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San Marino Has Solid Kick to Cross Country Campaign

One of the possible benefits of a spring cross-country season is the weather. With the final meets of the season taking place in late March due to the pandemic rather than early November as is typical, participants were hoping for a warm sunny day for the Rio Hondo League cross country finals last Thursday afternoon at Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park.
San Marino head coach Angus Leung might consider a permanent change to the chilly climes as his Titans recorded their best results in a half-decade, finishing second in the girls’ race and third in the boys’ race.
Individually, San Marino senior Peyton Talt finished fourth overall in the girls’ race with a time of 20:12 over the three-mile course. Sophomore Thai Villaluna paced the boys, breaking the tape in 17:45 to end up in ninth place.
Following Talt were junior Anya Tang (21:20, 10th place), senior Avery Page (24:03, 21st), senior Lily Tong (25:30, 25th), sophomore Megan Linden (31:15, 31st) and sophomore Emma Page (31:34, 32nd).
Leung was especially impressed with the performances of Linden and Page, who were making their first appearances in the league finals.
“Megan and Avery volunteered to run for us so we would have enough participants to score in the meet,” said Leung. “I give them a lot of credit.”
Leung also praised Talt, a senior captain, who organized socially distanced, players-only practice sessions to stay in shape during quarantine.

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Now in his 25th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a 'Terrific Titan' by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. In 2015, the press box at Titan Stadium was re-named 'Lehman's Loft' in his honor. You can reach Mitch at mitchlehman@sanmarinotribune.com.

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