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Thursday, April 6, 2000

Eagles seek right relay combos for district

Staff Writer

PECOS, Apr. 6, 2000 -- Pecos Eagle track coaches Ron Arnesen and Lily Talamantez  still have some final decisions to make about the lineups for their  relay teams, but have their other track and field competitors set for  this weekend's District 2-4A meet at San Elizario.

Preliminaries will begin along with some field event finals at 4 p.m. CDT on Friday, while the remaining field events will start on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. CDT, followed by the running finals at 11 a.m.

Clint is the defending champion in both the boys and girls divisions, while both Pecos teams recorded over 100 points at last year's track meet, and both sent their 1600-meter relay squads to San Angelo. But going into this weekend's event, Talamantez said she would not have a 1600-meter team this time around, while Arnesen is still trying to determine his final lineup for that race and the 400-meter relay.

The main focus is on where junior Daniel Terrazas will run. "I still don't know which relay he'll be in. I might have to wait until Friday or Saturday," Arnesen said. Pecos won the 400 meter relay last Saturday at the West of the Pecos Relays, but without Terrazas, were edged out by San Elizario in the 1600, though that group of Eagles was disqualified for running inside the Lane 1 markers on the northeast curve.

"On both relays right now everybody's within a couple of seconds, so it should be a real close race," Arnesen said. Jason Payne and Len Carson also were members of last year's 1600-meter squad that advanced to regionals, though Carson missed competing at district after hurting himself in the pole vault.

Terrazas will run in the 200 and 400-meter dashes, where Arnesen said he's seeded second, after winning the 400 last year and finishing third in the 200. "J.P. (Payne) is right there on his quarter time, and so is Ricky (Plummer)," he said. Payne, Plummer, Carson and Dulces Guerrero ran the mile relay last week.

Carson also advanced to regionals a year ago in the pole vault, but will compete in the 300 meter hurdles and the 800 meter run this year, while Plummer and Payne will be in the 400 dash, and Guerrero will run in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

Arnesen said Craig Wein and Nolan Blount will run in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, with Blount also competing in the 3200, while Micah Huffman will be entered in the shot put and discus.

Talamantez will have teams for both the 400 and 800-meter relays at San Elizario. "I'm going to go ahead with Jessica (Rodriguez) Yvette (Barreno), Christina (Arenivas) and Philly (Fobbs) on the spring relay, and it will be the same on the 800 except Maricela (Arenivas) will take Christina's place."

Talamantez said Arenivas and Tiana Terry would be the 400-meter relay alternates, with Terry and Shanna Tredaway alternates on the 800.

Christina Arenivas hasn't run in the past two weeks after scoring 20 points in the long jump and 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes at Crane. She and Rodriguez were part of last year's regional qualifiers in the 1600, while Maricela Arenivas earned a regional berth a year ago in the long jump, finishing second.

Most of the relay team members will also be entered in two of the three sprint races on Friday. Talamantez said Kelsey Holt and Nicole Payne would be in the 1600-meter run and Holt would also enter the 3200 meters, while Tredaway, Jesena Natividad and Jamie Moore would be in the 300-meter hurdles and Alessandra Vasquez and Stephanie Camacho would compete in the shot put and discus.

Like Arenivas, Tredaway also missed last week's Pecos Relays, but is expected back this week. "They're recovering. They say they're ready to run, so we're going to go ahead and run them," Talamantez said. "I guess the week-and-a-half helped those girls."

Age Group swimmers get awards

PECOS, Apr. 6, 2000 -- The Pecos Age-Group Swim Team presented awards to  its swimmers for their work during the 1999-2000 season, during the  team's banquet last Friday at the Pecos Valley Country Club.

Coach Rene Rodriguez and Joan Capshaw gave out awards to boys and girls in each of the age divisions, and seven members of the team were recognized after qualifying for an all-star swim meet on April 15 at the Texas Tech Aquatic Center in Lubbock.

The swimmers who'll compete in Lubbock are Heath Armstrong, Matthew Oglesby, Josh Elliott, Kyle Winkles and K.W. Winkles in the boys' divisions and Lindsey Shaw and Teddie Salcido in the girls divisions. Matt Elliott will be an alternate on the boys' side.

Armstrong, Oglesby, Matt Elliott and K.W. Winkles also received awards as the top swimmers in their age groups for the 1999-2000 season. Armstrong was named in the 7-8 year old division, Oglesby for the 9-10 year olds, Elliott in the 11-12 division and Winkles for the 13-14 year olds.

Winners on the girls' side were Alexcia Mendoza for the 6 and under division, Alyson Reynolds for the 7-8 year olds, Cynthia Marmolejo for the 11-12 year olds, and Amie Reynolds in the 13-14 year old division.

A "comeback kid: award was also given to Tatum Windham during Friday's banquet.

Sarazen honored, Tiger feared at Masters

AP Sports Writer

AUGUSTA, Ga., Apr. 6, 2000 — With their ranks reduced by one, Byron Nelson  and Sam Snead teed off today on a chilly Georgia morning to begin the  64th Masters. 

A moment of silence for the late Gene Sarazen preceded the honorary tee shots from the aging former winners onto a course that has changed markedly from Snead's last Masters win in 1954.

The 88-year-old Nelson, using his driver as a cane on the tee box, hit a ball into the left rough and Snead, 88, followed with a shot of about 150 yards down the right side of the fairway.

Sarazen, known as the "Squire," died last year at the age of 97, a month after he joined Nelson and Snead on the first tee at Augusta National.

As the rest of the field followed for real today, they found a course that is slicker, hairier, longer and more full of trees than anyone could have imagined when Nelson won in 1937 and 1942 and Snead in 1949, 1952 and 1954.

It also contained one Tiger and that might be the biggest difference by itself.

"He's going to be a hard guy to beat," Greg Norman said.

Tiger Woods is the most dominant favorite for the Masters since Jack Nicklaus was in his prime, bringing a game to Augusta National this spring that is far more refined than the one he used to rout the field three years ago.

He's won 10 times since finishing nine shots behind Jose Maria Olazabal here last year. Woods has finished either first or second 10 times in his last 11 tournaments.

Even the latest changes to the course seem to favor his kind of game.

"It's helping anybody who can hit the ball long and high," said Woods.

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