Meaningless though they may have been, we still won them. Today, it counts. It all comes down to one race. All the sweat over the long summer. The endless workouts. The planning. The races that served as mere warm-ups. The battles to make a difference on the team. The stress.
Although CIF is the ultimate prize, the chance to win a league title is a close second. The graduating seniors have an opportunity to do something that no other SM team in the last 14 years has done. League Champion is one of those designations on the historical record which makes a team stand out. Especially when our league is composed of bigger schools from Division 3. You win a league title against a name D3 school like South Pasadena and you have earned a big party.
We finally have a team that can do it but they have to run the race. And they have to run better than Cullen Irvine and Tyler Gershman and Victor Hidalgo and Yoon Lee. Those kids want it, too. They are the defending league champions. They will not give it to us. We have to take it. We have to want it even more than they do.