Five crowned champs

TRACK AND FIELD: Athletes from Burroughs and Burbank capture titles at Pacific League finals.

May 08, 2010|By Jeff Tully

GLENDALE — Greg Dotson expelled a great deal of energy competing in the boys’ 1,600-meter race at the Pacific League track and field finals.

Despite a superb effort, the Burbank High senior finished second.

Dotson would not depart the meet without winning a league championship, however, as he came back to breeze to a title in the 800, winning his second straight crown in the event.

Dotson was one of five athletes from Burbank and Burroughs to capture league titles at the event at Glendale High.

In an epic battle with Arcadia’s Amar Moussa in the 1,600, the two finished with times that are among the best in the nation this season. Moussa won in a new meet record of 4 minutes, 10.45 seconds and Dotson was second in 4:11.39.


Moussa shattered the previous meet record of 4:16.60.

“I was really tired after that race,” said Dotson, who advanced to the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet in the 800 last season. “The back of my legs were killing me. It was a tough race.”

Dotson — who set the second-fastest time in the 800 in the nation earlier in the season — rebounded well to take the 800 in 1:53.37. His closest competitor didn’t even break 2:00.

Also defending her title in the 800 was Bulldogs’ junior McKenzie Paul. Paul, who came into the girls’ race with the second-fastest time, out dueled Arcadia’s Glindyll Maucia (2:19.35) to win the race in 2:17.80.

Winning Burbank’s third league championship was senior Leo Rodas. Rodas, who helped the Bulldogs’ football team win a share of the league crown in the fall, won the boys’ shot put in 112 feet 8 1/2 .

“Winning a championship in football was fun, but it’s nice to win one [by myself],” Rodas said.

For Burroughs, Shannon Kermah was victorious in the girls’ triple jump, leaping to a winning mark of 35-4.

Also soaring to a win was Indians’ Austin Allen, who captured the boys’ pole vault with a 14-0 effort.

“My goal today was just to qualify for CIF,” Allen said. “But to win league is just a bonus.”

The league champions, along with the second- and third-place finishers in each event that meet qualifying standards, move on to the CIF Southern Section Division I preliminaries. That meet will take place next Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trabuco Hills High.

Other top three finishers for Burroughs included: Justice Shank in the girls’ pole vault (second; 5-2), Aspen Morrison in the girls’ 100 hurdles (third; 16:40), Paris Vaughn in the girls’ 200 (third; 26.95), Devin Rojas in the boys’ 400 (second; 51.92), and Anthony Monroy in the boys’ 3,200 (9:22.90).

Monroy battled it out in the 3,200, losing to Arcadia’s Moussa, who won the race in 9:19.00.

Other top three finishers for Burbank included: Gina Levitt in the girls’ 400 (second; 59.79), Haley Pirruccello in the girls’ 300 hurdles (third; 48.07) and the girls’ 4x400 relay team of Levitt, Pirruccello, Jackie Flores and McKenzie Paul (third; 4:08.55).

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