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Thursday, March 21, 2002

Running `detour' to affect Eagles' San Angelo plans

"Track" and "field" normally goes together. But this weekend in San Angelo, they'll be a couple of blocks apart for the Pecos Eagles and the other teams competing in the San Angelo Relays.

"They changed the format because the Bobcat Stadium track is not finished, so they're going to run it at ASU," said Eagles coach Jerry Parent.

Angelo State University's stadium is only a couple of blocks north of Bobcat Stadium, so the location of the running events won't be that much different. But Parent said the field events would remain at the high school complex, and the two stadiums are far enough apart so that the starting times of Friday's running preliminaries and field event finals could cause some scheduling conflicts.

"The way the schedule is some of them may not get to run in their regular events. If they're doing the shot or the discus at one end, they may not be able to get to the stadium in time to run the other," Parent said.

The Eagles were off last week for Spring Break, after a fourth place finish on March 8-9 at the West Texas Relays in Odessa. This weekend's meet figures to be the toughest so far this season for Pecos, with several Class 4A teams from the Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin-San Antonio areas entered. Lubbock Estacado, is favored at this weekend's San Angelo Relays and figures to be among the favorites at the Region I-4A meet, scheduled for April 26-27 at Angelo State.

Jason Gonzales won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at Odessa, and Tony Trujillo earned a third in the shot put at the meet.

For this weekend, Parent said he hopes to see some improvement in Pecos' 1600-meter relay team. "I'm still looking for my mile relay," he said, with the combination of Peter Juarez, Jason Sanchez, John Parent and Ricky Plummer likely to go in Friday's preliminaries.

The 3200 meter finals will be held on Friday along with the other prelims and field event finals, starting at 2:30 p.m. The remaining running finals are scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start on Saturday at the ASU stadium.

While the boys go to San Angelo on Friday, Pecos' girls will be in Seminole for the Indian Relays on Saturday. The Eagles placed fifth this past weekend in Hobbs, picking up one first place medal, by high jumper Mindy Harrison, along with a second place by the 800 meter relay team and a trio of third place finishes.

Both Pecos teams are scheduled to have two more meets after this weekend before the District 2-4A Track and Field Championships, which will be held April 12-13 at Eagle Stadium. It will be the first time in 19 years that Pecos has hosted a district track meet.

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