Preseason "Terrific 20" Team Rankings: Teams 9-11

11. Garfield

League: Eastern

Varsity Returners: 2, 3, 6,

Where they finished last year: 9th at City Finals

Strength Rating: 7

Depth: 2

Reserves Rating: 1.5

Projected Top 7:
Christian Hernandez, So. (16:34/Pierce, 4:45/1600, 10:08/3200)
Jonathan Pedroza, Sr. (16:27/Pierce, 4:51/1600, 10:28/3200)
Brian Pineda, Sr. (4:37/1600, 10:34/3200)
David Rodriguez, Jr. (18:07/Pierce, 5:09/1600, 11:12/3200)
Carlos Campos, Jr. (5:17/1600, 12:13/3200)
Ricardo Fonseca, (18:57/Griffith)
Victor Tamayo, Jr. (27:24/Griffith)

Notes: Garfield was the surprise team last year after finishing 9th at City Finals having not been ranked all year. They will miss state-qualifier Mario Ramirez, but will have one of the best sophomores in the City in Hernandez who finished second in the Frosh-Soph 3200. Garfield also adds Pineda to complement Hernandez and Pedroza making their front trio very dangerous and capable of scoring low points. However, depth could be a massive issue as Garfield has one of the smallest teams in the City and could even have issues fielding 7 runners.

10. Venice

League: Western

Varsity Returners: 1, 5, 7

Where they finished last year: 10th at City Finals

Strength Rating: 7.5

Depth Rating: 5

Reserves Rating: 4.5

Porjected Top 7:
Paul Luevano, Sr. (15:01/Pierce, 4:19/1600, 9:09/3200)
Raymond Sadeghi, Jr. (17:24/Pierce, 4:50/1600, 10:32/3200)
Martin Aquino, Sr. (18:22/Pierce, 4:45/1600, 10:35/3200
Robert Alvarez, Sr. (18:09/Pierce, 2:04/800, 4:43/1600)
Carlos Parra, Sr. (17:51/Pierce, 4:54/1600)
Miles Wolfe, Jr. (18:11/Pierce, 4:58/1600)
Joseph Han, Sr. (18:21/Pierce, 2:05/800, 4:58/1600)

Notes: The Gondoliers are led by reigning City XC and 3200 m Champ Paul Luevano who has continually progressed since his freshman year to become one of the best in the State. He will be hungrier than ever to prove this after a few less-than-spectacular performances at the State level and cement himself as one of the City's best ever. The Gondos have a solid group on paper but can be inconsistent noted by the fact that only Sadeghi and Parra have recorded times under 18:00 at Pierce behind Luevano. Their track times reflect that they should improve dramatically from their PRs however. With Luevano likely scoring 1 or 2 points, itís up to the rest of the group if they want to beat their arch-rivals Palisades and match their 5th place finish from two year ago.

9. North Hollywood

League: East Valley

Varsity Returners: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Where they finished last year: 6th in Heat 3 of City Prelims

Strength Rating: 7.5

Depth Rating: 4.5

Reserves Rating: 6.5

Projected Top 7:
Jeffrey Lung, Sr. (16:17/Pierce, 2:02/800, 4:35/1600, 10:29/3200)
Oswaldo Soto, Sr. (16:56/Pierce, 4:54/1600, 10:00/3200)
Alejandro Martinez, Sr. (2:01/800, 4:35/1600, 10:40/3200)
Mark Palacios, Sr. (18:34/Pierce, 5:03/1600, 10:46/3200)
Kevin Iglesias, Sr. (17:56/Pierce, 2:10/800, 11:34/3200)
Fahad Asat, Sr. (18:03/Pierce, 5:02/1600, 11:52/3200)
Joon-Sung Kim, Jr. (18:28/Pierce, 2:30/800, 5:34/1600)

Notes: After not making City Finals last year, NoHo will return every member of their varsity team from last year and will be led the solid front three of Lung, Soto, and Martinez, who are all coming off of great track seasons. Lung was one of the best improvers in XC going from an 18:36 to a 16:17 and he will be backed by Soto, who recorded a 10:00 in the 3200, and Martinez who showed great range on the track in his debut season. If they work on their depth during the summer, they can challenge Monroe for the East Valley title and will have a great shot at the podium.

As usual, please let me know of any runners who are not returning or if I listed any information incorrectly. The next set of rankings covering teams 5-8 will be out on Saturday.


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