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Canyon hosting 83 teams

More than 1,600 runners prepare for Castaic Lake

Posted: October 17, 2008 11:48 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The map of the 24th annual Santa Clarita Valley Invitational.

 

One of the largest cross country events in Los Angeles County will take place today at Castaic Lake Recreational Area.

The 24th annual Santa Clarita Valley Cross Country Invitational begins with 83 teams and more than 1,600 runners on the three-mile course.

Canyon is hosting the event.

"This course has a lot more hills than Central Park, which is where our last league meet was," said Canyon head coach Paul Broneer. "It is spectator-friendly. It's a beautiful area, and there's re-done trails."

The Division I and II boys varsity race begins at 9:05 a.m., with the girls varsity meet scheduled to begin at 9:25 a.m. The meet kicks off with the boys junior varsity race at 8:45 a.m.

Soon afterward is the Div. III-V boys varsity race, which will begin at 10:25 a.m., followed by the girls varsity race at 10:45 a.m.

The starting line is right before the parking lots, the finish line is near the center of the area. The one-mile mark is near the restroom on the southeast side of the course. The two-mile mark is near the water tower along the northeast side of the course.

The Cowboys' girls squad finished third in Thursday's Foothill League meet, behind Saugus and West Ranch. Hayley Parkinson, who finished ninth on Thursday (18:19) and Alyssa Selve (10th, 18:31) are runners to watch for.

"I think we have a shot at the girls race," Broneer said.

Arcadia is considered the favorite in the large schools boys race. The Apaches clocked an average of 15 minutes, 52 seconds in last week's Clovis Invitational.

Canyon will be paced by the duo Anthony Pizzo, who finished fourth in the league meet (15:44) and Thomas McGuan, who came in 10th (16:03).

The Golden Valley boys, ranked No. 9 in Div. III, will be led by Thursday's third-place finisher, Seth Totten (15:25).

Valencia, the runner-up team in the league boys meet that was originally entered in the race, had to pull out. Some of the Vikings wanted to take SAT tests.

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