By Rick Assad
Burbank High and Burroughs were both in action in cross-country meets and each fared splendidly.
At the Billy York at Woodbridge on Saturday, senior Adam Navar paced the Bulldogs with a time of 16 minutes and 28 seconds, while senior Candela Fernandez placed fourth (18:26).
In a Pacific League meet at Arcadia Park last Thursday, Navar again led Burbank as he placed 13th (15:34) as the boys’ team took fourth overall.
Fernandez was the Bulldogs’ top runner as she finished second (17:26), while junior Kira Bochard was fifth (18:12) and senior Caroline Adams grabbed sixth (18:12) as the Burbank girls’ placed third.
At the Woodbridge Invitational on Sept. 19, Navar proved dominant as he powered the team and finished in a time of 15:42. Navar medaled by placing in the top 100.
Burbank and Burroughs were in action in cross-country meets and both fared well. (Photo By Craig Sherwood)
Fernandez had another superb outing as she took second (17:26), while Bochard grabbed 25th (18:33) and Adams was 28th (18:39).
At the Fastback Shootout on Sept. 5, Navar garnered second place for large schools (10:23), while junior Angel Flores was third (10:18) in the large school junior race.
Senior Ahmad Elzaiat was 10th (10:42) in the large school senior division, and junior Elijah Parrott was 10th (10:36) in the large school junior run.
Bochard took second in the large school junior race (11:56), while Adams was third (12:07) in the same race.
Senior Adrienne Coronel was 14th (13:51), sophomore Ariela Navasartian took 36th (14:41), freshman Natalie Danao placed 25th (14:40) and senior Jonas Macromallis was 14th (10:55).
Senior Shant Araradian was 18th (11:08), Levon Abrahamyan took 23rd, Jahir Olvera was 23rd and senior Josh Giammichele finished 37th (11:49).
At the Valencia Invitational on Sept. 3, Navar was the overall winner (16:19) and set a school record as the boys’ team placed first.
Bochard and Adams were co-winners (19:45), while Coronel finished fifth (21:56). Danao and Navasartian each made their debuts and both were impressive according to Coach Robert Hammell.
While the Bulldogs were doing well, so were the Indians at a Pacific League meet at Arcadia Park as Alexander Hirsch placed second (15:03). The Burroughs boys’ varsity team took third.
Justin Villagran was fifth (15:15), Timothy Wells took 10th (15:24), Evan Thomas was 16th (15:42), Manne Green finished 18th (15:44), Daniel Fendrich grabbed 19th (15:46) and Adam Villalpando was 23rd (16:06).
In the girls’ varsity division, Emily Virtue became the first Burroughs female to win a meet since 2007 and was clocked at 17:11. The girls’ varsity squad garnered third.
Heidi Eligio took 11th (18:56), Lakely Nealis was 12th (19:18), Sapphire Sandoval took 14th (19:26), Eileen Eckles was 15th (19:33), Betsy Ramirez placed 18th (20:12) and Jailene Diaz finished 19th (20:14).
In the boys’ junior varsity division, the Indians took second as Seth Battilana was sixth (16:28), Patrick Wells grabbed eighth (16:32), Christian Hurtado was ninth (16:33), Trent Harrison placed 13th (16:59), Cobie Cortez was 22nd (17:19), David Olympia took 23rd (17:27), Eduardo Cabrera garnered 25th (17:42), Branden Sanchez was 40th (18:44) and Alex Linares grabbed 50th (20:06).
Ariel Ramirez was fifth (21:45) in the girls’ junior varsity run, Maddy Davis was ninth (23:37), Andrea Duran took 13th (24:49), Lisandra Contreras was 15th (25:15), Madaisha Berumen was 24th (27:05) and Destiny Velasquez took 29th (28:42) as Burroughs was second.
Burroughs was first in the boys’ freshman/sophomore division as Jagdeep Chahal was first (15:42) and Jacob Calderon took second (15:42).
Chris Hoxsie was third (15:43), Andrew Hoxsie took fifth (16:06), Ethan Brown placed ninth (16:45) and Asif Chowdhury grabbed 11th (16:55).
Sameh Gharieb was 17th (17:21), Charanpreet Singh finished 18th (17:25), Jerry Hoxsie was 22nd (17:52), Connor Van Dyke took 26th (18:00), Zander Tassart was 29th (18:06), Jeron Straker finished 32nd (18:23) and Peter Lainson placed 40th (19:19).
Johnny Padungyothee was 45th (19:31), Cameron Gomez scooped up 68th (21:01) and Alex Jones was 82nd (21:49).
In the girls’ freshman/sophomore race, the Indians were second as Phoenix Reivers took second (20:55), Catrina Villalpando was 11th (21:53), Kenna Guzman placed 13th (22:13), Julianna Navarro was 16th (22:31), Ana Villalpando grabbed 17th (22:41) and Kayla Beals was 20th (23:03).
Kimberly Ochoa took 23rd (23:27), Iliana Mendias was 29th (24:06), Ava Paraszkay finished 32nd (24:40), Maya Santos took 35th (24:46) and Angelina Thompson grabbed 60th (29:57).
Burroughs’ next meet will be Oct. 3 at the Kenny Staub Invitational at Crescenta Valley Park.