LA CRESCENTA — With their backs against the wall and their string of Pacific League titles hanging in the balance, the members of the Crescenta Valley High girls' cross-country team came through in the clutch once more.
In a race decided by the slimmest of margins and the fleet feet of every Falcon from lead runner Claudia Pham to No. 6 runner Ali Johnson, Crescenta Valley nudged past archrival Arcadia, 31-32, at Thursday afternoon's Pacific League finals at Crescenta Valley Park, thereby earning a share of its eighth straight league title in the process.
"We didn't talk too much about the streak," said Falcons Coach Mark Evans of his team's focus entering the meet after having finished behind Arcadia in each of the first two league meets. "We talked about wanting to win league championships, beating Arcadia and running to our capabilities."