Top Individuals in the City: Senior Girls

Forewords: As with the guys, the class of the City are the Seniors. While only 6 have PRs of 20:00 or better at Pierce, strong Track seasons particularly from a number of these girls indicate strong cross country seasons. The Granada duo of Natalie Realegeno and Megan Satterfield recorded the best two returning 3200 m times while Bravo’s Teresa Castillo had arguably the most impressive Track season as she ran a 5:13 in the 1600 and won the 800 m in a 2:17. Other top girls including Madeline Page and Angelica Salas return with strong performances from last year’s City Final and in Track. Also worth noting is Narbonne’s Isabell Gutierrez who returns with a 19:20 PR, but doesn’t run Track making her very unpredictable. Five on the list compete in the West Valley League alone making it the strongest league in the City and gives us the opportunity to see some interesting matchups all throughout the season.

1. Natalie Realegeno – Granada Hills (18:32/Pierce, 5:22/1600, 11:21/3200)
Over the course of the summer, I’ve mentioned at least 5 other potential City Champ contenders besides Natalie Realegeno. However, the possibility of her running away with the Title by a pretty wide margin is very possible. She has the fastest returning time at Pierce by 46 seconds over teammate Jazmine Macias and the fastest returning 3200 m by 24 seconds over teammate Megan Satterfield. Her times show that she has made steady progress from season to season and it doesn’t look like stopping this season. As of now, Natalie Realegeno is a huge favorite for the individual title and could dip into the 17:00s.

2. Teresa Castillo – Bravo (19:30/Pierce, 2:17/800, 5:13/1600, 12:29/3200)
Teresa Castillo has the 4th fastest returning time at Pierce but gets the nod ahead of others because of a hugely impressive Track season. She won the race for 2nd place behind Marissa Williams in the 1600 m Final with a PR of 5:13 at City Finals and edged Bronwyn Bunnell in the 800 by .12 seconds in another PR of 2:17. She is in line for a huge XC season and could challenge Realegeno for the City title while also leading her Bravo team to a potential top-3 finish if everything goes accordingly.

3. Madeline Page – Cleveland (19:22/Pierce, 5:47/1600, 12:28/3200)
The former F/S XC runner-up dropped over a minute from her Sophomore to Junior year to be in the conversation for City Champ this season. Her track times were solid, but not spectacular, but edges Salas for the 3rd spot based on her 10th place finish at City Finals last year. She is the 3rd highest returning placer from City Finals. Page also has the advantage of racing against her competition all season in the West Valley.

4. Angelica Salas – Birmingham (19:39/Pierce, 5:36/1600. 11:55/3200)
Birmingham’s Angelica Salas returns as one of four to have broken 12:00 in the 3200 which sets her up well for a potential top-5 finish having finished 13th and 19th in the past two seasons. Since she too is in the ultra-tough West Valley League, she will be able to test herself all season against the City’s best. Team-wise, Salas will try to help the Patriots better their 9th place finish from last year.

5. Isabell Gutierrez – Narbonne (19:20/Pierce)
The much unknown Isabell Gutierrez comes into the season with the 3rd fastest returning time at Pierce. hasn’t ran Track at all but manages to keep her fitness up and ran a 19:20 at City Prelims last year. That time would rank her higher, but couldn’t replicate it at City Finals and because of a lack of Track times, it’s hard to judge her progress. Still, on her day, Gutierrez can be extremely dangerous and can contend for a top-5 finish.

6. Megan Satterfield – Granada Hills (20:42/Pierce, 5:24/1600, 11:45/3200)
Megan Satterfield doesn’t have the same XC credentials as some of the others on this list but her Track times indicate that she should be in contention for a top-5 finish at City Finals. She goes into the XC season with the 2nd best returning 3200 m time and 3rd best 1600 m returning time. This should allow her to match or better her 19:28 PR at Pierce from her Sophomore year and help Granada to get a City Championship.

7. Gris Monterroso – Marshall (20:00/Pierce, 5:30/1600, 12:41/3200)
In Gris Monterroso’s first season running, she was Marshall’s top girl and recorded a 20:00 at Pierce while placing 19th at City Finals. She continued to make progress during Track where she reached the 1600 m Final and placed 7th in a very Senior-laden field. Her 5:30 makes her the 4th fastest returner at that distance. With teammate Yareli Jimenez placing just a second behind her, the two should form a nice duo and help the Barristers match or better their 6th place finish from last year.

8. Nairbis Sibrian – Bell (20:17/Pierce, 5:47/1600, 12:11//3200)
Nairbis Sibrian is also a relatively unknown name but is a podium contender individually this season. She comes into XC off the back of an impressive Track season that saw her place 8th in the 3200 with a 12:11 PR (the 7th best returning time). She should handily win the Eastern League and help her Bell team reach City Finals.

9. Cynthia Kelso – San Pedro (20:28/Pierce, 2:28/800, 5:52/1600)
The loss of San Pedro’s top 3 girls will be hard to replace and Cynthia Kelso will likely have to play the role of frontrunner this season. She was the 4th runner from the San Pedro team that finished in 2nd behind Palisades and showed that she is ready to take the reins with a 2:28 PR in the 800. With Granada Hills looking strong and Palisades having their usual tremendous depth, San Pedro will need to reload quickly with Kelso leading them.

10. Cassandra Watters – El Camino Real (21:26/Pierce, 5:37/1600, 12:18/3200)
Cassandra Watters was the runner-up at the JV level in last year’s City Finals behind Palisades’s Aileen Figueroa with a 21:26 PR. However, like many of her male teammate’s, she had a great Track season where she most impressive time was probably a 12:18 3200 (the 9th best returning time). This season, she should be ECR’s number one girl and help her team get back to City Finals. This should be no problem with the recent progress ECR kids have been making.

Honorable Mentions:

Bronwyn Bunnell – San Pedro (21:24/Pierce, 2:17/800)

Jael Marquez – San Pedro (21:00/Woodbridge, 2:32/800, 5:40/1600, 12:44/3200)

Karina Finn – Taft (20:49/Pierce, 2:34/800, 5:51/1600)

Anastasia Vela – Granada Hills (20:50/Pierce, 2:46/800, 5:53/1600)

Leslie Diaz – Venice (20:51/Pierce, 2:33/800, 5:50/1600)

Kimberly Garcia – Chatsworth (20:53/Pierce, 2:38/800)

Bryanna Ramos – Diego Rivera (21:33/Pierce, 5:52/1600, 12:31/3200)

Xochitl Hernandez – Monroe (22:03/Pierce, 5:57/1600, 12:39/3200)

Rome Pacheco – Monroe (21:13/Pierce, 6:00/1600, 13:10/3200)

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