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Prep cross country: Grizzlies keep on running

G.V. sends trio to regional, Canyon has one runner

Posted: November 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

It’s not over for Golden Valley cross country.

Second chances have presented themselves in the form of the annual Foot Locker West Regional this Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.

The event is the qualifier to the Dec. 8 Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships in San Diego — another U.S. prep championship like this Saturday’s Nike Cross Nationals in which the Saugus girls team and Saugus boys cross country runner A.J. Yarnall will compete.

Golden Valley seniors Nolan Del Valle and Brendan Tinoco will run in the boys 5K seeded race at 10:40 a.m. and senior Chelsey Totten will run in the girls 5K seeded race at 9:55 a.m.

Del Valle has had a monster senior season, finishing third in the Foothill League, sixth in the CIF-Southern Section Division II and 15th in the state Division II.

Golden Valley head coach Marc Minasian said his athlete still had a hunger to keep going.

“Nolan is a beast,” Minasian said. “In my view, he’s raced more than anyone on the team and didn’t have to do the regionals but wanted to go out and experience that too.”

For Tinoco, the race will serve as an opportunity to complete a race on his terms.

The last time he raced at Mt. SAC was the Southern Section championships on Nov. 17.

In the first mile, Tinoco was part of collision and tumbled to the ground.

He ended up finishing 30th overall, 24 seconds off the final individual qualifying spot for state.

“He’s very, very motivated,” Minasian said.

Tinoco’s sister, freshman Bianca Tinoco, chose to rest rather than race after finishing eighth in the Southern Section Div. II race and seventh in the Div. II state championship.

Totten, regarded as one of the valley’s top female runners, battled illness and finished 30th overall at the Southern Section race.

“She showed a lot of character,” Minasian said.

The top 10 runners from each race will advance to the national championships.

Canyon High sophomore Caleb McClain will race in the Freshman/Sophomore Boys 3-miler at 7:55 a.m.

In the first Foothill League race of the season he finished ninth overall — the best finish for a boys sophomore in that race.


 

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