Tologs take best-ever third at state

Cross-country: FSHA keeps strong finish to season going right to the end

Prep boys take fourth, while Rebels' girls are 10th.

December 01, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk,

The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy cross-country team proved to be capable of quite a formidable finishing kick this season, and not just in the sense of closing out races with a bang.

With a third-place showing in Division IV at Saturday's CIF State Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno, the Tologs put an exclamation point on their season with the best state-meet performance in program history, continuing a campaign in which the team hit its peak late with a third-place finish at the CIF Southern Section finals at Mount San Antonio College a week earlier and carried it through to the biggest meet of the year.

"We were thrilled, obviously," Tologs Coach Kirk Nishiyama said. "That's the first time we've ever been on the [medal] stand, so we're really happy."


With junior Paulina Antaplayan leading the pack with a 14th-place finish in 19 minutes 3 seconds, Sacred Heart scored 183 points to edge Harvard-Westlake by just three points, with Junipero Serra (75 points) and La Reina (147) taking the top two spots.

"At the end of the race I figured we were in the top five, but I didn't know," Nishiyama said "They did what they needed to do, so we're really happy."

Freshman Riley Gilmartin was 31st for Sacred Heart in 19:35, followed by junior Stephanie Vargas (61st, 20:06), junior Nora Welsh (80th, 20:24) and freshman Casey Basso (89th, 20:29).

"Paulina and Riley were consistent both this week and last week and what happened this week, we have some depth this year, so some other people stepped up today," Nishiyama said. "Steph Vargas ran well, Nora Walsh came in fourth for us and Casey came fifth. It's nice to see other people step up for us.

"League finals, we ran terribly and I think it really changed when got 11 girls together and they really became a team. They really worked hard together the last month."

Flintridge Prep's boys' and girls' teams also competed in Division V, with the Rebels' boys slipping slightly from last year's third-place finish to fourth and the girls' squad finishing 10th.

Prep's boys' team, which was coming off a third-place showing at the CIF finals, scored 142 points to finish behind St. Margaret's (69), Woodcrest Christian (104) and Desert Christian (123).

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