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The Eagles beat out their former District 4-4A rivals, 112-109 to take
the title, with Fort Stockton third with 77 points. On the girls, side,
Pecos lost out in the battle for second to Kermit, 96 points to 95½,
while Lovington, N.M. claimed first place with 136 points.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of these young men," said Eagles' coach
Mike Ferrell. "It's exciting to win our first meet, and I'm excited
about getting my first win as a coach, because this was a quality meet."
Ferrell and the rest of the Eagles had to sweat out the final race of
the day, the 1600 meter relay, which was run in two heats. The Loboes
placed first and the Eagles second in the first heat, and Pecos needed
to stay one spot behind after the second heat, or Monahans would take
the title by one point.
That left the Eagles rooting for their district rivals, and Fort
Stockton came through, taking their heat _-second faster than Monahans
had ran to claim the gold medal.
"The most important thing this does for the team is it gives them a
tremendous amount of confidence going into the district meet," Ferrell
said. Pecos will go to the Sandhills Relays in Monahans this Saturday,
then compete at the District 4-4A meet on April 11 in Andrews.
The bulk of Pecos' points again came from the field events and distance
races, though the Eagles did score better in some of the other races
than they have so far in 1997.
Bryan Brownlee made it 6-for-6 in sweeping the discus and shot put
titles Friday morning. He threw 56-foot-7 in the shot, six inches below
his season-best so far, while taking the discus with a 161-2 throw.
Jeff Brownlee and Mikel Parent were third and fourth in the shot,
throwing 49-8 and 45-2, while Jake Fowler and Brownlee finished fifth
and sixth in the discus, going 144-4 and 133-1½.
Other field event points came from Jason Aguilar, who was fifth in the
high jump at 5-foot-8, and from Roy Marta and Len Carson in the pole
vault. Marta tied for fourth with a 10-foot effort, while Marta was
sixth at 9-foot-6.
In the distance races, Mauricio Villescas placed second, Jose Perez
third and Oscar Medrano fourth in the 3200 meter run, while Villescas
won the 1600 meters, with Bill Rodriguez third and Perez fifth.
"That was Mauricio's best time of the year in the 3200," Ferrell said.
Villescas had a 10:18.49 in the two mile, and won the mile with a
In-between those races, Rodriguez ran his best time of the year in the
800 meters, winning with a 2:00.42 effort. Medrano was sixth in the 800.
In the sprint events, Orlando Matta - who was almost left out of the
finals by accident - took second in the 400 meters with a 53.4 time,
while Lucio Florez also earned a medal, taking third in the 300 meter
hurdles with a 43.34 time.
Ferrell said the 1600 meter relay team's third place finish, in a 3:36.3
time was their best of the year, while the Eagles did not field a 400
meter relay team in Kermit.
"The 4-by-100 is one of the events we'll be looking to improve on. We
need to improve on five events going into district," Ferrell said.
Pecos' girls missed out on second place in the team standings when
Wink's Jess Ann Fernandes caught Pecos' Monica Carrasco on the final
leg, dropping the Eagles from third to fourth in the mile relay. But the
95½ points was still the most for Pecos this season.
"Erica's knee was hurting, and I had to pull Annette (Marquez) out
because of her leg, but Penny (Armstrong) did a good job," coach Becky
Granado said. Armstrong was feeling sick earlier in the day, she said,
and only placed sixth in the high jump, but she did end up winning the
discus with a 96-foot-7¼ throw, with Crissy Lujan finishing fifth.
Lujan also placed fourth in the shot put, while Carrasco was sixth in
the long jump.
Carrasco and Orona would earn medals later, placing second and third
behind Fernandes in the 400 meter dash. Valerie Lara picked up a second
place finish in the 110 meter hurdles, and later finished fourth in the
200 meter dash, while Liz Parent did the same in the 1600 and 3200 meter
runs, taking second and fourth in those races.
The girls' two running gold medals on the day came from Marisol
Arenivas, who skipped the 1600 meter run to compete in the 800. She took
first there with a 2:32.88 time, after earlier going 12:39.91 to win the
"I was impressed with Marisol in the 3200. She cut 15 seconds off her
time today," Granado said.
Pecos' girls also will be in Monahans this week, before going to
district in Andrews. "We've bee working hard. I just hope we continue
that, and if we can get all our injured kids healthy we'll be stronger
than we are now."
Brenda Fuentes and Rebecca Wein won both their singles and doubles
matches over Fort Stockton, while Katherine Orona and Desriee Garcia
took their singles matches, after winning by forfeit in doubles.
Fuentes and Maria Dominguez beat Sarah Blanco and B.L. Maclister, 8-2;
while Wein and Jennifer Jaramillo downed Amy Ponce and Janette Galindo,
There were no boys matches in the seventh grade division.
In the eighth grade, Nicole Payne and Presiclla Levario were singles
and doubles winners, as the girls split their 10 matches with the
Prowlers. Fort Stockton won all four matches on the boys' side, as the
Eagles had only two players, Lee Serrano and Anthony Casillas, who faced
four different Fort Stockton netters.
Results for the seventh and eighth graders are listed below:
Brenda Fuentes defeated Sensy Espinoza, 8-4; Rebecca Wein defeated Irene
Boon, 8-6; Laura Hinojos lost to Carime Ramos, 8-1; Maria Dominguez lost
to Michelle Parras, 8-4; Katherine Orona defeated Jessica Pass, 9-7;
Desiree Garcia defeated Kathy Franco, 8-2; Jennifer Jaramillo lost to
Annie Casas, 8-1; Hinojos defeated Espinoza, 8-3.
Fuentes and Dominguez defeated Blanco and Maclister, 8-2; Garcia and
Orona wo by forfeit over Katy Dunn and Malarie Lujan; Wein and Jaramillo
defeated Amy Ponce and Janette Galindo, 8-5.
Salem Mitchell lost to Michelle Mowry, 8-5; Rachel Pharoah defeated Ida
Coronado, 9-7; Charlee Waight lost to Alyne Marquez, 8-3; Amanda
McCallister lost to Zorienda Galindo, 8-1; Prescilla Levario defeated
Elena Hernandez, 8-3; Nicole Payne defeated Amanda Reyes, 8-1.
Lee Serrano lost to Chris Holguin, 8-0; Anthony Casillas lost to Orlando
Yanes, 8-0; Serrano lost to Shane Sheehan, 8-0.
Pharoah and McCallister lost to Brenda Olibas and Rachel Ortiz, 8-1;
Tiffany Jarrett and Waight defeated Smita Bhakta and Stephanie Ramirez,
8-5; Payne and Levario defeated Cristal Galvan and Brigett Hampton, 8-2.
Serrano and Casillas lost to Sheehan and Hector Natividad, 8-0.
"It took us 12 hours to get there, but it was a great experience," said
Cross, who made the trip with students Tony Tovar, Joe Kawell and Gus
Cross placed first in patterns, first in executive fighting, first in
men's heavyweight fighting and third in men's heavyweight power breaking
in Black Belt competition, giving him the grand championship title.
"It was exhausting, but I'd do it again," Cross said.
Tovar won the men's lightweight power breaking, while Kawell placed
first in patterns and second in fighting in his division.
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