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Monday, March 31, 2003

Pecos teams end up third at Sandhills

The Pecos Eagle boys and girls track teams both picked up third place finishes on Saturday at the Sandhills Relays, with the boys also earning four first place finishes on the afternoon and the girls one gold medal for the second week in a row.

Andrews and Monahans tied for first place in the boys' division, each with 148 points, while the Eagles were next with 106 points. Fort Stockton had 611/2 points to finish fourth.

On the girls' side, Big Spring ran away with the division title, finishing with 186 points to 106 for Greenwood. The Eagles used a second place finish in the day's final event, the 1600-meter relay, to edge Andrews for third place, by an 84-80 score.

Sophomore Rashad Terry earned three of the four gold medals for the boys individually, by winning the high jump, 100 and 200 meter dashes, and also was the anchor leg on the 400 meter relay team, which ran its best race of the season in winning with a 43.65 time.

"That's wonderful," said Parent, whose team broke the 44-second mark for the first time in 2003. "We didn't have the fastest time in the morning (preliminary) session, but we did in the afternoon."

Parent said Terry did give himself and the Eagle coaches a scare during the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash, when he was forced to slow down at the finish. "We though he had pulled his hamstring, but it turned out to be just a cramp," Parent said. He ended up with only the third-best time going into the finals, but won the event with a 22.75 time.

Earlier, Terry ran a 10.70 to win the 100-meter dash, and cleared 6-foot-2 to take the high jump. "That's his best so far this year, and he beat the Greenwood kid (Jimmy Brooks) who cleared 6-feet," Parent said.

Overall, though, Parent said field events still are a problem for the Eagles. "We only got 20 points there," he said. "It's the same every week. We start off real bad and finish real good."

Justin Lara cleared 11-foot-6 to earn third place in the pole vault competition, while John Parent finished fourth in the discus for the Eagles' other field event points.

Jack Bradley bumped a hurdle in the 110-meter finals, which cost him a shot at first place. He ended up third with a 15.53 time. Earlier, Isaiah Rayos took third in the 800 meter run with a 2:07 flat time, while Alex Orosco was third in the 400 meter dash with a 54.02 time, Genaro Mendoza was third in the 1600 meter run with a 4:51.26 time, and the 800 meter relay team of Abel Lopez, Sanchez, Orosco and Armstrong were third, with a 1:33.11 time.

The 1600 meter relay team for Pecos was fourth, and the Eagles also got points from Jay Dannelley, Juarez and Mendoza, fourth through sixth in the 3200 meter run and Lopez, sixth in the 800 meters.

The girls got their first place finish from Jummy Akinyode in the 200 meter dash, where she had a 26.21 time to beat Big Spring's Karissa Magers, who she lost to in the preliminaries and at the Mustang Relays in Andrews last week. "She was about seven-tenths of a second faster this week," said Eagles' coach Roxie Chavez. "Tiana (Terry) got beaten out for third by (Fort Stockton's Tammy) Cash, but hopefully we can work on that for district."

The Eagles also picked up a couple of second place finishes aside from the 1600 meter relay, from Stephanie Herrera, who threw 117-10 in the discus, and from Jessica Martinez, who ran a 13:00.27 in the 3200 meter run.

Akinyode, Alexandra Carrasco, Mari Mendoza and Mindi Harrison were on the 1600-meter team that finished with a 4:18.60 time, two seconds behind Big Spring. Pecos was also third in the 800 meter run, with a time of 1:33.11, while Tiana Terry picked up third in the 100 meter dash with a 13.14 time, and Harrison was third in the pole vault, clearing seven feet in her first competition of the year.

Herrera also picked up a fifth in the shot put, while Stephanie Arreguy was sixth in the discus for the Eagles' other field event points. In the running events, Carrasco was fifth in the 800 meter run; Martinez, Leslie Rodriguez and Jennifer Martinez were fourth through sixth in the 1600 meter run, Rodriguez was sixth in the 3200 meter run and the Eagles' 400 meter relay team also finished sixth.

