Arcadia Preview: Tougher Than Ever

ArcadiaInvitationalSealEleven SGV athletes and seven relays have been accepted into the elite, evening portion of the 2015 Arcadia Invitational.

In last year’s meet, South Pasadena’s Claire Kieffer-Wright (now at Univ. of Michigan) finished second and equaled her SGV record with 6-00 jump.  Sydney Mosley (Monrovia) was fourth in the Invite 100 hurdles, and she is back in that race Saturday night.

Keith Lair of the Trib Group has written a nice preview

“Most of the valley athletes competing are in the distance events. Walnut senior Millen Trujillo is in the invitational mile, Arcadia junior Phillip Rocha in the 3,200-meter invitational, Flintridge Prep junior Jack Van Scoter is in the seeded 3,200.

The Bishop Amat and Bonita boys and Amat girls are all in the distance medley relay.

Damien’s Thaddeus Smith is in the invitational 200 and seeded 100, and Zachary Shinnick is in the invitational 200 and 400. Bonita sophomore Dillon Beckum is in the invitational 800, Monrovia’s Sydney Mosley in the invitational 100 hurdles, teammate Micah Fulton in the triple jump and Arcadia’s girls in the invitational 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Gabrielino’s Gary Hawkins is in the seeded 110 hurdles, Monrovia’s Baileigh Akins in the seeded 100 hurdles, St. Francis’ Ross Niederhaus in the seeded 400, Monrovia’s boys in the seeded 4×100 and 4×400 relays and the Wildcats’ girls in the 4×100 seeded relay.”

Go read the whole thing here, including quotes from Damien’s Mike Williams talking about the “Arcadia Proximity Effect” without actually talking about the Arcadia Proximity Effect.

Live results will be here at EPI.

Also sixteen SGV schools will compete at South Pasadena’s Tiger Invite.  This meet features top Soph/Frosh competition and top finishers can qualify for the Arcadia Day Meet.  Live results will (probably) be here.

Two Second PR Makes Caleb Stanton Best in Week 6

Caleb Having a Tougher Time of It in the Highs
Caleb Having a Tougher Time of It in the Highs

One of the joys of our sport is the sudden improvements the athletes can make.  At Saturday’s Covina Invitational, Bonita junior Caleb Stanton dropped an almost out-of-nowhere 38.13 to win the 300 Hurdles.  That mark gives him the lead in SGV, the meet record and the probable Bonita school record. It ranks him #43 All-Time among SGV Performers and makes him our Athlete of the Week.

Right behind Caleb, with 38.23, Leo Brown (Covina, Sr) also broke the meet record and now ranks #47 AT SGV.  Defending SGV Champ B.J. McLauren (Bonita, Jr) took over the SGV yearly lead with a big 46-00 PR in the Triple Jump.

There were two All-Time SGV performances at the UCLA Legends Invitational.  Walnut senior Millen Trujillo was 9:13.10/2nd in the 3200, best in the SGV this year and #41 All-Time.  Ross Niederhaus (St. Francis, Sr) improved to #31 AT SGV with a 48.31 400.

And in dual meet action Zach Shinnick (Damien, Soph) took over the SGV seasonal 200 lead with a wind legal 21.48, #31 AT SGV, to go along with his 47.91 #17 All-Time 400 from the previous week.

These athletes are among twenty-five individuals and relays that met the new All-San Gabriel Valley Standards this week.  These standards were created to award excellence in each event, measured against an objective standard.  The standard is 102% of the mark of the 100th best performer in California in 2014.

The strongest events for the SGV boys have been the 3200 and the 110 hurdles, each with eleven performers meeting the SGV Standard.  At the other end, none of our throwers have met the 56-06/151-09 standards… yet.

You can view the complete list of 2015 All-San Gabriel Valley performers here: 15-4.04 All-SGV Boys

Jessica Gallardo’s Double Leads Girls in Week 6

Bishop Amat junior Jessica Gallardo was the SGV’s top performer in Week 6, leading the way with her 800/1600 double at the big Trabuco Hills Invitational.

