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Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Pecos girls place fifth at Hobbs track meet

The Pecos Eagle girls track team came in fifth out of 11 teams this past weekend at the Gene Wells Relays in Hobbs, picking up one first place finish and four other medals in the process.

Hereford ran away with the division title, finishing with 147 points to 66 for Clovis, N.M., 57 for Midland Lee and 42 for Carlsbad. The Eagles ended up with 36 points, one ahead of Belen, N.M., while Lovington was seventh with 31 points.

"We did good, but there were a lot of teams and it was cold and it was long," said Eagles' coach Roxie Chavez. "But we saw Hereford there, and we'll see them again at regionals. They're tough."

Mindy Harrison picked up the Eagles' first place medal, taking the triple jump with a 33-foot-8 effort. Tiana Terry placed fourth in that event, and the two were also members, along with Jessica Rodriguez and Christina Arenivas, of the 800-meter relay team, which took home second with a 1:55 time.

Pecos picked up a trio of third place finishes at Hobbs, including one by Rodriguez, Terry, Arenivas and Leslie Rodriguez in the 1600-meter medley relay, where they were edged out by Belen for second place by less than half a second. Earlier, Leslie Rodriguez took home third place in the high jump with a 4-foot-8 effort, and Stephanie Herrera was third in the discus, throwing 102-foot-8 on the day.

The Eagles' other points came from Arenivas, who was fourth in the 300 meter hurdles, and from Terry, who placed sixth in the 200 meter dash.

"We still have a lot of improvement we need to make," said Chavez, whose team will compete in Seminole this coming Saturday.

Pecos' boys were off this past weekend, but will be entered in the two-day San Angelo Relays this Friday and Saturday. The boys placed fourth overall last week in the Class 4A Division at the West Texas Relays, and will be facing a larger field this coming weekend in San Angelo.

Vasquez 12th at state powerlifting meet

Pecos Eagles senior Alexandra Vasquez placed 12th at the State High School Powerlifting Championships, held in Killeen over the weekend.

Coach Steve Cross said Vasquez lifted a total of 610 pounds to place 12 th in the Class 4A-5A division, going 255 pounds on the squat thrust, 120 on the bench press and 235 pounds on the dead lift.

"She didn't have as good a meet as we hoped for, but she did finish the meet, which is more than I can say for some of the others who competed at the meet," Cross said "She kept her composure and represented Pecos very well, even though she was somewhat disappointed by her final total, just the fact that she got to compete at state is rewarding in itself."

Vasquez qualified for state by finishing second in the 198-pound and up division on March 1 at the Region I competition in Plainview, with a combined lift of 660 pounds. She was the only Pecos girl to advance to state or regional competition this season.

"I'm going to miss her next year, but I'm looking forward to having a good season, with a bigger girls team," Cross said.

This coming weekend, two Pecos boys will be headed to the Class 4A-5A state powerlifting competition, scheduled for the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Adam Salgado advanced as the runner-up at regionals in the 198-pound division, while Chris Lara will go as alternate in the 132-pound weight class, after placing third at the Region I competition in Lubbock on March 2.

"I think they're both ready. I know Adam's been working hard, and I think both of them are very excited about going to the state meet and would like to have a good meet," said Cross. I know Adam has already improved over his regional total."

Salgado lifted 1,290 pounds at regionals to finish 45 pounds behind weight class winner Beto Rodarte of Lubbock High. Lara lifted a combined 925 pounds in his division and finished 10 pounds behind runner-up Brandon Chrisman of Plainview for the second place state berth. Dumas' Genaro Hernandez won the division with a 1,130 total lift.

Eagles, Panthers playing rematch, focus on district

With both the Pecos Eagles and the Odessa Permian Panthers having more important upcoming games to worry about, neither team figures be focusing that hard on tonight's 6 p.m. game at Eagle Field. But after Permian's 14-0 win over Pecos in Odessa two weeks ago, the odds are the Eagles will be more anxious to play a strong game this evening than the Panthers.

Permian, which is already one week into their District 4-5A schedule, is facing the Eagles on their 4-5A bye date, while Pecos is preparing for their District 2-4A opener this coming Friday, at Clint against the Lions. The Panthers come off a 4-2 loss on Saturday to Midland Lee, but are 12-3 on the season, including their victory over the Eagles on March 5.

After their loss to Permian, Pecos dropped a 5-2 decision to El Paso Burges in the first round of the Cotton Valley Tournament, but since then have won eight straight games to improve to 12-4 on the season, the latest a 15-5 win over Greenwood on Saturday in the championship game of the Alpine Tournament.

Permian took advantage of Barney Rodriguez' wildness to score six runs on only two hits in two innings two weeks ago, with the big hit a grand slam by Adriel Herrera in the second inning. Eagles' coach Bubba Williams was in a meeting this morning, but assistant coach Elias Payan said Matthew Levario, 3-1, would probably start tonight for Pecos.

Levario pitched the final 1 2/3 innings against Permian last month, and went five innings on Friday in a 14-4 win over Fabens. "I would guess it's going to be Matthew because we'll probably save Barney for Clint," said Payan.

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