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Burroughs boys impress in win

March 31, 2001

Sage Bannick

BURROUGHS HIGH -- The Burroughs High girls' track and field team has

had its share of success this season.

However, Thursday, it was the Burroughs boys' turn to put forth a fine

performance, as they edged out Hart High, 70-67, in a Foothill League

meet at Memorial Field.

The Burroughs girls' team wasn't as successful, losing, 78-58.

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"I'm extremely happy with our performance. Everyone went out and

contributed for us today. I was especially excited about Ruben Gonzali,"

Burroughs Coach Steve Hubbell said.

Gonzali's second-place finish in the long jump gave the boys' team the

extra lift it needed to put it over the top. Gonzali's jump improved from

a 17 feet 9 inches to his second-place effort of 18-3.

"We hunted him down, hyped him up and he jumped eight inches past his

third jump and three inches past the second place mark," Hubbell said.

Gonzali also helped push his running partner, Tony Ahr, in the 800

meters. Ahr placed first in the race in 2 minutes 2.57 seconds. Gonzali

followed closely with a 2.03.57.

Ahr, a standout distance runner, nearly missed the CIF Southern

Section finals a year ago.

"[Teammate] Henry [Nunez] pushed me for the first two laps, then I

went into a zone," Ahr said.

Ahr led a Burroughs sweep in the 1,600, finishing in 4.31.89. He was

followed by Nunez in second in 4.39.73 and Gary Anderson in 4.48.47.

Nunez went on to win the 3,200 in 10.08. Anderson placed third in the

race in 10.28.

Matt Welch won the 400 in 51.23 and placed second in the 200 with a

time of 23.39.

Football and basketball star Keith Jarbo -- two-time all-leaugue

selection in both sports -- turned in a good mark by winning the 110

hurdles in 15.9.

Jarbo, who will play football at Brown University in the fall, said he

may also walk-on to the basketball team.

Sophomore sensation Sean Allen was just moved up to varsity and has

been making the most of it. Allen won the high jump with a 5-10 effort

and came in third in the triple jump with a 36-8 mark.

Gabriel Moise showed his well-rounded abilities by placing first in

the shot put with a 43-3 mark and third in the 100 with a 12.19.

The best mark for the Burroughs girls was a 12.7 first-place time in

the 100 by senior Marissa Mike.

"Not bad," Mike said, after running her personal best time on a dirt

track with a head wind.

Mike is the Foothill League defending champion in the event.

Her 12.8 time a year ago impressed University of Notre Dame enough to

fly her out for a recruiting visit this weekend.

"The girls did well, but we missed having Samantha [Anderson] at full

strength," Hubbell said.

Anderson, an accomplished hurdler, sat out the last two weeks due to a

sprained ankle.

However, she came back to win two events against Hart. Anderson dashed

to a 1.02.83 winning mark in the 400, and jumped 4-6 to capture the high

jump.

"I felt weak after the race, but I think I can come back and continue

to have a strong season,' Anderson said.

Chrystal Wong won the triple jump with a 30-8 1/2 effort, and placed

second in the long jump with a 13.3 3/4 mark.

Carolyn Brown, the defending CIF Southern Section Division II 800

champion, won the race against Hart in 2.23.15.

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