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April 9, 2001

Eagles' track results improve at 2-4A meet

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 9, 2001 - The results were the same for the Pecos Eagles at the 2001 District 2-4A track and field meet in the two races they did the best at last year's competition. But for Pecos' girls, there were some other results that were a lot better than a year ago.

The girls, who qualified only the 800 meter relay team for regionals in 2000, going as the district runner-up, got the second regional berth again on Saturday in Canutillo, but also earned regional berths in three other events and wound up third in the district meet with 123 points.

Pecos' boys only qualified 400-meter runner Daniel Terrazas for regionals last year, and that's the way things finished up again on Saturday. Terrazas won the 400-meter dash for the third straight season, but the Eagles were unable to get anyone else to the Region I-4A meet, though they did slightly improve their point total, finishing fourth with 61 points.

Along with their 800-meter relay team, the girls qualified their 400-meter team on Saturday with a second place finish, while Mari Martinez earned second place in the 3200-meter run on Friday and Stephanie Herrera took first place in the shot put competition on Saturday.

"I was really happy with the way our girls did, and we also might have Michelle (Saenz) go in the 800 meters," said coach Lily Talamantez. Saenz placed third in the 800-meter run, earning her the regional alternate berth, and could end up going to San Angelo in place of San Elizario's Bricenda Acevedo.

Going into the district meet, Talamantez had been concerned about the Eagles' scoring in the field events, but Herrera threw 103-feet-10 to win the discus and earned an alternate berth in the shot put, placing third with a 32-foot-3 throw. Another freshman, Leslie Rodriguez, was fifth in the shot put with a 30-3½ throw, while in the high jump, Jessica Martinez earned a regional alternate spot with a third place effort, going 4-feet-8, while Rodriguez was sixth and Nikki Reyna was fourth.

In the 400- and 800-meter relays, the Eagles placed second to Clint and Fabens, with Christina Arenivas and Tiana Terry holding off Fabens and Mountain View at the finish to earn trips to San Angelo. The 400-meter team of Arenivas, Terry, Yvette Barreno and Jessica Rodriguez ran a 52.96, and the 800-meter team of Arenivas, Terry, Barreno and Saenz had a 1:52.9 time. The Eagles' other relay team, the 1600-meter squad, ended up fourth with a 4:22 time.

The girls' other medals came from Mari Mendoza, who was third in thePilar Juarez, who was third in the 100-meter low hurdles. Jesenia Natividad was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and in the 100-meter hurdles. Terry was sixth in the 100-meter dash, Arenivas was fifth and Bre'Ann Windham sixthe in the 400-meter dash and Nicole Payne placed fifth in the 1600 meter run and Danielle Avila was sixth in the triple jump.

Overall, Clint won the girls' division with 155 points to 144 for Mountain View. Fabens trailed Pecos with 86 points, while Canutillo scored 51 and San Elizario had 24 points. The Eagles' 123 points was 52 more than they scored at last year's district meet in San Elizario.

The boys' 61 points was 15 more than a year ago, while Terrazas' winning time of 50.3 was just under 1½ seconds better than his winning time at district last year and a full two seconds ahead of the field. It was one of three easy wins in the sprint races at district, as Clint's D.J. Shepard also took the 100- and 200-meter dashes going away.

"I think we'll ease back on him next week, and then start him up to take him to a higher peak," said coach Jerry Parent, since sub-48 second times already have been run by Region I-4A competitors in the 400 meters this season.

Terrazas is one of only three seniors on the Eagles' team, so Parent said despite only earning one regional berth, "I'm happy for as young a team as we are to have done as well as we did."

The biggest disappointment for Pecos came in the 400-meter relay, where Parent had to substitute sophomore Matthew Levario for junior Ricky Plummer due to a hamstring injury. Levario and Jason Gonzales ended up mistiming the second handoff, and that dropped the Eagles from second place to fourth by the time the teams reached the finish line.

"With Plummer in there it might have been better. Plummer might have been better on the backstretch than Matthew, since he hadn't run it before. But there's nothing you can do about it. When a kid gets hurt you've got to substitute, and I can live with that."

Aside from Terrazas, the Eagles' other medals came from Will Armstrong, who got third in the pole vault with an 11-foot jump, and from the 1600 meter relay team, which also had to sub for Plummer with Jacob Mora and finished third, with a 3:35.8 time. Justin Lara was fourth in the a 10-foot-6 effort, while Levario was fourth in the long jump (18-7), Peter Juarez was fourth in the triple jump (38-8) and Joe Navarette was fifth in the discus (115-3) for Pecos.

