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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Eagles, other 4-3A runners fail to advance at regionals

District 4-3A runners failed to place among the top finishers on Saturday at the Region I-3A Cross-Country Meet in Lubbock, as the Pecos Eagle boys finished 19th overall in the Class 3A Division at Mae Simmons Park.

"Three of my boys ran their best times, but that wasn't good enough with people running 15s and 16s," coach Rudy Jurado said about the regional meet. "Gonzalo (Reyna) ran a 19:24 and Miguel (Estrada) ran a 19:28."

Those times put the two Eagle runners in 108th and 109th place in the field of 158 boys. The best finish out of all district runners was a 17:59 time over the three-mile course by Fort Stockton's David Palma, who finished 47th, while Gary Lackey of Brownfield won the 3A regional title with a 15:16 time.

The Eagles' other results were a 20:31 by Joshua Cobos, who finished 137th, a 20:41 by Pete Juarez, who was 141st, a 22:03 by Luis Nunez, who was 150th, and a 23:33 by Jeremiah Mora, who placed 154th.

The Eagles had only one runner on the girls' side, sophomore Jennifer Martinez, who finished 103rd out of 169 entries with a 14:12 time. "That was far from her fasted time. She ran a 13:24 this season, Jurado said.

Brooke Shepherd of Canyon won the two-mile race with an 11:41 time, while the best time of any 4-3A runner was by Presidio's Kelly Coffman who finished with a 13:10 time and took 43rd place.

Canyon won both the girls and boys team titles, with Perryton second in the boys' division and Borger second on the girls' side. Monahans' boys placed just ahead of Pecos in 18th place, while on the girls' side Presidio was 16th, Kermit 22nd and Monahans 24th.

Jurado said he was hoping to improve on this year's results for the boys' next fall. "I've got three pretty good runners coming out. They're sophomores and we've got mostly a sophomore team right now, so we should be a stronger team next year," he said.

Eagles in need of post players for hoop season

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles will have a little more experience in the backcourt and a little less in the frontcourt this season, as they try to make up a lot of ground in the District 4-3A girls basketball standings for the 2003-04 season.

Regular season play opens next week for Pecos' girls, who had to cancel their two preseason scrimmages this week due to volleyball playoff conflicts. The Eagles will start their 2003-04 season next Tuesday night with a non-district game in Presidio against the Blue Devils, the only district team Pecos managed a win against last season, when they went 1-9 in district and 7-15 overall.

With fewer than 30 girls participating in preseason workouts, Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela said Pecos would only have varsity and junior varsity teams this season. "I had a few more come out (Monday), but a few others decided to concentrate on other things," Valenzuela said.

She said senior Natalia Ornelas, who started at guard last season, is not playing this year, but most of Pecos' other returning players also are guards, including Danielle Garcia, Mari Mendoza and Stephanie Herrera. Leslie Rodriguez also has played guard at times, though she started last season at forward for the Eagles. Vanessa Garcia is the other returning forward for Pecos, while Rodriguez and Herrera are the top returning scorers for Pecos from last season.

"I've got five back, and now I've got to see if I can find five more, Valenzuela said. "I lost both post players (Jessica Martinez and Tiana Terry), so I'm looking for someone to step up there."

So far, she said she hasn't been able to look at all of her players at one time. "I haven't had a day when I've had them all here," Valenzuela said. "I had a lot of them out sick last week, and the girls on the volleyball team just came out on Thursday."

She added that the end of the six-weeks grading period may also affect the overall numbers for the varsity and JV teams before next Tuesday's season opener against Presidio.

The Eagles will get to play the Blue Devils at home in district play, but that won't be until the second week of February, and their first varsity home game won't take place until the week after New Year's, when they host Crane. Pecos has trips to Wink, Jal, N.M., Midland, Lamesa, Alpine, Stanton, Fort Davis and Crane on the schedule before they get to play their first varsity home contest, though the JV will get one pre-holiday game at home, on Dec. 15 against Fort Davis.

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