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Week 7 Cluster Meets: Previews & Results

Most of the SGV will be in action this week as most of the leagues hold their second, concluding cluster meets.

The La Salle girls are looking to repeat their win in the Camino Real League

There will be big showdowns in Tuesday’s Del Rey League meet and Thursday’s Del Rio & Pacific meets. Also look for shakeups from the first meet in the Montiview and Miramonte meets – athletes from these schools develop a lot over the season.

We will post results below and expanded coverage as photos and race details are made available.

Tuesday – October 9

Camino Del Rey Association #2 – La Mirada Park

Live Results

This Catholic school super-league combines 18 teams from around LA County, 6 from the SGV, racing in three leagues. In the first meet Bishop Amat bossed the girls race in the top Del Rio League and the boys had probably their best race of the season. Bosco Tech was third, raising hope of returning to CIF for the first time after a three-year absence.

The La Salle girls, relegated to the middle Camino Real league, took control with a win, while promoted Pomona Catholic struggled a bit in the higher Del Rey. The Pacers will be hoping for a stronger results to re-enter the CIF rankings next week.

  • Boys Results: Bishop Amat was second again, while Bosco Tech barely held off St. Paul for the third spot – 84-86 in the Del Rey League. James Leon (Jr, Amat) – 2nd/15:54 was the SGV best. Cantwell SHM was 4th in the Camino Real.
  • Girls Results: Amat dropped a perfect 15 to with the Del Rey, while St. Paul jumped from 5th in the first race to 2nd! Pomona Catholic fell back to 5th. Olivia Paez was the winner with a very nice 18:26. La Salle slipped to 2nd and Cantwell Sacred Heart was 3rd again in the four team Camino Real league.

Horizon League #4 – Eaton Canyon, Pasadena

This league of small Catholic girls prep schools races every week! This week, they’re back to Eaton Canyon. The SGV’s Ramona Convent and Alverno have been 2nd & 3rd each week, but the 4/5 teams are creeping up.

Full Results

  • The team results held form, as Ramona Convent and Alverno went 2-3 again behind CIF ranked Sacred Heart of Jesus. RC frosh Emily Silva continues her progress, moving up to 4th this week.

Wednesday – October 10

Valle Vista League #2 – Bonelli Park, San Dimas

In the first race, Covina was the easy girls winner, while their boys were surprisingly close to heavily favored Rowland. Wilson is coming off of a strong weekend, and their girls will be trying to reach Rowland for third while the boys will be trying to hold off Baldwin Park for the third,  CIF-qualifying spot.

Results: Valle Vista League #2 2018

  • Boys: Rowland and Covina again went 1-2, while Baldwin Park jumped ahead of Wilson for 3rd, led by a win from Eduardo DePaz who moved up from 5th in the first race.
  • Girls: Covina and Kaitlyn Vuong won again, but Rowland pushed past San Dimas to finish second.

Del Rio League #2 – La Mirada Park

Rising La Serna won the first meet in a showdown with defending champs California in the boys race. The Lancers are coming off an excellent performance at Clovis, while the Condors have been uneven in their past two meets – they’ll need 5 good performances to challenge the new leaders. Whittier will try to move up to take the third spot from El Rancho.  In the girls race Cal was in easy control.

Complete Results

  • Boys: Gerald Balzer edged out California’s Angel Salinas to lead La Serna to their second league win. Whittier moved up to third over El Rancho, flipping their order from the first meet. The Lancers once again featured a tight 31 second 1-5 gap.
  • Girls: La Serna closed the gap to California, but the Condors repeated their win from the first meet. The real move came from Santa Fe. Katie Bautista’s 25 second win led the Chiefs, third in the first meet by a lot, to finish just three points behind the Lancers.  Santa Fe’s the 2-5 runners moved up an average of three spots per person from the first meet.

Thursday – October 11

Suburban League #2 – La Mirada Park

In this four-team league, the La Mirada girls were easy winners in the first race, but the favored boys, missing several runners, were 2nd.

