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Big Expectations for Burbank, Burroughs Track Teams

If there is one good thing that both Burbank and Burroughs highs have going well in track and field, it is that they are able to replace top athletes.
Burbank won the Pacific League boys’ dual meet title last year, its first in 31 years. The Bulldogs lost several key competitiors from that squad, but should be strong again this season.
Burroughs has a very strong group of juniors and could make a run at a CIF title a year from now.
Both schools also have solid girls’ teams and should be near the top of the Pacific League.

The Indians have a very strong and deep group of distance runners, many of which are just juniors. The group that includes Alex Hirsch, Jagdeep Chahal, Jacob Calderon as well as seniors Timothy Wells and Daniel Fendrich is certainly one of the strongest in the state. Four of the five went under 4:30 in the 1,600 a year ago.

Junior Christian Valles is working on being one of the best pole vaulters in the state. The defending Pacific League champion has already cleared 14 feet, 6 inches early in the season. Coach John Peebles said Valles made a big change since last season in that he went from being a left-handed vaulter to a right-handed one.
Daniel Han, who finished third in league in the pole vault a year ago, is also back.
Sammy Duran gives Burroughs a sprinter as he qualified for CIF last year in the 400 and in the 4 x 400 relay. He also could be a key on some distance medley relay teams as Burroughs is certainly capable of producing marks that rank amongst the best in the nation in the event.
Max Carrillo was third at the Pacific League finals in the 300 hurdles a year and should also have a big year.
Mike Dermendjian should give Burroughs a solid competitor in the discus.
Burroughs’ girls team is led by junior distance runner Emily Virtue, who is one of the best in the state when healthy.
Senior Nadime Younan is the school record holder and returning Pacific League champion in the discus. She is also expected to have a big year.
Sophomore Jada Reese is expected to give Burroughs a strong presence in the 100 and 200 meters. Junior Kate Jones will provide help in the 400, as will senior Izzy Funes , who also gives the team a solid presence in the horizontal jumping events.
Senior Heidi Eligio is another solid distance runner who has already produced fine early season marks.
The Indians will benefit in April when transfer Alex Akopian becomes eligible. She could be an elite pole vaulter.

The Bulldogs are certainly stronger with their girls’ team, led by seniors Kira Bochard and Haleigh Cusumano, who are very versatile and can score in a number of events.
Bochard is particularly strong in the 300 hurdles and holds the school record at 45.72. She is also solid in the 400. Cusumano has the school record in the 400, but is also working at becoming a strong hurdler and long jumper.

Chloe Tilton, who did not compete last season but is very talented according to coach Darin Wolf, is another who could make an impact in the 400.
Distance runner Gabby Collins might join the others in attempting to create a superb 4 x 400 relay.
Pole vaulter Michaela Teixeira could be a strong candidate to win the league title.
Burbank’s boys’ team is led by Arcadia transfer Vedavit Shetty, who has already gone over 45 feet in the triple jump and 20 feet in the long jump. He will also play a role in Burbank’s relays.
Joey Miller is one of the top sprinters in the league, and will be helped in the relays by Odele Hospidales, who was the frosh-soph league champion in the 100 a year ago.
“After winning the title in 2016, these boys now know what it takes to win, so we will see if they are willing to put in enough work,” Wolf said.
Burbank expects to get help in the hurdles from Sergio Aguilar.
Elijah Parrott and Angel Flores are two experienced distance runners that can score points.
Alan Hovanesian is solid in the shot put and discus and Zion Chavez should help in the jumping events.

Burbank Beats Burroughs, Wins Pacific League Track Title

Nobody on the Burbank High track team was born the last time the Bulldogs won a league title in boys’ track.

After 31 years Burbank is able to call itself a league champion as the Bulldogs outlasted a tough Burroughs squad 75-62 at Memorial Field. Burbank won the girls’ competition 83-48 to finish second in league. Burroughs’ girls team finished third in league.

“The last two years we’ve lost by seconds and inches,” Burbank’s Martin Swan said. “To finally beat everyone else, it feels so good with all the hard work we’ve put in. To finally be the strongest we’ve been in so long is unreal. Everyone is so happy.”

Swan won three individual events in such a short time span.

He won the 110 meter high hurdles in 15.0 seconds. He came back not long after to win the 100 meter dash in 11.07, before returning for the 300 hurdles (40.38).

The boys’ competition actually looked like it might swing in Burroughs’ favor.

The Indians held a one-point lead going into the 3,200, their strongest event.
Sure enough, Burroughs swept the event to build a 10-point lead.

But Burbank came through in the field events. Although the marks were not the most stellar of the meet, Burbank swept the shot put, led by Mitchell Aslo (43-2).  Burroughs’ sweep of the 3,200 and Burbank’s sweep of the shot put were the only sweeps of the meet in either the boys or girls competitions.

The long and triple jump offered excitement.

Burbank’s Noah Powell took the triple jump (44-4), beating out Burroughs’ Neron Palmer (42-11 ½) and Burbank’s Davit Papopyan (42-3).


Papopyan won the long jump (20-8 ½) ahead of Powell (20-5) and Palmer (19-8).

Also winning for Burbank were Josh Cantong (400, 49.57), Powell (high jump, 5-10), the 4 x 100 relay team (44.84) and the 4 x 400 relay team (3:26.81).

