senior, La Cañada
Spartans front runner battled injury problems, but still led La Canada to the Rio Hondo League title, finishing second at the league finals. Likely ran his finest race of the season at the prestigious Mt. SAC Invitational, turning in a time of 15:48 that was second only to Crescenta Valley’s Zack Torres among area runners at the event.
One of the most talented freshman around, Monroy was crucial in the Indians’ turning in their finest Pacific League finish in program chronicle. Took eighth in league finals meet.
A four-year varsity top runner for the Tornadoes, he reached his potential by finishing fifth at the Pacific League finals and earning an individual berth at the CIF Southern Section prelims.
sophomore, St. Francis
Keyed the Golden Knights’ return to the CIF finals. Ran likely his best race of the year when he clocked a 16:11 at the CIF Southern Section prelims. Finished fifth at the Mission League finals, running a time of 16:36 at Crescenta Valley Park.
Turned in Indians boys’ program’s greatest season ever, leading Burroughs to second-place Pacific League finish, as he took third individually. Advanced to CIF Southern Section final where he took eighth in the Division I meet in 15:06, allowing him to become the first-every boys’ athlete at Burroughs to qualify for the CIF-State Meet. A week later, he earned All-State honors, finishing 15th in 15:32.
COACH OF THE YEAR
In a Prep League that featured four CIF-State entrants, the Rebels staved off tough competition in winning their mind-spinning 17th straight league crown. It came by a mere one-point margin over Pasadena Poly, but two weeks later Prep ran to a disappointing third-place finish in the CIF Southern Section Division V final.
But the Rebels saved their best for last, running to a second-place finish at the CIF-State Meet.