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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)


Candela Fernandez, Burbank Cross Country

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

With cross country having come to an end this past weekend, we look back at one of the greatest seasons in Burbank High School history. If you missed the superlative efforts by Candela Fernandez, don’t worry. You are in luck. She’s only a junior with another year to cement herself as one of the State’s top long distance runners and possibly the area’s best of all-time.

As the weeks dwindled down towards the end of the cross country season, Fernandez had four goals in mind:

  • Become the Pacific League individual champion
  • Finish in the top 3 at the CIF Finals in Division I
  • Finish in the top 5 at the CIF State Championships
  • Qualify for the Nike Nationals in Portland, Oregon

Fernandez, 16, capped off an amazing season accomplishing the first three goals and falling just short of the fourth.

Candela Fernandez

Candela Fernandez

First, she swept all three league meets in convincing fashion with times of 17:57 (Crescenta Valley Park), 16:37 (Arcadia County Park) and 17:57 (CV Park- League Finals). More importantly, Fernandez led the Lady Bulldogs to a league title, the first for Burbank since 1978.

In addition, Fernandez set a new school record at the Mt. San Antonio Invitational with a blistering time of 17:13. Consider this- her freshman year she ran a 19:59 at Mt. SAC followed by an 18:29 her sophomore year. Imagine what could happen a year from now.

Fernandez’s success continued at the CIF Southern Section Prelims where she coasted to a first place finish in her heat with a time of 17:33. The Bulldogs advanced as a team to the CIF Finals a week later for the first time since 1987.

At the CIF Southern Section finals, Fernandez placed 3rd overall in Division I with a time of 17:32 earning her a spot at the CIF State cross country championships in Fresno.

With the State’s elite runners coming together to compete for cross country’s ultimate prize, Fernandez had one final strong run and placed 4th individually in Division I with a time of 17:42 to earn All-State honors.

“It’s so awesome to compete against the best because they are ranked in the State and are amazing runners,” Fernandez said.

She finished 11th overall among all five divisions narrowly missing the required top-5 placement to advance to the Nationals. You can bet that will be her #1 goal in 2015.

Fernandez’s remarkable season ranks as one of the most decorated in Burbank history. It is safe to say that she has become Burbank’s greatest female runner surpassing McKenzie Paul in 2010. All of Paul’s records have been swept aside by the talented and humble Fernandez.

Candela Fernandez led the Burbank girls to a league title; the first for BHS since 1978 (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Candela Fernandez led the Burbank girls to a league title; the first for BHS since 1978 (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Her journey is a unique one in that she never ran long distance prior to coming to BHS. She came out freshman year, gave it a shot, and the rest is history.

“I started off like everyone else not knowing what the sport was and just having to get used to it,” she said. “I began to really fall in love with it and put in the hard work. That’s how I got better.”

By the spring of her sophomore year, Fernandez had made her mark in track with school-record times in the two mile (10:49.60) and mile (4:57.59) while competing at the CIF Track and Field Finals. She became the first female athlete ever at Burbank to break the five-minute barrier in the 1,600.

She credits her hard work ethic and training with the boys track and cross country teams to helping her improve and excel at a high level.

“I began running with the guys last track season during my sophomore year,” Fernandez said. “Having me there pushed them because they don’t want to get beat by a girl and me hanging off of them during speed workouts and long runs definitely pushed me.

“I’ve worked really hard to be where I am at. Sometimes it’s unbelievable when you take a step back and think about all you’ve done. At the same time, I can’t say it’s surprising because of all the work I’ve put in. You put in the work and you get the results.”

Coach Trevor Marca has done a superb job preparing Fernandez for the grind of a cross country season both physically and mentally. Even though he realizes he is witnessing something special, it hasn’t come as a total surprise to him.

“It’s been a lot of fun over the course of the last couple years,” Marca said. “It hasn’t been totally surprising because I felt she had the tools such as the work ethic, the mentality, the discipline to attack the sport the correct way and have the respect and knowledge of the sport to be able to succeed.

“We take it one season at a time and even one meet at a time. She has areas where she can still improve and areas where we will focus for the track season. My brain is already working in overdrive of getting her to the next step.”

And to think she is only 16 years old. We still have track in the spring and the entire 2015-16 school year to truly appreciate Fernandez’s run to greatness.