"I didn't expect it to go like that, I didn't think I was gonna be able to take it in the end," said Pham, like Monroy a reigning All-Area Cross-Country Runner of the Year, who won the Division I race in 18 minutes 55 seconds. "It's definitely really exciting."
Like Pham and the Falcons, Monroy has run plenty of races at CV Park, but usually had to contend with former Crescenta Valley standout Zack Torres or current Arcadia standout Amaar Moussa. On Saturday, the course was Monroy's for the taking, as he ran away from the field with a first-place run of 15:33, 19 seconds in front of the second-place finisher.
"I was feeling good, I was like, 'I should get out there and get it,'" said the Burroughs junior, who led the Indians to a fourth-place team finish with 113 points and was the first Indian to ever win a race at Staub. "It feels good, I don't get many first places."
The other Burroughs finishers were Charlie Camacho (16th; 16:27), Ryan Johnson (20th; 16:39), Alex Quispe (33rd; 16:56), Brandon Andrade (43rd; 17:13), Alec Villalpando (45th; 17:19) and Zach Beimfrord (59th; 17:35).
The day's other area first place went to Flintridge Prep's boys' squad, as the Rebels used some stellar pack running that saw their scoring five finish eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th en route to 50 points and a Division III race victory.
"We're happy with how we ran as a team today," said senior Jesse Redding, who took eighth in 17:43.74, stepping up to take his team's top spot with normal No. 1 Jason Bunn finishing sixth among the Rebels, as he's nursing a leg injury. "That was my job today. I think everyone [stepped up]."
Prep fended off L.A. Baptist (69 points) for the win. Following Redding was fellow senior Taylor Beith (ninth; 17:44.84), junior Jake Johnson (10th; 17:51.83), junior Eli Weinstein (11th; 17:52.67) and sophomore Elias Ellison (12th; 17:53.94).