Saturday’s CIF Prelims led to deep revisions in the the SGV’s Best Performers at Mt.Sac Lists. The cool conditions gave the athletes a chance to show off their best and to compete under the same conditions throughout the day.
Glendora’s Anthony Castro and Lauren Justus had strong performances to jump to the top of the lists after their respective first and third place finishes in their heats. Vanessa Lopez (Rowland), Ashley Holguin (South Hills), Fabian Velasco (Duarte) and Paul Balderas (Diamond Ranch) jumped into the top ten for the first time. Glendora (boys) and Bonita (girls) widened their leads in the team rankings
This is the strongest list of performances in the ESGV in many years, perhaps ever, and with most of these athletes competing in Saturday’s Finals, the lists should get even faster. Top ten lists, plus top fives for sophs and frosh after the jump
Continue reading SGV Mt.Sac Lists: Justus and Castro Run to the Front
Mt. Sac is the standard for cross country in the Southern Section, and this past weekend two thirds of the local schools tested themselves against the course’s three huge hills and the intensity of the big meet atmosphere.
Glendora had the top team performance, with their 80:27 effort earning them a #2 CIF-SS Div 2 ranking in the polls released Monday. The Tartans had 4 of the top 6 local performers and 5 of the top 9. In a merge of all 21 local schools, the Tartans lead with only 22 points, meaning that if they had raced against the 7 best performers from all of the other ESGV schools, Glendora would win 22-33. Los Altos, led by soph Joshua Sanchez, also put in a strong performance team performance and showed a big upside.
Individually, Glendora’s Kelly Hernandez and Austin Mendoza led the locals with the only sub 16:00 performances, while Johnny Flores of South Hills had a big PR. The expeted showdown between ESGV’s top performers coming into the meet, South El Monte’s Jayson Perez and Glendora’s Anthony Castro and Austin Goodheart, didn’t materialize when they all underperformed to expectations, but they still ran relatively fast times.
The top performers and a merge of all the ESGV schools after the jump Continue reading Mt.Sac Boys Wrap-up: Kelly and the Tartans on Top
After weeks of competing in different places and running on different courses, all of the ESGV tops girls competed at the same place. Four runners, all from different schools, stood out with sub 19:00 performances. West Covina’s Jessica Mendez was top with a 18:36 effort, a big PR and better than the area’s best effort from last year. Joining Jessica were Bonita frosh Melissa Scott (18:45), Taylor Hebb (St. Lucy’s, 18:56) and heat winner Carly Lake (Charter Oak, 18:59)
St. Lucy’s and Bonita came into the meet ranked in the CIF-SS Div. 3, and both performed well and held their spots. They are ranked 5th and 8th, respectively, in this week’s polls.
Top Performers and a merge of all of the ESGV teams after the jump. Continue reading Mt.Sac Girls Wrap-Up: Jessica to the Front, St. Lucy’s and Bonita Hold Their Spots
The latest CIF Southern Section and State Cross Country rankings show three local teams among the very best. St. Lucy’s has been ranked all season and their strong effort at the Sierra League meet even while missing two top runners was enough to hold their place as 4th in the SS – Div III and 5th in the State.
The Bonita girls were ranked early but a tough day at Woodbridge knocked them out of the top 10. Strong days at Dana Hills and at the Stauffer meet brought them right back in, and this week they’re 8th in the SS – Div III and 10th in the State.
The Glendora boys began the year unranked, but got off to a fast start with a win at the Bronco Invite and has followed it up with a series of strong performance. Last week, the Tartans set a new Sierra League course record and then finished second at Brea, and that was enough to place them 7th in the SS – Div II and 9th in the State.
Full CIF rankings are here, and State rankings are here.