Jessica competing last year for Walnut

Jessica took the SGV seasonal lead with her 5:03.53/6th finish in the 1600 that ranks her 20th All-Time among SGV performers.  In the 800, she was 2:15.96/3rd, and is now 23rd AT SGV and second best on the season behind Claremont soph Annie Boos.  

In other SGV leading performances at Trabuco, Kayla Richardson (Walnut, Jr) improved to #20 AT SGV with her 56.53 win, and SGV Defending Champ Ally Palomino (Amat, Soph) moved to #25 with her 11:03.31/2nd.  California soph Lauren Anderson set a school record with her 119-04/6th placing in the discus.

Arcadia’s 47.68 4×100 relay win at the Spartan Relays improved their school record and took them to #20 AT SGV, while Kylie Eagon (Ayala, Sr) joined two others in the SGV high jump lead with 5-04 effort at the Covina Invite.

These athletes are among thirteen individuals and relays that met the new All-San Gabriel Valley Standards this week.  These standards were created to award excellence in each event, measured against an objective standard.  The standard is 102% of the mark of the 100th best performer in California in 2014.

The strongest events for the SGV girls have been the 400, 100 hurdles and long jump, each with six performers meeting the SGV Standard, and at least one girl has met the standard in every event.

You can view the complete list of 2015 All-San Gabriel Valley performers here: 15-4.04 All-SGV Girls

Damien Leads, but Big Move from Covina in Boys Team Rankings

Damien moves atop the SGV Boys Team rankings, but only just.  Covina put in a really strong performance at their eponymous Invite, while Bonita made their own big move.  And beginning this week, the rankings are extended to twenty deep.

Daniel Salazar
Daniel Salazar

The Covina Invitational  at Azusa Pacific was the main local action. Fifteen SGV schools took park, with the host Colts taking the team title over Bonita. Covina junior Daniel Salazar was awarded Athlete of the Meet on the strength of his 800 win and 3rd in the 1600 and a leg on the second place 4×400 team.

At the prestigious Trabuco Hills Invitational California senior Sam Bautista had the top local performance with at 4:24.74/4th in the Invite 1600, while Millen Trujillo (Walnut, Sr) was an excellent 9:13.10/2nd at the 1st UCLA Legends Invitational.

SGV Boys Team Rankings – Through April 4th

  1. 144 – Damien
  2. 141 – Covina
  3. 134 – Walnut
  4. 101 – Bonita
  5. 100 – Ayala
  6. 87 – Claremont
  7. 87 – Monrovia
  8. 79 – California
  9. 73 – Rowland
  10. 70 – Arcadia
  11. 59 – Rosemead
  12. 57 – South Hills
  13. 56 – Arroyo
  14. 49 – West Covina
  15. 48 – Baldwin Park
  16. 47 – Whittier
  17. 45 – Bishop Amat
  18. 43 – South Pasadena
  19. 41 – Gabrielino
  20. 41 – Santa Fe

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These rankings are based on the current SGV Performance List.  Points are awarded for up to three athletes in each event, with 5 points going to athletes ranked 1-9, 4 pts to 10-18, 3 to 19-27, 2 to 28-36 & 1 to 37 to 45.  Relays are 7 points to ranks 1-9, 5 to 10-18 & 3 to 19-27.

Almost all invitational meets are uploaded into the database.  It is up to individual schools to upload dual meet results, and most do not.

Arcadia Girls Lead New Twenty Deep Team Rankings

Arcadia Girls Relays!
Arcadia Girls Relays!

This week’s SGV Girls Team Rankings are unchanged at the top, but we’ve decided to extend them to twenty deep!

Leaders Arcadia competed in Oxnard’s Spartan Relays, winning all of the short relays, with their 4×100 breaking their school record & both of their 4×400 teams finishing under 4:00

Five SGV teams competed in the big Trabuco Hills Invitational, led by a great double from Walnut junior Kayla Richardson, first in the 400 and second in the 200 against a very strong field.

