Top Individuals in the City: Junior Boys

Forewords: Leading the charge for the impressive Junior Class are Estrada, Martin Del Campo, and Pollack of ECR, Monroe, and Palisades, respectively. All three are expected to be their team’s frontrunner and recorded impressive times in Track. None more so than MDC’s 1:54 at State at 4:24 equivalent at Arcadia. With 7 under 16:30 at Pierce already, expect big times and huge PRs from this group.

1) Ethan Estrada – El Camino Real (15:34/Pierce, 2:00/800, 4:32/1600)
Estrada was the top Sophomore finisher last year placing 6th individually in a remarkable 15:34. In Track, he focused on the 800 where he never quite broke the 2:00 barrier he was after which was probably a bit disappointing for him. Look for Estrada to come storming back in XC and be in the mix for the City Title in the upcoming season.

2) Carlos Martin Del Campo – Monroe (16:11/Pierce, 1:54/800, 4:24/1600)
MDC had a dream Sophomore year which culminated with a place at State Finals for him in the 800. He is narrowly edged out for the top spot by Estrada, but if he can convert his incredible speed over three miles, he will be a contender as well. Even more importantly though, he will look to lead his young Monroe team to a State berth this season.

3) Jacob Pollack -- Palisades (15:55/Pierce, 4:37/1600, 9:55/3200)
The 10th place finisher from last year is back with sub-4:40 and 10:00 credentials to his name. After going the Varsity route though, his Track season ended early and he didn’t qualify for City Prelims in either event. This will likely be a silver lining for another great XC season from Pollack as he and Hamer will try to lead their team to a top-2 finish.

4) Ben Tiber – Granada Hills (16:17/Pierce, 2:04/800, 4:33/1600)
Tiber continued his progression with a great Track season where he lowered his PRs further and was the F/S 1600 m Champ. Having raced on the Granada Varsity XC team since he was a Frosh, his experience will be crucial if they want that elusive spot at State.

5) Cody Brdar – El Camino Real (16:34/Pierce, 4:39/1600, 10:02/3200)
Brdar was a part of last year’s ECR team that went to State. He built on that by having a terrific individual Track season where we was the F/S 3200 m Champ. Like Estrada in the 800, Brdar was very close to breaking the 10:00 barrier, but never did. Nonetheless, he improved tremendously and will be an integral part of the ECR team looking for back-to-back Titles.

6) Jose Gonzalez – Granada Hills (16:14/Pierce, 10:25/3200)
Gonzalez was one of the best improvers in XC last year and was a major reason why Granada Hills even came close to a State Finals berth. After a stellar season where Gonzalez recorded his PR of 16:14 at City Finals, finished 17th, and was his team’s number 2 man, he had a relatively quiet Track season. His 10:25 3200 was good for 9th place at the F/S City Track Finals. Despite this, look for him to surpass the heights he reached last year and push his team towards a top-2 finish.

7) Wyatt Kircher – San Pedro (16:23/Pierce, 4:36/1600, 10:21/3200)
Kircher rose up to the challenge and became San Pedro’s number 1 runner last year as only a Sophomore taking over from 2013 City Champ Steve Correa. He led the Pirates to a podium finish last year by finishing 23rd. He improved on his PRs in Track and finished 5th in the F/S 3200 where he nearly broke 10:20. Look for him to once again lead his team to another podium place.

8) Carlos Rivera – Birmingham (17:11/Pierce, 1:59/800, 4:41/1600, 10:08/3200)
Rivera perhaps showed the best range on the track on this list behind Martin Del Campo. He was one of 8 City athletes to break 2:00 (as only a Soph), ran a sub-4:40 equivalent with a 4:19 1500, and ran a 10:08 3200. This year, he is expected to lead a young Birmingham team back to City Finals and could possibly contend for a podium finish.

9) Leo Jimenez – San Pedro (17:32/Pierce, 2:04/800, 4:34/1600)
Jimenez was one the great improvers in Track where he recorded a 18 second PR from his Freshman year en route to a 4:34 runner-up finish in the F/S 1600 m. He bounced back by winning the F/S 800 m in the same meet in 2:04 which showed great strength. He and Kircher will lead the young Pirates this year.

10) Stephen Steinberg – Cleveland (18:05/Pierce, 4:38/1600, 10:17/3200)
Steinberg was another huge improver in Track. He didn’t broke 18 at Pierce but managed to break 4:40 and 10:20 on the Track. At F/S City Finals, he placed 4th in the 1600. He should record a huge drop in time at Pierce and could propel Cleveland to a spot at City Finals in November.

Carlos Reyes-Cortez – Santee (16:25/Pierce, 4:43/1600, 10:20/3200)
Dylan Garcia – Miguel Contreras (16:32/Pierce, 4:53/1600, 10:47/3200)
Vidal Gutierrez – Bravo (16:49/Pierce, 2:04/800, 4:42/1600, 10:24/3200)
Daniel Perez – Monroe (16:59/Pierce, 4:48/1600, 10:26/3200)
Jack Hockley – Palisades (17:01/Pierce, 4:51/1600, 10:29/3200)
Vicente Almanza --Birmingham (17:50/Pierce, 4:44/1600, 10:26/3200)
Jessi Cuellar – San Pedro (16:52/Pierce, 5:04/1600)
Mark Golstein-Raheb – El Camino Real (19:57/Pierce, 2:05/800, 4:42/1600)

Senior Boys rankings should be done by the end of the week.

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