The Rio Hondo XC teams met again at Crescenta Valley Park on a warm, muggy day for Rio Hondo League Meet 2. South Pasadena’s depth was again prominently on display, as they took team titles in four of the five races and reduced La Canada’s points lead in the Varsity Girls race. Again, many thanks to Crescenta Valley High coach Mark Evans for his assistance in setting the course, and to Monrovia for managing the meet.
In the JV Boys race South Pasadena’s Wayne Monical pulled away in the last mile and won in 18:37 (a 36 second improvement over his Meet 1 time). He was followed by teammates Kyle Oda and William Walker in the 2-3 places. La Canada’s Tuszynski, Gray and Padgett broke up South Pasadena’s bid for another perfect team score by taking the 4-6 spots.
In the JV Girls race, South Pasadena’s Maddy Engelsman (21:45) and Fiona Bock (22:00) went 1-2, followed by League 1 winner Jenny Callan (22:11) of La Canada. South Pasadena’s Conte, Liu and Thomas went 4-5-9 to give the team 5 scorers in the top 10 and the team win. With La Canada and South Pasadena each having a win, League Finals will decide the JV Girls league title.
South Pasadena’s Kieran Press-Reynolds won his second Varsity Boys League meet title of the season in 16:45 after pulling away from teammate Oliver Chang (16:51) and Temple City’s Alex Ortega (17:11). South Pasadena again won the team title with 32 points, placing 1-2-8-9-12. San Marino’s Beck, Lew and Perry grabbed the 4-6 spots and they matched the 59 point second place team finish from Meet 1. Temple City was 3rd and La Canada 4th (trading places from League 1).
La Canada’s Katie Scoville again led the Varsity Girls race from the start and eventually won (18:58) by more than 30 seconds (even sporting a wrist cast) over San Marino’s Olivia Harrigian (19:33). La Canada’s Dipaolo, Rushing, Bowman and Hale went 5-6-8-11 in the team win. PrepCalTrack recently ranked La Canada #8 in D4 and South Pasadena #10 in D3. South Pas did close the points gap to 7 points, with Emily Ye (20:14) leading the Tigers to a 3-4-7-9-15 second place finish.
In the last race of the day, Jacob Wielenga of South Pasadena led from the start and won in 18:28 (improving by almost 20 seconds on his League 1 time). His teammates Porcu, Sibrian, Dettman and Kim went 2-3-5-6 for an almost perfect 17 points (La Canada’s Fitzgerald was the spoiler in 4th). La Canada’s team repeated in second place (55 points) and San Marino closed the gap in third (69 points).