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Burroughs Boys’ Cross Country Team Edged Out in League Final

The Burroughs High boys’ cross country team had won the past two Pacific League titles and won the first two league meets of this season.

But with Arcadia and Crescenta Valley close behind, nothing less than a stellar performance would help the Indians win again in the Pacific League final at Crescenta Valley Park.

Thursday afternoon, Burroughs found out how close every second and every man counts.

Unlike in the first two league meets, which were scored as head-to-head matchups, the league final is scored invitational style.

Either way, the Indians fell short against Arcadia. Under the invitational style scoring Burroughs lost to the Apaches on a sixth-man tie-breaker after both teams scored 44 points. Crescenta Valley, which returns its entire top five next season, was close behind with 49 points. Burbank High was fourth with 104.

Burroughs and Arcadia now share the league title, but Arcadia will head to CIF competition as the league’s top representative.

“I think we’re a little mad at ourselves for not doing what we could do,” Burroughs Jacob Calderon said. “We didn’t execute our game plan. Now we need to get ready for CIF.”

Had the meet been scored head-to-head Burroughs would have lost to Arcadia 27-28.

“We lost to a good team. Arcadia has a good group of runners,” Burroughs coach John Peebles said. “They beat us today. Hats off to them.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Daniel Fendrich has the finish line in sight. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Alexander Hirsch once again led the Indians and finished second to Crescenta Valley’s Colin FitzGerald, who won in 15 minutes, 33 seconds. Hirsch was second in 15:34.Also for Burroughs were Timothy Wells (fifth, 15:54), Jagdeep Chahal (seventh, 16:00),  Calderon (13th, 16:20), Daniel Fendrich (17th, 16:28), Patrick Wells (22nd, 16:59) and Ethan Brown (26th, 17:42).

Burbank was led by Elijah Parrott, who took 10th in 16:08. Angel Flores (14th, 16:21), Jahir Olvera (25th, 17:33), Nick Glover (27th, 17:45), Tadeh Shanazari (28th, 17:56), Mario Avendano (31st, 18:23) and Peter Al-Hasani (40th, 19:36) round out the Bulldogs.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Jahir Olvera puts in his final kick. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In the girls’ competition, Burbank finished second with 53 points. Arcadia easily won with 23 points. Burroughs finished fourth by way of losing a sixth runner tie-breaker with Crescenta Valley. The Indians had 84 points.

Emily Virtue easily repeated as league champion, winning in 18:18.

Burbank seniors Gabby Collins and Kira Bochard came up big, taking fifth and seventh place overall.

“I’m really proud of my team. Arcadia is one of the better teams in the state,” Collins said. “To be second to them in our league, which is a really good league, is really impressive.”

Collins finished in 19:15. Bochard finished in 19:19. Freshman Sol Fernandez (10th, 19:49), Noemi Apreza (13th, 20:27), Jamie Giammichele (18th, 20:59), Natalie Danao (20th, 21:11) and Jordan Delgado (25th, 22:19) round out the Bulldogs.

For Burroughs, Heidi Eligio finished 11th in 20:24. Sapphire Sandoval (19th, 21:07), Catrina Villalpando (26th, 22:23), Kenna Guzman (27th, 22:32), Ana Villalpando (36th, 24:10) and Molly Stapelfeldt (38th, 24:48) round out the Indians.



Burroughs Wins First Pacific League Cross Country Meet

The Burroughs High boys’ cross country may be one of the best teams in the CIF Southern Section.

But the Indians know they have to be their best in league meets because the Pacific League competition is tough.

Burroughs won the boys completion in the first league meet Wednesday at Crescenta Valley Park followed by Arcadia and Crescenta Valley.

Burbank High finished second in the girls team competition, trailing just Arcadia.

Crescenta Valley High junior Colin Fitzgerald won the boys’ varsity race, covering the 3-mile course in 15 minutes, 32 seconds.

Burroughs junior Alexander Hirsch, who was running in his first meet of the season, took second in 15:43.

“For a first race I felt it went well,” Hirsch said. “I didn’t want to overdo it on my first race. The pack ran very well. I hope to see more of this later in the season.”


While Arcadia finished closest to Burroughs in the standings, it was Crescenta Valley that opened some eyes as the Falcons appear to have created  a great showdown with Burroughs for the next couple of years.

Burroughs, which had four underclassmen in its top seven, saw all seven of its runners finish under 17 minutes.

CV, which has no seniors in its top seven, also had all seven under 17 minutes.

Junior Jagdeep Chaahal (fourth, 15:50), senior Timothy Wells (fifth, 15:58), junior Jacob Calderon (eighth, 16:15), senior Daniel Fendrich (10th 16:18), junior Andrew Hoxsie (17th, 16:33) and senior Patrick Wells (22nd, 16:46) round out Burroughs top seven.

Burbank, which finished fourth in the league standings, got some solid performances from seniors Angel Flores and Elijah Parrott. They finished 19th and 20th in 16:39 and 16:40, respectively.

Burbank had four sophomore take the team’s third and through sixth spots with Jahir Olvera (27th, 17:48) leading the charge. He was followed Nick Glover (28th, 17:53), Peter Al-Hasani (30th, 18:28), Sergio Bernal (34th, 18:42) and senior Samir Malhotra (36th, 19:16).

“We’re still training hard. Some of our varsity boys have run faster through two miles in route than they did in track,” Burbank coach Kathryn Nelson said. “We’re seeing a big improvement. This league is full of incredible teams.


On the girls’ side Burroughs Emily Virtue won by over a minute, winning in 18:18. Arcadia then had a pack of six runners, which helped the Apaches easily win the team title.

“I didn’t have a plan since this was my first race of the season,” said Virtue, who was battling tendinitis last spring. “It was just like I wanted to see what I could do.”