Full Results

  • Boys: Order was restored as La Mirada recovered from an off Meet 1 to go undefeated in the multi-dual format. Christian Santiago repeated his win from the first meet, while soph Jakob Silvas moved up from 5th to 7th.
  • Girls: They were missing their usual #1 but La Mirada did not miss a beat, repeating their win from Meet 1. Senior Mia Gutierrez moved up from fourth to second to lead the Matadoras to the win.

Rio Hondo League #2 – Crescenta Valley Park, La Crescenta

The La Cañada girls and South Pasadena boys were clear winners in the first meet. Look for the same result, but there’s a strong battle for the 2 & 3 spots on the boys side, where Temple City, La Canada & Monrovia finished in that order, each only a point apart! The course for this meet is a hilly 3 miles, and runs similar to Mt.SAC.

Full Results

  • Boys: South Pasadena held out four the seven that finished second at Clovis Saturday, including first meet winner Kai Dettmann, but it was still enough to hold off La Cananda 42-46. Temple City moved back to third but had a clear edge over Monrovia who were 4th again, 74-94. Spartan senior Owen Serricchio was the overall winner at 16:22.
  • Girls: Ellaney Matarese (So, La Canada) repeated her win from Meet 1 with a very nice 18:56, but with her team missing one scorer and another having an off day, the Spartans fell to second to South Pasadena 44-46. San Marino was third again, but 82 points barely edged out  Monrovia who moved up from 5th place to score 84 – a 16 pt improvement. The Tigers girls also sat out two of their seven from Saturday, including their usual #1 – but a strong 5-6-7 finish from frosh Mai Koyama and seniors Elizabeth Bock & Lindsey Calva propelled them past the Spartans.

Pacific League #2 – Arcadia Park

Live Results

The Arcadia boys are trying to regain the top spot while the Apaches’ girls are working for a CIF berth. Held back by injuries and illness, both teams fell just short in the first meet. The girls are finally at full-strength and boys are healthy, so this will be an exciting day.

Final Results

  • Boys: Tianyuan Pei led Arcadia’s strong 6-7-8-9 pack, but it wasn’t enough, as the Apaches fell short of winner Crescenta Valley again, 36-45. Missing one of the five who ran Saturday at Clovis and with another projected scorer having a rough day, Arcadia can still win the league championship with a win at Finals, but it will take a solid 1-5 effort to earn the top spot.
  • Girls: Joyce Wu repeated her win from meet 1, and Arcadia, still running without at least one projected scorer, was 4th again. But with seven teams scoring, 4th will advance to CIF, so the Apaches look likely to advance to the post season.

Montview #2 – Schbarum Park, Rowland Heights

This will be the second of three cluster meets on this super hilly course. They followed form in the first meet, with Azusa the easy boys winners and Nogales the girls . Expect that to repeat, but the other finishing spots could switch up quite a bit.

Miramonte #2 – Bonelli Park, San Dimas

Bassett were the winners on both sides in the first race. Edgewood will look to challenge the Olympians in the girls race.

SGV Week 6 Invites Preview: Clovis & Central Park Are the Focus

This weekend’s Clovis Invitational, run on the California State Meet Course at Woodward Park, is always a strong meet, with half of the state’s ranked XC teams taking part, including eights SGV schools. At least ine local schools will run at the Central Park Invitational, another strong meet run over a hilly course in Huntington Beach.

Clovis Invitational – Woodward Park, Fresno

Live Results

The Arcadia and La Serna boys, along with Audrey Suarez (So, Mayfield) and Joyce Wu (Sr, Arcadia) will contest the big Sweepstakes Race – which will bring together many of the State’s top teams, regardless of division, in one race. Both of the boys teams will be aiming for top 10 finishes and both have ambitions to return here for the State meet.

The rest of the SGV teams will compete in one of the four divisional races. State ranked Flintridge Prep will be looking for a podium in both the boys and girls Small Schools race, as will the South Pasadena boys and the Bishop Amat girls. Likely CIF-SS finalists Rowland and Whittier will be competing in the Large School race.

