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April 7, 1997

Eagles 2nd, 5th at wind-blown Sandhills

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Apr. 7 -- The Pecos Eagles were unable to come up with their
second straight track meet victory, after about two decades of drought,
but they were able to place second Saturday evening, at the wind-blown
Sandhills Relays in Monahans.

Pecos' girls, third at the Permian Basin Relays in Kermit the previous
week, placed fifth at the Sandhills, as a lack of points in the sprint
races again held back both squads.

Crane won the boys Division I title, with 129 points, while the Eagles,
who edged Monahans by three points to win in Kermit, rallied to take
second by an 83_ point to 74 point margin over the Loboes this time.

"I was a little concerned about our effort in the mile relay for both
the varsity and JV, but other than that, I thought the results were a
fantastic effort by our team as a tune-up for district," said Eagles'
coach Mike Ferrell. "We didn't win first, but Crane could be the power
team in the area in (Class) 3A."

"The distance races and the field events are the staple of our team," he
said. "In the mile and two mile, we got 44 points, and in the shot and
discus we got first and third and first and fifth, so that was 28

The Eagles swept the top three spots Saturday morning in the 3200 meter
run, as Mauricio Villescas, Billy Rodriguez and Jose Perez finished
1-2-3 in that race. Saturday evening, Rodriguez was first, Villescas
second and Perez was fifth in the 1600 meters.

Villescas won the two-mile with a 10:40.20 time, while Rodriguez ran the
two mile for the first time this year and finished in 10:51.50. In the
mile, Rodriguez held off his teammate at the finish, winning in 4:48.90
to 4:50.00.

"The times weren't as competitive as far as what they can run because of
the wind, but the places they finished indicate how they should do at
district," Ferrell said. The Eagles' times on Saturday were similar to
those run by their main rivals in District 4-4A at the Big Spring Relays.

The Eagles' other medal in running events came from Lucio Florez, who
was third for the second week in a row in the 300 meter hurdles. "Lucio
had his best time of the year (42.60) and Orlando Matta did a great job
in the 400," Ferrell said. Matta was fifth in that race.

In the field events, senior Bryan Brownlee again swept the shot put and
discus, though the wind may have been both a positive and negative
factor here. His' 53-foot-5 throw in the shot was his lowest winning
effort this season, but his 182-foot-5 toss in the discus was his best
effort this season.

Jeff Brownlee threw an even 50 feet to claim third in the shot put,
while Jake Fowler took fifth in the discus.

Pecos also got points from Jomar Gallego, fourth in the high jump, and
from Roy Marta, who was sixth in the pole vault.

The girls didn't get as many points in the distances races or field
events, but they did come away with one gold medal in the sprints, as
Monica Carrasco won with a 63.30 time.

"That's the fastest time she's run the quarter-mile this year," said
coach Becky Granado. "I held her out of the 800 meter relay (run just
prior to the 400 meter dash) so her legs would be fresh."

The Eagles also got a trio of second place finishes in the three longer
races. Marisol Arenivas took the silver in the 800 and 3200 meter runs,
while Liz Parent did the same in the 1600, after placing fourth in the

"Liz still needs to get faster to compete with the others at district,
but she's getting stronger," Granado said. "What's helped her is she's
been out from swimming from the start this year, instead of coming out
in the middle," after the high school swimming season was moved up three
weeks by the UIL this year.

Arenivas was beaten out by Van Horn's Roxanne Carrillo in both her
races, losing by five seconds in the two mile and two seconds in the 800

In the field events, Jennifer Barrera missed out by an inch tying for
second in the shot put, as she finished third with a 31-foot-9 throw,
while Penny Armstrong tied Artesia's Joyce Smith for third in the high
jump. She cleared 5-foot-2, as did Fort Stockton's Elisa Espino, who
took second based on fewer misses.

"Penny's 5-2 was her best of the year, and Lori (Marquez) had her best
throw of the year," Granado said. Marquez threw 100-foot-10 to take
fourth in that events.

Julie Lujan was sixth in the shot put, while Armstrong was sixth in the
discus and Valerie Lara was sixth in the 200 meter dash.

The District 4-4A meet will be held this Friday at Andrews, and both
Granado and Ferrell said the lineups they ran at Monahans would be
pretty much the same they would submit for the district meet, where the
top two finishers in each event advance to regionals.

"Unless I can come up with a another runner for the first leg in the
mile relay, everybody else will be the same," Granado said. Brownlee,
Villescas and Arenivas are Pecos' returning regional qualifiers from a
year ago.

Eagles-Steers game struck out twice

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PECOS, Apr. 7 -- It wasn't raining by 4 p.m. on Friday in Big Spring,
and there wasn't a cloud in the sky -- other than dust clouds -- by 4
p.m. Saturday.

But the Big Spring Steers' baseball field got enough rain before then
and got enough high wind on Saturday for the Steers to cancel both their
regularly scheduled game against the Pecos Eagles on Friday, and the
rescheduled game the next day.

Pecos and Big Spring will wait a few more days before trying for a
third time to get in their game. The Eagles and Steers have scheduled
their contest for 5 p.m. on Thursday, after both teams get in another
home game on Tuesday. Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said the game will
start an hour later due to the beginning of Daylight Savings Time on

Pecos will host Fort Stockton at 7:30 p.m., while the Steers will take
on district-leading Andrews in a 4 p.m. start. Andrews improved to 4-0
in 4-4A play with a 5-0 shutout win over San Angelo Lake View on
Saturday, while Fort Stockton upped their lead in the race for second to
1½ games over the Eagles and Steers with a 6-5 victory at Sweetwater.

Tuesday's games will be the first of three this week for the Eagles.
After going to Big Spring on Thursday, they'll turn around and travel to
Sweetwater on Saturday, for a 1 p.m. game against the Mustangs.

That game was pushed back from its scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday start,
due to the District 4-4A track meet that day in Andrews. Several members
of the Eagles' baseball team are scheduled to compete at the district
meet as well for Pecos.
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