Montebello runners showcase talents

first_img The format at the San Gabriel Valley Championships called for five varsity races for both boys and girls. The first race pitted each school’s best runners against each other, and the second featured each school’s second-best runner, and so on. While the meet afforded Montebello the opportunity to run against some of the East and West San Gabriel Valley powers, the Oilers were also able to preview their own league. Almont League rivals Alhambra, San Gabriel and Keppel also competed in the invitational. The Moors were by the far the most competitive of the aforementioned trio. Sophomore Phillip Benavides (16:11) finished third in boys race one, a good 29 seconds behind Ceja. Alhambra’s Carlos Hernandez (race two, 17:57) and Brian Figueroa (race four, 18:49) both finished 16th in their races. On the girls side, the Moors’ Jazmine Martinez (21:34) took fifth in race four. “I expect my kids to be near the top of the league this year,’ Flores said. “This type of running will get you prepared for league.’ Saturday’s race had a couple of surprises, including Arcadia winning its first Division I championship at Mt. SAC. “This is special,’ Arcadia coach Ray Mynster said. “The last two years we came in second. It feels good to win.’ The Apaches were led by Joanne Boulat’s (19:45) second-place finish in girls race two. The Arcadia trio of Roxy Pacheco (race three, 20:56), Tiffany Salvador (race four, 21:19) and Jennifer Yip (race five, 22:07) finished third in their respective races. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior Javier Ceja was the top area runner of the day, taking second place in boys varsity race one. Ceja’s time of 15:42 was good for 15th place all-time at Mt. SAC. “Javier is an excellent runner,’ Oilers coach Victoria Flores said. “He and David (Santana) and Chris (Teran) are my top three runners. I expect them to be near the top.’ WALNUT — While there was a small number of Whittier-area cross country teams at Saturday’s San Gabriel Valley Championships at Mt. San Antonio College, there was no shortage of local winners thanks to a strong performance by Montebello High School. While the Oilers did not finish high in the overall team standings, the Almont League powerhouse showcased several strong individual performances. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Two races later, both runners lived up to their coach’s expectations by finishing first in races two and three, respectively. Santana (16:06), who was the top runner in race two, held off Damien’s Rami Totari by two seconds. “This feels pretty good,’ a winded Santana said. “Yeah, I really like this course. My goal here was to see how good I really was and to hopefully be one of the top runners.’ Teran (16:37) had a slightly easier time in race three, far outpacing Glendora’s Nick Nichols (17:10). Other solid Oilers’ finishers included Adriana Roque (22:54), who finished 15th in girls race three, and Judith Flores (24:31), who took 16th in girls race four. last_img read more