Central Park Invitational – Huntington Beach

Live Results

Nine SGV schools are scheduled to compete in two divisions at this meet that features a fun, hilly course close enough to the beach to give relief from the heat.

Top individuals will include Melanie Mach (Rosemead), Serena Duenas (Alhambra) and Osvaldo Cervantes (Nogales), while California will be looking for a win in the top boys race.

Also scheduled to compete are: El Rancho, Gabrielino, Maranatha, Mark Keppel, and Mountain View.

SGV League Meets – Week 6: Previews & Results

This week begins the second cycle of league cluster meets. In most leagues, with two cluster meets and then the finals, the first two meets each count for 25% of the team standings and the league finals meet accounts for the remaining 50%.

The Girls Start from the First Mission Valley League Meet

Tuesday, October 2

Mission Valley League #2 – Bonelli Park, San Dimas

Live Results

Preview: Arroyo took both sides in the first meet, followed by Rosemead and Gabrielino. The Knights are likely winners again, with the biggest question is whether El Monte on the boys side and South El Monte on the girls can make it into the top 3.

Full Coverage of the Meet is Here

San Joaquin League – Webb School, Claremont

Live Results

Preview: Webb were the easy winners in meet one, and they should hold that spot on their home course.

Girls Results: Lily Miller (Webb) repeats her 2 minute win from the first meet, this time over teammate Anne Lofgren as the Gauls put five in the first eight for the easy win.

Boys Results: Nathan Vallejo (Southlands Christian) wins by 90 seconds again, this time over Frank Hu (Webb). The Gauls earn a big win with 25 points, while SCHS moves up to third in this seven team league.

Wednesday, October 3

Hacienda League – Bonelli Park, San Dimas

Preview: The Walnut girls were the easy winners here in the first meet and should repeat. On the boys side, Los Altos will try to build on strong performances since the first meet to push Walnut out of first, while West Covina will be trying to beat South Hills and reach the top half of the league.

Full Meet Coverage Is Here

Horizon League #3 – Legg Lake, South El Monte

Ramona Convent and Alverno finished 2nd and 3rd in the first two Horizon meets, where CIF-SS Div. 5 #9 Sacred Heart of Jesus has been the big boss.

Complete Results

Girls Results: Ramona Convent got a little closer to League leaders Sacred Heart but were still 2nd. Alverno was 3rd and San Gabriel Mission 6th. The best SGV runner was again Emily Silva (Fr, Ramona Convent) who dropped one spot from last week to 7th/22:03 for 5000m.

Thursday, October 4

Mount Baldy League – Bonelli Park, San Dimas

Live Results

After years of struggling in the Palomares/Sierra League, Diamond Bar jumped to the front of their new league. The boys had a solid win and the girls were third, but just two points out of first.

Girls Results: The Brahmas move up to second, four points short of Chaffey. Meet 1 winner Ontario fell to fourth, so DB can win the League Championship with a win at League Finals. Kelli Ishitani (5th/20:11) was the team leader while Cameron Tsau, not in the Varsity in Meet 1, made a key contribution by finishing 11th/21:07.

Boys Results: George Rosales (16:21) and Lukas Amare (16:33) go 1-2 again, but DB’s #4 from Meet 1 is not in the team costing the team enough points that Ontario edges them 37-38, setting up a showdown for the Championship at Finals.

605 League – La Mirada Park

Pioneer moved from the Del Rio League to this new league this year, and the boys dropped a perfect 15 in the first race, while the girls were 4th (of four)

Stanford: Six Schools Go Against NoCal’s Best

SGV and CIF-SS #1 Claremont leads a contingent of six San Gabriel Valley schools to compete in the prestigious Stanford Invitational – back after a one year hiatus.

This is a big meet that brings together many of the State’s top – especially Northern California’s. Our athletes get to race in the same meet as college teams on the university’s golf course over 5000 meters.

