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CROSS-COUNTRY: Burbank, Burroughs sit some athletes in Staub.

October 03, 2007|By Gabriel Rizk

LA CRESCENTA — The cross-country teams from Burroughs and Burbank highs both participated in the 40th Annual Staub/Barnes Invitational at Crescenta Valley Park on Saturday, but did so with considerations of future competitions in mind.

Burroughs Coach John Peebles took no chances with his top girls’ runner, Sadie Martinez, and held the senior out of the Division 1 girls’ race because of a sore back.

Needing fresh legs for next week’s Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno, Burbank Coach Trevor Marca held his girls’ team out of the Division 1 race altogether.


Both the Indians and Bulldogs competed in the Division 1 boys’ race and finished fifth and seventh, respectively.

Junior Western Nelson paced Burroughs with a 10th-place showing in 15 minutes 44.04 seconds, with sophomore Andres Carrasco taking 28th place in 16:37.61. Dustin Blankenship (16:57.68) was 37th, Chase Westernn (17:03.14) was 42nd and Jonathan Alpizar (17:11.81) took 52nd for the Indians.

“This shows us where we are when it comes to competing against some of the powerhouse teams in the Southern Section,” Peebles said. “And it shows us how much we need to improve if we really want to run with them.”

Burbank, led by senior Ryan Williams (16th in 16:13.22) finished 30 points behind its cross-town rival in the team standings.

“We were hoping for a little bit more [than seventh place],” Marca said. "We had a really good week of training and I pushed them hard. That can go one of two ways once the race starts — they can either show up right away and have good performances, or they can get a little down because they’re tired from running so hard. I think today it was the latter.”

Burbank’s other top runners were junior Adib Younan (35th; 16:48.28), sophomores Greg Dotson (38th; 6:58.86) and Aaron Chen (46th; 17:07.10) and junior Alberto Vasquez (64th; 17:32.58).

For the Indians girls’ team, Vivian Ochoa was the top finisher at 48th in 21:13.29. She was followed by junior Veronica Eyo (75th; 22:21.70), senior Christina Perez (78th; 22:27.39) and junior Taryn Campos (88th; 23:12.45).

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