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Usuals shine at rainy Mt. SAC

Cross-Country: Burbank, Burroughs, Flintridge Prep and Crescenta Valley all advance to divisional finals.

November 12, 2011|By Andrew J. Campa,

While the forecast called for rain and the use of Mt. San Antonio College's lengthened, but flattened course, the elements and conditions did little to slow the majority of local cross-country teams from advancing out of Saturday's preliminaries to the following week's divisional finals.

Burbank High and Burroughs will be joined at the hip again, at least for another week, as the Pacific League city archrival boys' teams both advanced out of the Division I first heat.

The Bulldogs, ranked eighth in Division I, finished second to top-ranked Rancho Cucamonga, 49-74, while unranked Burroughs took the fourth and final qualifying spot with 124 points, just outlasting Santa Fe, which finished with 126 points.


Once again, Burbank's one-two punch of sophomore Isaiah Amos and junior Sergio Fraire were impressive, as the duo tied for sixth with a mark of 14 minutes, 43 seconds.

Scoring teammates Jonathan Stoll (17th, 15:15), Bernie Corea (19th, 15:18) and Arsen Mkrtchyan (25th, 15:24) followed and all finished in the top 25.

"We sort of viewed this race as more a nuisance because of the conditions. We knew we had to say focused to qualify," Burbank Coach Trevor Marca said. "But we accomplished what we had to and even enjoyed running with Burroughs.

"We've had a nice, healthy rivalry and part of the reason both programs are flourishing is because of this cross-town competition."

Pacific League runner-up Anthony Monroy of Burroughs posted the fastest area time, finishing third in 14:35.

The Indians' second runner, senior Brandon Andrade, finished 21st in 15:24.

"We knew we had a chance of getting in. We pretty much knew Rancho, Burbank and [Eleanor] Roosevelt were going to finish one through three," Burroughs Coach John Peebles said. "We knew we had a shot to grab fourth."

Perhaps the most hotly-contested local race happened at 9:33 a.m., in the girls' Division IV second heat, where Mission League third-place team Flintridge Sacred Heart, ranked 11th, upset Prep League champion and second-ranked Mayfield, 51-55.

"I'm pretty sure Mayfield was hiding some runners, but that didn't take away from the fact we ran well," Tologs Coach Kirk Nishiyama said. "This is really big for our confidence heading into next week."

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