WALNUT — Motivation came in various forms for the Burbank and Burroughs high cross-country programs at Saturday’s second day of the 66th annual Mt. San Antonio College Cross-Country Invitational.
The CIF Southern Section Division I eighth-ranked Burbank boys highlighted the day’s efforts with their own unique incentive in winning their Division I varsity race, 40-98, over El Rancho.
“We really had to go to the bathroom before the race, but it was crowded, so we had to run on a full tank,” said Bulldogs senior Arsen Mkrtchyan, who earned fourth in 15 minutes, 31 seconds. “It’s great to finish and it’s great to do so well in this race. Maybe that helped.”
A little less than a mile into the race, Bulldog seniors Elliot Choe (third, 15:30), Mkrtchyan and Ethan Moskowitz (eighth, 15:43) were positioned eight, ninth and 10th climbing the switchbacks and remained within the top 10 even though their places changed.