The area teams have enjoyed their share of success in cross-country the past few years.
In 2009, seven of the eight local girls' and boys' programs from Burbank, Burroughs, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Providence highs had teams or individuals who advanced to the CIF Southern Section preliminaries.
Leading the way was Burroughs' Anthony Monroy, who returns for his junior season. He had a breakthrough season and finished the cross-country campaign ranked among the top sophomores in the state. Along with a second-place finish in the Pacific League finals, Monroy won the Division I race at the Mount San Antonio College Invitational, advanced to the CIF finals (placing 21st) and missed qualifying for the state meet by just five seconds.
His accomplishments earned him 2009 All-Area Boys' Cross-Country Runner of the Year honors, along with all-league accolades.
Monroy should lead a strong group of distance runners this year.
Here is how the season is shaping up.