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The Eagles, Fort Stockton, Sweetwater and Big Spring will be at the
meet, along with defending regional champ Pampa and several Fort
Worth-area schools. Competition starts at 2:30 p.m. Friday with the
running preliminaries and selected field event finals, while the running
finals are set for Saturday afternoon at Angelo State University.
That's the site of the Region I-4A track meet in late April, and a few
Eagles will be finding out how good their chances are of getting back
there this weekend.
The most competitive event figures to be the 800 meter run, where junior
Billy Rodriguez will get to see three of his four main district
competitors. Lake View's Justin Daniel ran a 1:56.67 in San Antonio on
March 1, but Big Spring's Jason Sanderson (2:01.49), and Sweetwater's
Jason Sepeda (2:02.65) also have better times than Rodriguez' 2:03.39 so
far in 1997, as does Andrews' Eric Lujan (2:01.78). Mineral Well's J.R.
Mercer is just behind Rodriguez, and Eagles' coach Mike Ferrell said
"Granbury (another of the 4A teams running in San Angelo) also has a
real good kid."
Rodriguez does have the second best time in the 1600 meters in 4-4A, at
4:39.75, with teammate Mauricio Villescas next, at 4:43.49. Big Spring's
Mike Torres is tops in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, with 4:33.7
and 10:09.9 times.
"I've been real disciplined in holding Mauricio and Billy back," Ferrell
said. "Mauricio ran his best time last year at the West Texas Relays (in
early March). I want him to run his best at district.
"The same thing for Billy. I want him to run his best 800 and mile races
at district and beyond, not at the start of the season."
Villescas will be seeking to defend his 4-4A title in the 3200 meter
next month, but has been running in shorter races for the past month,
since losing to Lake View's Justin Haby at the Comanche Relays in Fort
Stockton to open the season.
Ferrell is hoping to get as many as 40 points out of the discus and shot
put, after the Eagles collected 30 at the West Texas Relays on March 7.
Senior Bryan Brownlee appears to have the best shot of any Eagle of
reaching state. His 57-foot-1 toss in the shot put and 169-8 throw in
the discus are well ahead of all other district competitors, and on
Friday he'll see some of others from the Panhandle and Fort Worth area
who'll be back in San Angelo for the regional meet in late April.
The better race, as far as regionals go, may involve Brownlee's brother,
Bryan, along with Jake Fowler and Mikel Parent. They'll also be in the
shot and/or discus, as through the first month of the season, no other
4-4A competitor has passed 150 feet so far in the discus, and only Lake
View's Cody Crill (50-1½) has gotten over the 50-foot mark in the shot
"I'm hoping to get both Bryan and Jeff to regionals in the shot,"
Ferrell said. Jeff's best throw so far this season is 49-10, while he
and Fowler are both just over 142 feet in the discus.
Ferrell is also hoping to get field event points from Roy Marta in the
pole vault and Jomar Gallego in the high jump. Both will also run the
200 meter dash, and Ferrell is also optimistic about hurdlers Orlando
Matta and Lucio Florez, who are joining Jacob Weidner in the 110 meter
The clinic begins at 9 a.m. and has a registration fee of $5 per child.
All instructors for the clinic have played baseball at the college or
Participants will receive a jersey and a certificate of completion
following the event, and a lunch of hamburgers, chips and soda will be
provided to the players.
The clinic will follow a Little League coaches meeting, set for Friday
night at Saragosa Hall. All coaches are urged to attend the 7 p.m.
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