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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Eagles repeat at 4-3A cross-country champs

The Pecos Eagle boys' cross country team didn't put a runner in the Top 3 on Monday, at the District 4-3A meet in Monahans, but they had enough runners finish among the leaders to take the district championship for the second year in a row.

Pecos finished with 31 points to beat out Monahans by four points for first place. The Loboes had 35 points, while Greenwood was third with 58 points.

Pecos didn't have enough girls for the second year in a row to compete for the team title, but sophomore Jennifer Martinez earned a regional berth by placing third and Jasmine Rodriguez finished 18th, coach Rudy Jurado said.

"Everybody's going to regionals. Jasmine's going to be an alternate," Jurado said. The Top 10 individual runners qualify for the regional meet in two weeks in Lubbock.

Fort Stockton's boys, like Pecos' girls, didn't have enough runners to compete for the team title, but placed two runners in the top three. David Palma won with an 18:46.85 time over the three-mile course at the Ward County Golf Course, while Nick Torre finished third, with a 19:23.61 time.

That just edged out Pecos' Gonzalo Reyna, who ended up fourth with a 19:24.93 time, his best of the year. Miguel Estrada and Joshua Cobos were next for the Eagles, placing seventh and eighth with 20:14.80 and 20:31.75 times. Jeremiah Mora was 13th with a 21:44.31 time, Luis Nunez was 16th with a time of 22:22.55 and Pete Juarez finished 17th, with a time of 22:35.60.

"What helped us out for the boys' team were our fourth and fifth place runners," Jurado said. "All of our runners ended up in the middle of the pack, and that helped us out on the scores."

Monahans' Chris Collins took second place overall, with an 18:46.85 time, and Jurado said, "I actually thought we got beaten out for first place by Monahans for the team title. But I was shocked, surprised and happy when the points were totaled up."

Jurado said Martinez ran a 13:34 to place third in the girls division, while Rodriguez had a 17:20 time, which was her best time of the season. Kermit's Amber Jones took first with a 13:21 time over the two-mile course, while Presidio captured the team title for the girls' division.

This was the second year in a row the cross country meet has been held at the Ward County Golf Course. After weekend snowfall in the area Monday morning's temperatures weren't great golf weather, but Jurado said by the time the girls' race began at 10 a.m., the temperatures were good for the runners.

"The weather was almost perfect.

Eagles looking to lock up 2nd at Greenwood

The Pecos Eagles' volleyball team will try to set up a bi-district match against the Seminole Maidens tonight, and avoid having to face another match later this week against the Greenwood Rangerettes, when they close out 2003 regular season play in Greenwood against the Rangerettes, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Eagles will be trying to do to Greenwood what the Rangerettes did to them a year ago - go on the road to wrap up regular-season and clinch second place with a victory. Pecos lost at home a year ago and ended up third in the District 4-3A standings; a win tonight would clinch second and a bi-district match with Seminole, while a loss would force a playoff for second later this week with Greenwood, probably on Saturday in Monahans.

"At least it's a tie for second," Eagles' coach Becky Granado said of a possible loss tonight. "Hopefully we'll go down there and play the way we can play and won't slack off and wait for them to give us the game."

Earlier this month in Pecos, the Eagles won the first game against Greenwood and took a quick lead in the second game, only to see the Rangerettes rally for a victory. Pecos would win Game 3 but seemed to tire in the fourth game, losing that and then seeing Greenwood reach match point in Game 5. But the Eagles were able to rally and defeated the Rangerettes, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 14-25, 16-14.

Greenwood was able to rally from losing their first two games to Fort Stockton a week ago to the Prowlers, and then downed Presidio this past Saturday to clinch a playoff spot. They're 6-3 in district and 17-20 overall. Pecos swept Fort Stockton at home on Saturday to improve to 7-2 in district and 15-15 on the season.

The eventual third place team in District 4-3A will face Lamesa in their bi-district round. "The girls know the scenario about coming in second or coming in third. I think they'll feel much better playing Seminole just because they've seen them before," Granado said. The Eagles defeated the Maidens the opening weekend of the season at the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans.

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