After coming out on top in one of the Rio Hondo League meets this year, both the La Cañada boys' and girls' cross-country teams finished second to South Pasadena in league finals Nov. 4.
It wasn't all bad news for the Spartans, as Anna Frederich placed first in the girls' race with a time of 19 minutes 32 seconds, which was 33 seconds better than South Pasadena's star runner, Anika Renken, who came in third after placing first in both of the previous league meets this year.
Frederich's finish was no surprise to her coach Andy DiConti. DiConti knew she had a chance at being league champion after her performance at the Clovis Invitational on Oct. 9, when she finished 18th out of 162 runners with a time of 19:51.
"Let's face it: it boils down to who wants it more, and [Anna] doesn't like to lose. She's a competitor and you can't teach that," said DiConti.