AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The girls are looking forward to another shot at La Canada,” Tigers coach Patrick McGrail said. “We were injured and a bit run down the last time we raced. I think they feel that’s how La Canada won.” The last time these two rivals met was at Lacy Park on Oct. 13 for the second Rio Hondo League meet of the year. The Spartans ran away with a 35-45 victory, while La Canada’s Morgan Sheppard (19:14) beat out South Pasadena’s Chloe Fata (19:19) for the win. “It feels good to beat them,” Sheppard said. “We just wanted to prove we could still win.” The La Canada victory broke a two-meet winning streak the Tigers had over the Spartans, including victories at Clovis and at the first Rio Hondo League meet at Lower Arroyo Park. No. 9-ranked South Pasadena enters as a favorite and will be looking for strong competition. The Tigers won’t just keep their eyes peeled for No. 2-ranked Oak Park or No. 7-ranked Santa Margarita, though. As today’s 58th annual Mt. SAC cross-country invitational kicks off at 1 p.m., several local schools enter with different goals and motivations. One of today’s more intriguing contests is race No. 11, the Division III girls varsity race. Prior to the both losses, the Spartans hadn’t lost a league meet since 1994. “They are a good team,” Fata said of La Canada. “But I think we’re better. There are a lot of good teams at Mt. SAC, but we’ll be looking for them.” – Another anticipated race happens Saturday, at perhaps the day’s premier event. Set for 9:40 a.m. is the Boys Division I and II Team Sweepstakes. While Arcadia High School, ranked No. 8 in Division I, is the only local team running, the Apaches will still see plenty of familiar faces, including Pacific League rival Crescenta Valley. Even though the Apaches already clinched a league co-championship, having twice knocked off the Falcons in Pacific League meets, Arcadia isn’t looking past Crescenta. “We expect a tough race,” Arcadia coach Jim O’Brien said. “Besides Mt. SAC, we have the Pacific League Championships where we’ll see CV again.” Besides the Falcons, Arcadia will face No. 1-ranked Royal, No. 2-ranked El Toro, No. 3-ranked El Rancho, No. 4-ranked Murrieta Valley, No. 6-ranked Dana Hills and No. 7-ranked Upland. “We’re looking forward to a good race,” O’Brien said. “We’re going up against the best.” – Pasadena Poly coach Rick Caragher is taking a realistic approach to his team’s chances this afternoon. While his girl’s team will be taking part in the division five girls sweepstakes with Prep League powers No. 1-ranked Flintridge Prep and No. 3-ranked Chadwick, the coach isn’t expecting an upset. “(Flintridge Prep Coach) Mike (Roffina) has a boat load of talent and Chadwick is right behind,” Caragher said. “We’re hoping to have a good enough showing to earn ourselves an at-large bid for CIF.” Elaine Choi, who finished 11th with a time of 21:08 on Oct. 8 at the San Gabriel Valley Championships at Mt. SAC, will be leading them. The boys expect a better performance from Brandon Chan, who was misdirected off the Mt. SAC course last time. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!