Boys Cross Country: Perez outran them all

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Runner of the year: Jason Perez
School: South El Monte
Grade: Sophomore
Notable: The sophomore enjoyed a breakout season and finished with a steady performance at the CIF-State championships. Perez, despite his youth, was the area’s lone qualifier to the state meet in Fresno, placing 31st in the Division III race with a solid run of 16 minutes, 20 seconds. His road to Fresno was paved by winning the
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Mission Valley League title and qualifying for the state meet by finishing 11th with a time of 15:44 at the CIF-Southern Section championships. He also had the best time of his career with a 15:26 earlier in the season.
Quotable: “I was so thrilled to race at (the state championships). It was amazing. It started a whole new chapter in my life. It was a super year, and I’m only a sophomore, so I think next year I have a good shot at winning (a state title).”

Coach of the year: Sonia Ayala, South El Monte

First Team
Andrew Centeno, South El Monte, Sr.
Thomas Finnigan, Glendora, Sr.
Brad Hernandez, Los Altos, Sr.
Eduardo Hernandez, Rowland, Sr.
Ricardo Rodriguez, La Puente, Sr.

Second Team
Sean Davidson, Walnut, Sr.
Joey Divizia, Glendora, Sr.
Randy Gonzalez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Micah Ramos, Western Christian, Sr.
Simon Wong, Arroyo, Sr.

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