Burroughs’ Emily Virtue Named Runner of the Year

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High’s Emily Virtue turned in one of the most dominant cross-country seasons ever and for her effort was recently named the Pacific League Runner of the Year, the first ever by a boy or girl since the Indians entered the league in 2006.

On Thursday in the cross-country Pacific League Finals at Arcadia Park, Virtue, who was also tabbed first-team all-league, placed first in the girls varsity race in a time of 16 minutes and 42 seconds.

In the boys varsity boys, which saw Burroughs place first in league for the second year in a row, saw Justin Villagran, a first-teamer get fourth (14:50). Jagdeep Chahal, also a first-teamer, was sixth (15:04) while first-team selection Andrew Barrondo garnered seventh (15:05).

Second-team pick Jacob Calderon was ninth (15:11) and second-teamer Timothy Wells grabbed 11th (15:21). Adam Villalpando was 14th (15:28) and Manne Green took 15th (15:29).

John Burroughs High School's Emily Virtue runs a cross-country terrain course. (Photo Courtesy of Oscar Eligio)
Emily Virtue, Burroughs’ cross-country standout, was recently named Pacific League Runner of the Year. (Photo Courtesy of Oscar Eligio)

In the girls varsity race, the Indians garnered second in league as second-team selection Heidi Eligio took eighth (18:00). Second-teamer Lakely Nealis was 13th (18:42) and second-teamer Eileen Eckles finished 14th (18:55).

Sapphire Sandoval was 16th (19:14), Jailene Diaz was 18th (20:04) and Ariel Ramirez was 28th (21:19.

In the boys junior varsity division, Burroughs took second in league, while first-teamer Daniel Fendrich was fourth (15:50). Second-team pick Evan Thomas was eighth (15:55), second-team selection Patrick Wells was 12th (16:14), second-teamer Javier Hurtado was 13th (16:27) and Christian Fuentes grabbed 14th (16:29).

In the same race, Seth Battilana nabbed 18th (16:43), Trent Harrison took 24th (17:01), David Olympia placed 26th (17:10), Eduardo Cabrera was 27th (17:10), Cobie Cortez placed 35th (17:26) and Alex Linares was 46th (18:35).

In the girls junior varsity race, the Indians finished second in league and second-team pick Graison Anderson was eighth (22:08). Second-teamer Andrea Duran finished ninth (22:09) and second-team selection Maddy Davis was 11th (22:45).

In the same race, Lisandra Contreras was 16th (23:36), Madaisha Berumen took 26th (25:11) and Destiny Velasquez nabbed 29th (26:33).

Chris Hoxsie, a first-team pick was first (15:32) in the boys freshman/sophomore race as Burroughs took second in the league, and first-teamer Andrew Hoxsie was fourth (15:38).

Second-teamer Jerry Hoxsie took 12th (16:28), second-teamer Charanpreet Singh was 14th (16:29), Sameh Gharieb placed 16th (16:36), Ethan Brown was 20th (16:54) and Asif Chowdhury took 21st (17:00).

Connor Van Dyke was 25th (17:20), Jeron Straker took 28th (17:38), Ethan Galloway placed 30th (17:50), Peter Lainson was 49th (18:35), Johnny Padungyothee finished 81st (19:52) and Alex Jones was 96th (21:04).

In the girls freshman/sophomore race, Burroughs placed second in league, while first-teamer Teresa Perez was first (18:45).

First-team selection Phoenix Reivers was fifth (19:58), second-teamer Ana Villalpando grabbed 10th (20:50), second-teamer Kayla Beals placed 14th (21:09) and Catrina Villalpando was 21st (21:50.

Kenna Guzman was 24th (22:02), Sophie Birnbaum finished 25th (22:04), Julianna Navarro was 26th (22:04), Kimberly Ochoa nabbed 28th (22:19), Iliana Mendias took 37th (23:19), Sharia Barrera was 55th (26:22) and Angelica Thompson nabbed 61st (28:27).