Burbank was led by senior Gabby Collins (eighth, 19:45). Freshman Sol Fernandez (11th, 20:39), sophomore Natalie Danao (13th, 20:46), senior Kira Bochard (14th, 20:47), senior Jamie Giammichele (18th, 21:13), freshman Jordan Delgado (26th, 22:13) and freshman Sofya Arakelyan (33rd, 23:40) round out the Bulldogs.


“Our goal was to get second,” Nelson said.

Senior Heidi Eligio (ninth, 20:02), junior Sapphire Sandoval (15th, 21:02), junior Kenna Guzman (22nd, 21:32), sophomore Lakely Nealis (25th, 21:53), junior Ana Villalpando (27th, 22:24) and junior Catrina Villalpando (31st, 22:57) round out the Indians.




Ricky Mendez, Burroughs Cross Country

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

What a great start to a promising career. In just his second season of cross country, junior Ricky Mendez of John Burroughs High School has established himself as one of the premier long distance runners in the city.

Mendez, 16, claimed the title of “City Champion” after his impressive win in the 22nd annual Burbank All-City Cross Country Meet held at Griffith Park on Aug. 29.

“It was great to see,” Burroughs Coach John Peebles said. “He had a good summer of training. So it was really nice to see that the hard work paid off.”

Ricky Mendez took 1st place in the prestigious Burbank All-City Cross Country Meet (photo by Dick Dornan)

With a field of 47 runners hailing from Burroughs, Burbank, Bell-Jeff and Providence, Mendez was the king of the pack as he turned in a time of 16:34 on the 2.94 mile course. Burbank won the team event by placing five of the top six spots, the exception being Mendez.

“It felt amazing coming in first. I just gave it all I had the last mile,” Mendez said. “I was actually surprised because I thought I was going to be in the top 10 for a medal. But when I won I was like, ‘wow, I wasn’t expecting that.’”

Mendez began the race conservatively as he paced himself and got a feel for the city’s biggest meet. He was in the 10th position half way through the race when he took matters into his own hands….err feet. With a quarter of a mile left, Mendez took off.

“I was scared at first but then I just went for it,” Mendez said.

He not only won the race but did it in convincing fashion. Mendez won by 10 seconds before Burbank’s Arsen Mkrtchyan came in second at 16:44.

“He ran a smart race,” said Peebles, who begins his 17th year as head coach at JBHS. “He just charged through the field the second half of the race. He wounded up winning against some really good competition.”

Mendez defeated a strong Burbank team, ranked No. 5 in the most recent CIF Division I poll.

“I was nervous because I knew those guys were fast. They made me run faster,” Mendez said.

Abiding to a regimented schedule that includes drinking a lot of water, having no soda, not eating any junk food, getting lots of rest and training vigorously, Mendez has his sights set on breaking 16 minutes as the season goes on.

“He definitely has a lot of upside,” Peebles added. “This was the first summer of serious distance training. When he has mind set on it, he’s going to go get it.”

Mendez’ victory sets up an intriguing Pacific League meet on September 20 at Griffith Park with rival Burbank and powerhouse Arcadia, last year’s league champion and CIF Division I champion.

“I have a lot of confidence,” Mendez said. “I want to get out there and place first again.”

Burbank All-City Results

Varsity Boys


Burbank            1st

Burroughs         2nd

Providence        3rd

Bell-Jeff            4th


1. Ricky Mendez (JB)               16:34

2.         Arsen Mkrtchyan (B)                16:44

3.         Bernie Corea (B)                          16:51

4.         Eliot Choe (B)                               16:56

5.         Ethan Moskowitz (B)                 17:01

6.         Chris Huezo (B)                           17:09

7.         Luis Celaya (JB)                          17:15

8.         Mustafa Nguyen (B)                   17:27

9.         Isaiah Amos-Nshimba (B)        17:31

10.       Everth Vargas (JB)                      17:39

11.       Alberto Carrisoza (B)                  17:47

12.       Derek Itagaki (B)                          18:03

13.       Francis Hilao (JB)                        18:14

14.       Carlos Ortega (JB)                        18:32

15.       Jarrett Duran (JB)                        18:33

16.       Nick Jalalizadeh (B)                     18:35

17.       Taylor Rodriguez (P)                  19:32

18.       Thomas Switzer (JB)                    19:35

19.       Jonathan Gonzalez (B)                19:40

20.       Nick Garduno (JB)                       19:44

21.       Lalo Fisher (P)                               19:57

22.       Brandon Swofford (P)                 19:57

23.       Matt Nutty (JB)                            20:03

24.       Charles Salomon (BJ)                20:18

25.       Celso Sandoval (B)                     20:20

26.       Michael Ellman (B)                    20:21

27.       Javier Molina (BJ)                     20:25

28.       Anthony Zapata (BJ)                20:36

29.       Augusto Corea (JB)                   20:48

30.       Brent Caballero (JB)                 20:54

31.       Steven Rodriguez (JB)              20:59

32.       Garrett Durbin (JB)                    21:03

33.       James Chung (B)                         21:04

34.       Carvin Ortega (JB)                     21:16

35.       Matt Manarchy (JB)                  21:43

36.       Aaron Ziegler (P)                        22:15

37.       Awais Ibrahim (B)                     22:19

38.       Eddie Lopez (P)                           22:26

39.       Yujin Skuda (P)                            23:26

40.       Luke Buenaventura (P)             23:30

41.       Tustin Klinmalai (P)                    25:22

42.       Fernando De La Pena (BJ)        25:27

43.       Christian Ramos (BJ)                  25:41

44.       Damien Sanz (BJ)                         27:38

45.       Ricky Ryan (BJ)                            30:48

46.       AJ Posis (BJ)                                  32:14

47.       Sean Porter (BJ)                           42:16