Crescenta Valley High boys' cross-country looks to continue surge

Falcons are one five programs along with Flintridge Prep, St. Francis, Glendale and Hoover looking for breakthrough campaigns.

September 07, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,
  • The Crescenta Valley High boys' cross-country team, including from left, Gabe Collison, Nick Beatty, Matt Manalo and Andrew Hart, have high hopes in 2013.
The Crescenta Valley High boys' cross-country… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

LA CRESCENTA — As with the beginning of any new season, hope is perhaps the one unifying element among a diverse group of local cross-country teams.

For Crescenta Valley High, the Falcons are excited over the progress of 2012 and the prospects of 2013.

In 2011, Crescenta Valley suffered a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Pacific League and did not advance to the CIF Southern Section Division I prelims.

Last season, the Falcons stepped up in challenging national power Arcadia before finishing runner-up at the Pacific League finals at Crescenta Valley Park and eventually advancing to and finishing

11th at the Division I finals at Mt. San Antonio College.

“We’re proud of what we did last year and think we can do just as well, if not better,” Falcons 19th-year Coach Mark Evans said. “I’m very optimistic because we have a very good team back from a strong group last season.”


All-Area first-team junior Gabe Collison is back to lead a pack that includes seniors Nick Beatty and Matt Manalo.

Collison finished third at the Pacific League finals in 15 minutes, 35.28 seconds, while Beatty was fifth (15:57.37) and Manalo was 15th (16:21.65).

Even though Crescenta Valley didn’t advance to the CIF State Meet in Fresno, Collison continued his season by placing ninth in Division I with a time of 14:18.

The following week, Collison finished 13th (15:30) in state.

“He’s had a good track season and a strong summer,” Evans said of Collison. “I’m looking forward to this season.”

Junior Adam Rowton and senior Andrew Hart are potential fourth and fifth runners for the CIF Southern Section Division I fifth-ranked Falcons, who are also ranked 25th in the state and No. 97 nationally by

In one sense, 2012 was a wildly successful year for the Flintridge Prep boys, who won yet another Prep League championship and advanced all the way to state as per usual.

However, in the same breath it could be argued that this past season was also bittersweet, as the Rebels finished runner-up to St. Margaret’s, 46-61, at the CIF Southern Section Division V finals only to crush St. Margaret’s at the following week’s CIF State Championships, but ultimately take silver to St. Joseph Notre Dame, 86-87.

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