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Crescenta Valley High, Burroughs cross-country lead pack at Staub

Cross-country: Falcons' Matt Manalo wins Division I boys' race in 15:54.03, while Indians take second.

October 05, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High senior Matt Manalo stepped into the No. 1 runner position in winning the Division I varsity race in 15:54.03 at the Staub/Barnes Invitational Cross-Country Meet at Crescenta Valley Park on Saturday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High senior Matt Manalo stepped into…

LA CRESCENTA — With high winds whipping dust and dirt directly into the faces of the participants in Saturday morning’s 46th annual Staub/Barnes Cross-Country Invitational at Crescenta Valley Park, perhaps it would have been easy to assume there weren’t many favorable results.

Surprisingly though, local entrants from Burroughs, Crescenta Valley, Glendale and Hoover highs all turned in strong efforts, led by the Falcons and Indians.

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Senior Matt Manalo proved the lone local victor, as the usual No. 3 runner for Crescenta Valley filled in nicely for rested top runners Gabe Collison and Nick Beatty by winning the varsity Division I race in a time of 15 minutes, 54.03 seconds.

The win came as a bit of surprise to Manalo, who posted the best time of any area runner.

“I’m not used to going out and taking the lead. I’m used to seeing Gabe and Nick ahead of me,” Manalo said. “After about the first mile, when I saw that I was in first, I knew I’d have a chance to win this.”

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Manalo was neck-and-neck with Burroughs senior Ricky Mendez half a mile into the race before pulling ahead comfortably at the mile mark over Del Campo’s Edward Chance.

Eventually, Manalo built a 10-second lead over runner-up Chance, who finished in 16:06.03.

Manalo was joined in the top 10 by fellow Falcon Manav Vats (sixth, 16:28.18), as Crescenta Valley took the bronze with 79 points.

While Mendez didn’t catch Manalo, he and his teammates one-upped the Falcons by tying for first with Del Campo with 49 points in the Division I race.

Del Campo was awarded first place, though, because of the sixth-runner tie-breaker rule.

“It was really tough out there with all the dust flying in your face,” said Mendez, who finished fourth (16:23.69).

Burroughs had four additional top-20 finishers in Shane Thompson (fifth, 16:28.18), Elias Hoxsie (ninth, 16:33.26), Garrett Boulais (11th, 16:34.18) and Everth Vargas (20th, 17:06.94).

Hoover and Glendale renewed their intracity rivalry in the Division II race, as the Tornadoes looked stronger, taking second with 51 points.

Hoover junior Vladimir Climasevschii was the top local runner, taking fourth in 17:26.41.

“Honestly, I’m not looking for top-10 finishes or great times or anything like that,” Climasevschii said. “All I’m trying to do is run my best.”

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