"We ran a 55 (second) time on that one, and some of that was our handoffs. We're still working on that," said Chavez.

The Eagles will go to Kermit for the Permian Basin Relays this Friday and will be back there for the District 4-3A track meet on April 8 and 10.

Early runs stand up for Eagles in 2-0 victory

Staff Writer

The late-game offensive fireworks that Pecos Eagle fans may have gotten used to this season weren't there Friday night, when the Eagles hosted the Fort Stockton Panthers. But neither were the early game pitching problems or defensive mistakes that had been so costly to Pecos in their first two District 4-3A games, and the result was a 2-0 win over the Panthers at Eagle Field.

Barney Rodriguez snapped a personal two game losing streak and evened his season record at 4-4 with his first shutout of the year, striking out 10 Panther batters while allowing only three hits on the night.

"That's the best performance he's had all year, and it came at the right time," said Eagles' coach Elias Payan. "He told me before the game he wanted to pitch and he went out and did his job."

The Eagles, meanwhile, had three hits in the game after their first three batters of the night off Fort Stockton's Terrance Ellis. But the Panthers' senior was able to overcome that and leadoff hits in the second, third and sixth innings to keep Fort Stockton close, helped by an errorless night from his defense and a couple of bad early base running decisions by Pecos.

Matthew Levario singled home David Elkins, after he doubled to right to lead off the first inning and went to third on Jose Reyes' single. Levario then beat the throw to second base on an hit-and-run when Freddy Torres grounded to shortstop, but Jeremy Velasquez' throw to first beat Torres, and Isai Rayos then threw home to get Reyes, who tried to score from second base.

In the second inning, Rodriguez led off with a single, but after Rigo Ramirez grounded into a force play at second, he was thrown out by Rojas trying to go from first to third base when Quito Vargas threw out Victor Reyes on a slow infield bouncer to third.

Fort Stockton also opened up the first inning with a single, and also had a runner thrown out at third, when Julio Pacheco was caught trying to go from second to third on Ellis' fly ball to Elkins in right field.

The Panthers wouldn't get a runner to third until the seventh inning, when Velasquez singled and Angel Molinar walked with two outs, and moved up on a passed ball by Ruvel Carrasco. But with the tying run in scoring position, Rodriguez struck out R.J. Bernal to end the game.

The Eagles only had one error in the game for the second game in a row after suffering through a rash of mistakes in their previous contests. This one was a two-out error by Levario at shortstop in the second, but Rodriguez came back to strike out Marquez, to end the threat.

Levario drove in his second run of the night, and the final run of the game, in the third inning, on a one-out sacrifice fly, following a lead-off single by Carrasco. Courtesy runner Eddie Vela then stole second, moved to third on a passed ball by Bernal and scored on the sacrifice fly, after Elkins walked and Reyes lined out to Rojas. Levario would double off the glove of a diving Donnie Dominguez in right field to lead off the sixth and went to third on Torres' ground out, but was stranded when Oscar Parada grounded to shortstop and Rodriguez bounced to third base.

"When we started off it looked like we were going to explode for some runs, but we had some mental lapses running the bases that hurt us," Payan said. "But I'll take the win."

After two one-run losses to open District 4-3A play, the victory puts Pecos at 1-2 in district and 13-7 on the season, while Fort Stockton is also 1-2. Kermit and Monahans are both 2-1 after the Jackets beat the Loboes on Friday night, 11-10, while Greenwood lost to Presidio, 12-6.

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T. Ellis and Bernal. Rodriguez and Carrasco. W - Rodriguez. L - T. Ellis. DP - Ft. Stockton 2, Pecos 1. 2B - Pec., Elkins, Levario. SF - Pec., Levario. SB - FtS, Pacheco, Velasquez. Pec., Vela., Elkins. PB - Carrasco.

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