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Local Squads Qualify for CIF Finals

First published in the Nov. 17 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity cross-country teams competed in the CIF-SS Division IV prelims at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut last Saturday, with the Spartan girls’ team winning its 3-mile race with 34 points as six of its seven runners finished in the top 20.
LCHS sophomore Maya DeBrouwer (18:16.3) led the team with a first-place finish, while freshman Charlotte Hopkins (19:16.1) and senior Caitlin Roehmholdt (19:25.9) were third and eighth, respectively. Freshman Halo Ball (19:42.8) and sophomore Kaoru Saito (19:56.8) placed 12th and 17th, respectively, while junior Yasmine Ghaneh (20:11.4) and senior Caroline Gill (20:52.0) took 20th and 34th, respectively.
Meanwhile, the boys’ team also had a fine outing placing fourth with 113 points. Senior Max Smith led the team by placing 12th with a 16:29.8 time, while senior Robert Lee (16:57.4) and junior George Hervey (16:59.7) finished 23rd and 25th, respectively. Junior Jamie Saunders (17:20.1) and senior Jackson McGuire (17:30.0) placed 35th and 36th, respectively, while junior Andre Uribe (18:06.3) and freshman Mateo Rose (18:34.2) rounded out the group in 43rd and 45th, respectively.
Both the Spartan girls’ and boys’ teams qualified for the CIF finals on Saturday, Nov. 19.

FLINTRIDGE PREP

The Flintridge Prep varsity cross-country teams competed in the CIF-SS Division V prelims at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut last Saturday. Both the girls’ and the boys’ teams qualified for the CIF finals on Saturday, Nov. 19, finishing second (54 points) and third (114) points, respectively.
The girls’ team boasted four top 15 runners to help qualify for the upcoming finals. Sophomore Jenna Moutes (22:39.6) took seventh, junior Julia Bonk (22:31.4) finished ninth, freshman Sarah Bonk (22:45.1) claimed 12th and senior Anya Rose (22:55.2) placed 15th. Senior Audrey Jung (24:03.6) was 21st, while juniors Nicolle Riley (24:10.6) and Hailey Wilson (25:21.5) finished 25th and 32nd, respectively.
Meanwhile, the boys’ team also had a fine outing to qualify for the upcoming finals. Junior Nicolas Stanton (17:52.6) claimed 19th, while junior Kevin Martinez (17:58.1) and freshman Declan Mansbridge (18:01.9) finished 24th and 27th, respectively. Senior Bryan Taniguchi (18:09.4) and junior Evan Guyer (18:16.5) finished seconds apart to take 29th and 30th, respectively, while junior Leo McDonald (18:32.1) and freshman William Krause (20:08.3) rounded out the group in 36th and 61st, respectively.

ST. FRANCIS

The St. Francis High School varsity boys finished first overall with 45 points in the first heat of the CIF-SS Division IV prelims at Mt. San Antonio College, boasting four top 15 runners.
The Golden Knights were led by senior Hayden Owen, who finished second with a 15:40.7 time. Juniors Luke Metcalf (15:52.7) and Samuel Franco (15:58.1) placed ninth and 10th, respectively, while senior Noe Barraza (16:30.8) took 15th. Sophomore Aidan Guzman (16:37.5) was 18th, while sophomores Auge Martin (16:49.8) and Axel Gonzalez (17:07.6) took 21st and 32nd, respectively.

FLINTRIDGE SACRED HEART

The FSHA varsity girls’ cross-country team competed in the CIF-SS Division IV prelims at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut last Saturday, finishing sixth overall with 166 points and qualifying for the finals on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Freshman Arianna Shamo (20:37.0) led the team in 27th, while junior Annie Ramirez (20:39.4) finished just seconds behind her in 29th. Sophomores Maria Owen (21:15.1), Adelina Van Dyck (21:26.5) and Paige Perkins (21:27.0) finished 39th, 40th and 41st, respectively, while senior Erika Caballero (21:35.0) and sophomore Alana McCann (21:56.1) rounded out the group in 44th and 53rd, respectively.

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