BURBANK HIGH — It has been nine years since the Burbank boys' cross-country team qualified for the CIF-State Cross-Country Championships.
On that team in 2002, the Bulldogs possessed a strong duo of Kyle Ivie and Stratos Christianakis. Behind the talented pair, Burbank finished eighth out of 23 teams in the Division II race, recording 214 points and clocking a team time of 81 minutes 59 seconds on the Woodward Park course in Fresno.
The effort was even more impressive for the Bulldogs — who clocked 82:16 to take sixth in the division at the 2000 state meet and 21st out of 101 teams, regardless of division — considering they clocked 84:36 on the same course a month earlier in the Clovis Invitational.
This season, Burbank has another formidable 1-2 punch in sophomore Isaiah Amos and junior Sergio Fraire. And like the scenario nine years ago, the two have paced the Bulldogs to a berth in the State Meet. The Bulldogs will take part in the Division I race at 12:20 p.m. today at Woordard Park.