The Glendora boys (and one girl), South Hills, and Bishop Amat traveled to San Diego’s to race on the national championship course at Morley Field.This meet featured San Diego’s top teams, along with several strong teams from the Southern Section and Arizona. The guys raced on a hilly 2.95 mile course, while the girls course was 2.75 miles – taking out the biggest hill. The weather was quite hot in the afternoon when the larger schools competed
This was easily the strongest San Gabriel Valley Championships yet. The gathered athletes set a total of 29 meet records in the four divisions, as Arcadia swept to big wins in both varsity divisions and the Frosh/Soph boys while the Claremont nosed out West Covina for the F/S girls title.
The field for 2009 San Gabriel Valley Track and Field Championships is set, with a record 33 teams taking part.
We have our strongest field so far, with entries superior to the meet record in 18 of the 32 varsity events. The scheduled competitors include state and national leaders like distance runners Amar Moussa, Catrina McAlister, and Renaud Poizat of Arcadia, sibling jumpers Sheldon and Kylie Price of Bishop Amat, triple jumper Eric Rogers (Charter Oak) and Mt.Sac Relays 800 champ Christopher Ramsey (Glendora).
Arcadia is looking to defend their boys and girls championships from 2008. Only four individual champs from ‘08 return to seek another gold medal: Natalie Deuby/Temple City in the 400, Brittney Munoz/Rosemead – Girl Distance Runner of the Meet – in the 1600 and 3200, Chloe Yuan/Arcadia in the Pole Vault, and Eric Rogers/Charter Oak in the Triple Jump.
West Covina HS has an excellent facility and we’ll have great concessions to go along with the great competition.
The Fourth Annual San Gabriel Valley Track and Field Championships will be held on Saturday, April 25th at West Covina High School, beginning at 10:00am.
Last year’s meet was the biggest yet, with 22 schools taking part despite the conflict with the MtSac Relays, and it was the deepest meet so far. This year we hope to expand the meet to include many more of the 55 schools in our target area and to take further steps toward becoming a complete and high quality regional championship meet
The format remains the same as before, with Frosh/Soph and Varsity divisions for girls and boys, with roughly the top 45-48 athletes accepted for Varsity races and the best 36 accepted in F/S races and all field events.
For more information, contact Bob Ramsey: email@example.com
Here are the results – SGV Champs Results 08 – except for the boys 3200. Just after the first runner finished, somebody kicked knocked out the power cord to the timing system. The places are accurate, but disregard the times except for the winner.
Our Athlete of the Meet awards were named this year in honor of the recently departed Milan Stewart Jr. Mr. Stewart was the long time coach of the Vikings Track Club of West Covina and later the head track coach at West Covina High School.
So this year’s Milan Stewart Jr Memorial Athlete of the Meet awards go to seniors Johanne Boulat of Arcadia and Thomas Finnigan of Glendora. Johanne was a quadruple gold medalist with dominating wins in both the 100 and 300 hurdles (15.63/48.21), the long jump (16’7″) and triple jump (35’2-1/2″). Quite a day! Thomas began his day with a meet record time of 4:24.44 in the 1600, and defended his 2007 title in the 800 with a strong 1:59.09 effort.
Other AoM awards, divided by event areas:
Sprinter/Hurdlers: Tommy Cogburn of South El Monte (1st 100 and 200 – 11.07/22.93 – and 2nd 4×100) and Secoral Yanez of Covina (1st 100 and 200 – 12.76/26.66 and 4×100, 2nd 4×400)
Distances: Renaud Poizat of Arcadia (2nd 800 and 1600 – 2:00.11/4.25.89) and Brittnie Munoz of Rosemead (1st 1600 and 3200 – 5:16.99/11.29.19)
Field Events: Marcus Denerson of Glendora (1st in the discus and 2nd in the shot – 142’5″/45’6-1/2″) and Chantel Diaz of Covina (1st in the discus and sixth in the shot – 112’10″/28’8-1/2″, plus a leg on the winning 4×100 relay!)
The only meet record on the girls side came from Arcadia in the 4×400 with a fine 4:03.99. Among the boys, the new records were set by Finnigan in the 1600 and Adam Cobos of Claremont with a 6’0″ effort in the high jump.
Thanks to the athletes for their efforts and passion and to all the volunteers who made the event possible.
Our big day is fast approaching, so coaches, be sure to enter your athletes on time! But, who doesn’t need a little extra time, so we’ve extended the deadline to Tuesday, April 15, at 9:00pm. Acceptances will be posted later that evening or on Wednesday morning.
You can download the latest version of our information sheet, which also has instructions on how to register, here: sgv-invite-info-2.doc
We’re less than two weeks away from the Third Annual San Gabriel Valley Track and Field Championships.
Here is a list of confirmed (either in writing or verbally) participants:
Arcadia*, Azusa, Bishop Amat*, California, Charter Oak, , Claremont, Covina, Duarte, Gabrielino, Glendora, La Salle, Northview, Rosemead, St. Francis, St. John Bosco*, St. Lucy’s*, San Marino, South El Monte, Temple City, Webb, Wilson (HH) and West Covina. (*=first time participants)
There is still time and space to accommodate more teams and athletes from the San Gabriel Valley. We’re looking forward to a great day.
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