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Track and field squads hoping to accomplish goals

Track and field: All four local schools ready to sprint into season with share of talent.

February 28, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
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As the track season is just about to commence, all four city squads begin with different goals and expectations, but all with one similar commitment, which is to be competitive within their respective leagues.

Here's a look at each of the squads.

BURBANK

The Bulldogs turned in a pair of top-three efforts during the Pacific League season last year, as the boys were second and the girls took third.

On the boys' side, the league and city's best battle might be in the pole vault, as both Burbank's Chris Miranda and Burroughs' Matt Schwartz are back.

The duo tied for first at league finals with vaults of 13 feet, 9 inches at Arcadia High on May 3, but Miranda took the title because he needed fewer attempts.

Miranda prolonged his season into the highly-competitive CIF Southern Section Division I championships at Mt. San Antonio College on May 18, where the senior took eighth with a jump of 14-0.

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While Schwartz and Miranda enter the season as Nos. 1 and 1-A, Bulldogs senior Andres Pulgarin can't be counted out, as he finished third at the league finals with a height of 12-9.

Burbank's strong field presence continues to the throws, thanks primarily to Andy Hurtado. The senior was the Pacific League champion in the discus (143-10) and finished runner-up to Burroughs graduated senior Brian Jones (45 feet) in the shot put.

Like Miranda, Hurtado also advanced to the Division I championships and took ninth. Hurtado is hoping to move beyond his personal-best throw of 151 feet.

"They are both hoping to challenge the school records in their respective events this season," Burbank Coach Darin Wolf said. "Burbank was very strong in the field events last year."

As for the track, expect another tight battle atop the 800-meter standings between Crescenta Valley's Nick Beatty (1 minute, 58.12 seconds) and Burbank's Arsen Mkrtchyan (1:58.69), who finished first and second, respectively, at league finals.

One of the exciting returnees for Burbank this season is sophomore Josh Cantong, who figures to score points for the Bulldogs in the sprints and relays. After having the best 400 time as a freshman (50.39), he was lost to a football injury last year

Burbank's squad will include Josh Lee and Eddie Gibbons in the throws, James Williams, Trevor Strang and Chris Walker in the jumps and Gabriel Ellman and Ethan Moskowitz in the distances.

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