L.A. City Section Rankings (9/24) by Bruce Thomson
September 26, 2012 · 0 Comments
By Rich Gonzalez
(September 24, 2012) – The following rankings are courtesy of Bruce Thompson and are current those results obtained by this past weekend.
L.A. City Section Rankings
Courtesy of Bruce “B-Diddy” Thomson
Released Monday, September 24th, 2012
LA City Rankings, Edition #1
1) San Pedro: Nice development has 6 under 20:00 so far. Solid race on Thursday had 9 of top 12 in 7 team race. Looking for 9th title in last 14 years.
2) Palisades: Led by super soph Williams, Dolphins are a young team with plenty of talent. Haven’t been at full strength yet, but when they are, watch out.
3) Granada Hills: Another young team, ran without 3 girls at Bell-Jeff, that ran under 19:40 last year. By November, they could be looking down on the rest of the city.
4) El Camino Real: Didn’t look super this morning, and without Cline, they will have a tough time breaking into the top 3.
5) Miguel Contreras: No real frontrunner, but solid depth puts them in the top 5 for now. Has been good the past few years, could this be the year to earn some hardware at City?
6) Birmingham: Dowell and Nava will lead this young developing team. Don’t be surprised to see them with medals around their neck on November 17th.
7) Santee: Ran at Vegas this AM, but not as deep as last few years. Needs a couple of more girls to step up if they want to have shot at top 5.
8) Marshall: Caroline Tan has looked great so far this year, but with #5 runner over 4:00 behind, gap will need to be closed to qualify for finals
9) Monroe: Didn’t look great this morning, but expect improvement in 8 weeks. Should would win league, but will it be enough to put them in the top 11?
10) Bravo: Always a top 10 program, with a big squad. Will look much better in 2 months.
Individuals: Marissa Williams (Pali) has looked awesome so far and is a threat to the City record of 17:08. San Pedro’s trio of Garcia, Carrera, and Garcia all ran well at Woodbridge, and Tan (Marshall) only got beat by Garcia on Thursday at Peck and she ran 18:32 at Dana Hills this morning.
1) Palisades: 6 at sub 16:22 or better so far has Dolphins dreamin’ of back to back titles. Not at full strength this morning at Bell-Jeff, but seniors Johnston and Tewodros have led them in every meet so far.
2) San Pedro: Big improvement from underclassmen could be a key to Pirates first title since ’06. Correa looks to be a title contender, but 4th and 5th men will be key to San Pedro’s hopes.
3) Birmingham: Nice performance today shows that Patriots will be a factor come November. Alexander and Solano is a nice duo up front.
4) El Camino Real (tie): 4 under 17:00 today with 5th runner not far behind has the Conquistadores thinking of a West Valley title and possible top 3 performance at Pierce at finals.
5) Marshall: A good performance at Dana Hills puts the Barristers in the top 5. Arevalo and Nabong are a tough twosome in the front, but may need some help at 3-4-5 positions to earn some hardware.
6) Granada Hills: Not at full strength this morning, but should be another great West Valley Finals at Pierce with at least 4 teams battling for the crown.
7) Santee: Appeared to run well this morning with less than a minute gap between 1-5. Morales should be a contender for city to lead them.
8) Belmont: Good returning group, but no results so far. Would like to return Sentinels to halcyon days of the 80’s and 90’s.
9) Garfield: A decent young team, but with lack of depth, could struggle just to qualify for finals.
10) Taft: Doesn’t appear to have been at full strength yet this year, but another program that should be in mix for some hardware in 8 weeks.
Individuals: Correa (SP) has fastest time so far and won 1600 in track last year, but Johnston and Tewodros (Pali) are close behind. Morales hasn’t had a great race yet, but after last year he should be in the hunt as will Alexander (B-Ham).