Two out of three league wins will not even get you a cup of coffee this year. The only one of those meets that meant anything was the last one and our guys didn’t have it in them on Thursday. Early indications were deceptive as they formed a tight Titan pack for the first mile. However, by the second mile, the pack had fallen apart and the running order was all askew. When the dust had settled, the guys ran nearly a minute slower on Thursday than they did a month ago on the same Lacy Park grass in nearly identical weather conditions. Go figure.
The Tigers, on the other hand, ran nearly a minute faster. The difference maker for South Pasadena was senior Tyler Gershman, who placed third, beating the #2 runner on his team. Tyler placed 7th here in October, running a full 10 seconds slower. But, it was the bottom of the order that came through for SoPas. Yoon Lee ran 38 seconds faster and Victor Hidalgo was 20 seconds better.
Here is an interesting piece of trivia from the race: If you treat the two Lacy Park meets as a duo meet between SoPas and San Marino and take the 5 best times from each team from the two meets, it is a dead heat. Yes, a dead tie. The first four places go 1-4-5-8 for SoPas and 2-3-6-7 for SM and the fifth runners on each team have the same time - 16:50.
It will probably be decades before the league sees two more evenly-matched teams duke it out for the championship. Congratulations to the Tigers for putting one down in our house. And congratulations to League Champion Josh Wilson. A class act all the way, just like his predecessor - Paul Messana. We will miss him.