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Athletes peak at right time

BURBANK -- Track and field coaches have a difficult task getting

their athletes to peak at just the right time.

The coaches try and get their athletes to perform at their best

toward the end of the season, so they can be ready for CIF Southern


Section competition.

Burroughs High Coaches John Peebles and Tony Novoa and Burbank

Coach Darin Wolf have a group of runners who are performing well and

setting their sites on a section championship.


Friday, Indian and Bulldog athletes took part in the CIF Southern

Section Division II preliminaries at Mount San Antonio College in

Walnut, and four did well enough to move on to the final.

The final will take place Saturday at Cerritos College.

The best effort of the meet was turned in by Burbank senior Kyle

Ivie. Ivie had the fifth-fastest time of the day in the boys’ 1,600

meters, as he finished in 4 minutes 15.23 seconds.

“I think Kyle is peaking right now,” Wolf said. “He is running his


best of the season right now.

“The only thing is that he might have to run two seconds better

than his personal best to make it to [the Master’s Meet]. The

competition is just so tough in Division II. The fastest times in

that race are coming out of [Division II].”

Last season, Ivie finished sixth in the 1,600 final in 4:26.19.

For Burroughs, three athletes have made the cut with some

outstanding marks.


Perennial qualifier Carolyn Brown makes her fourth straight trip

to the elite meet. Brown -- a senior who won the division 800 crown

as a freshman -- ran well in the girls’ 800, finishing in 2:18.68.

In 2002, Brown finished second in the division in 2:15.71 to

advance to the Master’s Meet. She went on to qualify for the

CIF-State Track and Field Preliminaries for the second time in her


In the state meet, Brown set a new Indian school record with a

2:13.99 in the preliminaries and placed eighth in the final.

After helping the Indian football team to the postseason in 2002,

senior David Brooks has put himself in the finals. Brooks, who will

be attending Weber State on a football scholarship, qualified in the

boys’ 300 hurdles in 39.54.

Joining her teammates will be junior Tulyah Gaines, who is best

known for her exploits on the basketball court as a sharp-shooting

Indian point guard. Gaines earned a trip to the finals with a

36-feet-8 mark in the girls’ triple jump.

“We are very happy to have three kids qualify for CIF finals,”

Peoples said. “Competition [this] week will be tough, but Carolyn,

David and Tulyah are all ready to get after it.”

The lone qualifier from Bellarmine-Jefferson is senior Camille

Napolitano, who advanced in the shot put with a 33-11 effort in

Division V.

In the 2002 final, Napolitano placed fifth with a 35-6 1/2 mark.

Although she didn’t make it to the final, one of the biggest

efforts from a local athlete was turned in by freshman Carolyn

Chrzan. Chrzan came into the girls’ long jump seeded 27th. However,

on her final attempt, she uncorked a leap of 16-11 1/4, to place 10th, just missing the cut, as only the top nine finishers move on.

“This is just an amazing effort for Carolyn,” Wolf said. “I think

her mark was something like eight inches better than her best-ever


“She will be an alternate for the race, so we’re hoping one if the

runners scratches so she will get a chance to run. Some of the other

girls in the race are competing in other events.”

Also missing the cut by one place was Burroughs’ Evan Gomez, who

placed 11th in the long jump (21-9 1/4).

Two others who just missed qualifying were Burroughs’ Aaron Floyd

and Vanessa Brooks, who both finished 10th -- Floyd in the boys’

triple jump (43-7 1/4) and Brooks in the girls’ 100 (12.5).

Burbank’s Stratos Christianakis finished 13th in the 3,200


“These kids came oh so close,” Peoples said. “However, they have

nothing to hang their heads about. They put it all out there, but

unfortunately came up a tad bit short.”