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Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Bears' Matta, Rodriguez claim Class A area berths

Balmorhea senior Jourmain Matta earned a pair of gold medals and qualified for three sub-regional berths this past weekend, at the District 7-A Track and Field Championships at Sanderson, while the Bears' Lorissa Rodriguez earned a berth at this week's area meet in the girls' division.

Matta threw 45-foot-10 to win the shot put title, and took first in the discus with a 130-foot-7 effort. He also earned his other berth in the triple jump, placing third with a 37-foot-8 leap. The top four finishers in each event advance to the area meet.

Matta's three medals accounted for 26 of the Bears' 28 points in the boys division, which was won by Sanderson with 2231/2 points. Fort Davis was second with 142 points.

Rodriguez earned her spot at the sub-regional by taking third in the triple jump with a 29-foot-111/2 effort. Her six points were also the only ones for the Balmorhea girls at district. Fort Davis won first in the girls' division with 162 points, to 143 for Sanderson.

Matta and Rodriguez will compete at the area meet this weekend at Wildcat Stadium in Wink. The top finishers there will then move on to Region I-A competition in two weeks at Levelland.

Pecos girls in 2nd, boys 4th at junior high golf tourney

The Pecos Eagle junior high girls placed second, while Pecos' boys took fourth this past Saturday at the opening round of the area junior high golf tournament, held at the Reeves County Golf Course.

Andrews placed first in both divisions after the opening nine holes of play for the girls and the first 18 holes for the boys. Andrews' girls shot a 202, while Pecos was next with a 215 score, two strokes ahead of Fort Stockton.

Silva Baeza and Sarah Wentworth both shot 53s to lead the Eagles' 'A' team on Saturday, while Carolina Briones shot a 54 for the 'A' team and Amanda Herrera had a 54 to lead the 'B' team, which finished at 264 overall. Stephanie Galindo had a 55 and Rica Pena shot a 71 for the other 'A' team scores, while Melissa Mendoza shot a 68, Maressa Lyles shot a 70 and Kayla Natividad shot a 72 for the other 'B' team scores.

Baeza and Wentworth tied for sixth in the medallist standings and Briones and Herrera was tied for eighth overall. Andrews' Addie Long and Burgandy Parnell had the low rounds of the day, with 47 and 48 scores. Fort Stockton's Lili Singh shot a 50 and the Prowlers' Audrie Childs shot a 52 to tie Andrews' Kaylan Brownlee for fourth.

In the team standings, Andrews 'B' was fourth with a 235 score and Monahans was fifth at 242, while Pecos 'B' was sixth and Monahans 'B' seventh, with a 290 total. Kermit did not have enough players for an 'A' or 'B' team.

Boys' coach Ronnie Daniel said he hoped to have a few more players for the second round of the tournament that would help the Eagles both cut their scores and field enough players for a 'B' team score. Pecos shot a 410 on Saturday, to place behind Andrews 'A' (350), Monahans 'A' (389) and Andrews 'B' (394). Fort Stockton 'A' was one shot behind Pecos, and was followed by Kermit at 414, Monahans 'B' at 482 and Fort Stockton 'B' at 492.

Drake Bradley shot an 81 and was in third place in the medallist standings, behind Andrews' Eric Helton and Dylan Dockery, who shot 78 and 81 on Saturday. After Bradley, Zack Morton had the Eagles' next-best score with a 100, and was followed by Dane Daniel at 109, Jesse Prieto at 120 and Michael Lee at 132 for the 'A' team.

Desi Alvarez also shot a 132 for Pecos, while Bo Porras had a 146 and Isaiah Porras shot a 153 for the Eagles' other scores.

While the junior high teams prepare for the second round of their area tournament, Pecos' high school teams will play the final round of their District 4-3A tournament at Hogan Park in Midland on Thursday. The Eagle girls have all but clinched the district title with a 49-stroke lead over Monahans, while the Loboes are well ahead in the boys' division, and Pecos holds an eight-stroke lead over Greenwood for the second place regional berth.

