Week 4 – 10/3 Preview

Eight of the thirty-two area schools will take to the trails and roads of Carbon Canyon Park that make up the tough 5K course this Saturday at the Brea Invitational.  (View the full field here). Four of the stronger local boys teams will be taking part: Glendora, winners of the Bronco Invite and the first Sierra League cluster, Los Altos, winners last weekend at the Bell-Jeff meet, along with Covina and South Hills, top teams in the Valle Vista and Miramonte leagues.  They’ll meet several strong teams from Orange Country along with State ranked Arcadia.

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Valle Vista #1: Covina x 2

The Covina Colts took control as the Valle Vista league opened action today over the 3 mile course at Bonelli Park.  Last year, the Covina girls led all year, while the boys event was a literal deadlock – each cluster meet was tie between Ganesha and Baldwin Park, decided by the faster sixth man.  This year, Covina won both the girls and boys varsity races, as well as the boys JV and boys F/S races.  Baldwin Park won the girls JV race.   Covina’s Kevin Medina and Frankie Gonzalez took first and second in the boys varsity race and Covina girls took the first 4 spots in the girls varsity race.  Covina’s Rachel Falomir took first in the girls varsity.  UPDATE – Complete results now available below the fold

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Sierra #1: Glendora Boys Lead, St. Lucy’s Second

The tough Sierra League, featuring area teams Diamond Bar, Damien/St. Lucy’s, and Glendora, began league competition on Tuesday, racing on the 5k course at Bonelli Park in San Dimas.  The Tartan boys ran very strongly to win, placing four in the top five and six in the first eleven.  St. Lucy’s, running without two top runners, was second to CIF Div II ranked Ayala. Continue reading Sierra #1: Glendora Boys Lead, St. Lucy’s Second

Week 3: Mendez, Velasco, and Los Altos Tops!

Cross country is a tough sport – no breaks, no time outs to consult with the coaches, with steep and unpredictable surfaces.  And in this part of the season – we also get heat.  Saturday was blazing hot, but the SGV’s runners overcame the heat to turn in some amazing performances, most notably Jessica Mendez’s 19:32 for 5k at the Stanford Invite, ran when it was 104 degrees!  She was joined by Duarte’s Fabian Velasco as the SGV’s top performer for Week 3, while the Los Altos boys turned in the top team performance with their Div 2 win at the Bell-Jeff Invitational at L.A’s Griffith Park.

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Stanford: Mendez and WestCo Girls Tough!

West Covina and Azusa took the long trip north to this prestigious meet which attracts nearly 100 schools from several states.  It’s run on the university’s beautiful golf links over a gently rolling 5 kilometer course.  As it was throughout the state, it was super-hot, but Jessica Mendez led the West Covina girls to an outstanding finish in the tough conditions.

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Bell-Jeff: Los Altos Wins!

Bassett, Bishop Amat, Duarte, Ganesha, and Los Altos traveled to L.A.’s Griffith Park to run over the hilly 3 mile course.  The meet attracted over 70 schools are featured some of the top teams in the State, which now includes the Los Altos boys by virtue of their win in the Div 2 race.

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Sunny Hills: Really Hot

Baldwin Park, Charter Oak, Rowland and San Dimas traveled to Fullerton’s Craig Park to take part in this low key meet, contested by 30 teams over a rolling 3 mile course on an increasingly hot day. Continue reading Sunny Hills: Really Hot

Dana Hills: Bonita Girls Step Up

This is a big, well run meet, and South Orange County usually provides cool weather, but not this year.  Almost all of the better performers from the SGV’s Bonita and Diamond Bar came from the early morning races, with the Bearcat girls showing the best.  The meet was contested on a 3 mile, net downhill course at the host school. Continue reading Dana Hills: Bonita Girls Step Up

SGV XC: Week 2

This the first week of an experiment in using the SGV Champs site for SGV Trib Area XC and Track news.

Week 2 of the season saw the Glendora boys and St. Lucy’s girls excell against top competition.  The top local performers were Jayson Perez (SR-South El Monte) and Lauren Justus (JR-Glendora).  Below, you’ll find coverage of the Rosemead, Woodbridge, and Mt. Carmel Invites, and you’ll find a ranking of the Top Ten local performers after the jump.

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