Cross Country: Area runners off to good start

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Last year this blog featured a weekly cross country report from Glendora assistant coach Bob Ramsey. We will continue it this year.
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Here’s his report from week one:

Trib Area XC Roundup – Week 1: Saturday, September 12

After a long summer of hard, hot, and hopefully productive training, many of the SGV Tribune are Cross Country Teams swung into action. Last year’s top teams, the St. Lucy’s girls and Glendora boys both look to be stronger than last year. Individually, all of last year’s top girls are (potentially) back, while three of last year’s top five were underclassmen.

Fastback Shootout – Mt. Sac: Arroyo and Azusa represented the east SGV in this kickoff meet that only uses 2 miles of the famous Mt. Sac XC course – taking out one lap of the Valley Loop and Reservoir. Arroyo was led by junior Laura Gazca (13:36) and senior Efren Alcala (11:08) and freshman Jesus Ocana (11:17), while Azusa was paced seniors Israel Orosco (11:00) and Marlynna Molina (14:27).

Bronco Invite – Prado Park, Chino: six area schools began their season on this slow, gently rolling 5 kilometer course. St. Lucy’s and Glendora wasted no time in showing their ambition with the Tartans winning the boys title and the Regents finishing second to a strong El Modena team. Rosemead, Damien, Diamond Bar, and Diamond Ranch also took part

Junior Anthony Castro (16:29) led the Tartans, who placed three in the top 10 (Kelly Hernandez-Jr-6th and Austin Mendoza-Soph-7th) and all five scorers in the top 25, this despite missing their 2nd best returning runner who was taking the SAT. Junior Alexander Harvey of Diamond Bar was 9th.

Glendora junior Lauren Justus was the top area finisher with her 19:15 for second place. She was joined in the top 10 by St Lucy’s juniors Taylor Hebb (5th) and Marissa Horton (6th) and soph Kristy Hebb (8th) along with Rosemead senior Brittnie Munoz (9th).

Don Bosco Tech Invite – Santa Fe Dam, Irwindale: Eleven area schools lined up on this flat, 3 mile course, made even faster this year by a course change necessitated by the fire crews using the parks as a staging area. This was a strong meet, with over fifty schools taking part. Los Altos (1:23:02) at 12th were the area’s top boys finishers while the South Hills girls (1:42:02) were 10th.

The meet was conducted in heats by grade level. Top 10 finishers were Seniors Miguel Gonzalez-9th (Los Altos), Kristen Galvez-6th (Rowland) and Reina Sotelo-7th (Los Altos); Juniors Jonathan Flores-8th (South Hills), Vanessa Lopez-7th (Rowland) and Nicolette Garcia-9th (Los Altos); Soph Joshua Sanchez-6th (Los Altos); and Freshmen Felipe Tapis-2nd and David Galvez-3rd from Rowland.

Top Performers

Both the Bronco and Bosco courses were different this year, making comparisons even harder, so we’ll just present two lists.

Don Bosco – 3 miles, mostly paved, about 30-40 seconds faster than previous course

18:43 Kristen Galvez, SR-Rowland
18:59 Reina Sotelo, SR-Los Altos
19:05 Vanessa Lopez, JR-Rowland
19:19 Nicolette Garcia, JR-Los Altos
19:48 Vianca Holguin, JR-South Hills
19:50 Megan Leu, SR-Walnut
19:55 Laurie Alred, SR-Wilson

15:39 Miguel Gonzale, SR-Los Altos
15:55 Jonathan Flores, JR-South Hills
16:21 Joshua Sanchez, SO-Los Altos
16:23 Lorenzo Rodriguez, SR-South Hills
16:26 Felipe Tapia, FR-Rowland
16:29 David Galvez, FR-Rowland
16:31 Ryan Yoshioka, SR-Walnut

Bronco – 5 kilometers, mostly deep grass, about 30-40 seconds slower than previous course.

19:15 Lauren Justus, JR-Glendora
19:31 Taylor Hebb, JR-St. Lucy’s
19:38 Marissa Horton, JR-St. Lucy’s
19:46 Kristy Hebb, SO-St. Lucy’s
19:47 Brittnie Munoz, SR-Rosemead
20:28 Katy Hebb, SO-St. Lucy’s
20:53 Emily Bruce, JR-St. Lucy’s

16:29 Anthony Castro, JR-Glendora
16:44 Kelly Hernandez, JR-Glendora
16:48 Austin Mendoza, SO-Glendora
16:55 Alexander Harvey, JR-Diamond Bar
17:02 Shin Yamamura, JR-Glendora
17:03 John Garcia, JR-Damien
17:04 James Powell, SO-Diamond Bar

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