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Monday, April 1, 2002

Depth helps Eagles grab second at Crane Relays

The Pecos Eagle boys track team was almost able overcome the Crane Golden Cranes' advantage in gold medals with their own advantage in depth Friday afternoon, but the Cranes were able to pick up enough first place finishes to come away with first place overall in their own Golden Crane Relays.

Crane won nine of the 16 events on Friday, which carried them to a 159-141 victory over Pecos, which won two events while earning several other second and third place medals.

"It was a good meet overall for us, and we needed to run," said coach Jerry Parent, after the Eagles struggled the previous weekend at the San Angelo Relays.

The Crane relays were the next-to-last ones for Pecos before District 2-4A competition on April 12-13 at Eagle Stadium, and were far smaller than the field at the San Angelo Relays, which also helped Pecos add on to its point total.

But Parent said that while the Eagles did pick up more medals than at any other meet this season, they still need to cut their times in several events, especially the 1600 meter relay. The Eagles finished second in that race with a 3:41.10 time, 10 seconds up on third place Monahans but 13 seconds behind Crane.

"We ran 3:41 again. I just can't find a fourth quarter-miler," Parent said. "We've got to have 52s and 53s (on each leg) and we just can't get them."

Pecos' wins came from Isaiah Juarez in the 3200-meter run and Jason Gonzales in the 110 meter hurdles. Juarez ran an 11:23.28 to win the two-mile race, and later was third in the 800 meter run with a 2:10.09 time, while Gonzales won the 110 hurdles with a 15.63 time and later placed second in the 300 hurdles, with a time of 41.85 seconds.

Genaro Mendoza was third in the 3200 meters and second in the 1600 meter run for Pecos, while Jack Bradley was third and John Parent fourth in the 110 hurdles, and Bradley was fourth and Parent fifth in the 300 hurdles.

The Eagles also picked up medals from Peter Juarez and Ricky Plummer, who were second and third in the 400 meter dash, from Rashad Terry, third in the 200 meters, and from the 400 meter relay team, which also placed third. Other points in the running events came from Joshua Cobos, fifth in the 3200 meters; Terry, sixth in the 100 meter dash; and Allen Chappel, fifth in the 400 meters.

In the field events the Eagles' best finishes were a trio of third place medals, from Tony Trjuillo in the shot put; Peter Juarez in the long jump and Will Armstrong in the pole vault. Terry tied for fourth in the long jump, while Parent was sixth in the discus and Peter Juarez was sixth in the long jump for Pecos' other points.

The sprint races were run as times finals in order to end the meet quicker due to the Good Friday holiday, but the relays were delayed for a half hour midway through the running events due to lightning in the Crane area.

Monahans ended up third in the final team standings at the Golden Crane Relays with 97 points, while McCamey was fourth with 51 points.

The Eagles' final meet before district competition is scheduled for this Friday, at the Permian Basin Relays in Kermit. Pecos' girls took this past weekend off, and will run in their final meet before district on Saturday, when they compete at the Van Horn Relays.

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