JOHNNY CARSON PARK — Anthony Monroy hurriedly jogged away to the finish line Thursday afternoon after winning the boys' portion of the 21st Burbank All-City Cross-Country Meet at Johnny Carson Park.
The Burroughs senior had just won the race in record time, capturing his third straight city championship. But instead of heading out on his cool-down, Monroy made his way to the front of the finish chute. There he cheered on his teammates, often bending over trying to recover from his run. He stayed until every Indian runner finished.
As a senior, Monroy feels he has to be a leader on his team, as he helped pace the Indians to the CIF Southern Section finals for the first time in 30 years in 2010.
"It's my last year, so I definitely have to set an example for the other guys," said Monroy, who navigated the relatively flat 2.6-mile course in 12 minutes 50 seconds, breaking the old course record of 12:59 set in 2007 by Western Nelson of Burroughs. "That's something that I've got to do."