This is the first in a four-part series looking back on the sports accomplishments of the four local high schools during the 2011-12 year. This installment is Burbank High:
It didn't take long from the beginning of the school year for a Burbank High team to enjoy a successful season, as the Bulldogs boys' cross-country squad surprised many during the fall campaign.
It had been nine years since the boys' program qualified for the CIF-State Cross-Country Championships. However, with a formidable 1-2 punch in sophomore Isaiah Amos and junior Sergio Fraire, Burbank qualified for state competition in Division I at Woordard Park in Fresno in November.
In the State Meet, Fraire paced the team by placing 30th in 15 minutes 49 seconds, as the Bulldogs finished 11th with a team total of 293 points. Fraire finished ahead of teammates Jonathan Stoll (66th; 16:16), Amos (78th; 16:25), Bernie Corea (79th; 16:25) and Arden Mkrtchyan (115th; 16:45).