The local Covina Invitational always has strong local representation, with San Dimas finishing third in the team race.  San Dimas soph Trinity Ruelas was the top local with a strenuous and successful triple, with wins in the 1600 & 3200 and a second in the 800.

SGV Girls Team Rankings – Through April 4

  1. 152 – Arcadia
  2. 137 – Ayala
  3. 132 – Walnut
  4. 111 – Claremont
  5. 101 – Monrovia
  6. 95 – Glendora
  7. 88 – Bonita
  8. 87 – St. Lucy’s
  9. 83 – California
  10. 83 – El Rancho
  11. 77 – South Pasadena
  12. 76 – Bishop Amat
  13. 73 – La Salle
  14. 58 – Flintridge Sacred Heart
  15. 57 – Rosemead
  16. 54 – Covina
  17. 54 – San Dimas
  18. 48 – Mayfield
  19. 41 – La Mirada
  20. 36 – South Hills

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These rankings are based on the current SGV Performance List.  Points are awarded for up to three athletes in each event, with 5 points going to athletes ranked 1-9, 4 pts to 10-18, 3 to 19-27, 2 to 28-36 & 1 to 37 to 45.  Relays are 7 points to ranks 1-9, 5 to 10-18 & 3 to 19-27.

Almost all invitational meets are uploaded into the database.  It is up to individual schools to upload dual meet results, and most do not.

Walnut Edges Damien in First Team Ranking for 2015

As with the girls, the Boys begin the 2015 with the same teams near the top.

We’ve changed our method of ranking teams for 2015, giving more emphasis to overall depth and strength.  (You can read about the details on the post for the girls rankings below).

Walnut HorseWalnut and Damien are strong and complete teams, with Championship level athletes in most events and the ability to score in every event in a dual meet, That strength is shown in the first team rankings where they are separated by just one point!

D3 power Covina is another all-around team that has jumped up to third, followed by distance-heavy SGV newcomers Ayala. Special honor to Claremont and Rowland who have made huge progress in the new season. And so here’s this years first list…

  1. 146 – Walnut (Ranked 1st in 2014)
  2. 145 – Damien (2nd)
  3. 133 – Covina (5th)
  4. 113 – Ayala (4th)
  5. 98 – Monrovia (6th)
  6. 97 – Claremont (18th!)
  7. 91 – Bonita (9th)
  8. 76 – Arcadia (3rd)
  9. 75 – Rowland (26th!)
  10. 73 – California (4th)

Arcadia Girls Lead Initial Team Rankings for 2015

So we’re back with another round of team rankings for the new season – with a new twist.

Last season’s rankings awarded a point for each athlete or relay ranked in the Top 10 in the San Gabriel Valley.  Upon reflection, those rankings more or less paralleled championship meet rankings, and we already have a meet to figure that out.

This year’s rankings will use overall team quality and depth to determine likely dual meet strength.  And so, here they are…

Girls 2015 SGV Team Rankings

ArcadiaApachesArcadia begins 2015 where they ended last year. As usual, they are a strong team, with the ability to score in every event, and are especially strong in the sprints this year.  SGV newcomers Ayala are second, with special strength in the distances and field events.

Last year’s runner up Walnut, another well-balanced team, is off to a bit of a slow start with several top athletes yet to check in.  They are third, but the real noise so far have been Bonita and El Rancho, who have made big moves from last year’s rankings. So…

  1. 167 – Arcadia (1st in 2014)
  2. 147 – Ayala (new to the SGV)
  3. 140 – Walnut (2nd)
  4. 128 – Claremont (6th)
  5. 107 – Monrovia (7th)
  6. 102 – Glendora (3rd)
  7. 80 – Bonita (10th)
  8. 79 – El Rancho (NR)
  9. 79 – South Pasadena (4th)
  10. 77 – St. Lucy’s (11th)

Notes on the ranking after the jump

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