The Burroughs High girls’ cross-country team nearly pulled off a
At least that’s what Burbank Coach Darin Wolf was thinking Monday
at the annual Burbank All-City Cross-Country Meet at Griffith Park.
Burroughs took four of the top six spots in the race on the hilly
“I was waiting for their fifth runner to come in,” Wolf said.
That fifth runner never came.
Burroughs’ Coach John Peebles planned on running five athletes in
the event, the required amount to score as a team, assuming they all
would finish the race. But one of his runners was stung by a bee
shortly before the start of the race and chose not to run, leaving
the Indians short-handed.
“On the girls’ side, I was happy with the four performances,”
said Peebles, who did not want to put any blame on the runner who was
unable to compete.
With Burroughs out of the scoring, Burbank won the girls’ team
competition with 35 points. Bell-Jeff -- which has won 13 consecutive
league titles -- followed with 59 points. Providence was third with
The Pioneers were competing in the meet for the first time in
three years, as the 2001 event was canceled in the wake of the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks and the Pioneers had a Liberty League meet the
same day last season.
Burroughs junior Katie Vahoviak won the girls’ title of best
female in Burbank, finishing first in 20 minutes 36 seconds.
Burbank freshman Michelle Horgan was second in 21:15.
The Bulldogs ran without their two top returners -- Allison Ivie
and Melissa Edwards -- because of injury and personal reasons.
“Once Allison and Melissa get back, and Nellie [Shamirian] gets
over her cold, we’ll be really fine,” Wolf said. “We’ve got to get
healthy. But November is when it counts.”
Burroughs’ Adrianna Powers finished third (22:03) and was followed
by Shamirian (22:31) and Indian runners Michelle Martinez (22:51) and
Alex Cetateanu (23:07).
Pharrin Lewis, Bell-Jeff’s top finisher, was seventh in 23:10 and
Providence’s first athlete across the tape was Nadia Simon, who was
18th in 25:54.
In the boys’ race, Burbank won for the third straight year, as
Bulldog Preston Richardson ran away with the title in 17:39.
Teammate Ryan Christoffersen was second in 17:49.
Burbank captured the top four spots, with Aram Sahagian (18:08)
and Rick Bennett (18:29) coming in third and fourth.
The Bulldogs scored 22 points, Burroughs had 36, Providence had 90
and Bell-Jeff had just four runners and didn’t score.
“I’d like to see them move as a pack more,” Burbank boys’ Coach
Bob Shaw said of his team. “We had it in that first mile, but the
guys need to hang on longer.”