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CV girls, Arcadia boys rule meet

CROSS-COUNTRY: Runners from Burbank and Burroughs hold their own and have some fine efforts in league event.

October 17, 2009|By Grant Gordon

LA CRESCENTA — Any prior notions about the demise of the Crescenta Valley High girls’ cross-country team as it relates to the Pacific League were emphatically proven folly on Thursday afternoon.

Led by the frontrunning trio of sophomore Brooke Moultrie and juniors Claudia Pham and Anneke Kakebeen, the Falcons — who had a string of 14 consecutive league-meet victories snapped by archrival Arcadia earlier this season — reaffirmed their position atop the league standings, winning the second Pacific League meet of the season at Crescenta Valley Park, holding off Arcadia, 22-33.

“This is exactly what we wanted,” said Falcons Coach Mark Evans, who had five top-10 finishers, led by Moultrie’s second-place finish. “We’re getting better each week.”

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On the boys’ side of things, however, Arcadia continued to power through league, even with some of its top runners reportedly absent due to a hectic schedule. The Apaches defeated second-place Burroughs, 23-32, though Indians sophomore Anthony Monroy continued to impress with a second-place finish.

“I just wanted to stay up there with the front pack,” said Monroy who led the race early before being overtaken by eventual winner Ammar Moussa (15 minutes 41 seconds) and settling for second (15:43) to lead the Burroughs charge. “I think we’re performing really well.”

Monray was followed by Indians scorers David Campos (5ifth; 16:24), Kamal Chahal (10th; 16:48), Charlie Camacho (13th; 16:51) and Alex Martinez (15th; 17:04).

Moultrie, after a subpar showing in the first league meet, clearly redeemed herself, taking second in 19:04.68, just in front of a third-place Pham (19:05.33).

“It reassures me that it’s less likely to happen again,” said Moultrie of Thursday’s run compared to her first league race in which she took 34th overall.

Arcadia’s Catrina McAlister was dominant in winning the race in 18:49.63, but early on found herself trailing five Falcons.

“I was a little surprised to see us up in front in a pack of five,” Evans said.

Added Moultrie: “I think we just get excited and it feels good to be in front.”

Eventually, McAlister distanced herself from the pack with Pham and Moultrie battling it out for second and Kakebeen (fourth, 19:23.22) not far behind.

“We needed Anneke to get up in front and her job was to pull Ali [Johnson] and Cali [King] up,” Evans said.

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