GRIFFITH PARK — As the start to the Pacific League cross-country season came and went on Thursday afternoon at Griffith Park, it did such with little surprise and little change from last season to this.
Ranked among the top teams in the nation, Arcadia High's boys' team, the reigning league champion, dominated en route to victory in the dual-meet scored event, with Burroughs' Anthony Monroy, the reigning All-Area Boys' Cross-Country Runner of the Year, and Crescenta Valley's Mike Duncan providing local highlights with top-five individual finishes, the former finishing second and the latter taking fifth.
The girls' race was a race indeed, but Arcadia, led by defending league champion Catrina McAlister, fended off Crescenta Valley, 26-29.
"It was a great race with Arcadia," said Falcons Coach Mark Evans, whose team has won seven straight league titles, but came into Thursday ranked 10th in the latest CIF Southern Section Division I poll with Arcadia at seventh. "[Arcadia's] a good team, they were kinda the favorites. I think our girls rose to the occasion. I was impressed with how we ran."