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Pair should lead the way

Burroughs' Monroy and Paul of Burbank among a group of talented athletes who will vie for league and CIF success.

March 01, 2011|By Jeff Tully,

BURBANK — Just one of the four area track and field programs is able to practice and compete on a home track.

Providence and Bellarminne-Jefferson highs have never had an on-campus venue to call their own. They are joined this season by Burroughs, which has been displaced because of renovation to Memorial Field.

"It's been a hassle, but there's nothing we can do about it," Burroughs Coach John Peebles said about the displacement. "You have to go on."


The Indians join the Guards in holding their practice sessions at Burbank High. Burroughs will have two home meets on the Bulldogs' track this season.

Leading the area this season should be a pair of seasoned runners.

Burbank senior McKenzie Paul — the 2010 All-Area Female Cross-Country Runner of the Year — will be attempting to win her third straight Pacific League title in the girls' 800 meters.

Burroughs junior Anthony Monroy — a two-time Male Cross-Country Runner of the Year — will be looking to build on a 2010 campaign that led him to the Masters Meet in the boys' 3,200.

With the season opening with meets this week, here is how the area teams are shaping up.


The Indians have enjoyed a massive turnout, as the program boasts more than 200 athletes, 30 more than any of Peebles' past squads.

On the boys' side, Monroy leads the way. He is coming off a junior cross-country season in which he placed 19th at the CIF-State Cross-Country Championships.

At last year's Masters Meet, Monroy placed 11th in a personal-best time of 9:18.42 in the 3,200. He has also had a 1:59 in the 800 and a 4:20 in the 1,600.

Also on the boys' side, senior Devin Rojas is the team's top sprinter, and e will take part in races from the 100 to 400. He placed second in league in the 400 last season.

Junior Brandon Andrade has run 2:00 in 800 as a sophomore and should be pushing for a postseason spot, and senior Alejandro Rosas is the squad's top returning hurdler.

Also pushing for a CIF spot will be senior Matt Volland, who has gone over the 20-foot mark in the long jump.

A returning league champion is senior Austin Allen in the pole vault. He has a personal-best of 14 feet 6.

On the girls' side, the Indians have a group who could make their way to CIF competition.

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