LA City Rankings, League Finals edition IP: 22.214.171.124 Posted on November 11, 2015 at 01:22:42 AM by runtowin
Here are the seedings based entirely on league finals results. This is what was used to seed the City Prelims heats. For Elysian Park times, they were the same as Pierce while Peck Park subtracted 20 seconds from boys and 30 seconds from girls times. This is not a prediction!
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1) Palisades: Top 5 all under 20:00 at Elysian, Dolphins look ready to win 3rd title in a row. Best depth in City helps their case.
2) Bravo: Dominating league finals performance gives them the #2 seed. Castillo looks ready to contend for City title, could this be year their team rides up to Fresno Thanksgiving weekend?
3) El Camino Real: After upsetting Granada Hills at West Valley, Conquistadores appear ready to contend for a City title. With 3 freshmen in top 5, this could be team of future.
4) San Pedro: Nice run at league finals for best race of season. Will need to continue to improve to have shot at Fresno
5) Santee: Virtually even with Pedro on team time, Sanchez and Perez give them super duo up front. Depth improving, will need 3-4-5 to drop some time if they want to have a chance at Fresno.
6) Granada Hills: Nice run without Realgeno finishing race, but is she is out for Finals, Highlanders may have tough time just getting onto podium.
7) Taft: Continued improvement since Sac with another solid duo leading them. Probably not enough depth to get into top 3, but definitely a shot at the podium.
8) Monroe: Less than a minute time gap is nice, but if none of them are under 20 minutes, probably sneaking onto podium is only chance.
9) Birmingham: Salas is another runner with a shot at City title, but without any other runners under 21 minutes at league finals, it will be tough to get some team hardware.
10) Poly: A solid run at league finals, losing to Monroe by 5 points. Probably only 5 deep, so must be hitting on all cylinders just to get into Finals
Individuals: Salas (Birm) had best time for D1 at Pierce, while Castillo (Bravo) led way at Elysian. Sanchez (Santee) continues to look good, while Kelso (SP) had lone sub 20:00 time at Peck Park. Realgeno (Granada) didnít finish at West Valley and her status is uncertain.
1) Santee: Sub 79:00 run at Elysian is seldom seen by LA City teams, how fast will they go at Pierce? Nice depth gives them added advantage over rest of field
2) Monroe: Vikings ran tough at league, with about a minute time gap and MartinDelCampo busting out big time. Decent depth gives them shot at State.
3) El Camino Real: Won tough West Valley with 2 under 16 minutes, but with nobody else under 16:40, they have a long way to go to win another title. A return by Estrada would definitely improve their chances.
4) Marshall: Nice performance to easily win Northern title, with 2-3-4-5 having a nice gap of less than 30 seconds. Looks like depth could be issue, though, if they have to go past top 5 runners.
5) Palisades: Dominated team league battle, but mediocre times. Trio up front may tell the story for them, if they are all over 16:00 like at league, they will find it tough to make State, but if they resort to how they have been running most of year, they should contend for title.
6) Bravo: Super depth is their strength, easily dominated all league races, but can they get on podium and contend for a State berth in about 10 days?
7) Granada Hills: Finally put it together at West Valley Finals to place 2nd and look like a podium contender at City Finals. Nice duo to lead, but big gap after that.
8) San Pedro: Easy league victory but big runs by Marino and Jimenez to upset defending champ Macias. Decent depth, but time gap too big right now to have legitimate shot at top 3.
9) Birmingham: Picked up 3rd and last qualifying spot in West Valley with nice run. Decent trio to lead them, may need some more help in order to qualify for City Finals.
10) Venice: Luevano looks super, but rest of team did not look as good at Western League Finals. May need performance of year just to slip into top 11 and place on starting line on the 21st.
Individuals: Luevano (Venice) continues to look like favorite with his Elysian leading time, but Garcia (Marshall) was only 6 seconds behind. After top 2, places could get tight and determine City team title. Hazell (ECR) led the West Valley while MartinDelCampo (Monroe) was D1 leader in his league. Donít forget any of Palisadesí trio of Smith, Hamer, and Pollack.