SGV #1 Claremont, #9 Glendora and rapidly improving Bishop Amat will run at 12:00 in the boys seeded race, while the #1 Wolf Park and #9 Tartans will be joined by #4 Bishop Amat and a full-strength Mayfield in the girls top race at 12:30. Those races will be something of a State Meet Preview, especially for Div. II, as the Claremont boys will face off with Mountain View St. Francis and San Diego La Costa Canyon while the girls will match up with La Costa Canyon and NoCal’s Granada.

Flintridge Sacred Heart and South Hills will also compete in the divisional races. The second 7 from each of the teams will also compete in the divisional races, except for Mayfield. The non-Varsity Cubs will compete later in the day at the Westmoor Invite in Daly City.

Live Results are Here

Week 5 Preview: SGV Scatters Around SoCal… & Oregon

While a majority of the San Gabriel cross country teams will be off this weekend – at least seventeen local schools will run in four different SoCal meets, all on very different courses, with different formats. SGV #2 Arcadia will make the biggest trip, flying to Oregon for the Nike Portland XC Classic (Live Results) Here’s a breakdown of the four races with a list of all the schools we know that are scheduled to compete.

Some of the Mark Keppel boys earlier this season. They will be at Griffith Park this weekend.

Staub/Barnes Invitational (Crescenta Valley Park)

Results will be here

This meet is considered something of a “Mt.SAC preview” as the hilly 3-mile course here produces times similar to the famous home of CIF XC.

Six SGV schools will get their first taste of big hills this week, led by the SGV #3 La Canada girls in the top race. Muir, Pasadena, San Dimas, Temple City and the non-Varsity runners from South Pasadena will run in the second race.

Brea Invitational (Carbon Canyon Park – Brea)

Live Results are here.

This meet runs on a 5000 meter course that combines rolling hills with a variety of terrain and footing. It also has the unique format of matching each team’s first and second runners in the same race, and then the 3’s & 4’s in the next and then the 5-6-7 runners in another race.

SGV ranked Bonita will be the top local team taking part, along with El Monte, El Rancho, St. Paul and West Covina.

Bellarmine-Sacred Heart Invitational (Griffith Park – Los Angeles)

Live Results are Here

This long-time meet was in danger of ending when the sponsoring school, Bellarmine-Jefferson closed last year. Sacred Heart of Jesus has stepped up to continue this meet, run on the super-steep hills of Griffith Park.

SGV girls #15 Alhambra will lead the local contingent here, joined my Mark Keppel and Mountain View.

Perris Valley XC Showdown (Lake Perris SRA – Moreno Valley)

Live Results are Here

This relatively new meet is aimed at smaller schools, and runs over a 2.9 mile course that mixes grass, pavement and dirt.

#11 Damien will race, along with their sister school St. Lucy’s, #14 Rosemead, and Bassett, the bosses of the Miramonte League.

SGV League Meets – Week 5

By the end of this week, all of the SGV Schools will have participated in their first league cluster meet.  This week features perhaps the region’s hottest contest in the battle for the Del Rio League.

The SGV # 4 La Serna Boys

Here are the meets for this week. We will link to quick results and then to fuller coverage as photos and meet information become available.

Wednesday – September 26th

Almont League (Legg Lake – South El Monte) – Complete Results  –

Armando Lopez’s (So) big win led the Schurr boys to a clear over Montebello and Bell Gardens. The Alhambra girls had an even bigger win over Bell Gardens and Montebello. The Moors’ Serena Duenas was the easy winner.

Baseline League (Red Hill Park – Rancho Cucamonga)

Damien was 4th and St. Lucy’s 5th in this tough six-team league

Mission League (Crescenta Valley Park) – Complete Results

Lauren Nettles (4th/20:08) led Flintridge Sacred Heart to a second place finish in this four team league. St. Francis, missing their usual #2, was fourth of seven, led by Stuart Serventi (12th/17:40)

Horizon League #2 (Los Angeles State Historic Park) – Complete Results

The SGV teams kept their order from the first meet, with Ramona Convent 2nd, Alverno 3rd and San Gabriel Mission 6th. SGV best was Emily Silva (Fr, Ramona Convent) who was 6th/21:48 for 5000m.

