What is a league meet?
San Marino has been in the Rio Hondo League since the 1950s. Some of the teams have changed but South Pasadena, La Canada, Temple City and San Marino have always been part of it. The balance of power for these cross country teams has shifted over the decades and La Canada and South Pasadena are now the clear powers. The teams used to compete in one-on-one meets (called duo meets) but that format was changed so that all the teams in the league compete together in 3 “league meets”. The first two league meets are essentially practice while the third one is called “league finals”. It is that third meet that determines who advances to CIF (the playoffs). These first two meets give the teams an opportunity to get to know each other pretty well. Besides the four schools previously mentioned, the league also includes Monrovia and Blair. Monrovia is the host for this meet.
Where is it?
This first league meet will be held on our home course - Lacy Park.
What is the course like?
Our course is fairly flat with a hill in the final half mile. The challenge for the runners is that about 30% of the course is on grass. It can also be a difficult course to figure out so we hope that host Monrovia has enough volunteers on the course to guide the runners. Click here for a course map.
How Will We Do?
Last Saturday’s Woodbridge Invitational included 4 of the 6 teams from the Rio Hondo League so we have a pretty good idea of how this should go. La Canada and South Pasadena will battle for the win while the other 4 schools will battle for third. Keep in mind that, aside from South Pasadena and La Canada, only one other team from our league will advance to CIF at the end of the season. So, early relative strength among the other 4 schools will be a strong indicator of who advances to CIF. Click here for an analysis of Woodbridge results among 4 Rio Hondo schools.