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1990 Season

San Marino Men are State Champs!

Girls Make It a Total Team Effort by Taking 3rd at State

patch - State Championships - men (small)


Video - Men winning CIF-ss championship at Mt. SAC.

1990 Cross Country Meets


Day / Time





Summer workouts / races

San Marino streets

Sept 13

Thursday afternoon

vs. Arcadia

Lacy Park

Sept 15


Rosemead Invitational


Sept 20


Lacy Park Invitational

Lacy Park

Sept 27


vs. South Pasadena


Sept 29


Dana Hills Invitational

Dana Hills High School

Oct 4


vs. La Canada

Lacy Park

Oct 9


vs. Temple City

Lacy Park

Oct 12


Dos Pueblos Invitational

Santa Barbara

Oct 19


Mt. SAC Invitational

Mt. SAC (Walnut)

Oct 25


vs. Monrovia


Nov 1


League Finals

Lower Arroyo

Nov 10


CIF Prelims

Mt. SAC (regular course)

Nov 17


CIF Finals

Mt. SAC (regular course)

Nov 24


State Finals

Woodward Park (Fresno)

1990-11-24 - Team picture on awards platform (Tribune)

Ending a 15 year drought in remarkable fashion, this team stomped every team in it’s path.  Monrovia was the only duo meet team to score a point against these guys. At League Finals, they came in with 18 points, just 3 points shy of a perfect score.

On the Mt. SAC course for the CIF Finals, this squad dominated with a 2-4-7-8 finish to score 33 points.  The next best was 64.

CIF began running State Finals in the 1980s.  The 1990 guys were the first San Marino men’s team to grab the state title. 

1990 Varsity Men



Mt. SAC Best

Lacy Park Best

Peter Nichols   *




Carlos De Ovando   *




Matt Payne   *




Joe Welton




Mike Hillman




Ben Nichols




David Pettit




* Hall of Fame member

Excerpt from independent article on CIF-ready teams after the Mt. SAC Invitational

After barely missing a shot at the CIF/Reebok State Championships last year, San Marino (Southern Section) has shown the necessary improvement to advance this season.  “We’ve really come a long way,” said Head Coach Philip Ryan.  “Two years ago we were decimated in league, but the kids really put in a lot of work.  It’s fun to see them progress the way they have.”  The Titan’s top runner is senior Peter Nichols, whose season best time is 15:14 at the Dana Hills Invitational.  Two other seniors figure in the number two and three spots;  Carlos DeOvand and Matt Payne.  DeOvando had a seasonal best of 15:27 at Dana Hills, while Payne’s best is 15:57. Joe Welton, a junior, figures to break the 16-minute mark after a 16:01 timing at Dana Hills and Mark Hillman is also chasing down that mark.  His season best is 16:07.  Talented sophomore Ben Nichols offers strength for the future off a seasonal best timing of 16:15.  “We’re running consistently and we’re running tough.  Our six runners are right there with each other,” Ryan said.

La Jolla will receive stiff competition from several other schools, one being San Marino (Southern Section).  The Titans have a talented squad and also possess a lot of depth, with seven capable runners.  Marjorie Hsu, a junior, posted a seasonal best of 18:16 at the Dana Hills Invitational and won the Dos Pueblos Invitational in a time of 18:29.  Jenny Liao, on of three juniors on the team, isn’t far behind Hsu’s pace, with top times of 18:33 at Dana Hills and 18:50 at Dos Pueblos.  Junior Jacquie Fruttero has missed some of the season due to injury, but is expected to challenge Hsu and Liao for top times.  Her seasonal best is 19:17, which was good for first place at Rosemead.  A pair of talented freshman runners, Stephanie Norberg and Kim Gardner, have posted solid times.  Norberg won theDos Pueblos Invitational in the freshman/sophomore division with a time of 20:06.  Gardner’s top time is 19:43 at Dana Hills.  Heather Decker, a freshman, and Connie Chung, a sophomore, add quality depth.  San Marino finished sixth at the CIF/Reebok State Championships in Division II last year.


1990-09-18 - Combined articles
1990-09-20 - Girls team in Star News

Graduating Seniors - Where Are They Now?

2013 - Peter Nichols, MD

Peter Nichols (as of February 2013) - Peter is a physician at Maryville-Scott Nolan Hospital in the Chicago area.  After graduating from San Marino High, Peter attended UC Berkeley, where he earned his BA in biology in 1995.  He returned to school in 1997, earning an MHA in Health Services Administration at USC in 1999.  In 2004, he became Dr. Nichols, earning his MD from USC.  His served a 3 year residency at the University of Chicago followed by 2 years at the University of Illinois (Chicago) and 3 years at Psychiatric Solutions Inc (a large public company).

Carlos De Ovando - No information at this time.

Matt Payne (as of February 2013) - Matt lives in San Francisco and reportedly works in business development for Tippit Inc, a private marketing firm formed in 2011.  It also appears that Matt is, or was, the Business Development Director for a cloud computing consultant by the name of Groveis, probably in the San Francisco office.

Dave Pettit - No information at this time.

Eddie Song - No information at this time.

2013-02 - Tim Louie

Tim Louie (as of February 2013) - Not sure this is him but, if it is, Tim is working for Allergan as a Sr. Sales Operations Analyst in Orange County.  This Tim Louie attended Loyola Marymount, graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1995.  While working for Health Net as a Marketing Manager, he attended USC’s Marshall School of Business.  He spent 12 years at Health Net before making the change to Allergan.

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