September 12, 2018
On a very warm day at Paloma Valley High School, the “new look” Ivy League was reborn to SoCal Cross Country. The “old timers” who remember the Ivy League that existed for decades (through 2008) have rejoiced after a 10-year hiatus and the Poly Bears were looking to claim a spot at the top. Overall, the Bears turned in a pretty dominant performance in spite of some injuries. The low 90s temperatures were not very conducive to PR performances and the mid-level difficulty of the course created an environment for more strategic races. The “handful” of PRs came mostly from athletes who were unable to run at the ultra-fast Cool Breeze course the previous Saturday. Nonetheless, our Bears came up with some very solid performances on the day. See below for more specifics…
Girls JV Race:
Our Girls JV team had several athletes missing due to injuries…but that didn’t stop them from placing 5 runners in the top 12 and posting a solid 11-point victory over 2nd place host team Paloma Valley. Our top runners included the 1-2 finishers Lauren Vigrass (11) and Lana Santiago (10) as well as Erica Mora (11), Laura Gallardo (11), and Betty Calderon (9). Way to go ladies!!!
Boys JV Race:
These folks meant business…serious business! How else can you explain finishing 1-2-3-4-5-7-8-9 in a race to post a perfect score of 15 points? Sometimes, you just have to beat the heat by bringing more heat! Our top 5 finishers included: AlfredSoliz (10), Jackson Standerfer (10), Nick Valencia (12), Gavin Payne (12), and Mark Ybarra (9). Several of these guys would be varsity runners on other teams. Great job fellas!!!
Girls Varsity Race:
Cross Country is definitely a “100%” kind of sport. In other words…If you don’t have 100% to give on any given day, you may be in trouble. Our girls team is the favorite to win the Ivy League title…but, on a day where multiple things went wrong on the health/injury front, our girls–just barely–came up short of claiming 1st place. The 2nd place finish came about through a rare tie score. In case of a tie, the #6 finishers from each team are used as a tie-breaker and we missed by 2 places. Interesting Fact: Our team time was actually 5 seconds faster. Congrats to JW North for coming out on top…this time! Our top 5 finishers were: Carly Marshall (10), Kalista Tibbels (10), Elena Umana (11), Teresa Rangel (12), and Helena Valdez (12). Good Job girls…we’ll get ’em next time!
Boys Varsity Race:
Our boys team came in with something to prove. Valley View HS is the favorite to claim the league title, but our boys have been working hard this summer to prove that prediction wrong. With Valley View missing their #2 runner (a Rancho Verde transfer student), the Bears looked to make an early-season statement that we are a contender! Well, they did just that with a solid 9-point victory! Our top 5 finishers were: Sam Medure (10), Isaac Umana (12), Ethan McDonald (11), Justin Bartlebaugh (12), and Nathaniel Scott-Negrette (9). Keep working hard boys…It’s gonna be a close finish!