On an extraordinarily windy and dusty November 9, athletes from Rio Hondo’s Division 3 schools Temple City and Monrovia had an extra challenge competing on the 3 mile Riverside course. Monrovia’s Alayna Peters was the lone Finals qualifier, placing 2nd in the D3 Girls heat 2 race with a time of 18:54 (an impressive 24 second improvement over her 2017 time). Temple City’s guys and Monrovia’s Roberto Soto competed in D3 boys, heat 2, with Soto placing 36th in a time of 16:40. The Rams placed 14th as a team with 382 points, two places out of the top 12 Finals qualifiers. Philycius Tjong paced the team with a 17:07 (58th), followed by scorers Daniel Jong (17:15, 65th), Darren Reyes (17:30, 75th), Derek Lee (18:03, 107th) and Andy Huang (18:07, 110th).
Thankfully, the wind died down a bit on Saturday for the D4 and D5 competitions. On the boys side, South Pasadena competed in D4, heat 1 and easily qualified for Finals with a 5th place finish at 178 points. Junior Sam Clark paced the Tigers with a 16:09 time, good for 15th place. Remaining scorers were Porcu (16:14, 17th), Grijalva-Moreno (16:35, 36th), Xiong (17:09, 61st) and Perez (17:18, 69th). La Canada competed in D4, heat 2 and qualified for Finals in 11th place with 267 points. Spartan Owen Serricchio had the fastest Rio Hondo athlete time at Prelims, running a 15:33 and placing 4th in the race. Remaining Spartan scorers were Watanabe (17:04, 59th), and Milbrodt (17:33, 76th), Bohan-Apfeldorf (17:34, 77th), and Fan (17:35, 78th) who exhibited some great pack running. Blair was represented at CIF by senior Asa Barton, who qualified for Finals by placing 8th in the D5, heat 1 race in a time of 16:53.
On the girls side, all three Rio Hondo squads were seeded into the D4, heat 2 race. South Pasadena (3rd, 123 pts) and La Canada (8th, 217 pts) both punched their ticket to Finals and San Marino missed out by 7 points (13th, 346). The Tigers were paced by frosh Sydney Morrow’s 8th place finish in 18:40. South Pas’ remaining scorers were Bock (19:01, 17th), Koyama (19:12, 18th), Calva (19:32, 27th) and Uriarte (20:35, 62nd). La Canada’s Ellaney Matarese had the fastest time for all female Rio Hondo athletes at Prelims, running a time of 18:34 and placing 5th. Spartan Sarah Auther was the next scorer at 18:42 (9th), along with Milbrodt (19:17, 22nd), Pirkey (21:33, 91st) and Aslanian (21:46, 98th). The Titans were led by Olivia Ruiz (19:59, 39th). Other San Marino scorers were Balaji (20:09, 47th), Lee (21:24, 88th), Hannan (21:34, 93rd) and Talt (21:35, 94th). Links to results and video are below.