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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.

Burroughs
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.

Burbank
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.

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 Cross Country Still On Top

Burroughs High junior Emily Virtue is generally heads and shoulders above the rest of the Pacific League when it comes to distance running.

Thursday afternoon in the second Pacific League cross country meet, Virtue faced a tough challenge on the Arcadia County Park course.

That challenge came in the form of Arcadia senior Cindy Liang, who ran relatively even with Virtue for about two miles before the Burroughs star broke loose and completed the 3-mile course in 17 minutes, 15 seconds.

Liang finished second in 17:26.

“I was kind of expecting it. It wasn’t much of a surprise,” Virtue said of Liang.

A national finalist last year, Virtue said she was not running her best Thursday.

“Last year in every race I would just try to go all out 100 percent,” Virtue said. “This year I’m trying to be a little more sparing with my races because by the end of last season I was kind of burned out.”

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Burroughs won the boys’ varsity competition despite an unfortunate incident that saw senior Daniel Fendrich withdraw after accidentally bumping his leg into a utility pole. Fendrich, who was Burroughs’ fifth man in the first Pacific League meet, was icing his leg afterwards and said he did not break any bones and expects to be back soon.

Burroughs junior Alexander Hirsch finished second to Crescenta Valley’s Colin FitzGerald. FitzGerald won in 14:41 and Hirsch ran 14:44.

Junior Jagdeep Chahal (fourth, 14:49), senior Timothy Wells (14:49),junior Jacob Calderon (15:05), junior Andrew Hoxsie (17th, 15:34) and senior Patrick Wells (23rd, 16:02) round out the Indians.

Burbank, which finished fourth in the boys’ varsity team standings, had a fine effort from senior Angel Flores, who finished 11th overall.

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“I felt more ready for this race,” Flores said in comparison to the first league meet, in which he finished 19th. “I was in the zone.”

Also for Burbank, senior Elijah Parrott took 15th in 15:26. Rounding the Bulldogs were sophomore Jahir Olvera (25th, 16:05), sophomore Mario Avendano (29th, 17:01), sophomore Sergio Bernal (32nd, 17:21), sophomore Nick Glover (33rd, 17:28) and sophomore Peter Al-Hasani (36th, 17:54).

In the girls’ team competition, Burbank finished second behind Arcadia and ahead of Crescenta Valley and Burroughs, which finished fourth.

Burbank senior Gabby Collins took fourth in 17:56 and fellow senior Kira Bochard was 10th in 18:34.

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Also for Burbank were junior Noemi Aprez (12th, 19:09), freshman Sol Fernandez (13th, 19:10), senior Jamie Giammichele (20th, 19:44), sophomore Natalie Danao (22nd, 19:46), freshman Jordan Delgado (20:19).

Rounding out for Burroughs were junior Kenna Guzman (21st, 19:46), junior Saphire Sandoval (23rd, 19:51), junior Catrina Villalpando (26th, 20:54), senior Izzy  Funez (32nd, 22:13), senior Dru Kim (33rd, 22:14) and senior Jailene Diaz (43rd, 25:34).

 

 

 

 

Burroughs, Burbank Cross Country Ready to Go

Success in long distance running is not something new to Burbank or Burroughs high. Burroughs, which won a CIF Southern Section boys’ Division I title in 2014, is a strong contender to return to the podium  in 2016.  Burroughs Emily Virtue looks to remain as one of the best in the nation. Burbank looks to have a strong girls’ team and has a young boys’ team.

Burroughs

If the Indians stay healthy, they may be the team to beat in the CIF Southern Section.  With a strong pack of four elite runners,  Burroughs will be tough to top. Senior Timothy Wells and juniors Jacob Calderon, Jagdeep Chahal and Alexander Hirsch have all gone under 4 minutes, 30 seconds in the 1,600.

Timothy Wells

Wells has also gone 9:28 in the 3,200. Calderon also has run 1:57.8 in the 800. Chahal has gone 9:39.15 in the 3,200 and Hirsch went 9:39.6 in track last spring.

Senior Patrick Wells could be the leader of Burroughs’ next pack that makes up the fifth through seventh runners.

He went 10:00.48 in the 3,200 last spring in track and field.  Senior Daniel Fendrich (2:03.64 in 800), juniors Andrew Hoxsie (10:10.35 in 3,200) and Chris Hoxsie, figure to fill out the rest of the varsity.

“Our goal is to have all of our kids running their best at the end of the season and, at that time, know who our top seven are,” coach John Peebles said.

On the girls’ side, junior Emily Virtue will look to remain as one of the best in the nation.

Emily Virtue Burroughs cross country and track

The defending Pacific League champion took second in the CIF championships and was sixth in the state.  She finished eighth in the Foot Locker Western Regionals and 38th in the national championships at Balboa Park in San Diego.

After Virtue, Burroughs  has senior Heidi Eligio, who finished eighth in league finals last year.

Junior Sapphire Sandoval, sophomore Lakely Nealis figure to hold down the next two spots. Rounding out the top seven are senior Dru Kim, junior Kenna Guzman and junior Catrina Villalpando.

 

Burbank

The Bulldogs are not as deep as in the past. But this is a program that has produced many elite runners dating back all the way to the 1960s.

