LA City Rankings #1
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Here are the first in season rankings for the 2015 LA City XC season. Enjoy and feel free to give me any additional information. Also, please make sure to send me as much information from dual meet action so that I can make accurate rankings during the season. Enjoy!

2015 LA City XC Rankings #1
9/27/15
Girls
1) Palisades: With only Lee returning right now from last year’s top 5, Dolphins have reloaded and looked good at Seaside and Woodbridge to grab the top spot for now. Look a little shaky after that right now, but nobody looks really deep in City so far.
2) Santee: Great start at Woodbridge and at Stanford yesterday. Falcons’ girls looking to get to State for first time this year, and Sanchez and Perez give them s stellar 1-2 punch.
3) El Camino Real: ECR’s girls now stepping up and are close to the top. Didn’t run full team yesterday at Bell Jeff, but ran well at Woodbridge. Two incoming frosh in top 3 have helped them immensely.
4) San Pedro: Like Palisades, rebuilding after losing a solid core of 4 seniors, but they had a good performance at Woodbridge. Has a ways to go before they can contend for City title, but this year appears wide open.
5) Taft: Ran well in season opener at Woodbridge, led by Lee. How will they react to tough West Valley League with new coach?
6) Bell: Nice run by Sibrian at Woodbridge (19:11) helps get Bell ranked with a chance to get on the podium at City Finals. Appears to be class of Eastern League this year, but must work on depth.
7) Monroe: Nice sub 20:00 run by Hernandez led them at Woodbridge and Vikings look to win East Valley League title.
8) Granada Hills: Should be much higher by end of season, but did not look strong at Bell Jeff after Satterfield and Realegeno. Will need to improve quickly in tough West Valley League.
9) Bravo: Ran at Bell Jeff and Castillo won the race, but without Gonzalez only placed 4th. Always have good depth, but will need development at after top 2 to earn some hardware in late November.
10) Cesar Chavez: Two freshmen, Salcedo and Cobieya, lead them and top four runners look pretty good, but if depth doesn’t improve, will have tough time qualifying for City Finals.

Individuals: So far, Sanchez and Perez (Santee) have looked super, with Sibrian (Bell), and Samandi (Pali) close behind. Realegeno (Granada) is the fastest returner and should be ready to go by City, but she had a less than stellar day yesterday in her debut.

Boys

1) Palisades: They had a good team returning, and add in fantastic frosh Smith to the group, and they have a legitimate shot at upending the favorites. Good depth after top 3 may be key to their chances.
2) El Camino Real: Didn’t run top team yesterday, but looked good at Woodbridge. If last year’s 6th place finisher Estrada comes back, they will probably move back up to the favorite’s role.
3) Santee: Right there with top 2 after impressive performances at Woodbridge and yesterday at Stanford. Led by Cortes and Rodriguez, Falcons want to show that last year’s 6th place City finish was a fluke.
4) San Pedro: Good start for the Pirates with Marino and Jimenez leading the way. Will need 3-4-5 closer to top two if they are going to ride up to Fresno on Thanksgiving weekend.
5) Monroe: Looked much better yesterday at Bell Jeff, another team that will need development at back end of pack if they want to get in the top 2.
6) Marshall: Hector Garcia leads them, but almost an entirely new varsity will make it tough for them to get on podium.
7) Venice: Very similar to Marshall, superstar Luevano leads them but mostly new varsity behind him will make it tough to be competitive with Pali in Western League.
8) Bravo: Nice victory yesterday at Bell Jeff and they always have great depth. Big time gap after #3 runner will need to be addressed if they want to earn some hardware at City.
9) Birmingham: Lost big 2 seniors from last year, but showed decent depth at Bell Jeff. Could have hard time qualifying for City Prelims out of West Valley League.
10) Bell: Nice solid pack, but no one up front could spell significant problems in November. Would like to start by winning Eastern League title come November.
Individuals: If recent history prevails, it will be Luevano (Venice) and Garcia (Marshall) and if they split City and State again, maybe they should have a dance off in front of Vince Fontaine (ode to Grease, filmed at Venice and Marshall). Justin Hazell (ECR) has started very strong after a great frosh campaign last year and Cristhian Macias (Gardena) had a nice debut at Woodbridge. Palisades has an awesome young duo of Hamer and Smith that could be the future of LA City.



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