The Mayfair Monsoon cross country teams competed at the Suburban League finals on Thursday afternoon. On a day with near-perfect temperatures and a hard running surface across the grassy rolling hills, the Monsoons turned out solid performances amidst one of the fastest Suburban League finals in La Mirada Regional Park history.
The Monsoon varsity girls used a tight pack with a 1-5 gap of 26 seconds to place fourth with 116 points. Junior Tori Castillo was the top finisher for Mayfair, finishing in 20th place with a 23:03. Right behind Castillo was senior Lisa Higgins, 23:07, in 21st. Alyssa Betancourt, 23:18, Veronika Ferrell, 23:21, and Jenna Yeaman, 23:29, finished 24th-26th to round out the Monsoons scoring.
Juniors Misty Diaz, 18:37 and Ruby Galindo, 18:55 once again went 1-2 for Norwalk in the varsity girls race, leading the race wire-wire and spearheading a 1-2-5-6-8 finish for the Lancers. The Lancers dominant 21-36 victory over La Mirada, who was led by a 3-4-9 finish of junior Aleah Brooks, sophomore Mia Guitierrez, and freshman Isabel Santana, was the third fastest team time in league finals history at La Mirada park as reported by Cerritos Head Coach Jason Watanabe. Sophomore Jaide Lin used a 10th place to pace Cerritos to a third place finish with 76 points while freshman Melissa Flores of Bellflower finished in seventh to help her team to a fifth place finish.
On the boys side Cole Bon led the Monsoons to a sixth place team finish. Bon crossed the line in 16th place at 17:35. Not far behind were Robert Garcia and Matthew Ayala in 33rd and 34th places respectively. The Soons 157 points weren’t far behind Bellflower, 118, and Glenn, 126, for fourth and fifth place.
La Mirada turned out one of the best performances in Suburban League history, posting the third fastest team time for boys varsity at La Mirada league finals history, as reported by Watanabe , and placing all seven of their runners in the top 12. Vicente Funes, Johan Cervantes, Christian Santiago, and Brandon Vo finished 2-3-4-5 and Marc Suban rounded out their scoring in 8th while Jordy Mariegos came in 10th. Second place went to Cerritos behind the efforts of theindividual champion, senior Bill Chuang, who covered the course in 16:15. Freshman Cole Sawires Yager and junior Jaineel Patel also placed in the top 10 with a 6-7 finish. Senior Edwin Munoz of Norwalk was also a top 10 finisher, coming in ninth to help Norwalk secure third over Bellflower and John Glenn.
The JV girls finished fourth behind senior Dajah Peterson’s 19th place finish. The race was won by sophomore Yajaira Gonzalez of Norwalk who led her team to a 16 point victory. Only freshman Katherine Atilano of Cerritos prevented Norwalk from a perfect 15 point score with a 5th place finish.
The JV boys recorded the best team finish of the day for the Monsoons, finishing third with 68 points. Sophomore Tyler Stibal used a late surge in the last mile to move from 10th to 6th and finish in 18:45. Robert Gomez was next as he crossed the line in 12th with a 19:05. La Mirada edged out Cerritos 33-38 behind the 1-2 efforts of seniors Eddie Pardo and Daniel Lozano. The two crossed the line in 17:44 and 17:45 respectively.
Full results are available on Prepcaltrack: Suburban League Finals Results.