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1> Schedule change: October 4 meet changed from Fountain Valley to Crescenta Valley.
2> Saturday workout: Meeting time is now 6:30am.  Same location (Arroyo Seco Park).

Phil Ryan Invitational

Season Begins in a Week

The 2014 cross country season is just a week away.  It opens with the early season grass classic - The Phil Ryan Invitational, a week from this Thursday at Lacy Park.  The event will consist of four races around the 3-mile course with the first gun at 3:30 in the afternoon.  The frosh-soph girls kick it off, followed by the frosh-soph boys thirty minutes later.  The junior & senior girls take off at 4:30 and the day ends with the junior & senior men at 5pm.  Stick around for team awards at 5:30.

Aside from our Titans, there will be 8 other schools competing:  Garfield, Antelope Valley, Flintridge Prep (girls team), Bishop Amat, Mark Keppel, San Gabriel, Blair and San Dimas.  Garfield visits from the LA Section so we have not seen them at CIF.  Antelope Valley and Flintridge Prep are Division 5 schools with Flintridge being the defending D5 champ.  They easily won that division with a 1:37 team performance, going 4-5-9-10.  Those 4 all figure to return this year along with sophs in the #5 and #6 positions.

But, those Flintridge girls will have their work cut out for them against the ladies from Bishop Amat.  The Bishop team is loaded and young.  They placed fourth in D3 last year with a 1:34 team time and went 5-12-29-52-59 with mostly frosh and sophs.  Their guys aren’t bad, either.  They took 14th at Finals in D3 last year and they lost only their #3 man to graduation.  They get a break this year as they move down to D4 - to the consternation of the other D4 schools.  A tough break for us.

We also get a couple of D2 schools with Mark Keppel (Alhambra) and San Gabriel High.  Keppel made Prelims last year and turned in a 1:34 team time at SAC.

Rounding out the field we have D5 Blair, a fellow Rio Hondo League team.  And, San Dimas, a D4 team who also lucked out by moving from D3 this year.  They made Prelims in D3 last year and ran a 1:33 team time.

It is a very early season meet and no one will be taking the race seriously.  These young teams may not even move their underclassmen up to the Jr/Sr race.  Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how each team handles the grass and the heat (presumably).  And, we will have race VIDEO!

2014 Cross Country Season - Calendar





September 11  (Thurs)


Phil Ryan Invitational

Lacy Park

September 25  (Thurs)


League Meet #1

Lacy Park

October 4  (Saturday)

8:15 am

Kenny Staub Invitational

Crescenta Valley Park

October 11  (Saturday)

9:00 am

Crystal Springs Invitational

South San Francisco

October 16  (Thurs)


League Meet #2

Hahamongna Park
(La Canada H.S.)

October 24  (Friday)

~ 1:00 pm

Mt. SAC Invitational

Mt. SAC College (Walnut)

November 6  (Thurs)


League Finals

Lacy Park

November 15  (Sat)

8:00 am

CIF Prelims

Mt., SAC College

November 22  (Sat)

8:00 am

CIF Finals

Mt. SAC College

Team, Family and Coaches

2014-08-23 - Team & Family Picture

Front Row (left to right):  Eric Lew, Joshua Wong, Cavanaugh Jue, Olivia Harrigian, Alejandra Larriva-Latt, Cara Roberts, Kelly McCrary, Emelyn Judge, Ruth Roberts and Dina McCall.

Middle Row: Sarah Linton, Angela Wang and Sharmayne Siu.

Back Row: Alexander Lai, Mitchell Hee, Tomas Liu, Girish Balaji, Kyle McCall, Charlie Perry, John Judge, Krishnamurthy Bilaji, Mike Harrigian, Bob Judge, Coach Eduardo Mundo, Eugenio Liu and Coach Andy Di Conte.

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