The Crescenta Valley cross-country teams have been on a roll as of late, and the Falcons look to carry their positive run of results into the closing stages of the season.
The Falcons boys’ and girls’ teams put themselves to the test at the 75th annual Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut last weekend, competing against top athletes in their respective races.
In the boys Division 1 and 2 Team Sweepstakes, Crescenta Valley came in sixth overall scoring 189 points.
Falcons senior Eddie Sion led the fifth-ranked CIF Division I team at Mt. SAC with a 13th-place finish in 15 minutes, 22 seconds on the 3-mile course.
Crescenta Valley senior Joshua Chambers followed Sion in 33rd in 15:49, and senior Arlo Gagnon (41st, 15:55), senior Ryan Becker (46th, 15:57), senior Luke Myers (56th, 16:04), senior Ater Prather (91st, 16:38), and junior Liam Zadoorian (109th, 17:05) rounded out the Falcons finishers.
Great Oak won the overall team race with 88 points, and San Clemente senior Brett Ephraim came in first place in 14:50.
The Falcons girls’ team, meanwhile, finished fourth in the girls’ Division 1 and 2 Individual Sweepstakes with 151 points.
Falcons junior Emilia Greenway led the way with a sixth-place finish in 18:03 at the 3-mile course for Crescenta Valley, which is tied with San Clemente in ninth in the CIF Southern Section Division I rankings.
Falcons junior Kaitlin Kenney finished 14th in 19:05, and senior Ava Martin and sophomore Brooklyn Oka both clocked 20:29 for 43rd and 44th place, respectively. Falcons freshman Naiya Rohtermund came in 51st in 20:47, senior Idaly Garcia in 75th in 21:22, and senior Anthea Perez in 81st in 21:43.
Mia Torrecillas, a senior from Highland High of Bakersfield, won the meet in 17:39, and El Toro won the team race with 108 points.
Hoover also took part in the Mt. SAC Invitational, with Tornados junior Emma Canal coming in sixth in 20:13 in the girls’ Division 3 Varsity Green race. Tornados junior Ani Weimar finished the 3-mile course in 23:13 (48th), and junior Isabel Maghaguian followed (123rd, 28:13).
Norte Vista senior Hope Brookins completed the 3-mile course first in 18:57, and Torrance was the team winner.
Mt. SAC is the site of the CIF Southern Section Cross Country Championship. Prelims begin Nov. 11, and finals start Nov. 18.
First published in the October 28 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.