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Notices

1> Congratulations on a great 2017 XC season.  Moving on to 2018 Track & Field.
2> Video of 2017 Rio Hondo Track and Cross Country Finals is now available on YouTube SanMarinoSports channel.  CIF videos are available on YouTube channel XCInvitationals.

CIF-State XC Finals
November 25, 2017 @ Woodward Park, Fresno

La Canada’s girls squad qualified to compete in the CIF Division 4 State Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno.  Led by standout freshman Kayley Bond’s 18:35 7th place finish over the 3.1 mile course, the Spartans came in 3rd as a team with 147 points.  Senior Katherine Scoville was the second scorer at 19:19 (29th), followed by sophomore Sarah Auther (19:54, 53rd), freshman Ellaney Matarese (20:01, 56th) and Adena Dipaolo (20:13, 67th).  Non-scorers were Kallie Rushing (21:15, 122nd) and Madison Pirkey (23:35, 185th).  The race was dominated by defending D4 champion Foothill Technology, which had 59 points for the team win.  La Canada edged Mayfield of Pasadena by 6 points to take local bragging rights.  The team worked its way from 12th place at the mile, into 4th place at the 2 mile and into 3rd at the finish.  It would appear that the Spartans are well positioned into the future with 4 of 5 returning in 2018.

CIF-Southern Section Finals
November 18, 2017 @ Riverside Cross Country Course

Rio Hondo League was represented by South Pasadena in the D3 Girls and Boys Finals, and La Canada in the D4 Girls and Boys Finals.  The teams were joined by Monrovia’s Roberto Soto and San Marino’s Olivia Ruiz, who competed as individuals.  The winds really kicked up in Riverside, especially later in the meet, generally slowing times compared to Prelims the week prior.

In the D3 Boys race, South Pasadena placed 8th overall as a team, just missing a trip to the State meet.  As he has all season, Oliver Chang led the Tigers with a 15:48 effort (27th place).  Soph Sam Clark had an outstanding race, following Chang by only 3 seconds at 15:51 (30th).  The remaining scorers were Alexander Grijalva-Moreno (16:13, 51st), Kai Dettman (16:35, 85th) and Nicolo Porcu (16:44, 101st).  Monrovia’s Soto came in 92nd with a time of 16:40.

South Pasadena’s girls squad placed 15th overall and were paced by frosh Brooklyn Robinson (19:29, 32nd).  The remaining scorers for the Tigers were Baily Wu (19:54, 54th), Lindsey Calva (20:31, 88th), Celeste Amaya (20:56, 107th), and Elizabeth Bock (21:08, 115th).

In the D4 Girls race, La Canada qualified for the CIF State meet with a 5th place team effort.  Kayley Bond led the lady Spartans with a 3rd place finish in 17:56, followed by scorers Katherine Scoville (18:25, 16th), Adena Dipaolo (19:19, 40th), Sarah Auther (19:36, 51st) and Kallie Rushing (20:02, 73rd).  San Marino’s Ruiz placed 27th in a time of 18:56 competing as an individual.

The La Canada guys squad placed 19th as a team in the D4 race, led by junior Owen Serricchio’s 20th place finish in a time of 16:11.  He was joined by scorers Ryan Van Slooten (17:12, 87th), Ryan Fitzgerald 17:43, 126th), Lucas Echternach (18:02, 138th) and Cameron Melillo (18:04, 139th).

CIF-Southern Section Prelims
November 10 and 11, 2017 @ Riverside Cross Country Course

South Pasadena’s boys and girls teams, and individuals Roberto Soto and Alayna Peters of Monrovia, competed in the D3 Prelims on Friday.  On Saturday, La Canada’s boys and girls teams and San Marino’s girls squad competed in D4 Prelims, and Temple City’s guys squad ran in D2 Prelims.

South Pasadena placed 6th overall as a team (with 153 points) in Heat 1 of the boys D3 Prelims, and qualified for D3 Finals the following weekend.  Oliver Chang led the Tigers with a 15:54 effort (13th place).  The remaining scorers were Sam Clark (16:00, 18th), Alexander Gallardo (16:28, 42nd), Michael Xiong (16:29, 46th) and Nicolo Porcu (16:30, 47th).  Monrovia’s Roberto Soto was the fastest from Rio Hondo, finishing in 5th place with a 15:41, and he qualified for Finals as an individual.

South Pasadena’s girls squad placed 7th in Heat 1 of the D3 girls Prelims, also qualifying them for Finals.  The Tigers were led by frosh Brooklyn Robinson (19:18, 30th).  The remaining scorers for the Tigers were Baily Wu (19:27, 33rd), Lindsey Calva (19:45, 46th), Maddy Engelsman (20:15, 65th), and Celeste Amaya (20:24, 68th).  Although Monrovia’s Alayna Peters was the fastest in from Rio Hondo, coming in 29th in 19:17, she failed to qualify for Finals as an individual.

San Marino’s girls placed 13th in Heat 1 of the D4 Prelims and failed to qualify for Finals.  However, Olivia Ruiz placed 12th in a time of 18:35 and qualified as an individual.  Other scorers for the Titans were Puja Balaji (19:33, 41st), Lily Tong (21:04, 98th), Meg Hannan (21:39, 110th) and Karen Lee (21:40, 113th).

La Canada won Heat 2 of the D4 Prelims with a score of 93 points, qualifying them for Finals.  Kayley Bond led the lady Spartans with a 2nd place finish in 17:38, followed by scorers Katherine Scoville (18:40, 7th), Adena Dipaolo (19:29, 30th), Ellaney Matarese (19:30, 31st), and Sarah Auther (19:33, 34th).

The La Canada guys squad placed 10th in the D4 Heat 1 race and also qualified for Finals.  They were led by junior Owen Serricchio’s 13th place finish in a time of 15:57.  The remaining scorers were Ryan Van Slooten (16:21, 28th), Lucas Echternach (17:21, 71st), Sheldon Watanabe (17:21, 72nd), and Ryan Fitzgerald (17:28, 77th).

Temple City’s guys competed in Heat 2 of the tough D2 Prelims, placing 15th with a score of 414 points and failing to proceed on to Finals.  Senior Alex Ortega led the Rams with a 17:07 (70th place).  He was followed by Giovanni Guajardo (17:25, 81st), Sean Negishi (17:36, 87th), Darren Reyes (17:45, 90th), and Daniel Jong (18:07, 99th).

2017 Rio Hondo XC Calendar

DATE

TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

9/21/17

3:15

Rio Hondo Meet 1

Lacy Park

10/11/17

3:15

Rio Hondo Meet 2

Crescenta Valley Park

11/2/17

2:00 pm

Rio Hondo Finals

Lacy Park

11/10/17

TBD

CIF Prelims (must qualify)

Riverside XC Course

11/18/17

TBD

CIF Finals (must qualify)

Riverside XC Course

11/25/17

TBD

CIF State (must qualify)

Woodward Park, Fresno

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