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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, February 21, 2002
Eagles hope to continue improvement in track
By JON FULBRIGHT
After several years of coming away with only a few medals or regional
berths at district track competition, the Pecos Eagle girls improved
on those results a year ago, earning four spots at regionals and finishing
with 123 points at the District 2-4A track meet in Canutillo.
This season, first-year coach Roxie Chavez will be trying to improve on
those results, with the district meet scheduled for Eagle Stadium in April.
But as is the case with boys coach Jerry Parent, Chavez said she would be
shorthanded for this Saturday's season-opening Sandhills Relays at Monahans,
and for the next couple of meets as well.
"We may not even have a sprint relay this weekend. I'm trying to get the
girls into more individual events," said Chavez, who will be minus several
team members due to college visits and other extracurricular activities.
"The next two weekends I'll have girls out too, for church activities,"
she said, meaning the Eagles' first meet with a full squad won't be until
mid-March at the earliest.
Pecos qualified for regionals in the 400 and 800 meter relays last season,
though for now the regulars on those two relays are uncertain due to the
absense of some competitors. The ones that are there, Chavez said, "have
been working real hard, and they're a little bit tired. They're trying to
get into shape and trying to get used to the new routine."
"We should be in good shape in the field events, with Stephanie Herrera
in the shot and discus and Jessica Martinez in the high jump," Chavez said.
Herrera won the district title in the shot put as a freshman last season,
while Martinez finished third in the high jump.
"She just did it at district last year and not at the other meets, so
hopefully we'll see some improvement this year," Chavez said.
Aside from the shot put, high jump and discus, Chavez said Terry would
compete for the Eagles in the triple jump and Arenivas and Carrasco would
be entered in the long jump to round out the field events for Pecos.
She added that Martinez and another shot putter, Leslie Rodriguez, who
was fourth at district last year, "would be my two-milers, but we're hurting
in sprints right now."
"In the relay (at Monahans), I'll have Tiana Terry, but we'll be without
JJ (Jessica Rodriguez) this weekend, because she's going to Texas Tech,"
said Chavez. "I will have Maricela Mares and Alessandra Carrasco, but I'm
looking for another leg."
Terry will run in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, while Chavez said senior
Christina Arenivas would probably run both in the 800 meters and in the 300
meter hurdles. "She's new to the 300 this year, but I wish she had been doing
it for the last three years, because she just started right now and she's
The Sandhills Relay will start about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with field
events and running preliminaries. Running event finals will begin Saturday
afternoon at the Monahans High School stadium.
Pecos swimmers hoping to cut times at state meet
By JON FULBRIGHT
Pecos Eagles' swim coach Terri Morse expects her team to swim faster
in the preliminaries of the UIL Class 4A Swimming and Diving Championships,
at the Jamail Center on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.
But she expects that to be true for the rest of the field in Austin
as well on Friday.
"I'm looking for everyone to go faster," said Morse. "I feel like we're
going to have to swim faster and feel that everyone is going to cut their
times, so they've got a lot of stiff competition ahead of them."
The boys will have to lower their times more than some of the other regional
qualifiers in order to match the results of the past two seasons, when Pecos
placed fifth and seventh at state, while the girls will have to cut their
times just to have a chance to get into Saturday's finals heat. The top eight
finishers in Friday's prelims will go to finals, though Morse said the next
eight will also swim in the consolation finals on Saturday.
Pecos' 200 medley relay, along with sohpmores Will Oglesby in the butterfly
and K.W. Winkles in the breaststroke are ranked fifth in their events, and
the 400 yard freestyle relay team is ranked seventh going into the state
meet. The girls' best ranking is an 11th in the 200 medley relay.
"We're going to have to get out there and be better than the rest of the
field on a given day, and it seems like they're mentally ready to go," Morse
Some of the Eagles' state qualifers weren't pushed at the Region I-4A
meet in Lubbock as much as they will be in Austin, and Morse said she hoped
that would help them speed up their times.
"We want them to go in with the attitude that we're going to better our
times and try to move up some rather than just settling for `we made it.'
That's what I've been talking to the girls about, moving up."
The Eagles also have one diver entered in the state meet, sophomore Michael
Juarez. He's seeded 13th going in, but Morse said the point totals
are more arbitrary than the regional times for the swimmers.
"I'll know a little bit better how Michael will fare after seeing the
other divers dive," in Friday's preliminaries, she said. "The divers from
our region have done pretty well in the past. We haven't had any down here
before, but Michael has a good attitude and a lot of it depends on how you
do that day. Hopefully Michael will be feeling well and will have a good
The preliminaries for the Class 4A meet will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday
at the Jamail Center, while finals on Saturday are scheduled to begin at
9 a.m. at the UT pool, which is located on the southeast side of Memorial
Bears expecting fast-paced game against Bulldogs
Balmorhea Bears coach Adolfo Garcia expects a fast-paced game Friday night,
when the 10th-ranked Bears take on the sixth-ranked Ira Bulldogs
in the area round of the Class A-Division II boys basketball playoffs.
"We're going to have a very tough game Friday night. Ira is ranked sixth
in the state and they're very similar to us. They love to run," Garcia said
following Monday's playoff victory over the Marathon Mustangs.
The 21-1 Bears breezed through their bi-district playoff game on Monday
against Marathon, winning by an 89-27 final score, while Ira got a tougher
test from 15-10 Blackwell, which jumped ahead by as many as 13 points in
the first half, before Ira rallied for a 60-51 victory.
Ira outscored Blackwell by a 42-26 margin over the final two periods,
and were led by Jose Olivera, who finished with 20 points.
Friday's game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Odessa Permian High
School gym, and the Bears are hoping to get off to a better start on offense
in the Permian gym than they have in their last few games, including two
at the Gallego Center in Alpine during the past week.
The Bears beat both Sanderson and Marathon at Alpine, but struggled with
their shooting in the first half, something Garcia said had bothered the
Bears in recent weeks.
The winner of the game will face either Panther Creek or Utopia in the
regional semifinals next week.
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