St. Francis, La Salle, Maranatha, Polytechnic, Flintridge Prep Compete

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

St. Francis High School’s varsity cross-country team competed in the CIF-SS Division IV State championships and placed 12th of 25 teams at Fresno’s Woodward Park on Saturday.
Golden Knights junior Hayden Owen (16:13) and sophomore Luke Metcalf (16:20) placed 19th and 26th, respectively, while junior Noe Barraza (76th, 17:09) and senior Tim Parisi (78th, 17:11) finished together. Juniors Edyn Cepeliek (17:30) and Lucas Pichardo (17:47) and freshman Auge Martin (20:44) placed 97th, 115th and 170th for St. Francis.
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Spartan Girls Take 2nd Place in State Meet

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School girls’ cross-country team took advantage of a picture-perfect race day — cool temperatures and blue skies — to take second place in Division 4 at the CIF State Cross-Country Championships this past Saturday on the 5,000-meter course at Fresno’s Woodward Park.
In one of the closest three-way battles in meet history, the Spartans scored 131 points, nine behind winner JSerra of San Juan Capistrano (122 points), and tied with San Diego’s Sage Creek. LCHS won the tiebreaker when their sixth runner (each team has seven runners) finished ahead of Sage Creek’s sixth. (In cross-country, a team’s first five runners score, with their finish places added and low score prevailing.)
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Crescenta Valley Boys Place 4th, Qualify for State Meet

First published in the Nov. 27 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

After not having a season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Crescenta Valley High School coach Robert Evans wasn’t sure how his varsity boys’ cross-country team would perform after what was a difficult year for many student-athletes.
“Coming off the pandemic, you never know how a season will evolve,” said Evans, who — to his delight — quickly saw his runners weren’t among the large number of athletes who lost their focus and motivation after COVID-19 shut down the 2020 cross-country season.
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LCHS Girls Team Qualifies for CIF Finals

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School girls’ cross-country team advanced to this Saturday’s CIF Southern Section finals with an impressive win in their preliminaries heat this past Friday, held on the hilly Mt. San Antonio College course in Walnut. The boys, hobbled when one of their top runners dropped out of the race, finished seventh in their heat and failed to advance.
The Spartan girls, one week removed from winning the Rio Hondo League championship, overcame record-breaking heat (the temperature reached 92 degrees) to score an impressive 1-2-3 finish in the second of three Division IV heats, totaling 31 points to second-place La Puente Bishop Amat’s 53. On a day when the soaring heat forced multiple athletes to be shuttled off the course on rolling stretchers, La Cañada recorded its best team effort of the season.
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La Cañada Girls Claim League Crown, Boys Place 2nd

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School girls’ cross-country team won the Rio Hondo League championship in dominating fashion at last Thursday’s league finals, held at San Marino’s Lacy Park.
The Spartans scored 22 points to runner-up South Pasadena’s 47 (in cross-country, low score wins), while the Spartan boys totaled 51 points, which was good enough for second place.
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CVHS Sweeps League Finals, Advances to CIF

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Coming off a dominant performance in the Pacific League finals, the Crescenta Valley High School cross-country boys’ and girls’ teams are looking to ride that momentum in the CIF Southern Section Division I preliminaries at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday.
The Falcons claimed the league championship at every level last week, and the varsity boys — ranked No. 4 in Division I — enter the postseason as contenders for the CIF title.
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