ARCADIA — On the surface, Thursday afternoon’s Pacific League cross-country championships appeared little more than a large Arcadia High celebration.
After all, the Apaches won both the boys’ and girls’ team titles and claimed each race’s individual crown at Arcadia County Park.
Yet, quite a few local teams made noise, both surprisingly and expectedly, led by the Burbank boys and Crescenta Valley girls, who finished second in their respective races, while the Crescenta Valley and Burroughs boys and the Burbank and Hoover girls all earned spots to the CIF Southern Section divisional preliminaries at Mt. San Antonio College on Nov. 16.
Maybe no team made a bigger splash than did the Division I fifth-ranked Bulldog boys, who appear to be surging and demonstrated their prowess by knocking off seventh-ranked Crescenta Valley for the first time this season, 47-63, for second place in league.
“With CV and Arcadia, we just let them go and waited to make our move,” said Bulldogs senior Elliot Choe, who finished fifth in 14 minutes, 44.09 seconds, which trumped a previous course best of 15:08.