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Monroy miles ahead of pack

Burroughs High senior continues to rule scene with third-straight top All-Area nod

December 23, 2011|BY JEFF TULLY, jeff.tully@latimes.com

It might be a little over dramatic to say Anthony Monroy had something to prove during his senior cross-country season at Burroughs High this past fall.

In his final season, Monroy was trying to put a disappointing end to his junior track and field campaign behind him.

In the spring, he was hampered by a foot injury that impeded his chance of advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division I competition in the boys' 3,200 meters after qualifying for the Masters Meet in the same event in 2010 as a sophomore.

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"It was a bit disappointing after I wasn't able to make it," Monroy said. "But I knew because of the injury that I had I really couldn't do anything about it. It was a tough situation."

Monroy spent the summer working hard, putting in the mileage and trying to heal completely.

"After track season last year, I was really looking forward to the cross-country season and I definitely wanted to put myself in the mix and hopefully be up there with the top competitors," Monroy said.

A healthy and motivated Monroy proved to be a lot for competitors to handle. The senior put up impressive times, placed second in the competitive Pacific League, helped pace the Indians to the Division I finals and made his second straight appearance in the CIF-State Cross-Country Championships.

"I was satisfied with the way I was able to run this year," Monroy said. "I was able to get some pretty good times, some that even shocked me."

It is because of his accomplishments that Monroy has been voted the 2011 All-Area Boys' Cross-Country Runner of the Year by the writers and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun.

It is the third straight season in which Monroy has earned runner-of-the-year honors.

Monroy's exploits this season helped cement his legacy as one of the most successful distance runners in Burroughs' history.

He is just the third Indians' cross-country runner to advance to state competition and just the second to earn back-to-back invitations. Sadee Martinez qualified for the state meet in girls' competition in 2006 and '07 and Western Nelson made it to the boys' race in 2008.

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