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Burroughs Track Falls Short Against CV

Burroughs High freshman Kobi Wynne has clearly gotten better as the track season has gone on.

Thursday she got a little help from Mother Nature at Memorial Field.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Wynne ran the 100 meters in a hand-timed 12.19 seconds. She said her previous best was 12.70

“The wind was definitely a big factor,” Wynne said. “It definitely pushed me forward.”

Burroughs lost the girls’ varsity competition 82-53 and the boys’ varsity competition 97-32.

Wynne also won the 200 for the Indians, finishing in 26.28. The mark was the eighth best in school history.

Kayla Wrobel won the high jump going 4 feet, 10 inches.

Alex Akobian won the pole vault by clearing 10 feet.

For the boys’ team, Azad Arnaud won the 400 (54.75).

Ryan Thomas won the triple jump (41-8). The mark was the fifth best in school history.

Sarkis Tatarian won the shot put (44-7).

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian



Burroughs competed without a number of key athletes who are preparing for next week’s showdown with Burbank. Some did compete but were clearly not concerned with producing personal bests.

The season will then continue with Pacific League preliminaries and then league finals for those who qualify.



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).







Burroughs Track Beats Glendale, Awaits Burbank

The Burroughs High boys’ track team could have had a 4 x 1,600 meter relay team in the Arcadia Invitational last weekend. The Indians, who have six runners who have run 4 minutes, 30 seconds or better in the 1,600 are certainly capable of putting together a relay team that would certainly rank among the nation’s best.

Barrondo_Patrick Wells

But the Indians did not enter in the Arcadia Invitational and are not entered in the event at the Mount San Antonio College relays this weekend.

Instead, the Indians are looking at the bigger picture, which is to win a Pacific League team title.

The Indians moved closer to doing that Wednesday with a 98-37 win over host Glendale High. Burroughs won the girls’ varsity competition 93-41.

“We’re doing as much as we can to save our legs for Burbank,” coach John Peebles said.

Burbank and Burroughs will face off next Wednesday in the final Pacific League dual meet of the season.

Niko Guerrero

Ironically, Burroughs distance runners were pushed in the 1,600 by Glendale High senior Paulo Vasquez, who tied Burroughs sophomore Jagdeep Chalal at the tape in in 4 minutes, 25.9 seconds.

Sophomore  Jacob Calderon was close behind in 4:26.3.

Four of Burroughs’ six runners who have gone under 4:30 in the 1,600 return next season, including three sophomores.

“It’s encouraging to see how much faster we can get at the end of the season, hopefully faster than 4:25,” said Justin Villagran, one of the two seniors in the group of six.

Junior Timothy Wells, sophomore Alex Hirsch and senior Andrew Barrondo are the other members of Burroughs’ sub-4:30 club.

Timothy Wells

Burroughs got three wins from Neron Palmer in the 110 high hurdles (15.87), the long jump (19-8 ½) and the triple jump (41-3 ½).

Barrondo won the the 3,200 (10:06).

Sarah Prystupa won three events for Burroughs in the girls’ varsity competition.


She won the long jump in a personal best 16 feet, 2 inches.

She took the triple jump (32-6) and the pole vault (11-0).


Jada Reese won the 100 (12.75).

Sapphire Sandoval won the 3,200 (12:13).



Run Hungry Project Prepares Young Runners For Success

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sept. 2019 – This program has now ended and those involved thank everyone for their hard work and dedication


Coach Le’Von Davis and his Run Hungry Project take a holistic approach to training young runners for track and cross-country events, which won him the support and praise of Burbank area track team members and parents alike.

“Along with track and cross-country training, he provides the kids with health, nutritional and educational advice,” commented Lucy Green, whose daughter Maisy runs with Run Hungry and for the Luther Burbank Middle School Track team.

The Mile Eaters running group with Run Hungry Project coach Le'Von Davis. (Photo Courtesy of Lucy Green)

The Mile Eaters running group with Run Hungry Project coach Le’Von Davis. (Photo Courtesy of Lucy Green)

“One of the main goals is to get young athletes ready for their running career at college and teaching them how to manage their studies with the rigorous training schedule,” Green said.