Thursday – September 27th

Del Rio League (Legg Lake – South El Monte) – Full Results

  • Girls: Katie Bautista (Santa Fe) dropped a dominant win and led her team to third place finish. California had the solid team win over La Serna, 26-50, putting four in the first six.
  • Boys: La Serna had the big break-through win, beating defending champs California 21-41. Gerald Balzer (LS) edged out Angel Salinas (CHS) for the win. The Lancers put their five in the first seven, while the Condors struggled a bit, with their usual #1 & #3 finishing as their fifth and sixth men. El Rancho edged out Whittier for third in this five team league.

Montview League (Schabarum Park – Rowland Heights)

This league runs three cluster meets, and they’re the only league that runs on this super hilly course. Azusa are the favorites on the boys side and Nogales on the girls.

Montview #1 Boys Results

Montview #1 Girls Results

  • Boys: Nogales’ Osvaldo Cervantes posted an easy (16:24) win, while the Azusa boys, led by Angel Medrano (2nd/17:27) had the next four finishers to take the meet with 22 points over Nogales at 48.
  • Girls: Alexis Maldonado (Nogales) was the winner over Hannah Eubanks (Gladstone), 20:29 to 20:37. Nogales was the team winner at 33, followed by Gladstone at 53 and Sierra Vista with 67.

Suburban League (Cerritos County Park)

La Mirada is the sole SGV team in this now four-team league. The Lancers are heavy favorites to win both the boys and girls championships.

Full Results

  • Boys: Christian Santiago (Sr, La Mirada) was the clear winner in 15:49, but with only two of their previous best five scoring, the Matadors were edged out for the win 39-41 by Mayfair.
  • Girls: La Mirada were solid 35-52 winners over Norwalk, led by soph Mariah Walters (3rd/19:41).

Woodbridge Invite Preview: Many Runners. Much Races.

The Woodbridge Invitational is huge. It’s run over two days by 320 schools, nearly 100 in just the elite Sweepstakes and Rated races. Teams are coming from 14 states and five different time zones. It’s outgrown several locations and is now held in Norco rather than at Woodbridge in Irvine.

The meet also looms large in the the expectations of the athletes. Run mostly under the lights on a completely flat and “generously measured” course, most will run their best 3-mile time here.

Forty San Gabriel Valley will take part. SGV ranked La Serna, Arcadia, and California are in the Boys Sweeps race, (along with Olsvaldo Cervantes of Nogales) while Flintridge Prep, Rowland and South Pasadena are in the Rated Race. El Rancho, Bonita, and La Mirada will run in the regular varsity divisions.

Covina junior Katelyn Vuong

Mayfield and Walnut are entered in the girls Sweeps race along with Joyce Wu (Arcadia) and Katelyn Vuong (Covina). SGV teams California, La Cañada, La Serna and St. Lucy’s will be in the rated race, while SGV ranked Glendora, Bishop Amat and Flintridge Prep be in the regular Varsity divisions.

Look for the three SGV boys teams in the Sweeps race to duke it our for who is best in the area behind Claremont – who will only be racing non-varsity athletes here. The Walnut, Mayfield, and La Cañada girls will be our top team contenders, while Chloe and Emma Arriaga (Walnut) will challenge for top honors. They could be joined at the front by the Mayfield’s stellar soph Audrey Suarez, but it’s likely that she will delay her 2018 debut for at least another week.

Meet Details:

  • The smaller schools – (the Red and White Divisions) will race on Friday, beginning at 5:00pm, the larger schools (the Blue and Gold divisions) go on Saturday, starting a 3:50pm.
  • The meet divisions are somewhat idiosyncratic, you can view all of the teams by division here.
  • Meet Schedule
  • (Somewhat) Live Results
  • Directions: Silver Lakes Athletic Complex, Norco.

Week 1 Preview: Big Meets Under the Lights.

