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Virtue Gets 38th At Footlocker Cross-Country National Championships

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Hoping for her best performance, Burroughs High sophomore Emily Virtue fell somewhat short of that goal at the 2015 Footlocker Cross-Country High School National Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday afternoon.


Burroughs sophomore Emily Virtue took 38th in a time of 18:51 at the Footlocker Cross-Country National Championships at San Diego.

In a field of 40 elite runners, Virtue placed 38th in a clocking of 18 minutes and 51 seconds, which by her high standards, was unthinkable prior to the race.

“Unfortunately, she did not have her best race of the season,” Burroughs coach John Peebles said, “and therefore, she was a bit disappointed at the end of the race. However, she had a great season, and, who knows, she may use Saturday’s race as fuel for bigger goals and accomplishments in the  future.”


Emily Virtue (#48) capped her cross-country season at the Footlocker National Championships.

Highly decorated, Virtue captured her first Pacific League championship and then was second in the CIF Southern Section Division I finals.

Virtue then had a sixth-place showing at the CIF State meet.

With two more years to run, it’s likely that Virtue will go down as one of the best, if not the best, female cross-country runner ever at Burroughs.

Peebles believes that with even more experience, Virtue, who ran for Luther Burbank Middle School, will have an even better seasons then the one that just concluded. Of course, only time will tell, but everything seems to be pointing in that direction.

Virtue Gets 8th At Footlocker West Regional Meet

By Rick Assad 
Sports Editor


The honors and recognition continue for Burroughs High’s super-sophomore Emily Virtue, whose sensational season continued as she placed eighth in a time of 18 minutes and 23 seconds at the 37th Annual Footlocker West Regional Cross-Country Meet at Mount San Antonio College on Saturday.

With Virtue’s impressive finish, she qualified for the Footlocker National Cross-Country Meet in San Diego at Morley Field in Balboa Park on Dec. 12.

Getting invited to participate at the prestigious Footlocker National Meet is an accomplishment in itself considering that only the top 10 qualify.

Burroughs’ Virtue Places Sixth At CIF State Finals

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The honors continue to pile up for Burroughs High cross-runner Emily Virtue who joined a select group when she placed sixth overall at the CIF Southern Section State Division I Finals at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday.

Virtue’s time in the girls varsity race was 17 minutes and 39 seconds was the 13th fastest and her finish was the best ever by an Indians’ cross-runner. The previous best was Sadee Martinez’s 10th place in 2007.

In the boys varsity division, Jagdeep Chahal took 31st (15:44) while Justin Villagran grabbed 41st (15:51)).

Timothy Wells nabbed 66th (16:12), Jacob Calderon placed 118th (16:35), Andrew Barrondo took 120th (16:35), Chris Hoxsie finished 122nd (16:37) and Andrew Hoxsie managed to get 164th (17:22).

Burroughs Boys, Virtue Qualify For CIF State Meet

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


For the second year in a row, the Burroughs High boys’ varsity cross-county team qualified for the CIF Southern Section State Meet after placing sixth at the CIF Finals Division I meet at Mount San Antonio College on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the girls’ varsity squad finished 10th, which was the best-ever, with Emily Virtue getting second place in a time of 17 minutes and 45 seconds.

Virtue ran the seventh fastest time, had the highest placing ever by a boy or girl in school history, and became the fourth Burroughs runner to make the CIF State Finals, joining Sadee Martinez (2006 and 2007), Western Nelson (2008) and Anthony Monroy (2010 and 2011).

In the boys varsity race, Justin Villagran took 32nd (15:56), Andrew Barrondo grabbed  41st (16:03), Jagdeep Chahal was 43rd (16:06) and Timothy Wells nabbed 47h (16:08).

Alexander Hirsch was 55th (16:13), Chris Hoxsie managed 69th (16:22 ) and Manne Green placed 83rd (16:45).

“The varsity boys struggled but gutted it out to qualify for the state meet, as the top seven qualify,” Burroughs coach John Peebles said. “The varsity girls ran strong to surprise many, but not the people who truly matter.”

In the girls varsity race, Heidi Eligio was 57th (19:46), Teresa Perez took 64th (19:56) and Sapphire Sandoval was 80th (20:18).

Lakely Nealis nabbed 84th (20:23), Eileen Eckles finished 95th (20:40) and Jailene Diaz was 112th (21:30).

The state meet will be held at Woodward Park in Fresno on Nov. 28.

Villagran, Virtue Shine At CIF Cross-Country Prelims

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Just getting to the CIF Southern Section Division I cross-country preliminaries at Riverside on Saturday is an accomplishment.

Shining on that stage is even more impressive which Burroughs High’s Emily Virtue, who placed second in a time of 16 minutes and 58 seconds in the girls varsity run, and Justin Villagran, who was ninth (15:01), did with flying colors.

