2009 Cross Country Season Preview!

August 29, 2009 by  

BURBANK — The cross-country teams at Burbank and Burroughs highs can’t catch a break.

When they competed in the Foothill League, they went up against powerhouses like Saugus and Canyon, battling some of the top teams and runners in the state. 

Nothing changed since the squads joined the Pacific League three years ago. During that span, the locals have had to run against top-notch competition.

This year should be more of the same, as the Arcadia boys’ squad is ranked No. 1 in the state and Crescenta Valley is usually loaded.

For Bellarmine-Jefferson, its girls’ squad will be looking to continue its dominance in the Santa Cruz League, after taking home three straight championships.

The Guards boys’ team will be looking to make it back to the postseason after missing by one point a year ago.


Although the Guards girls’ team lost some top runners to graduation, Coach Mike Morgan is hoping his squad could make another run at a league crown.

“It’s been a real bad summer for us,” Morgan said. “It’s going to take a little time for us to get in the shape we want to be in. But once we get there, I think we have a good shot at repeating.”

Morgan expects the biggest threat to his team repeating will come from St. Anthony at St. Mathias.

Despite losing three of its top seven runners, Bell-Jeff has its top athlete returning — senior April Tiscareno. Last season, Tiscareno finished first in the league finals.

“April was our MVP last season and we look for her to improve from last season,” Morgan said.

Also returning is senior Valentina Gonzalez, who has three years of varsity experience, and junior Amanda Rodriguez, who won the Santa Cruz League title in the 3,200. They will be joined by juniors Karla Orellana and Teresa Pereyra.

Last season, the Bell-Jeff boys’ team finished fourth in league behind St. Genevieve, just missing the postseason.

“We lost three of our boys’ runners to football, and now some want to come back,” Morgan said. “I’m not sure if I’m going to let them back on the team.”

The squad also returns its best runner, senior Bryan Encerraro, who placed third in the league finals. Also returning is sophomore Isial Farias, who was fifth in the finals.

Along with junior Victor Espinoza, Bell-Jeff has a freshman, Javier Molina, who could make an instant impact.

“In league, Salesian is always the team to beat on the boys’ side,” Morgan said. 

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Jeff Tully/Burbank Leader

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2 Responses to “2009 Cross Country Season Preview!”

  1. April on September 9th, 2009 12:33 am

    i finished first at the league finals not second :)

  2. admin on September 9th, 2009 12:45 am

    You sure did April, the story has been updated!


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