WALNUT — A steady stream of rain Saturday morning led to a change of plans as relates to the famed cross-country course at Mount San Antonio College.
Now, three area cross-country teams are making new plans of their own to travel to Fresno for the CIF State Meet on Saturday after meeting the qualifying criteria on a rain-slicked, sped-up Mt. SAC course.
With the course's dirt trails and hills reduced to a muddy slop, the course was reconfigured to cover mostly paved areas and the finish line was relocated to the stadium's synthetic track, where Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and the Flintridge Prep boys' team notched impressive third-place finishes in Division IV and Division V, respectively, while Prep's girls' team also made the cut for state with a sixth-place showing in Division V.
"I really liked it and I thought it was just a really fun race," Sacred Heart's Paulina Antaplyan said of the rain and the course change, which was much flatter and faster than the normal route. "We can't let it affect us. I think that we handled it well."