While the meet lay in question most of the day, the rain clouds dispersed and allowed for sunlight come two hours prior to race time. The course, still wet and muddy throughout, still was able to be run and thus, the battle between Downey and Cerritos began.
In the girls race, Megan Nevarez spoiled the party as she broke the course record, however, the Dons had Gina Tai (18:51) and Jessica Sunio (19:05) leading their pack of girls through most of the course. The two athletes, who were questionable due to the colds they had been recovering from, ran despite being about 80% in their final test run before their next league race. They helped propel the Dons to their decisive 23-36 victory helped by the PR of Kathia Avila (19:23), and the support of Jennifer Park (19:33) and Rachel Flores (19:44) who helped push the Dons past the course and school record in 96:36. The lady Dons set their previous school record mark in 2009 at the Suburban League Finals in 97:03.
The boys looked calm and collected throughout the race despite allowing Moises Martinez to run away with the individual victory. However, the young pack of Dons came through the finish stacking five in the top six with a 31 second scoring gap. Freshman Joshua Quarles (16:45) took the first spot for the Dons in second as he surged past fellow sophomore teammate Ganesh Tilve. Seniors Jonathan Liang and Matthew Chern sandwiched freshman Frank Lee in the results in the 4-5-6 position. The Dons ended up with an easy 20-37 victory.
The Dons now look forward to their battle against their league rivals on Thursday on their home turf at Cerritos Regional Park. The 3.05 mile course allows for some fast times, including the 18:46 (3 mile) ran by Jessica Sunio in last year's race. The lady Dons will look to end La Mirada's 150 League/League Finals winning streak (incorrectly reported as 111).