San Gabriel Valley schools Claremont and Rosemead host  two of the CIF-SS’s biggest meets this weekend – both under the lights! Most of our area’s teams will be in action at these meets, including most of the SGV ranked teams, while SGV Boys #5 Rowland will open at The Eagle XC Invite in El Segundo on Saturday morning. SGV ranked Arcadia, California, La Serna and South Pasadena are off this weekend.

First up is the Cool Breeze Invitational on Friday, run over three miles under the lights on the golf courses at Brookside Park in Pasadena. The course is nearly flat, almost entirely on grass, and will run over two one-and-one-half mile loops. At last year’s meet Flintridge Prep senior Evan Pattinelli (now at Yale) was the SGV’s top performer (3rd/15:06) in the Sweepstakes race while Arcadia (4th) were the top local team.

On the girls side, the meet hosts Claremont led off their championship season with a win, and were led by now senior Sydney Hwang (3rd/17:22) and the Wolfpack are clearly favored again this year.

A record 98 schools (17 from the SGV) will take part, including SGV ranked Bonita, La Mirada, Bishop Amat, La Cañada, Flintridge Prep and Glendora. The first race is at 4:40, the sweeps races at 9:14 (girls) and 9:34 (boys). Admission is $5.

Also on Friday, and continuing on Saturday night is the Rosemead Invitational. Run under the lights on a flat, turning 3-mile course on the campus and the adjoining park, this meet is a favorite of San Gabriel Valley teams. Area teams will account for 21 of the 38 schools in Friday’s Small Schools races, and 9 of the 31 teams in Saturday’s Large Schools division. SGV Ranked Mayfield, Arroyo, El Rancho and Walnut will race Saturday. Athletes race by grades here, so we’ll need the final merge to see how they did as teams and overall. The first race both days is at 5:40 pm.

At last year’s meet, Chloe Arriaga of Walnut was the overall champion in 17:20 and her team was the SGV’s best and third overall. This year, she’ll and her team will be challenged at the top by Mayfield and their great soph Audrey Suarez. 

Arroyo (3rd overall) was our area’s top boys team here, and they should hold that spot again this year. Whittier senior Nicolas Mijares was the SGV’s best last year (2nd/15:12) – look for Arroyo senior Noah Hibbard (5th/15:25) to challenge for top honors on Saturday.

Here We Go! Week 0 Preview

The new, earlier cross country and track season kicks off this week. There’s only a few meets this weekend, with most teams holding off their first competition to next weekend (or even the next) so we’ll call this Week Zero.

Two of the three meets, the Fastback Invitational and the Riverside Showcase are on short courses, so expect to see teams focus on novice and developing athletes, with many leaving their top runners out of the entries. The third race, The Great Cow Run in Cerritos is a full 3 miles, and top teams often come prepared to run fast here.

Full previews and meet details after the jump

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Three Cluster Meets This Week

Baldwin Park's Salvador Capetillo
Baldwin Park’s Salvador Capetillo

Last week saw the last of the first round of league cluster meets, and this week will see three leagues competing for the second time this season, this time with relatively cooler temperatures.

We will post results and coverage of the meets as soon as we have them.

Wednesday – October 7

  • Mission Valley #2 – Legg Lake – 3 flat miles.  Arroyo were the easy winners on both sides in the first meet, and should be unchallenged again.  The athletes in this league make a lot of progress during the year, so there could be a lot of change in the other places.
  • Montview #2 – Schabarum Park – 3 miles, very hilly. The teams in this league make even more progress during the season, and unique among our leagues, this is one of three cluster meets the Montview will contest.  Baldwin Park were the clear winners in meet #1.  Their boys are almost certain winners again, but Sierra Vista and Azusa could rise up to challenge the girls.

Thursday, October 8

  • Hacienda #2 – Bonelli Park – 3 miles, rolling.  At the first meet, the West Covina boys opened with what at the time was a surprising win.  They’ve since confirmed their class, but should be challenged again by Los Altos. Walnut should repeat on the girls side