Post league finals City rankings

Here are the seedings of the top 11 teams heading into City Prelims on Thursday at Pierce College. These are NOT predictions for City Finals, only where they stand based on their league finals performances. Enjoy!

LA City Rankings after League Finals 11/8/14

1) Palisades: Dolphins look in good shape to defend their title. Williams appears to be unbeatable, and although they are not running as well as last year, their top 6 should all be at 20:30 or better which may be enough.
2) Granada Hills: Top 2 are running great, and if Satterfield continues to improve each week, they should be ready to battle for a spot at State. However, if their 5th/6th girls stay in the mid 21’s, that could keep them on the outside looking in for State.
3) Taft: Alch was solid and next 2 under 20 minutes, but will need 4 and 5 to drop some time to battle for State.
4) San Pedro: Banged up Pirates coming on, hoping in two weeks to be ready to battle for title. Nunez and Cameron have led them all season.
5) Santee: Depth and nice pack has Santee looking at a spot on the podium in two weeks.
6) Poly: Right behind Santee after stellar run at East Valley League Finals.
7) Bravo: 21 seconds separates them from 5th place after league finals. Good depth always a key for them, nice 1-2 punch could be what they need at Finals.
8) University: Great breakthrough by Cruz and Ho lead the Warriors….I mean Wildcats, into City Finals position as they go 5-6 at Western League Finals, to thwart Pali’s chance at a sweep of top 5 spots.
9) Monroe: At full strength, 1-5 should be at less than a minute, but no one up front could put them in tight quarters to nab one of the last spots to Finals.
10) Marshall: 1-5 gap at less than a minute at Northern League Finals, but nobody under 21:00.
11) Bell: Just ahead of El Camino Real for the 11th and final spot in City Finals

Individuals: Big question at City Finals, will Marissa Williams (Pali) break her course or City record? Realegeno and Weinberg (Granada) and Alch (Taft) had best times at Pierce, while Nunez and Cameron (San Pedro) led all runners at Peck.

1) Granada Hills: Highlanders get the nod after super performance at West Valley Finals to upset favored El Camino Real. Cucutta ran a nice PR to beat the great Birmingham duo.
2) Marshall: Slightly faster team time than Granada, but definitely skewed due to power of top 2 runners. With decent shot at going 1-2 in City, Barristers could be, in effect, just scoring 3 runners, but if #5 remains significantly over 17 minutes, they could be in some trouble.
3) Garfield: Most improved team in City after awesome performance to dominate Eastern League. Less than a minute gap between 1-5, freshman Hernandez stepped up big. If anyone falters, though, 6th man was way back.
4) Santee: About a 50 second gap with a solid duo up front shows that Santee is right there to battle for a spot in Fresno. 3-4-5 very close together, if they can move up a little, they could be on top rung for the second time in 3 years.
5) El Camino Real: Don’t be fooled here, this is a solid team right there for the title. They have run tough all year, expect them to be ready on the 22nd to try to claim first Varsity Boys’ XC title in history of school.
6) Palisades: Superior depth provided the victory in Western League as Pali and Venice took top 12 places at league finals. Only one senior in top 5, this could be team of future.
7) Bravo: Good duo leading them, but if they have to depend on a 6th man, that could spell the end of hopes of standing on podium.
8) Venice: Luevano has looked super all season and Gomez has improved, but with next 3 over 17 minutes at league, they will have tough time getting some team hardware.
9) Monroe: Another solid twosome leads them, but if 4-5 are over 17:30 at Prelims, they will be in a struggle just to qualify.
10) San Pedro: Less than a minute gap for 1-5, but needs 5th runner closer, to guarantee spot in Finals.
11) Bell: Last qualifying spot on time from league finals, 2:00+ time gap from 1-5 spells trouble with a capital T!

Individuals: Marshall’s duo of Garcia and Merchan could go 1-2 in Finals. Cucuta (Granada Hills) had best time at Pierce and Luevano (Venice) has looked great all season. Don’t forget the Birmingham duo of Alexander and Ceja.

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