Burbank has co-coaches in Robert Hammell and Kathryn Nelson. Nelson is the wife of Bulldlegend Jeff Nelson, who is arguably the greatest American high school distance runner of all time.

The Bulldogs have a stronger girls’ team this season, even though they lost star Candela Fernandez to graduation.

Burbank is led by a group of seniors.

Gabby Collins and Jamie Giammichele both had solid junior years. Collins ran 11:45 in the 3,200 last spring in track. Giammichele ran 19:51 at Mt. Sac last season.

Kira Bochard, who finished 10th last season in league finals, could also challenge for the top spot.

Kira Bochard Burbank High

Sophomore Natalie Danao, who ran 20:12 at league finals a year ago, figures to be in the top five.

Junior Noemi Apreza (12:59 in 3,200 in track) will probably hold down the fifth spot.

Freshmen Sol Fernandez and Sofya Arakelyan have been impressive in practice and could be future stars.

Burbank’s boys’ team is led by senior co-captains Angel Flores and Elijah Parrott. Flores ran 10:09 in the 3,200 in track and Parrott ran 16:39 at Mt. Sac last season.

Sophomore Jahir Olvera is coming off a solid season in track in which he ran 10:37 in the 3,200.

Sophomores Nick Glover, Sergio Bernal and Peter Al-Hasani are all moving up the varsity.

Senior Samir Malhotra is another newcomer.

“Both the girls’ and boys’ teams are very young this season with many new faces at the varsity level. We graduated three girls and six boys from last year’s varsity team. We will look to our underclassmen to gain valuable experience for future years,” Nelson said.

 

Burbank, Burroughs Strong in Pacific League Track Finals

 

The conditions were certainly not the norm for the Pacific League track and field finals at Arcadia High.

Rain caused a wet track. In the end, some felt lucky to advance to the CIF Southern Section preliminaries still at full strength. Burbank and Burroughs highs both had plenty of competitors move on.

“In hot weather you have to watch for blisters. In cold weather you have to take longer to warm up otherwise you might tear a hamstring,’’ said Burbank’s Josh Cantong, won the league title in the 400 meters and was part of Burbank’s winning 4 x 400 meter relay team. “You have to be conscious of warmup and recovery.”

relay

Burbank started off by winning the 4 x 100 as the team of Martin Swan, Noah Powell, Joey Miller and Byron Hopson won in a hand-timed 42.9 seconds.

Burroughs’ Jagdeep Chahal qualified for CIF after finishing second in the boys’ 1,600 behind Arcadia’s Phillip Rocha, who is one of the best in the nation.  The sophomore finished in 4:28.0.

Burroughs sophomore Emily Virtue qualified for CIF in the girls’ 1,600 after finishing third in 5:13.0.

Burbank’s Juliana La France advanced in the 100 meter hurdles (2nd, 15.6).

Swan may have turned in Burbank’s best mark in the 110 high hurdles, winning in 14.3. Burroughs Neron Palmer also advanced, taking third (15.2).

In the girls’ 400 Burbank’s Haleigh Cusumano took second (58.7) to advance. She broke the school record in the event in the preliminaries by running 57.92.

Burbank High

Burbank High

The boys’ 400 saw Cantong win in 49.0, followed by Burroughs Niko Guerrero (49.3) and teammate Sammy Duran (51.2). All three extended their season.

Burroughs sophomore Jacob Calderon advanced in the 800, finishing third (1:56.5).

Burbank’s Kira Bochard won the girls’ 300 hurdles (46.4) to advance.
Swan advanced by winning the 300 hurdles (40.3).

Burroughs Guerrero won the 200 (22.1), followed by Burbank’s Miller (22.2) to both advance.

Burroughs Timothy Wells (2nd, 9:32.7) and Justin Villagran (3rd, 9:35.6) both advanced in the 3,200.

 

Burbank and Burroughs both advanced in the boys’ 4 x 400 relay.

The Bulldogs team of Swan, Miller, Noah Powell and Cantong won in 3:22.4.

Burroughs team of Kevin Alpizar, Calderon, Duran and Guerrero finished second in 3:25.9.

The field events were conducted Thursday in light of the expected rain on Friday.

Burroughs swept the top three spots in the pole vault, with all three advancing to CIF competition.

Sophomore Christian Valles won with a best of 12 feet, 9 inches. Senior Ben Mathov (12-3) and junior Daniel Han (12-3) followed.

Burroughs Sarah Prystupa won the girls’ pole vault for a fourth consecutive year (11-3).

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Burbank’s La France won the girls’ long jump (16-9 ¼).  She took second in the triple jump (35-0).

Powell won the boys’ long jump (20-10 ½) and the triple jump (45-5).

Davit Papoyan (42-10) finished second, followed by Burroughs Neron Palmer (42-3). Both advanced to CIF competition.

Burroughs Nadime Younan won the girls’ discus (109-7).

Burroughs Johnny Sahagun won the boys’ discus (144-8), followed by Burbank’s Mitchell Aslo (144-4).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).

Powell

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).

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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).

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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.

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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).

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Jada Reese won the 100 (12.75).

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