Gonzales picked up fourth place finishes in both the 110 meter high hurdles and 300 meter intermediate hurdles, Abel Lopez finished fifth in the high jump and Mora was sixth in the 800 meter run for the Eagles' other points.

In the overall point standings Clint ran away with the district title again this season, taking first with 205 points to 136 for Mountain View. San Elizario edged out Pecos for third with 68 points, while Canutillo scored 42 points and Fabens finished with 38.

The Region I-4A competition will be on April 27-28 at Angelo State University. Before then, the Eagles may compete in a regional qualifiers the weekend of April 20-21, though that won't be decides until after the Good Friday-Easter weekend.

Pecos netters get one berth in Region I-4A tournament

PECOS, April 9, 2001 - Consistency won out over power on Saturday, and the results were a little disappointing for the Pecos Eagles' tennis team on Saturday, at the District 2-4A Tournament in San Elizario.

The Eagles did get one division title and will send two players to the Region I-4A Tournament in San Angelo next month, but saw their hopes for regional berths in singles competition spoiled by players from Clint and Fabens.

Stephen Lamb and Orlando Mendoza came through as No. 1 seeds in boys' doubles, winning the division title with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 2 seeds Jesus Ortega and Hugo Gines of Clint. But in boys' singles No. 2 seed Trent Graham was beaten in the semifinals by Clint's Alvaro Chacon, though he came back to finish third overall in the tournament, with a 7-6 6-2 win over Fabens' Martin Zavala, and in girls singles No. 1 seed Natalia Ornelas lost in the finals to No. 2 seed Laura Lechuga of Clint, 6-2, 6-2, then lost a second place playback to Fabens' Monica Andrade, 6-0, 6-4.

"She was so consistent," coach Bernadette Ornelas said of Andrade. "The kids over there they just slice the ball and punch it back. It was the same with Trent. We're used to a much faster game over here, and all they do it just hit it back."

"There's so much pressure at this level. The kids know whoever won will advance to regionals, so they're trying so hard and the pressure gets to them," the Eagles' coach said. "The kids ended up not playing their kind of game they played the other person's game, and it was frustrating."

She said Mendoza and Lamb were able to overcome problems in the semifinals against No. 4 seeds Daniel Sosa and Jose Salazar of Fabens. They were blanked in the first set, 6-0, but then came back for a 6-3 victory, and blanked Sosa and Salazar in the deciding set, 6-0, to earn a berth in the finals. Earlier, Mendoza and Lamb opened with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Robert Rodriguez and Jose Acevedo of El Paso Mountain View.

"They guys played pretty well. They felt the pressure, but in doubles you have less court too cover and your partner is there to get you through the match," Ornelas said.

The other boys' doubles team, Phillip Salcido and Michael Orona, beat Mountain View's

Larry Arroyo and Manny Salcido in their opening match, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, before losing to Ortega and Gines, 6-2, 6-2, in the semifinals and to Sosa and Salazar in the third place match, 0-6, 7-5, 6-0.

Ornelas beat Clint's Laura Loera in her opening match, 6-3, 6-3, and then went three sets before beating Fabens' Ana Garcia, 6-2, 0-6, 6-1, to reach the finals. Andrade opened up with a sweep of the Eagles' other singles player, Amanda Fleming, by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

Graham's semifinal and third place matches were his only ones of the tournament. Since Chacon lost in the title match to No. 1 seed Martin Renteria of Clint, 6-2, 6-2, but had already beaten Graham in the semifinals, no playback was held. The other singles player for Pecos, Jay Dannelley, lost his opening match to Fabens' Zavala, 6-1, 6-4.

The only division where the Eagles were unseeded was girls doubles, and the results there went as expected. Brenda Fuentes and Kristina Dominguez lost to No. 4 seeds Daisy Gonzalez and Jennifer Ramos of Fabens, 6-3, 7-5, while Whitney Lamb and Elizabeth Carreon took the No. 2 seeds, Fabens' Annie Gutierrez and Alyse Ramos, to three sets before falling, 6-0, 5-7, 6-0. Gutierrez and Ramos lost in the finals to Mountain View's Cynthia Falcon and Diana Ceniceros, 6-2, 6-3.

Although she was hoping for more regional qualifiers, Ornelas said, "The good thing is we have a very young team. Most of them will be back and hopefully we can use this experience to come back and win district championships."

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