Erik Burciaga
Erik Burciaga
Height: 5-6
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Alhambra HS
Previous College: Central Arizona College
Position: DISTANCE

2008 Cross Country: Finished in the top four for the Islanders in every race...was second overall behind teammate Scott Vance at the TLU Invitational (10/4) with a time of 25:49...fourth in his final home meet with a time of 25:31 at the Islander Splash (9/26)...placed 25th at the Southland Conference Championship (11/3) with a time of 26:35...second Islander to finish at the NCAA South Central Region meet with a 34th-place finish in a time of 32:30...2008 Indoor Track: Third-best Islander in the 3,000 with a time of 8:40.29 at Southland Conference Championship...posted the fourth fastest time by an Islander in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:21.94 at the Leonard Hilton Memorial (1/18)...2008 Outdoor Track: Set a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:09.25 at the Texas Relays (4/4) to place seventh breaking previous mark of 9:32...time made him third fastest in Southland last spring...fourth in the steeplechase at the Texas Invitational in 9:14.14 which is the second-fastest time in school history...third-quickest Islander in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:59.09 at the Javelina Invitational (4/12) to finish second......2007 Cross Country: Competed in all five races the Islanders ran finishing among the team’s top four in all but one race...fourth Islander to cross the line at the Southland Conference Championship (10/27) placing 12th overall in 25:32...helped the Islanders claim the title at the Rice Invitational (9/15) and Islander Splash (9/28)...finished fifth overall at Rice in 17:27 and eighth at the Islander Splash in 26:49...third-fastest Islander at the Chile Pepper Festival (10/13) placing 53rd overall in 32:01.

At Central Arizona College: Ran track and cross country for Mike Gray...part of cross country team that won national title in 2005 and was second in 2006...fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 2007 in 9:36 at the NJCAA Division I meet as team won second-straight won regional both years...time of 9:27 in the steeplechase is personal-best and tenth best in school history.

In High School: Ran at Alhambra High School for Miguel Aparicio...won regionals in cross country as a junior and senior...was fourth at the state cross country meet as a senior...also competed in soccer...named best athlete as a senior.

Personal: Born Erik Burciaga on Dec. 20, 1986...son of Emiliano and Maria Burciaga...has four siblings — Magaly (an ex-Islander athlete), Lina, Lupe and Elida...major is business management.