Girls Coundown to XC Day 13: Granada Hills

This could be the best girls team from the LA City Section since Palisades finished 14th at the Division 1 state meet in 2013. Granada Hills ranks in the top 15 in the state by both 5K and 3 Mile returning times, and their year-to-year improvement at 3 Miles has been excellent over the past three fall seasons. Sofia Abrego is a legit #1 runner (she should push for a place in the top 10 in her division after running 4:51 and 10:35 on the track) and behind her the Highlanders have a 2-5 pack separated by only 54 seconds. My main concern from their returning XC rankings, a lack of depth, was largely addressed during track season: this team put 5 returners under 5:30 and a total of seven under 5:40. Returning #6 runner Sydney Olofe, in particular, seemed to improve a lot, posting the 3rd-best 1600 time on the squad; likewise, #7 Arianna Gonzalez ran 12:25 for the 3200. If those two push for spots in the top 5 this fall, the Highlanders could be the first LA team to crack the top 10 in Division 1 in a very long time.

Granada Hills Charter High (LA) (CA)
1) Sofia Abrego18:00.3018
2) Lauren Delgado19:11.50136
3) Jenna Rashkovsky19:27.80194
4) Sonia Parikh19:34.00223
5) Amber Hughes19:36.60233
Average Time: 19:10.04 Total Time: 1:35:50.20 1-5 Split: 1:36.30
6) Sydney Olofe20:03.60362
7) Arianna Gonzalez22:16.30967


  • 3 Mile Returning Ranking: 15th
  • 3 Mile Improvement Rating: 9th
  • 5K Returning Ranking: 13rg
  • 5K Improvement Rating (3 year): 51st
  • Team 1600 Ranking: 10th
  • Team 3200 Ranking: 31st