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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.”

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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.

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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).

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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).