The Indians’ boys varsity grabbed second in their heat, while the girls varsity took seventh in their heat.

In fact, this is the second consecutive season the boys qualified for the CIF Finals, while it’s the first time for the girls since 2004.

Meanwhile, Jagdeep Chahal was 14th (15:10) in the boys varsity trek, while Timothy Wells took 16th (15:12).

Andrew Barrondo placed 21st (15:18), Chris Hoxsie garnered 36th (15:27), Adam Villalpando grabbed 60th (15:44) and Andrew Hoxsie snared 90th (15:58).

Aside from Virtue, Heidi Eligio was 40th (18:32), Teresa Perez placed 56th (18:48), Lakely Nealis finished 57th (18:48), Eileen Eckles was 57th (18:56), Sapphire Sandoval nabbed 93rd (19:32) and Jailene Diaz grabbed 123rd (20:07).

Burroughs’ Emily Virtue Named Runner of the Year

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High’s Emily Virtue turned in one of the most dominant cross-country seasons ever and for her effort was recently named the Pacific League Runner of the Year, the first ever by a boy or girl since the Indians entered the league in 2006.

On Thursday in the cross-country Pacific League Finals at Arcadia Park, Virtue, who was also tabbed first-team all-league, placed first in the girls varsity race in a time of 16 minutes and 42 seconds.

In the boys varsity boys, which saw Burroughs place first in league for the second year in a row, saw Justin Villagran, a first-teamer get fourth (14:50). Jagdeep Chahal, also a first-teamer, was sixth (15:04) while first-team selection Andrew Barrondo garnered seventh (15:05).

Second-team pick Jacob Calderon was ninth (15:11) and second-teamer Timothy Wells grabbed 11th (15:21). Adam Villalpando was 14th (15:28) and Manne Green took 15th (15:29).

John Burroughs High School's Emily Virtue runs a cross-country terrain course. (Photo Courtesy of Oscar Eligio)

Emily Virtue, Burroughs’ cross-country standout, was recently named Pacific League Runner of the Year. (Photo Courtesy of Oscar Eligio)

In the girls varsity race, the Indians garnered second in league as second-team selection Heidi Eligio took eighth (18:00). Second-teamer Lakely Nealis was 13th (18:42) and second-teamer Eileen Eckles finished 14th (18:55).

Sapphire Sandoval was 16th (19:14), Jailene Diaz was 18th (20:04) and Ariel Ramirez was 28th (21:19.

In the boys junior varsity division, Burroughs took second in league, while first-teamer Daniel Fendrich was fourth (15:50). Second-team pick Evan Thomas was eighth (15:55), second-team selection Patrick Wells was 12th (16:14), second-teamer Javier Hurtado was 13th (16:27) and Christian Fuentes grabbed 14th (16:29).

In the same race, Seth Battilana nabbed 18th (16:43), Trent Harrison took 24th (17:01), David Olympia placed 26th (17:10), Eduardo Cabrera was 27th (17:10), Cobie Cortez placed 35th (17:26) and Alex Linares was 46th (18:35).

In the girls junior varsity race, the Indians finished second in league and second-team pick Graison Anderson was eighth (22:08). Second-teamer Andrea Duran finished ninth (22:09) and second-team selection Maddy Davis was 11th (22:45).

In the same race, Lisandra Contreras was 16th (23:36), Madaisha Berumen took 26th (25:11) and Destiny Velasquez nabbed 29th (26:33).

Chris Hoxsie, a first-team pick was first (15:32) in the boys freshman/sophomore race as Burroughs took second in the league, and first-teamer Andrew Hoxsie was fourth (15:38).

Second-teamer Jerry Hoxsie took 12th (16:28), second-teamer Charanpreet Singh was 14th (16:29), Sameh Gharieb placed 16th (16:36), Ethan Brown was 20th (16:54) and Asif Chowdhury took 21st (17:00).

Connor Van Dyke was 25th (17:20), Jeron Straker took 28th (17:38), Ethan Galloway placed 30th (17:50), Peter Lainson was 49th (18:35), Johnny Padungyothee finished 81st (19:52) and Alex Jones was 96th (21:04).

In the girls freshman/sophomore race, Burroughs placed second in league, while first-teamer Teresa Perez was first (18:45).

First-team selection Phoenix Reivers was fifth (19:58), second-teamer Ana Villalpando grabbed 10th (20:50), second-teamer Kayla Beals placed 14th (21:09) and Catrina Villalpando was 21st (21:50.

Kenna Guzman was 24th (22:02), Sophie Birnbaum finished 25th (22:04), Julianna Navarro was 26th (22:04), Kimberly Ochoa nabbed 28th (22:19), Iliana Mendias took 37th (23:19), Sharia Barrera was 55th (26:22) and Angelica Thompson nabbed 61st (28:27).

