ARCADIA — There were three compelling local story lines involved with the Pacific League cross-country finals Thursday at Arcadia Park.
Along with whether the Crescenta Valley High girls' team could capture its ninth straight league championship, there was also the question of would Burroughs' Anthony Monroy be able to win an individual boys' title and could the Arcadia boys' team hold off an upstart Burbank squad?
Unfortunately for the area teams and Monroy, the answer on all three counts was no.
In an extremely competitive and tight girls' race that was decided in the final few hundred meters, the Falcons fell short of their bid to capture another title as Arcadia pulled out a 24-31 victory.
In the case of Monroy, he couldn't catch Arcadia's Sergio Gonzalez, placing second in the race. As for the Bulldogs, the Arcadia squad proved just too powerful, outdistancing Burbank, 25-59.
Following the girls' race, tears were shed when Crescenta Valley runners realized that they had lost of the Apaches.