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Flintridge Prep's Alan Yoho wins Mt. SAC Division V Sweepstakes

Cross-country: Rebels senior leads team to runner-up finish, while Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, La CaƱada, Hoover and St. Francis turn in admirable efforts.

October 25, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Prep senior Alan Yoho became the first Rebel in nine years to win a Mt. San Antonio College sweepstakes race when he captured the Division V title on Friday afternoon in 14:58. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Flintridge Prep senior Alan Yoho became the first Rebel…

WALNUT — Winning a sweepstakes race at the Mount San Antonio College Cross-Country Invitational is a rare feat.

So rare it seems, that Flintridge Prep boys’ cross-country Coach Ingrid Herskind was at a loss when asked the last time her program boasted an individual champion.

“Maybe Tom McLean did it, but honestly I don’t know. I don’t remember,” said Herskind, as her Rebels where one of a handful of locals consisting of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, La Cañada, Hoover and St. Francis.

McLean did indeed win the Division V Sweepstakes in 2004, and now has company as senior Alan Yoho highlighted a brilliant day of regional efforts in claiming the boys’ Division V sweepstakes in a time of 14 minutes, 58 seconds.

“The race doesn’t start until after the first mile. There’s no point in tiring myself,” Yoho said of his game plan. “I let the guys take it out. After that, I made my move. It seems to be a pretty good strategy. It’s been working this year.”

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Yoho didn’t take control of the race until the midway point, when the senior began to separate from St. Joseph’s Gabe Arias-Sheridan. With a mile remaining, Yoho led by 10 seconds and eventually cruised to over a 20-second win over Arias-Sheridan (15:20).

As for the team finish, the state rankings shook out as expected with top-ranked Alameda St. Joseph defeating the Rebels, 39-72, in a meeting of the division’s top two teams from last year.

“I’m satisfied with the results from today. We had some excellent times,” said Herskind, whose squad was nipped at last year’s state final by St. Joseph, 86-87. “We knew that St. Joseph was an excellent team and I can’t be disappointed. We still have some more running to do.”

Following Yoho were sophomore Jack Van Scoter (third, 15:31), senior Tyler Fong (13th, 16:07), sophomore Nikhil Poole (25th, 16:42) and junior Alex Orloff (32nd, 17:05).

One of Yoho’s biggest supporters was his sister, senior Sarah Yoho, who also guided her team to a runner-up finish in the Division V Sweepstakes as Flintridge Prep tallied 56 points, beating California top-ranked Branson (107) and falling just short of West Point Grey Academy of Vancouver, Canada.

Sarah Yoho finished fifth (18:54) and thanked much of her success to her teammate, freshman Natalie O’Brien (sixth, 19:03).

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