Proving once again they are the teams to be reckoned with, both the girls and boys varsity Cross Country teams from South Pasadena High School led the way at the Rio Hondo League meet held at San Marino’s Lacy Park Thursday.
The girls were led by the running of Abby Errington fresh off her upset win at the elite Woodridge Cross-Country Classic, where the Tigers placed 1st among 31 southland teams.
Errington placed second to La Canada’s Maya DeBrouwer who tied Abby’s course record of 17.16 The SPHS girls were told to run a specific pace to save themselves for RHL finals in November. The girl did manage to place second in the meet to La Canada 27 to 35 points (lowest score wins in XCountry)
In the boys race the Tigers won as they held off La Canada 24 to 50 with San Marino scoring 84. South Pasadena’s Michael Scarince 16:24 bested teammate Kai Tilley by just :03 seconds in a close finish.
Coach Mike Parkinson gives us further result details, “Abby Errington, Junior, 17:27, 2nd to Maya DeBrouwer of La Canada 17:16 which ties Abby’s Lacy Park course record from the SoPas Alumni Race on 8/31/23. Yesterday’s race, Abby was instructed to go Tempo pace for 2 miles, then race the last mile. (tempo pace is 1-1 1/2 minutes slower than 3 mile race pace. Abby did that.) The rest of my girls varsity did that too. We are saving an all out race for Rio Hondo League Finals November 2.”
Parkinson goes on to explain, “Abby won the Prestigious Woodbridge Varsity Rated race in a new school record 16:45.2 leading her team to the team championship win as well which was also a team school record. Saidbh Byrne ran the #4 time in school history with 17:44.8, Sofia Humphrey #8 time in 18:11.8 . Chloe Koo in 18:31.7 and Raden Estridge in 18:56.3 complete the top 5 scorers for the team school record.