header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Santa Clarita CA
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
Today in
S.C.V. History
June 5
1968 - Saugus resident Elizabeth Evans struck by bullet meant for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy [story]
Elizabeth Evans

sauguscenturionsSaugus’ AJ Yarnall is the heavy favorite here.

The University of Washington signee had a banner year in 2012, starting with a 9:14.14 3,200-meter clocking that ranks #12 in Santa Clarita Valley high school history in March and ending with a 41st-place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals in December. Between those two spectacular performances, Yarnall set a new championship record (9:17.08) on his way to winning his first Foothill League title over 3,200 meters, clocked the fifth fastest mark at Mt. SAC in SCV history (14:55) and finished second at the California State Cross Country Championships (15:10) at Woodward Park in Fresno. Altogether, the senior had one of the most successful years by a runner in Foothill League history.

Although the Foothill League is filled with talent, only two are capable of taking down the defending champion in this eight-lap event. This year’s Foothill League leader, Zach Wims of Canyon, finished just .72 of a second behind Yarnall at last year’s league finals, but was third in the greatest 3,200-meter race in SCV history. It’ll be interesting to see how Wims reacts this spring, as none of his performances since last May’s finals have been on par with that 9:17.80 personal best  performance. The Cowboy’s best race last fall was arguably run at the Foothill League Cross Country opener, which he won over Golden Valley’s Nolan Del Valle.

If anyone is going to pull off an upset at this year’s finals, it’ll be Yarnall’s teammate, Rodrigo Ornelas. The senior was one of five to run the 1600-3200 double at last year’s finals, finishing fifth in four-lap event and 10th over the eight-lap distance. Ornelas has improved tremendously since then though – winning the Foothill League cross country championship over Yarnall and finishing 14th at the state championships –  which is why he’s the dark-horse to win the 3,200-meter finals this spring.

Golden Valley’s Nolan Del Valle, who’s been third at the last two Foothill League Cross Country Championships and top 15 at the last two state cross country finals, is another one who could be a contender, however, we have yet to see him translate his cross country success to the oval. Del Valle has been one of the most consistent runners in Foothill League history, finishing top eight in all four Foothill League cross country events of his career, and has a solid personal best of 9:35.73 in this event, so the Grizzly is no stranger to success. Still, though, his personal best is 21 seconds slower than Yarnall and 18 seconds behind Wims, plus he bombed at last May’s finals, fading to eighth in 9:40.59.

One must wonder, can Del Valle take 20-plus seconds off his personal best and end his prep career with an individual Foothill League championship?

Finishing .48 of a second ahead of Del Valle at last year’s finals, another Grizzly could make the podium if one of the four names above falters at the finals. Brendan Tinoco, older brother of super freshman Bianca Tinoco, was seventh in last year’s loaded finals. His 9:38.89 3,200-meter personal best, set at last year’s APU Distance Meet of Champions, was a huge surprise, however, he’s been solid ever since, finishing sixth at the Foothill League Cross Country Finals last November.

Two other story-lines that should develop this spring are West Ranch’s Tucker Welker and the incredible sophomore class in this event.

Welker had an unbelievable first cross country season, clocking the second all-time freshman marks in SCV history at Mt. SAC (16:03) and Woodward Park (16:09). He also finished 11th at the Foothill League Cross Country Championships last November, one of the highest finishes by a freshman in Foothill League history. Already this spring, the Wildcat has clocked 9:57.10 over 3,200 meters, which is why the high school freshman record has to be mentioned. Hart’s Sam Peckham hold the record in 9:36.10, set in 2009. Welker’s performance in February ranks #3 on SCV’s all-time freshman list behind Peckham and Hart’s Ruben Rubira’s 9:53.74.



Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.


