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Area squads taste state success

Cross-country: CV girls, Burbank boys perform well in Division I, both Flintridge Prep teams crack top-10 in Division V.

November 26, 2011|By Andrew Campa,

FRESNO — While the circumstances were different for the local entrants at Saturday's CIF State Cross-Country Championships at Fresno's Woodward Park, each enjoyed some success.

The Crescenta Valley High girls, who seemingly battled a new injury every week, put together one of their stronger races of the season and took ninth overall in the Division I finals with 234 points.

"I think we ran really well," said Falcons Coach Mark Evans, whose team qualified to state for the first time in three years. "We had Megan [Melnyk] finish in the top 40 and the other girls weren't too far behind.


"It's been a slow race and a fight to get better on a weekly basis. But we had a decent pack today and I'm satisfied. I'm not sure how many people thought we'd be here at the beginning of the year."

The Falcons also received a glimpse into the future as Melnyk, a freshman, led the squad by finishing 38th in 18:59.

"I really want to thank God for a great race. I'm just happy to have this experience," Melnyk said. "We had a really great finish to the season."

Melynk was followed by her teammates, senior Ali Johnson (45th, 19:05), sophomore Erika Johnson (59th, 19:12), senior Brooke Moultrie (89th, 19:31), the last link to the Falcons' 2008 state team, and junior Cali King (108th, 19:50).

The Burbank boys capped a magical season with an 11th-place effort (293 points) in the Division I finals.

Bulldogs' junior Sergio Fraire, the team's usual No. 2 runner, paced his squad by placing 30th in 15:49.

Fraire finished ahead of senior Jonathan Stoll (66th, 16:16), sophomore Isiah Amos (78th, 16:25), junior Bernie Corea (79th, 16:25) and sophomore Arden Mkrtchyan (115th, 16:45).

Amos, the team's top runner all season, was bothered by illness and tried to fight through the complications.

"I like this course, but I've been feeling sick the past week and I just started feeling bad this morning," Amos said. "This was the last race for state and I wasn't going to punk out. We had a strong year and we were going to finish strong."

Burroughs senior Anthony Monroy concluded his high school career by finishing 31st in the Division I final in a time of 15:50.

“I knew it was going to be really good competition today, but I think I did pretty well,” Monroy said. “I really tried my best and I’m really happy with my time and my place. It’s always great to run at the state finals.”

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