigger margin, 30-58 over Garey, who were paced by Rosealba Herrera (6th/22:32). The overall winner at 20:57 was Laura Diaz, who lead Edgewood to a third place finish, and she was followed across the line by Karen Herrera of La Puente in 21:27.
Full Results for the 2015 Miramonte League Cluster Meet #1…
The SGV’s league for its smallest schools has several of the area’s strongest teams. Flintridge Prep boys and girls ranked #1 in CIF Div. V, while Mayfield is #1 in the girls CIF Div. IV, and all three teams are in the Top 5 of the all-division rankings for the San Gabriel Valley.
Racing on the hilly 3-mile course at Crescenta Valley Park, which runs close to Mt.SAC time-wise, Flintridge Prep were the winners of both events.
The Boys, running within themselves, dropped a perfect 15 while taking the first seven spots. SGV seasonal #1 Jack Van Scoter led with a 16:29 performance. Michael Yen, 8th at 18:11, was the best for runner up Polytechnic.
The Girls race was a showdown that didn’t happen. Both of the top teams ran controlled efforts, but Mayfield was especially restrained, clearly looking to Saturday and the remaining two Prep League meet. The Cubs first 6 finished within a second of each other, and this tipped the balance to Flintridge Prep 40-45. Both teams will race for reels on Saturday at Stanford.
Tops for Prep was frosh Sasha Codiga 3rd/20:23 while Mayfield was led by Marissa Sanchez 7th/21:15. Tops in race were Vivian Wheeler 1st/20:22 and Sophie Schleifer 2nd/20:23 for third placed Polytechnic. 4th-placed Westridge was paced by Emma Linde 5th/20:43.
Arcadia is one of three powers in the Pacific League, along with Burroughs (Burbank) and Crescenta Valley. On the boys side, the Apaches are facing a strong challenge from Burroughs with CV just behind, while the girls were the clear favorites.
Racing on a hot Thursday on the fast, flat 3-mile course at Arcadia Park, Arcadia came out on top twice. Using a multi-dual format, in which the all of the teams run in one race but then the results are used to score dual meets between all of the participants, the boys were 7-0, edging Crescenta Valley 26-29, and beating Burroughs by a larger margin.
Arcadia was led by the seasonal debut of defending State Champ Phillip Rocha, who was the overall winner in 14:59.06. Unfortunately, the Apaches have lost their strong projected #2 Dominic Gonzales, who had transferred from Walnut last winter only to return last week. Nevertheless, they placed three more in a tightly bunched Top Ten: Chris Lee 4th/15:13.88, Tony Segura 8th/15:20.46 and Joseph Vasquez 9th/15:23.50
Arcadia was also helped by Burroughs holding out a few top runners, so the next cluster and finals should be a strong three-way race.
The Girls race was not expected to be as contested, and even with the Sweeps race at Stanford less than 48 hours away, Arcadia were the easy winners. Conceding the top places, they put their five in the first nine while running mostly together: Holly Lung 3rd/18:02.41, Jasmine He 4th/18:07.28, Kelly Liang 7th/18:18.72, Eryca Yamane 8th/18:33.72 and Joy Huang 9th/18:35.47
The South Pasadena Boys ran to a comfortable win and La Cañada Girls ran to an even bigger margain in the first Rio Hondo League meet, run over a flat 3 mile course at Lacy Park in San Marinothe hilly 3 mile course at Crescenta Valley Park.
Kieran Press-Reynolds (Jr, South Pasadena) and Katie Scoville (So, La Cañada) were the easy and expected individual winners.