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March 29, 2001

Eagles get district seedings before going to Crane meet

PECOS, March 29, 2001 - The District 2-4A Track and Field Championships are still eight days away, but Eagle coaches Lily Talamantez and Jerry Parent set their lineups for each event and got a look at the times, heights and distances of their district rivals on Wednesday, during a scratch meeting held in Canutillo.

The district's coaches determined seedings and lane assignments for the April 6-7 meet in Canutillo this week, though the Eagles still have one more meet to go before 2-4A competition, this Saturday at the Golden Crane Invitational.

Pecos girls have one relay and one individual seeded first going into the district meet, while the boys have one individual No. 1 seed. The girls' 800 meter relay team, which qualified for regionals as the second place finisher a year ago, is seeded first, as is Jesena Natividad in the 300 meter hurdles, while Daniel Terrazas, who won the 400 meter dash at district the past two seasons, is seeded No. 1 again this year, "but not by much, about two-tenths of a second," coach Jerry Parent said.

Parent said Clint is favored to win this year's district meet, and go in with senior D.J. Shepard seeded first in three events _ the 100 meter dash, long jump and triple jump _ while the Lions also go into the meet ranked No. 1 in the 400 and 1600 meter relays.

"If we can hold our own we'll be right there with Clint in the relays," Parent said. The 400-meter relay team is seeded No. 2 by about half a second, while the 1600-meter relay team is seeded third.

Parent said Joe Navarrete is seeded second in the discus and Tony Trujillo is third in the shot put, while Jason Gonzales is in the middle of the field in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles and Abel Lopez, Jacob Mora and Ricky Plummer are seeded towards the top in the 800 meter run.

Aside from Clint, Mountain View also looks strong on the boys' side, thanks to their distance race entries, while on the girls' side, the Lions and Lobos also figure to be the Eagles' toughest competition.

"When I totaled up the points (based on seedings), Clint has us by about 10 points in the running events, so hopefully we can get some more points there," Talamantez said. "Mountain View looks pretty strong in the field events. I just hope we can pick up some points."

Talamantez said earlier she was thinking about focusing on the 800 and 1600-meter relays at district, but with the 400-meter team seeded second and the 1600-meter team third going in, she may change things up. "I may just put Tiana (Terry) out there and run her only in the 100, because in the 200 she's seeded about eighth," she said.

Terry is seeded second in the 100-meter dash, while Mari Martinez is seeded second in the 3200 meter run. Kelsey Holt is seeded third in that race and Jessica Martinez is fifth, while Mari Martinez is seeded fourth in the 1600 meters, Marissa Mendoza is fifth in the 100 meters, Michelle Saenz and Christina Arenivas are fifth and sixth in the 800 meter run and Yvette Barreno is seeded sixth in the 400 meter dash.

Both coaches said they planned to run their teams at Crane as close as possible to what they'll have at Canutillo next week, though Parent said he would be without Terrazas for most of the day on Saturday. "He has to take his SATs, so I won't have him until the afternoon. He probably won't run the quarter (400), but I'll have him as an alternate in the relay," he said.

The Golden Crane Invitational will begin preliminaries and field event finals around 9 a.m. Saturday, and the running finals are scheduled for 3 p.m., though Parent said they may starter earlier if the prelims end ahead of schedule.

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