You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
CSUN's David Phillips, Jr. and Brianna Kelpis have been named to the 2023 Academic All-District Men's and Women's Track and Field teams, selected by College Sports Communicators.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
College of the Canyons standout forward Rebekah Brooks will be transferring to San Diego State University to continue her soccer career at the NCAA Division I level as an Aztec. 
Monday, May 29, 2023
The College of the Canyons women's volleyball program invites girls and boys ages 8-14 to participate in the 2023 COC Volleyball Camp, with registration now open for two sessions beginning in July.
Monday, May 29, 2023
Caleb Pouliot's win in the pole vault was the highlight of the final day of competition for The Master's at the 2023 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Track & Field Outdoor National Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.
Friday, May 26, 2023
In a thrilling finish, The Master's University's Davis Boggess out-kicked St. Mary's Emad Bashir-Mohammed to win the 10K title at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Marion, Ind. on Wednesday, May 24.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1968 - Saugus resident Elizabeth Evans struck by bullet meant for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy [story]
Elizabeth Evans
1925 - Newhall Constable Jack Pilcher killed in the line of duty in handgun accident [story]
Jack Pilcher
1855 - Ship leaves New York harbor bound for Tunis to acquire animals for the United States Camel Corps [story]
Camel Corps
The Santa Clarita Arts Commission will meet on Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd. First Floor,  Santa Clarita, CA 91355.
June 8: Arts Commission Meets to Review Master Plan, Public Art
Raising the Curtain Foundation, through their Grand Ovation program, honored Jim Sudik and Paco Vela on Thursday, June 1 by naming the dressing rooms at the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts after the duo.
Sudik, Vela Honored by Raising the Curtain Foundation
The Santa Clarita Library's annual Summer Reading challenge will kick off on June 12. The event, sponsored by Friends of the Santa Clarita Public Library, will boast the theme "Find Your Voice!"
June 12: Summer Reading Program Kicks Off
Join instructor Katie Pinto at Bouquet Canyon Park on Tuesday, June 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a fun and interactive Hula Hoop class for adults and seniors.
June 20: Hula Hoop Yoga at Bouquet Canyon Park
The city of Santa Clarita Planning Commission will meet June 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd. First Floor, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.
June 6: Planning Commission Hearings on Soccer Field, Warehouse
City Cinemas in the Park will screen the film "The Little Rascals" on June 23 at 8:30 p.m. The film will be shown in Newhall Park, 24923 Newhall Ave., Santa Clarita, CA 91355.
June 23: ‘The Little Rascals’ Film at Newhall Park
The city of Santa Clarita is seeking artwork for an upcoming exhibit located in the First Floor Gallery of City Hall. This art exhibition is seeking artwork depicting the theme of "Pop Culture."
Call for Artists for Theme of Pop Culture
By now you have no doubt heard about the waste hauler transition coming to the city of Santa Clarita. Beginning July 1, all residents in our city will begin the process of switching over to Burrtec Waste Industries for their trash service.
Ken Striplin | Let’s Talk Trash!
California State Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo (D-Chatsworth) successfully passed eight bills off the Assembly Floor, bringing her total number of bills now in the Senate to 11. Notably, more than half of her bills received bipartisan support.
Schiavo’s 11 Bills Advance Off Assembly Floor, Head to Senate
In collaboration with the Saugus Unified School District, the city of Santa Clarita is excited to announce playground construction plans for Northbridge Park. The project aims to provide recreational space for Charles Helmers Elementary School students and the surrounding Northbridge community. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.
Northbridge Park Playground Enhancements
1945 - Local residents vote 432-2 to approve $300,000 bond measure to build SCV's first high school [story]
Hart High
The Salvation Army Santa Clarita Corps is excited to welcome the community to a free open house on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at their local headquarters at 22935 Lyons Avenue.
June 3: Salvation Army Santa Clarita Corps Open House
California State Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, issued the following statement Thursday regarding the decision by the State Water Resources Control Board to re-notice CEMEX’s application for a water right permit.
Wilk Releases Statement on CEMEX Permit Re-Notice
RICK Engineering Company, a multidisciplinary planning, design and engineering firm serving the western United States, has opened its 11th office in Santa Clarita.
RICK Engineering Takes Expansion to Santa Clarita
Can you believe it's already June? May was a whirlwind of excitement, laughter and a few mischievous moments.
Message from JCI Santa Clarita President Cindy Curtis
The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center Spotlight Series will feature an eclectic lineup of talented musicians and performers, as well as family-friendly programs as part of its Fall 2023 programming.
PAC Releases 2023 Fall Spotlight Series Lineup
Beginning Saturday, June 3, residents can once again board Santa Clarita Transit’s Summer Beach Bus to travel to Ventura Harbor on Saturdays and Sundays.
Santa Clarita Summer Beach Bus Returns June 3
For 25 years, one of the biggest hurdles standing between Daniel Andrade and a college degree was his math anxiety.
Veteran Earns COC Degree Despite Years of Struggle
Adding a powerful local voice to policies and decisions that directly affect residents, Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Marsha McLean has been tapped for leadership roles with the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments and Southern California Association of Governments.
McLean Tapped for Regional Leadership Roles
The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency, in partnership with the Association of California Water Agencies, is proud to announce that the first Edward G. “Jerry” Gladbach Scholarship has been awarded to Elizabeth Peña.
SCV Water Announces Gladbach Scholarship Recipient
%d bloggers like this: