9th Burbank All-City Cross-Country Meet!

September 12, 2009 by  

GRIFFITH PARK — All eight of the area’s high school cross-country teams were affected by the fallout and poor air conditions stemming from the Station fire.

Squads from Burbank, Burroughs, Providence and Bellarmine-Jefferson highs missed four to five days of preseason practice time last week because it was unhealthful to run outdoors.

Although the programs had to take some time off from their training, that break didn’t seem to set back some of the elite runners in the city during Thursday’s 19th Burbank All-City Cross-Country Meet at Griffith Park.

The meet featured the four local schools, along with Village Christian.

Indians runners were able to win both of the boys’ and girls’ varsity races on the more-than-three-mile course. In addition, the Burroughs boys’ squad won the team competition, as did the Burbank girls’ group.

“Sometimes I think taking some time off is good,” Burbank Coach Trevor Marca said. “It gives the runners some time to rest their legs and some time to recuperate. I don’t think the time off hurt us at all.”

It certainly didn’t look like it affected Burroughs senior Monique Martinez. Martinez won the race for the second straight year, finishing in 20 minutes 24 seconds. On a shorter course last season, Martinez clocked a winning time of 20:30.

“I honestly think taking the time off last week actually helped me,” Martinez said. “I was able to relax a little bit from my training and I think I was able to come back stronger.”

Martinez was able to continue a Burroughs girls’ dominance in the meet that has lasted more than a decade. She was the 10th straight Indians female to win an all-city championship. The last non-Burroughs runner to place first was Burbank’s Kim Lorimer in 1998.

No meet was held in 2001 because of the 9/11 tragedies.

Following on Martinez’s heels was teammate Kristy Payne, who placed second in 20:35.

Although the Indians pushed across the first two finishers, the team championship went to the rival Bulldogs (25), who captured the third through eight spots. Burroughs was second with 33. Village Christian (105) placed third and the Pioneers and Guards didn’t have enough runners for a complete team.

Scoring for Burbank were McKenzie Paul (third; 21:31), Christina Shamirian (fourth; 21:51), Griselda Pereyra (fifth; 21:53), Victoria Bruner (sixth; 22:02) and Jenny Yoon (seventh; 22:21). Kristin Fregosa was eighth (22:31).

Burroughs received scoring efforts from Angie Martinez (ninth; 22:35), Lauren Andrade (10th; 22:36), and Jessica Aguilar (11th; 22:40).

The Guards were running without their two top runners — one of whom quit the team on Wednesday. Their top finisher was Amanda Rodriguez (24th; 25:15). Providence was led by Jaii Jiang (29th; 26:17) and the Crusaders were paced by Jennifer McGuire (16th; 24:11).

On the boys’ side, sophomore Anthony Monroy took control of the race a mile in and put some distance between him and the rest of the field.

“This is one of my favorite courses,” said Monroy, who won in a time of 16:22. “I just wanted to see how I would do in the race I felt pretty good.”

Because of a timing error, only the top eight finishers in the boys’ race were timed.

Monroy, along with Charlie Camacho (third; 16:53), Kamal Chahal (fifth; 17:20), David Campos (sixth; 17:21) and Alex Martinez (ninth) helped Burroughs finish first with 24 points. It was followed by Burbank (32), Bell-Jeff (99), Village Christian (119) and Providence (139).

The Bulldogs’ best finisher was Kevin Coronel, who placed second in 16:49.

Last year’s runner, Burbank senior Greg Dotson, placed fourth in 17:00.

For Burbank, Jeremy Labertew was seventh, Anthony Moumjian was eighth and Aaron Chen was 11th.

Bell-Jeff’s best finisher was Bryan Encerrado (14th). He was followed by Isael Farias (18th), Christian Reyes (21st), Javier Molina (22nd) and Jerry Zapata (24th).

Providence’s top runner was Andrew Carrillo (25th). He was followed by Rafael Deligio (26th), Bobby Storbakten (28th), Eric Becerra (29th) and Brian Aquilon (31st).

The Crusaders’ top athlete was Michael Sower (19th).

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