Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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'
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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