Hirsch, Virtue Star For JB At Mt. SAC

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Mount San Antonio College Invitational in Walnut is one of the biggest meets and Burroughs High’s cross-country team was well represented on Saturday as Alexander Hirsch and Emily Virtue each had times in the top 15.

Hirsch’s clocking of 14 minutes and 46 seconds secured him fourth place in the boys’ team sweepstakes and was the fifth fastest overall, while Virtue came in third (17:21) in the girls’ individual sweepstakes and her time was also the fifth fastest.

The Indians placed third overall in the boys’ sweepstakes as Justin Villagran grabbed 23rd (15:28) and Andrew Barrondo took 24th (15:28).

In the same race, Timothy Wells garnered 29th (15:31), while Manne Green took 81st (16:13), Adam Villalpando was 85th (16:15) and Patrick Wells grabbed 115th (17:01).

Heidi Eligio was 43rd (19:38) in the girls’ individual sweepstakes where the team garnered seventh place and third place in Division I.

Lakely Nealis was 56th (20:10), Sapphire Sandoval took 58th (20:17), Eileen Eckles finished 61st (20:23) and Jailene Diaz took 82nd (21:21).

The Indians placed fourth in the boys’ junior varsity national championship race as Jagdeep Chahal was second (15:40), while Jacob Calderon nabbed ninth 16:04).

Chris Hoxsie was 21st (16:24), Andrew Hoxsie took 29th (16:29), Christian Fuentes was 87th (17:07), Javier Hurtado finished 90th (17:10) and Ethan Brown was 92nd (17:10).

Burroughs claimed third overall in the boys’ junior varsity race as Evan Thomas was third (16:32), Daniel Fendrich took 10th (16:52), Trent Harrison grabbed 25th (17:24), David Olympia was 37th (17:49) and Eduardo Cabrera nabbed 43rd (17:57).

In the girls’ junior varsity race, Ariel Ramirez was 19th (21:48), while Andrea Duran finished 64th (23:32).

In the boys’ sophomore race, the Indians were fourth overall as Jerry Hoxsie was 16th (17:44), Asif Chowdhury took 17th (17:56), Sameh Gharieb was 30th (18:22), Charanpreet Singh garnered 31st (18:22), Connor Van Dyle was 66th (19:25) and Jeron Straker took 70th (19:33).

Catrina Villalpando was 13th (23:07) in the girls’ sophomore race, while Ana Villalpando placed 15th (23:12) and Kenna Guzman was 33rd (24:31).

Peter Lainson was 90th (20:36) in the boys’ freshman division race, while Johnny Padungyothee nabbed 91st (20:37).

Burroughs was second overall in the girls’ freshman race as Teresa Perez placed seventh (21:44), while Phoenix Reivers was 17th (22:35).

Kimberly Ochoa was 25th (23:08), Kayla Beals finished 27th (23:21), Julianna Navarro grabbed 30th (23:27), Iliana Mendias was 66th (25:47) and Sophie Birnbaum took 72nd (26:02).

JB’s Cross-Country Teams Are Contenders

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burroughs High cross-country teams are doing exceedingly well and in contention for the top spot in the Pacific League standings after Thursday’s meet at Crescenta Valley Park.

The boys’ varsity is tied for first place with Arcadia and Crescenta Valley, while the girls’ varsity is in second place.

The boys’ junior varsity is tied for first with Arcadia, while the girls’ junior varsity is tied for second place with Crescenta Valley.

The boys’ freshman/sophomore team is second, and the girls’ freshman/sophomore squad is second.

Alexander Hirsch was second in the varsity division in a clocking of 15 minutes and 39 seconds, while Emily Virtue placed first (18:28) in the varsity race. The boys’ varsity team was first at the meet and the girls’ varsity squad took second.

Justin Villagran placed fifth (15:55), Andrew Barrondo was sixth (15:58), Timothy Wells took seventh (15:59), Jagdeep Chahal garnered ninth (16:03), Jacob Calderon was 14th (16:19) and Chris Hoxsie finished 18th (16:30).

Heidi Eligio took eighth (19:33) in the varsity race, while Lakely Nealis was ninth (20:14). Eileen Eckles finished 10th (20:18), Besty Ramirez placed 11th (20:25), Sapphire Sandoval nabbed 16th (21:17) and Jailene Diaz was 17th (21:23).

In the junior varsity race, Manne Green placed first (16:40) as the boys’ team took first place, while Adam Villalpando was third (16:48).

Patrick Wells was fourth (17:06), Christian Fuentes grabbed ninth (17:23), Javier Hurtado took 10th (17:25), Trent Harrison garnered 15th (18:06), David Olympia was 16th (18:08), Eduardo Cabrera finished 21st (18:23) and Alex Linares was 41st (20:32).