Eagles seek regional spots in return visits to Kermit

The Permian Basin Relays were almost like a practice run for both Pecos' boys and girls' track teams this past Friday at Walton Field in Kermit. But the real thing begins today for the Eagles, as they'll begin the two-day District 4-3A Track and Field Championships with running preliminaries and field event finals.

Field events began at 10 a.m. today, while the running prelims will start at 5 p.m., followed by the finals of the 3200-meter run. The remaining running finals will start at 6 p.m. Thursday at Walton Field, and the top two finishers in each event will advance to the Region I-3A meet April 25-26 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.

The meet was originally scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, but was shifted to the rare Tuesday-Thursday set-up to avoid conflict with other UIL extracurricular events. As a result, both boys coach Jerry Parent and girls coach Roxie Chavez held runners out of several events, due to the short break between Friday's Permian Basin Relays and today's running prelims.

The boys did run their regular relay teams and competed in the field events, and ended up second to Monahans on Friday with 101 points, to 1431/2 for the Loboes. "We improved in all three relays," said Parent. "The big thing was we got to run on the track they're going to run on in district."

Jason Sanchez, Will Armstrong, David Bradley and Rashad Terry ran a 43.44 to edge Monahans for first in the 400 meter relay, while Sanchez, Peter Juarez, Alex Orosco and Armstrong were second in the 800 meter relay, two seconds behind Monahans, and the 1600 meter relay team of Sanchez, Juarez, Orosco and Alan Chappel were second to Midland Christian, with a 3:30.17 time.

Terry has won most of his races this season in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, and won both last season at the District 2-4A meet, while Bradley will be among the favorites in the 110-meter high hurdles. In the longer races Isaiah Juarez will also have a chance to win the 800 meters, while Genaro Mendoza will try to take first in the 1600 meter run. Both will also compete in the 3200 meters tonight.

Pecos got one field event first on Friday, from Justin Lara, who won the pole vault with a 12-foot-6 effort. Armstrong went 11-6 to take second, while Tony Trujillo and Trey Edwards were second and third in the shot put, with 45-foot-7 and 43-111/2 throws, John Parent was second in the discus with a 143-foot-8 toss, with Trujillo fifth and Justin Evans sixth, and Terry cleared 6-feet to take third in the high jump.

"Some of Greenwood's shot putters and discus throwers were at the Texas Relays (in Austin), and that helped us in those events, but we might be able to place in the triple jump and long jump," at district, Parent said.

Pecos' girls only had 32 points at Kermit, but like the boys didn't compete heavily in the running finals. "We did the field events, but the only running we did was the sprint relay," Chavez said. "I needed to watch their handoffs, because we're pretty much new there."

Tiana Terry, Ashley Orona, Jennifer Dunn and Sinfronia Dunlop will make up the 400 meter relay team, and placed fourth on Friday at Kermit, while Jessica Martinez, Mari Mendoza, Mindi Harrison and Jummy Akinyode will be on the 800 meter relay team, and Akinyode, Harrison, Mendoza and Alessandra Carrasco will make up the 1600 meter squad.

Chavez is hoping both Akinyode and Terry will have a shot at qualifying in the 100 and 200 meter dashes at district, while in the distance races, Martinez, Leslie Rodriguez and Kelsey Holt will run tonight in the 3200 meters, and Martinez, Rodriguez and Jennifer Martinez will run in the 1600 meters on Thursday.

In the field events today, Stephanie Herrera will be seeking her third straight trip to regionals in the discus. She made it the past two years as a member of District 2-4A. She won at Kermit on Friday with a 112-foot-3 throw and also placed second in the shot put, with a 34-foot-2 effort. Stephanie Arreguy picked up Pecos' other points, with a third in the discus, throwing 101-9 on Friday.

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