While 11 teams competed in the Apache Invitational large schools boys’ varsity 5K race in LA County’s Arcadia, two of those cross country programs clearly stood out above the rest.
It was host-school Arcadia and five-time defending Central Section champ Madera South that battled tooth and nail for first place with the Apaches narrowly edging out the Stallions, 43-44.
Arcadia — the defending state and national champions — entered Friday’s meet ranked No. 1 in the U.S. by the XCnation website and also No. 1 in the state according to prepcaltrack.com’s “Super 25” rankings while the Stallions were listed as No. 2 in the state and No. 7 in the country.
In a battle that may have been a precursor to a state meet showdown at Fresno’s Woodward Park this month, Madera South head coach Rich Parris was delighted to see his runners stand up to what is considered the best team in the nation...