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All-Area Girls' Cross-Country Team

December 23, 2011

Evan Gancedo, Sophomore, Pasadena Poly

Gancedo captured the Prep League title on Oct. 29 in 18:43 and continued to peak in the postseason after finishing fourth in her Division V heat in 19:07 at the CIF Southern Section divisional preliminaries at Mt. San Antonio College. She finished fifth (18:53) at the CIF-SS Division V finals. Then at state, Gancedo paced Poly to an 11th-place showing, while taking 10th in Division V in 18:59. Her state time was tied for second-best by any area runner.

Ali Johnson, Senior, Crescenta Valley

The senior finished runner-up (19:21) at the second Pacific League meet at Crescenta Valley Park. Johnson was then her team's second-best runner at the Pacific League finals at Arcadia County Park, finishing fourth in 17:49. At the CIF-SS Division I preliminaries, Johnson took 17th (17:43) and then rose to the occasion at the CIF-SS Division I finals, finishing 25th (18:29) in the race with the area's second-best time to lead the Falcons back to state. At state finals, Johnson was 45th in 19:05.

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Cali King, Junior, Crescenta Valley

King took third at the Pacific League's first cluster meet at Griffith Park on Sept. 22 in 19:07 and followed that with a bronze performance at league finals, finishing in 17:43 at Arcadia Country Park on Nov. 3. King was the Falcons' fourth-best runner at the CIF-SS Division I preliminaries at Mt. SAC and claimed 21st in 17:49. King then finished 31st (18:38) at the CIF-SS Division I finals before taking 108th (19:50) at state.

Megan Melnyk, Freshman, Crescenta Valley

Freshman made a huge run toward the end of the year. She placed sixth at the Pacific League finals in 17:56, which was third-best on her team. At the CIF-SS Division I preliminaries, Melnyk notched a 12th-place finish in 17:30, which was the area's second-best time. The following weekend, Melnyk was 32nd (18:41) at the divisional finals as Crescenta Valley qualified for state. Finally, Melnyk led the Falcons to ninth in Division I while capturing 38th (18:59) individually. Her state time was tied for second-best in the area.

Stephanie Vargas, Senior, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

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