Mt. SAC Invitational race-by-race entries
October 17, 2012 · 1 Comments
By Rich Gonzalez
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(October 17, 2012) – Entries for the 65th annual Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational have been released, showcasing the largest turnout of state-ranked teams of any meet on the California calendar this year.
Of the 101 state-ranked boys and girls teams, 63 of those will compete in “sweepstakes” races for their division while an additional dozen state-ranked squads will compete in non-sweepstakes races.
Saturday’s large-schools action is highlighted by the Boys Team Sweepstakes Race (Race #72, 10:45 a.m.), where seven state-ranked Division I squads and seven state-ranked Division II squads will collide. Arcadia, which boasts major victories at the Woodbridge and Stanford meets, is favored, but Carlsbad and Vista Murrieta are leading challengers. Among the Division II teams, this marks the first and last time that top-ranked Loyola and previously top-ranked Dos Pueblos will meet before postseason.
The Boys Individual Sweepstakes Race (Race #71, 10:25 a.m.) includes several prominent talents, with El Toro’s Juan Gonzalez and Villa Park’s Garrett Corcoran, the top two finishers at last weekend’s Orange County Championships, leading the field.
In the Girls Team Sweepstakes Race (Race #70, 10:03. a.m.), 11 of the 20 state-ranked teams in Divisions I and II will be brought together, including Division I top-ranked Great Oak and #2-ranked Simi Valley, which is another step closer to being at full strength for the first time this fall.
The Girls Individual Sweepstakes Race (Race #69, 9:42 a.m.) features a pair of “Grade I” teams opting to clash outside of the featured team sweepstakes squads. Those national-caliber programs are Xavier College Prep of Arizona and La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad.
Friday’s action — set aside for mid-sized and small-sized schools — is headlined by the Division IV girls race, where nine of the ten state-ranked teams will lock up head to head! Top-ranked San Lorenzo Valley and #2-ranked JSerra will meet in a rematch of their meeting last month at the Nike PreNationals meet in Portland. In that one, San Lorenzo Valley prevailed convincingly.
The Division V races are also hot affairs, with eight state-ranked boys teams and seven state-ranked girls teams competing in those divisional sweepstakes races.
A more thorough weekend preview will follow. below are the updates entries, as of Tuesday night:
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