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Flintridge Prep cross-country takes second in DV final

Flintridge Prep boys and girls both advance to state, as do La Canada girls and Crescenta Valley's Gabe Collison.

November 17, 2012|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Prep senior Aaron Sugimoto led the team by finishing sixth in 15 minutes, 4 seconds.
Flintridge Prep senior Aaron Sugimoto led the team by… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

WALNUT - Months of preparation were nearly offset by rain at Saturday morning’s CIF Southern Section Cross-Country Divisional Championships at Mt. San Antonio College.

With the prospect of having to compete on the faster rain course, runners from Crescenta Valley, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart and La Cañada all responded in different ways to the challenge with team and individual championships up for grabs as well as the ultimate prize of advancing to the following week’s state final in Fresno.

No team better thrived under the watery conditions than did Flintridge Prep, as the Rebels earned under double advancement to Fresno in both boys’ and girls’ Division V championships.

Perhaps the most anticipated area race was the boys’ Division V championship, which featured top-ranked St. Margaret’s and the second-seeded Rebels.

Despite crossing their top five runners past the finish line ahead of anyone else, the Rebels settled for second place in falling, 46-61, to St. Margaret’s.

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“We practiced all season to get ready for this course on this day,” said Rebels senior Aaron Sugimoto, who led Flintridge Prep by finishing sixth in 15 minutes, 4 seconds. “So, when we heard about the rain course, we knew it’d be faster, but different.”

Sugimoto paced a scoring squad that consisted of Elias Ellison (10th, 15:09), Alan Yoho (15th, 15:23), Jack Van Scoter (16th, 15:24) and Tyler Fong (26th, 15:41).

While the Rebels’ fifth runner, Fong, out-paced St. Margaret’s Spencer Wagener (30th, 15:50), ultimately the Tartans placed four runners in the top 11.

“We’ve ran a lot of fast courses this year like Dana Hills and Don Bosco Tech,” Yoho said. “The only thing that bothered us is that we might have went out too fast.”

As for the girls, who entered sixth-ranked, they overachieved in taking fifth with 144 points thanks to a close first-through-four pack of Kate Evans (23rd, 18:38), Lacy Coan (25th, 18:41), Ashley Lara (26th, 18:45) and Sarah Yoho (30th, 18:56).

“In the car coming over, I heard it was going to be the rain course and I just threw my hands up. I love the rain course,” Evans said. “The rain course is my friend. It’s a lot better on your body and mind and we love running it.”

Flintridge Prep’s fifth runner, senior Grace Broyles, took 59th in 19:55.

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