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Youth athletes test Memorial Field

Area individuals jump and run their way to 24 new records in annual middle schools track meet.

March 13, 2012|BY JEFF TULLY,

The Burroughs High track and field team has not

even held a home meet at its new Memorial Field facility.

Instead, a group of local youth athletes got first crack at the venue in an annual event Saturday. They were able to test out the new running track and compete on the state-of-the-art field event areas.

Area athletes also found themselves in the heat of competition at the annual Burbank Middle Schools Track and Field Meet. Boys and girls from the three local middle schools — Jordan, John Muir and Luther — took to the track and infield at Memorial Field for the friendly event.


Nearly 300 athletes took part in the meet.

The overall winner was Muir with 493.5 points. It was followed by Luther (410.5 ) and Jordan (312).

It was truly a record-breaking event, as 24 marks were broken or tied during the day of competition.

Two of the most successful athletes of the meet were Khalid Taylor and Izzy Funes, who both help set three meet records each.

In the 7th Grade Boys Division, Taylor, who attends Muir, set records and placed first in the 60-meters (8.2 seconds), the 100 (12.80) and was part of a winning 4x100 relay team (53.4). He also placed second in the 70 hurdles (10.90).

Funes, who attends Jordan, placed first and set new marks in the 7th Grade Girls Division in the 400 (1:05.40), long jump (15 feet 3) and with the 4x400 relay team (4:50.0). She also finished first in the 100 (14.20).

For their efforts, both Taylor and Funes were named the athlete of their respective divisions.

Jacob Calderon of Luther was the athlete of the 6th Grade Boys Division, Josh Cantong of Luther was the athlete of the 8th Grade Boys’ Division, Elizabeth Switzer of Jordan won the award in the 6th Grade Girls Division and Candela Fernandez won the award in the 8th Grade Girls Division.

The 7th Grade Boys’ Division proved to be the most prolific, as eight meet records were set in 11 events. Athletes in the 7th Grade Girls Division also had strong showings, breaking five previous marks.

For the first time, the pole vault was held as an exhibition event. The best result in the event was turned in by Luther’s Scott McHorney, who had a winning vault of 7-3 in the 8th Grade Boys’ Division.

Started in the 1950s, the meet has been going strong for 12 years after not being run for 15 years throughout the 1980s. The event was revived in 2001 and looks to be going strong.

Many athletes in the meets go on to success at the local high schools.

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