In the junior varsity race, Ariel Ramirez was fifth (22:22), Andrea Duran placed seventh (24:42), Lisandra Contreras nabbed 13th (25:50), Madaisha Berumen finished 18th (27:20), Destiny Velasquez was 21st (29:54), while the girls’ team was third.

Andrew Hoxsie took second (16:50) in the freshman/sophomore division, while Ethan Brown was ninth (17:30).

Sameh Gharieb nabbed 15th (17:42), Charapreet Singh took 17th (17:51), Jeron Straker grabbed 20th (18:22), Connor Van Dyke was 21st (18:28), Jerry Hoxsie placed 22nd (18:38), Peter Lainson was 43rd (20:03), Johnny Padunyothee took 49th (20:20), Cameron Gomez was 83rd (22:29), while the boys’ team was third.

In the  freshman/sophomore division, Phoenix Reivers was third (21:47), Teresa Perez grabbed fourth (21:58), Sophie Birnbaum was fifth (22:10) and Ana Villalpando took seventh (22:23).

Catrina Villalpando was 10th (22:49), Kimberly Ochoa finished 13th (23:07), Julianna Navarro nabbed 16th (23:51), Kenna Guzman was 18th (24:04), Iliana Mendias took 20th (24:19), Maya Santos placed 34th (25:46), Angelica Thompson was 51st (30:47), while the girls’ team was second.

Virtue, Hirsch Lead JB At Staub Invitational

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burroughs High cross-country teams showed its mettle at the prestigious Kenny Staub Invitational at Crescenta Valley Park on Saturday.

Leading the parade was Emily Virtue, who took first place in a clocking of 18 minutes and 25 seconds in the girls’ varsity race, while Alexander Hirsch placed first (15:48) in the boys’ varsity race.

The Burroughs boys’ varsity, girls’ varsity, boys’ junior varsity, boys’ sophomore and girls’ freshman squads all finished first overall.

Other excellent finishers included Timothy Wells, who was fourth (15:57) in the boys’ varsity race, Jagdeep Chahal, who garnered eighth (16:20), Andrew Barrondo, who took 10th (16:26), Manne Green, who was 12th (16:36), Evan Thomas, who was 15th (16:47) and Jacob Calderon, who grabbed 17th (16:49).

Meanwhile, Heidi Eligio garnered eighth (20:09) and Lakely Nealis nabbed 12th (20:27) in the girls’ varsity run. Eileen Eckles placed 16th (20:41), Sapphire Sandoval took 17th (20:42), Betsy Ramirez was 18th (20:42) and Jailene Diaz grabbed 29th (21:26) in the same race.

In the boys’ junior varsity run, Daniel Fendrich took first place (17:10), Javier Hurtado was second (17:20), Patrick Wells managed fourth (17:46), Christian Fuentes was fifth (17:50), Eduardo Cabrera finished 14th (18:34), David Olympia was 16th (18:40), Cobie Cortez took 21st (18:52), Alex Linares was 40th (20:57) and Branden Sanchez was 62nd (26:06).

In the girls’ junior varsity division run, Ariel Ramirez was fourth (22:56), Andrea Duran took 34th (25:30), Lisandra Contreras garnered 45th (26:43), Madaisha Berumen finished 53rd (27:32) and Destiny Velasquez was 65th (31:40).

Chris Hoxsie nabbed first place (17:09) in the boys’ sophomore race, while Andrew Hoxsie was second (17:10). Ethan Brown grabbed fifth (17:30), Jerry Hoxsie was eighth (17:54), Asif Chowdhury nabbed ninth (17:59), Sameh Gharieb was 13th (18:08), Charanpreet Singh took 16th (18:19), Connor Van Dyke finished 18th (18:43) and Jeron Straker came in 27th (19:11) in the same race.

Kenna Guzman took third (22:50) in the girls’ sophomore race, Catrina Villalpando was fifth (23:00), Ana Villalpando placed seventh (23:22) and Maya Santos took 37th (26:10).

In the boys’ freshman division race, Ethan Galloway was sixth (18:39), Peter Lainson managed 23rd (20:17), Johnny Padungyothee took 25th (20:20) and Cameron Gomez was 51st (23:00).

Phoenix Reivers was sixth (22:29) in the girls’ freshman race, followed by Kayla Beals, who was seventh (22:52), Kimberly Ochoa took 12th (23:25), Sophie Birnbaum finished 14th (23:30), Julianna Navarro grabbed 16th (23:39), Iliana Mendias placed 29th (24:47) and Angelica Thompson was 100th (31:38).

The Indians’ next meet will be a Pacific League encounter at Crescenta Valley Park on Oct. 15.

BHS, JB X-Country Teams Kick Up Heels

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


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 compete on Monday, Oct. 15, in the 2nd league meet of the season at Arcadia Park (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

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.