We'll get an early look at some top teams like Arcadia, Serrano, Flintridge Prep, Canyon (Anaheim), Saugus, Foothill Tech, and many more! Defending boys' champion Colin Fitzgerald (Crescenta Valley) is back and hoping to show his team is a contender, too. This is where Kelli Hines (Mission Viejo) broke out last year, but she hasn't run a full-strength race since; let's hope she is healthy and ready for a triumphant return. Sara Leonard (Canyon) and Mariah Castillo (Saugus) will be part of a loaded pair of girls' varsity races that kick off at 9 PM tonight!
This should be even more competitive than last year's meet with the addition of the Palos Verdes girls, who are in Varsity Race 1 with Granada and the host school, Lowell. Keep an eye on University (San Francisco) in the Varsity Race 2, they're a storied program that fell down for a while but has been improving over the last few years. Individually, Alize Hartke (Oakmont) and the Granada duo of Kinga Bihari and Colleen McCandless should be the top performers among the girls, especially with last year's two fastest runners (Rylee Bowen and Lauren Peurifoy) not entered this time around. The boys Varsity Race 1 will have those same three programs, but will also feature powerhouse Bellarmine College Prep and their two stars Meike Beaudoin-Rousseau and Alex Scales.
We haven't seen entries for this meet yet, but based on last year we are looking forward to seeing Haley Herberg, Alyssa Bautista, and the Capistrano Valley girls. Also, individual stars Akemi Von Scherr and Kevin Ramos raced here last year, and it would be great to see them both over three miles (Ramos ran 2 miles last weekend). The Dana Hills boys competed here in 2016, so we always want to see where they are in the early season - but the Dolphins might not bring everybody if they want to save legs for late in the season. Other strong teams that attended last year include Bishop Amat, JSerra, Mira Costa, Newport Harbor, Trabuco Hills, Vista Murrieta, and more!