The Burbank and Burroughs track and field teams haven't enjoyed a lot
of success in the Foothill League this season.
So when the schools faced off Thursday in their annual cross-town
rivalry contest at Burroughs, more than just city bragging rights
were at stake.
The Indian and Bulldog teams were looking to notch some dual-meet
Led by a fine showing in the sprint events, the Burroughs boys
rolled to a 92-39 win and the Indian girls posted an 80-56 victory.
With the Foothill League prelims and final taking place on Tuesday
and Thursday, there was debate about the possibility of holding out
some athletes so they could be rested for next week.
"We're not resting anyone," Burbank assistant coach Bob Shaw said.
"We want to have all of our athletes in as many races as possible.
"We're not thinking so much about next week's league meet, heck,
we just want to win a dual meet this season."
Burroughs Coach John Peebles said he gave limited work to sprinter
Matt Welch and hurdler David Brooks.
Welch, who is almost completely recovered from food poising and an
injury to his right hamstring, said he will be ready for the league
"I feel really good right now and I think I'm about 99% back," he
said. "I just want to do well in league and make it to CIF, like I
did last year."
Welch led a Burroughs sprint contingent that won the 100-, 200-
and 400-meter races. Welch won the 100 in 11.8 seconds.
Teammate R.J. DeLosSantos was first in the 200 (23.95) and Sean
Allen won the 400 (55.5). DeLosSantos also won the 110 hurdles
Brooks had little trouble in the 300 hurdles, as he cruised to a
win in 40.83.
The Indians' also received a double victory from Eben Brittin in
the shot put (46 feet 2) and the discus (131-8).
Although the Bulldogs failed to win the meet, the biggest winner
of the day came from Burbank. Senior Kyle Ivie tripled, winning the
800 (2:07.23), the 1,600 (4:39.85) and the 3,200 (10:41.0).
"We are hoping Kyle will go 4:12 in the [1,600] before the end of
the season," Shaw said of the 2002 Leader Male Athlete of the Year,
who will run at Chico State next season. "But that will all depend on
the pace of the race once he gets to CIF."
In the girls' competition, the Indians dominated in the running
races, winning seven of eight events.
Vanessa Brooks was a triple winner, taking the 100 (12.65), the 200 (26.47) and the long jump (16-10 1/2).
A double winner was Katie Vahoviak in the 1,600 (5:27.41) and the
3,200 (11:54.0) and Karina Passi doubled in the 300 hurdles (42.95)
and the pole vault (8-6).
For the Bulldogs, Jennifer Anderson had a good meet, winning the
shot put (32-10) and the discus (98-9).
"A big problem for us this season has been a lack of depth,
especially in the boys' events," Burbank Coach Darin Wolf said.