State Meet Preview: Division III

Girls Division III Preview

Individual Competition 

Yes, we picked Scriven over defending champion Riley Chamberlain, the wunderkind soph from Del Oro. Yes, we did.

Scriven, a senior, has had a stellar season. She was sixth at Woodbridge while running her 3-mile PR (16:28.90), was fourth at Clovis running her 5K PR (17:24.40), and just won the Southern Section title while leading her team to the section title.  Scriven is also the state leader among girls in D-III for both 5K and 3 miles. 

Chamberlain, on those rankings, is No. 2 for both, having gone 16:52.90 for her 3-mile PR at Woodbridge, and a season-best for 5K of 17:29.10 for second at Capital Cross. Chamberlain also is coming off a Sac-Joaquin Section title and has an extra week of rest to benefit. 

The lineup of girls right behind in the distance rankings is very likely what we will see on the course on Saturday, with Yorba Linda junior Siena Palicke, Mission Vista junior Bella Longo, Palos Verdes senior Samantha Steman, the Brea Olindo duo of Whitney Valenti and Mia Douge, and Portola freshman Jadyn Zdanavage among those expected to be digging deep late for podium spots.

Longo was fourth last year with Scriven and Steman fifth and sixth.

Palicke is the only other girl in this group to run sub-18 for 5K this season and she did it on the State Meet course at the Clovis Invitational the second week of October. The 5K season-best list drops off substantially after Steman. 

Team Competition 

A week ago, this may have played out differently. But, as they say, what a difference a week makes. 

What was a slow climb toward the top hit the after-burners on Saturday as Campolindo put on a clinic at the North Coast Section Championships while our previous No. 1, Brea Olinda, had an off race at the Southern Section Finals. 

Those results dictated the obvious shuffling in the rankings but also in the thinking of how the State Championship might play out. 

Campo put up a 90:16 team time with a 57-second split. Campo had four of the top six across the line and all seven across before anyone else had four. That team had three seniors up front and two freshman scoring, one, Ellie Buckley, as the runner-up to teammate and champion Paloma HancockIf those ladies can repeat what they did Saturday at Hayward, the Campo train will be tough to stop.

Palos Verdes was second in 2018 with Campo third behind Vista del Lago (SJ), a team now in D-II. PV rode its two senior stars but will need step-ups from the others to challenge Campolindo and also to hold off the likes of Brea Olinda, San Diego champion Cathedral Catholic, and a Riley Chamberlain-led Del Oro quintet that crushed the competition at the Sac-Joaquin Final. 

State Girls 5K Individual Leaders in Division III (Full list)

State Girls 5K Team Leaders in Division III (Full list)

1Campolindo High School (NC) (CA)134
1) Ellie Buckley18:35.4010
2) Alicia Hober18:41.3012
3) Paloma Hancock19:14.2032
4) Sophia Webster19:17.2034
5) Emma Smith19:31.1046
Average Time: 19:03.84 Total Time: 1:35:19.20 1-5 Split: 55.70
6) Ellie Guthrie20:03.2088
7) Mia Travis20:08.7096
2Cathedral Catholic (SD) (CA)144
1) Trang Woolridge18:45.0013
2) Elizabeth Houk19:03.0023
3) Lexi Arambulo19:03.0024
4) Maxine Arambulo19:15.0033
5) Madelyn Basinett19:38.0051
Average Time: 19:08.80 Total Time: 1:35:44.00 1-5 Split: 53.00
6) Sophia Kisir19:44.0057
7) Ariella Pacheco19:49.0063
3Brea Olinda High (SS) (CA)174
1) Whitney Valenti18:28.106
2) Mia Douge18:30.907
3) Kendra Painter19:27.8042
4) Emily Wernli19:30.7045
5) Clarice Margo19:56.5074
Average Time: 19:10.80 Total Time: 1:35:54.00 1-5 Split: 1:28.40
6) Cassie Apahidean20:19.50110
7) Gwen Maddox20:35.60130
4Highland High Bakersfield (CS) (CA)284
1) Haley Ulloa18:57.9019
2) Lianna Guerra19:07.4326
3) Ysabel Gamon19:24.9041
4) Neyda Martinez19:57.9078
5) Crystal Torrecillas20:26.10120
Average Time: 19:34.85 Total Time: 1:37:54.23 1-5 Split: 1:28.20
6) Addison Johnson21:25.68250
7) Caitlyn Brewster21:26.16251
5Palos Verdes High (SS) (CA)291
1) Savannah Scriven17:24.401
2) Samantha Steman18:01.205
3) Anna Terrell19:50.3065
4) Claire Hardesty20:18.40107
5) Maya Whitcomb20:21.80113
Average Time: 19:11.22 Total Time: 1:35:56.10 1-5 Split: 2:57.40
6) Natalia Gagliano20:32.80127
7) Grace Bonvechio21:12.60224