South Pasadena’s boys and girls teams, and individuals Roberto Soto and Alayna Peters of Monrovia, competed in the D3 Prelims on Friday. On Saturday, La Canada’s boys and girls teams and San Marino’s girls squad competed in D4 Prelims, and Temple City’s guys squad ran in D2 Prelims.
South Pasadena placed 6th overall as a team (with 153 points) in Heat 1 of the boys D3 Prelims, and qualified for D3 Finals the following weekend. Oliver Chang led the Tigers with a 15:54 effort (13th place). The remaining scorers were Sam Clark (16:00, 18th), Alexander Gallardo (16:28, 42nd), Michael Xiong (16:29, 46th) and Nicolo Porcu (16:30, 47th). Monrovia’s Roberto Soto was the fastest from Rio Hondo, finishing in 5th place with a 15:41, and he qualified for Finals as an individual.
South Pasadena’s girls squad placed 7th in Heat 1 of the D3 girls Prelims, also qualifying them for Finals. The Tigers were led by frosh Brooklyn Robinson (19:18, 30th). The remaining scorers for the Tigers were Baily Wu (19:27, 33rd), Lindsey Calva (19:45, 46th), Maddy Engelsman (20:15, 65th), and Celeste Amaya (20:24, 68th). Although Monrovia’s Alayna Peters was the fastest in from Rio Hondo, coming in 29th in 19:17, she failed to qualify for Finals as an individual.
San Marino’s girls placed 13th in Heat 1 of the D4 Prelims and failed to qualify for Finals. However, Olivia Ruiz placed 12th in a time of 18:35 and qualified as an individual. Other scorers for the Titans were Puja Balaji (19:33, 41st), Lily Tong (21:04, 98th), Meg Hannan (21:39, 110th) and Karen Lee (21:40, 113th).
La Canada won Heat 2 of the D4 Prelims with a score of 93 points, qualifying them for Finals. Kayley Bond led the lady Spartans with a 2nd place finish in 17:38, followed by scorers Katherine Scoville (18:40, 7th), Adena Dipaolo (19:29, 30th), Ellaney Matarese (19:30, 31st), and Sarah Auther (19:33, 34th).
The La Canada guys squad placed 10th in the D4 Heat 1 race and also qualified for Finals. They were led by junior Owen Serricchio’s 13th place finish in a time of 15:57. The remaining scorers were Ryan Van Slooten (16:21, 28th), Lucas Echternach (17:21, 71st), Sheldon Watanabe (17:21, 72nd), and Ryan Fitzgerald (17:28, 77th).
Temple City’s guys competed in Heat 2 of the tough D2 Prelims, placing 15th with a score of 414 points and failing to proceed on to Finals. Senior Alex Ortega led the Rams with a 17:07 (70th place). He was followed by Giovanni Guajardo (17:25, 81st), Sean Negishi (17:36, 87th), Darren Reyes (17:45, 90th), and Daniel Jong (18:07, 99th).