“We’ve been working on it for two years and to finally get it, it hits home,” Powell said. “In your senior year it is in an honor to go out with a bang.”

Winning for Burroughs was Timothy Wells (1,600, 4:30.44), Jagdeep Chahal  (800, 2:01.65), Niko Guerrero (200, 22.57), Jacob Calderon (3,200, 9:55.5), Christian Valles (pole vault, 13-0), Johnny Sahagun (131-6).


In the girls’ competition, Burbank was able to rack up many points with multiple wins from Candela Fernandez, Haleigh Cusumano, Kira Bochard and Juliana La France.

Fernandez won the 1,600 (5:21.65) and the 3,200 (12:18.18).

Cusumano took the 100 (12.72) and the 200 (26.17). She also tied for first with Burroughs’ Sarah Prystupa in the high jump, as both cleared 4-10.


Bochard won the 400 (1:00.03) and the 300 hurdles (47.81).
La France took the triple jump (35-6) and the long jump (16-7 ½).

Also winning for Burbank was Caroline Pinheiro (shot put, 31- ½).

Winning for Burroughs was Prystupa (pole vault, 11-6), Samantha Hebri (100 hurdles, 16.46), Sapphire Sandoval (800, 2:34.24), Nadine Younan (discus, 101-0).







Burbank Rolls to Victories in Track

It was a numbers game when the Burbank High track team hosted Hoover and Pasadena highs in a double dual meet Thursday.

Burbank easily earned victories over both schools in both the boys’ and girls’ varsity competitions thanks to having significantly larger rosters.

The Burbank girls’ team won 114-9 over Hoover and 109-18 over Pasadena. Burbank won the boys’ varsity 129-5 over Pasadena and 124-11 over Hoover.

Junior Haleigh Cusumano won four events to lead the Burbank girls’ team. She won the 400 meters in an impressive 59.06 seconds. She also took the 200 (26.34) and the long jump  (16-4 ½) and the high jump (4-6).

Candela Fernandez

Candela Fernandez

Senior Distance running star Candela Fernandez (pictured) won the 1,600 (5:37) and the 3,200 (11:26).

Junior Kira Bochard won the 300 intermediate hurdles (47.8) and the triple jump (32-5 ½).

Mikaela Teixeira won the 100 (13.5) and the pole vault (9-6).

For the boys’ team Noah Powell was a triple winner, taking the long jump (20-3 ½), triple jump (43-7 ½) and high jump (5-10).

Josh Cantong was very impressive in winning the 400 (49.9).

Adam Navar won the 1,600 (4:43) and the 800 (2:02).

Martin Swan took the 110 high hurdles (15.06) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (40.6).

Mitchell Aslo won the shot put (40-11) and the discus (140-2).

Burbank Girls Varsity

1. Fernandez (5:37)
2. Collins (5:57)

100 Hurdles
1. Petrosyan (19.5)
2. La France (19.77)

1. Cusumano (59.06)
2. Bochard (1:00.13)

1. Teixeira (13.5)
2. Pinheiro (14.45)

2. Giammichele (2:40)
3. Chua (2:44)
4. Apreza (2:57)

300 Hurdles
1. Bochard (47.8)

1. Cusumano (26.34)
2. Teixeira (27.78)

1. Fernandez (11:26)
2. Collins (12:42)
3. Danao (13:53)

4 x 400
1. Burbank (4:47)

High Jump
1. Cusumano (4-6)

Pole Vault
1. Teixeira (9-6)
2. Castresana (6-0)

Long Jump
1. Cusumano (16-4 1/2)
4. Castresana (13-0)

Triple Jump
1. Bochard (32-5 1/2)
2. Castresana (24- 1/2)

Shot Put
1. Pinheiro (29-8)
2. Bishop (28-4 3/4)

1. Di Giovanni (78-5)
2. Bishop (77-0)
3. Pinheiro (70-9)

Boys Varsity 

4 x 100
1. Burbank (43.87)

1. Navar (4:43)
2. Flores (4:55)

110 Hurdles
1. Swan (15.06)
2. Velasquez (16.19)
3. Thompson (17.1)

1. Cantong (49.9)
2. Hospidales (53.02)

1. Swan (11.0)
3. Hopson (11.41)

1. Navar (2:02)
2. Elzaiat (2:05)

300 Hurdles
1. Swan (40.6)
2. Velasquez (44.08)

1. Hopson (23.3)
2. Hospidales (23.17) ran second heat. must run first heat for win.

1. Parrott (10:21)
2. Flores (10:26)

4 x 400
1. Burbank (3:42)

High Jump
1. Powell (5-10)
3. Austin (5-2)

Pole Vault
1. Papoyan (11-6)
2. Poladian (11-0)

Long Jump
1. Powell (20-3 1/2)
2. Poladian (19-4 1/2)
4. Papoyan (18-10 3/4)

Triple Jump
1. Powell (43-7 1/2)
2. Papoyan (42-5 1/2)
3. Araradian (38-4 1/4)

Shot Put
1. Aslo (40-11)
2. Abrhamian (37-5)
4. Razavi (32-5)

1. Aslo (140-2)
2. Hovanessian (119-6)
3. Abrahamian (115-9)