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CV girls back on top, Burbank boys take second

Cross-country: Crescenta Valley tops Arcadia in girls' race to force first-place tie.

October 13, 2011|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA — Pacific League cross-country prospects certainly opened up thanks to a wild day at Thursday afternoon's second league meet at Crescenta Valley Park.

Host Crescenta Valley High's girls' team, ranked sixth in the latest CIF Southern Section Division I poll, thrust itself back into the league-title chase with a pivotal 25-33 triumph over fifth-ranked Arcadia.

The Falcons' victory tied them with the Apaches, who won the first league meet, 25-30, at Griffith Park on Sept. 22.

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The winner-take-all league finals are set for Nov. 3 at Arcadia County Park.

"It was really encouraging to see our team be strong again," Falcons' senior Ali Johnson said as she finished second in a time of 19 minutes and 21.57 seconds. "We haven't been that close together in a long time and we're hopeful."

Johnson and teammate Brooke Moultrie led through the first mile ahead of Arcadia's power twosome of Veronica Yamane and Alejandra Quintero.

Yet, Yamane and Quintero (third, 19:27.09) bounced ahead through the rocky gravel portion of the race about a mile and a half through and maintained their lead for another mile.

At the two-and-half-mile marker, Johnson wedged in between both girls and eventually finished runner-up to Yamane, who won in 18:58.83.

"We always try to keep the pack together and stay as close as possible," Falcons junior Cali King said. "I've never had this awesome type of pack for an entire race."

The Apaches and Falcons dominated the race, occupying the top nine spots through the first mile and eventually taking the first seven positions.

Crescenta Valley's winning team consisted of Johnson, Moultrie (fourth, 19:30.05), Erika Johnson (fifth, 19:34.33), King (sixth, 19:35.67) and Hannah Ruby (ninth, 19:54.27).

Crescenta Valley's next biggest challenge after Arcadia came from Burroughs, which it defeated, 47-16.

The Indians' Gracia Innocentia was the lone non-Apache or Falcon to finish in the top 10, taking eighth in 19:48.62.

The Burroughs' scoring squad of Brice Edrington (16th, 20:43.62), Miranda Acosta (21st, 21:16.70), Ashley Velasco (26th, 21:59.24) and Dayanna Yanez (27th, 22:15.55) did best archrival Burbank, 27-28.

Sophomore Arlette Movsesyan led the Bulldogs, taking 18th in 20:58.24, and was followed by her scoring squad of Griselda Pereyra (21st, 21:01.70), Katherine Mustafa (22nd, 21:20.40), Kayla Martil (23rd, 21:25.11) and Myriam Gonzalez (25th, 21:34).

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