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Monroy, Paul lead area pack

Returning runners from Burroughs, Burbank among a fine local group this season.

August 27, 2010|By Jeff Tully,
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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.



Monroy is coming off a fine track and field season in which he advanced to the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet in the 3,200. Indians Coach John Peebles said his runner's goal this season is to make it to the State Meet.

"He is ready for the challenges that this year will bring, and is hoping to finish the season strong up in Fresno," said Peebles about the state competition.

Complementing Monroy on the boys' team will be senior Alex Martinez and juniors Charlie Camacho, Kamal Chahal and Alex Quispe.

"These guys have to realize what they can do, put in the work, and then experience the joy of their efforts," Peebles said. "However, I am looking for others to push them for varsity spots."

Other runners who will be vying for scoring spots will be a trio of juniors, Brandon Andrade, Kyle Freudenberg and Ryan Johnson.

On the girls' side, Burroughs is a question mark.

"We are entering the year of the unknown with only one returner," Peebles said. "However, I see it as opportunity opening up and I am excited to see who embraces the challenge."

The lone returner is only a sophomore, Brice Edrington.

Peebles said a runner who could push Edrington for the top spot is junior Giovanna Carrasco. Others who could make impacts are juniors Alisabeth Boensel and Rita Murphy, seniors Kristen Burroughs, Tessa Chandler and Guadalupe Galindo and sophomores Gracia Innocentia and Ashley Velasco.


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