Spartans sweep meet
“I think this race shows how much our school has improved,” Ruiz said. “We finished second-to-last last year and we just missed first today.” South Pasadena finished third with 63 points. The Tigers’ top runner, Mathieu Pons, finished in fifth (17:05). Temple City finished fourth with 74 points, while Monrovia and Blair rounded out the final two spots. The Wildcats’ top runner was junior Seth Tibbet, who finished sixth (17:07), while the Vikings were led by Mario Martinez (20:29). On the girls side, senior Morgan Sheppard secured the sweep for La Canada, as she finished first (19:14) by slowly pulling away from South Pasadena sophomore Chloe Fata (19:19). “I wasn’t sure I would be able to beat her,” Sheppard said of Fata. Not only had Fata beaten Sheppard at last Saturday’s Clovis Invitational, but the Tigers had finished higher than the Spartans in their last two races. “It feels good to beat them,” Sheppard said. “They are a tough team, and we just wanted to prove we could still win.” Overall, the Spartans defeated the Tigers 35-45. “It was pretty close,” Fata said. “Next time, we’ll just have to do a little better to beat them.” San Marino finished in third with 64 points while Temple City took fourth again with 82 points. The Titans top girl was senior Jasmine Quan-Liu (third place, 20:02). The Rams were lead by Susana Rodriguez (8th place, 20:37), while Blair’s Delphie Morales (19th place, 21:45) and Monrovia’s Hailee Cimmarusti (27th, 23:17) were the top runners for their respective schools. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yet, for all the problems with which the Spartans entered Lacy Park, they were still able to walk away with both boys and girls varsity wins, thanks in part to some clutch efforts. Senior Chris Bruegge surprised the Rio Hondo League’s best by taking first place in 16 minutes, 46 seconds, edging out San Marino junior Alex Ruiz (16:49) and Temple City junior George Wang (16:50). SAN MARINO — For the first time in years, La Canada High School entered Thursday afternoon’s Rio Hondo League cross country meet vulnerable and maybe even beatable. The Spartans were without the services of their top boys varsity runner, Will Zentmyer, while the girls varsity team lacked its usual unbeatable swagger. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This is my favorite course,” Bruegge said. “It’s pretty flat until you get to that hill near the finish. That’s where I was able to catch Alex and (George) and take the lead.” The race between Bruegge and Ruiz was almost a mirror image of the overall battle between both boys varsity teams. As Bruegge edged out Ruiz on the final turn, so did the Spartans just squeeze past the Titans 47-49. “I think this finish shows that our team is deep,” Bruegge said. “We would have done better with Will healthy, but this was a close race and we were able to pull it out.” While the Spartans’ boys team was expected to be challenged, few thought that it would be San Marino nipping at their heels.