Soph., Crescenta Valley
The Falcons’ No. 1 runner, he finished ninth at the Pacific League finals at Griffith Park in 16:02. Also ran an impressive 16:11 at CV Park at the Staub Invite, which was second best among locals, and turned in a 15:53 at the Mt. SAC invite.
junior, St. Francis
Quick off the start, Palazzolo was clearly the Golden Knights’ top runner. He was an All-Mission League selection after clocking 16:18 for sixth place at the final at CV Park. At the CIF Southern Section Division III prelims, he qualified for the division finals as an individual with a time of 15:52 and a fifth-place finish in his heat.
senior, La Cañada
Was the Rio Hondo League’s No. 2 runner and the Spartans’ consistent No. 1 in leading them to a league title. Won the Azusa Pacific University 2-miler in 9:52 in a season in which he navigated the Spartans to the CIF finals, where he ran a 15:49 at Mt. SAC. It was a 14-second drop from his showing earlier in the season at the Mt. SAC invite.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Uncharacteristically, the Rebels were the only area squad to reach the CIF-State Meet, continuing their storied tradition.
But, beyond being the lone local team to reach Woodward Park, it was what Herskind was able to get from her Rebels on the biggest stage that was most impressive.
During a season in which the Rebels struggled by their lofty standards throughout, they edged into state with just a sixth-place finish at the CIF Southern Section Division V final. However, Prep saved its best for last, racing to a third-place finish in the Division V state final.