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Area runners shine at Mt. SAC

Cross-Country: Several local runners and teams produce standout efforts in two-day long competition.

October 22, 2011|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

WALNUT — The list of impressive local results were stacked pretty high thanks to several standout efforts during the two-day long 64th annual Mt. San Antonio College Cross-Country Invitational.

It’s hard to argue any result was more impressive than what La Salle High’s Daniel De La Torre mustered, as the junior won his Division IV red race Friday afternoon with the local-best mark of 15 minutes, 35 seconds.

“After the first mile, I looked behind me and noticed that no one was behind me,” said De La Torre, who earned the coveted tin bell given only to a race winner. “I just tackled the hills, made up lost energy on the down hills and then just stride and cruised.”

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De La Torre hit the mid-point crossovers at a mark of 7:55 before nearing the final 800 meters at 13 minutes even and the final 300 meters at 14:40.

As a team, La Salle finished ninth with a time of 1:29:41, while the Lancers’ second runner, sophomore Peter Siberell (17:46), finished 35th.

San Marino ultimately proved the better team in that race, as the Titans took second in 1:25:25 behind race winner Berkley St. Mary’s (1:25:13).

As expected, senior Alex “Peaky” Yuter led the charge, taking fourth (16:13) and was followed by scoring teammates Andrew Jack (13th, 16:56), Robert Moreton (16th, 17:10), Kenneth Lee (28th, 17:32) and Yuv Wickramasinghe (33rd, 17:34).

“I’m pretty happy with this race. I screwed it up and came out 4:52 [through the first mile],” Yuter said. “But, we were pretty strong as a team and that’s what matters.”

While no bell was awarded to Sacred Heart, the Tologs also proved to be champions, winning the Division IV yellow team race in 1:45:29.

As expected, Tologs' senior Stephanie Vargas paced her squad by taking fourth overall in 19:45.

“The dust and the sun get to you. You don't really feel the breeze even though everyone tells you there's one,” Vargas said.

Sacred Heart placed three runners in the top 10 at the crossover (race midway point) and eventually finished with two in the top 10, as sophomore Maddie Peterson was 10th (20:39).

Sophomore Riley Gilmartin (17th, 21:00), freshman Kayla Grahn (28th, 21:50) and junior Olivia Mendoza (39th, 22:15) rounded out the Tologs' scorers.

The most impressive girls’ team result may have come from surging Mayfield, which finished third in the Division IV girls sweepstakes with a local-best mark of 1:38.00.

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