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Burroughs gunning for CIF

October 16, 2004

Jeff Tully

At this time last year, the Burbank High boys' and girls'

cross-country teams were on their way to securing top-three finishes

in the Foothill League, and automatic postseason berths.

The Bulldog boys' team placed second in league in 2003, and the

girls finished third, earning spots in the CIF Southern Section

Division I preliminaries.

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However, this season, the power among the area schools has

shifted, and it's the Burroughs squads that are in the running for

CIF spots.

In Thursday's second league meet of the season at Griffith Park,

the Indian boys placed second and the Indian girls held down the

third-place spot.

The Burroughs teams bettered their finishes from the first league

meet Sept. 23, when the boys placed third and the girls were fourth.

If both teams finish among the top three in the league finals Nov.

4, they will secure places in the CIF preliminaries.

"We knew this is what the boys' team is capable of doing," said

Burroughs Coach John Peebles, whose squad finished ahead of Hart

Thursday, a team that placed second in the first league meet.

"We just have to keep up the effort and continue to work hard for

the league finals."

In the dual-meet scoring, Canyon (5-0) won its second straight

contest. It was followed by Burroughs (4-1), Hart (3-2), Valencia

(2-3), Burbank (1-4) and Saugus (0-5).

The boys' race was won by the Cowboys' Adam McDonald, who ran the

three-mile course in 16 minutes 41 seconds.

Burroughs' Daniel Anderson had a strong outing, placing third in

17:00.

"Since he ran well in the Kenny Staub [Invitational on Oct. 2],

Daniel's confidence has been on the rise," Peebles said. "I think he

now realizes he has the ability to run good races."

Indian Adrian Harrison also ran well, coming in fifth place in

17:09. Teammates Morgan Walker (11th; 17:48), Kyle Hazlewood (12th;

17:55) and Josh Bentancourt (22nd; 18:11) also scored for Burroughs.

Also running for the team was Kent Melendez (25th; 18:18) and Alex

Sandoval (35th; 19:02).

Burbank was paced by Ryan Christoffersen, who was fourth in 17:02.

Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Kevin Christoffersen (16th; 18:01),

Eric Christoffersen (24th; 18:16), Matthew Carey (31st; 18:29) and

Wyatt Kessler (33rd; 18:51). Andrew Harris (39th; 19:48) also

competed.

On the girls' side, Burbank and Burroughs received their share of

gutsy performances.

The top female runner in the area -- Indian senior Katie Vahoviak

-- was questionable for the race. Vahoviak strained a ligament in her

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