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Monroy leads local pack

Burroughs runner is one of a group of fine athletes ready to take to the course this season.

August 24, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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Anthony Monroy led a talented Burroughs High boys' cross-country group last season.

The Indians finished second in the Pacific League behind a sensational Arcadia team that went on to win a state championship. Burroughs also advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division I finals for the first time in 30 years.

Individually, Monroy advanced to the CIF-State Cross-Country Championships. In the competitive Division I race, Monroy placed 19th in 15 minutes, 22.07 seconds over the 5-kilometer course.

Monroy's effort was the 10th-best among all the Southern Section runners in Division I and 15th among Southern Section runners across all five divisions. In addition, his time was 27th overall out of 971 runners across all five divisions, including the No. 7 time for a junior (all from Division I).

Monroy — an All-CIF Southern Section honoree and 2010 All-Area Boys' Cross-Country Runner of the Year — earned a spot in the State Meet by running well in the Southern Section Division I finals at Mount San Antonio College. In the Division I race, the junior placed sixth in 15:46. He also took part in the CIF preliminaries at Mt. SAC, placing second in 15:19.

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He was looking to transition that success from the cross-country season into the track and field campaign, and get back to the CIF Masters Meet in the 3,200 meters, something he accomplished as a sophomore.

But a foot injury hobbled Monroy during his junior season, and he wasn't able to advance into the postseason in track.

Burroughs Coach John Peebles said he is expecting Monroy to have a strong senior season, and again be ready to make another push to state cross-country competition.

"Basically, we're looking to make sure he's ready to go come postseason time," Peebles said. "That's the main emphasis for him, to make sure he's really ready to show his stuff come the end of the season."

Burroughs, along with Burbank, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Providence, all have their share of quality returning runners, along with some aspiring young talent.

Here is a look at how the teams are shaping up.

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The Indians boys' team returns five seniors from last season's squad, including all-league standout Charlie Camacho. Other runners who will be asked to contribute are Brandon Andrade, Zach Beimford, Kamal Chahal and Anthony Monroy.

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