GRIFFITH PARK — Much of the 20th All-City Cross-Country Meet went exactly as expected.
Burroughs High junior Anthony Monroy easily won the boys' race, while his Burbank counterpart, senior McKenzie Paul, was dominating in winning the girls' race Thursday at Griffith Park.
However, there was a surprise in the contest, which also featured Bellarmine-Jefferson, Providence and Village Christian.
The Indians boys' team came into the first race of the season with five returning runners from last year's group that qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division I preliminaries. That group included Monroy, who was the 2009 Boys' Cross-Country Runner of the Year.
The Bulldogs' squad was taking to the course for the first time in three years without star runner Greg Dotson, who graduated.
Despite what appeared to be a Burroughs advantage, the Burbank boys came through and won the race, 24-34, against the Indians.