Currently an assistant track and cross-country coach at John Burroughs High School, Davis began the Run Hungry Project in the past year. The group trains out of two separate locations, in Burbank and Santa Monica, with plans to expand to more locations in the future.

Two freshman runners on the Burroughs track and cross-country teams, Alexander Hirsch and Emily Virtue, started training with Le’Von several years ago when they were students at Luther Middle and joined a North Hollywood track club.

“I first started working with a few Burbank students with the North Hollywood Hawks Track Club – a great program run by Molletta Hawkins,” explained Davis. “We just had a great vibe together.”

John Burroughs Track team member Alexander Hirsch at the Junior Olympics in summer 2014. (Photo Courtesy of Charles Hirsch)

John Burroughs Track team member Alexander Hirsch at the Junior Olympics in summer 2014. (Photo Courtesy of Charles Hirsch)

“As interested gained with the local athletes, I branched off and wanted to do something that has more of an educational stance to it,” continued Davis. “I think being well-rounded and having life experience is very important for young athletes.”

Hirsch and Virtue have posted numerous wins over the years in their race categories. Hirsch even competed in the Junior Olympics this past summer.

“Practicing with Le’Von has been a wonderful opportunity,” commented Hirsch. “Over the years, I have learned that anything could be a risk to my training. When I was much younger, I was very careless about going onto a trampoline, trying a friend’s skateboard and other acts that could hurt me.”

“As I developed my ability, I started to see how dangerous everyday life could be,” added Hirsch. “I had to be more responsible to weigh the consequences of my actions.”

Hirsch started running with the Los Angeles Hawks Track Club while attending Roosevelt Elementary. He began working with Davis in 2013. Hirsch’s specialty is distance events, including the 3000 meters, 1500 meters and 5K cross country.

Emily Virtue, representing Luther Burbank Middle School, and Coach Le'Von Davis of the Run Hungry Project at the All City Meet April 13, 2013. Virtue placed first in the mile race. (Photo Courtesy Alima Virtue)

Emily Virtue, representing Luther Burbank Middle School, and Coach Le’Von Davis of the Run Hungry Project at the All City Meet April 13, 2013. Virtue placed first in the mile race. (Photo Courtesy Alima Virtue)

“Le’Von’s attention to detail in the training leading up to the Junior Olympics built up Alexander’s level of performance to compete on a national stage,” commented Charles Hirsch, Alexander’s father.

Virtue has trained with Davis for the past three years. The freshman competes in cross-country in the fall and middle distance events in the spring. Her favorite event is the 1600 meters.

“LeVon taught me a lot about how there is more to running than just the training,” said Virtue. “There is also eating correctly, having the right form and getting yourself prepared for the race with ice and rest.”

“I’m really happy that Coach Le’Von was my coach because he put a lot of time into making specific workouts so that we could get faster,” the fourteen-year-old added.

Twelve-year-old Green trains in Burbank three to four times per week with Davis, and has attended a few Santa Monica beach runs.

Luther Burbank Middle School's Maisy Green runs a 3K. (Photo Courtesy of Lucy Green)

Luther Burbank Middle School’s Maisy Green runs a 3K. (Photo Courtesy of Lucy Green)

“I have always loved running but training with Coach Le’Von has made me understand the different ways my body works which is making me faster,” Green commented. “Competing at events is exciting.”

“We do lots of fun stuff too, like watching college races, touring UCLA and having beach days,” she went on to say. “All of us on the team are good friends.”

The Run Hungry Project stands out from other track and field clubs with its variety of programs including college preparation, understanding sports nutrition, participation in community events and helping out with Run Hungry digital media projects.

“I have seen a lot of growth in many different areas with our runners,” continued Davis. “Not just athletically. Everyone of our runners become faster, while enjoying a healthy social environment.”

“The things our athletes struggle with are typical to any student at their age,” he added. “Self identity, peer pressure, time management, proper social behavior and future planning. The Run Hungry Project is a great atmosphere for growth in all these things.”

The Run Hungry Project just completed cross country season and will start training in January for an indoor track meet that will be held in Fresno, California. Their outdoor track season begins in March.

“We had a great group of 13-14 year old girls who really showed a lot of character and skill set,” said Davis about the recent cross-country season. “It is all growing and very exciting to see these kids dig into something that will improve their future.”