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That's not going to happen again to Pecos' girls on Friday, but boys'
coach Mike Ferrell is hoping to get one runner to regionals in the same
event that produced the Eagles' state win in 1994, while expecting to
pick up a bunch of points in four other events at the Mustang Bowl.
The district meet opens at 9:30 a.m. with the junior varsity girls high
jump, while varsity field events start at 10:45 a.m. Running finals
begin with the varsity and JV 3200 meter runs at 9:40 a.m., while the
sprint preliminaries start at 2 p.m. and the finals begin at 6 p.m.,
with the 400 meter relay.
Lake View's boys and Big Spring's girls are favored to win the meet,
though Ferrell is hoping the Eagles will do well in the field events and
"Our goal is 40 points in the shot put and discus," he said, where
senior Bryan Brownlee has a wide lead over other 4-4A competitors. The
senior has thrown five feet further than anyone else in the shot put and
more than 30 feet further in the discus.
Jake Fowler, Mikel Parent and Brownlee's brother, Jeff, are the others
competing in those events, while in the distance races, Mauricio
Villescas goes in as the defending district champion in the 3200, though
he's seeded second right now to Big Spring's Marco Torres.
In the 800 meters -- where Pecos' Willie Mata won with a 1:56 time
three years ago, on the way to the Class 4A championship -- as many as
five runners, including Pecos' Billy Rodriguez, could break the
two-minute barrier on Friday.
"I think Billy's ready to bust out with a sub-two minute effort,"
Ferrell said. Rodriguez and Villescas will also be seeking regional
berths in the 1600 meter run.
After their zero point total in 1994 at Andrews, Pecos' girls climbed
to 36 points the following year and to 73½ points at last year's 4-4A
meet. Going into Friday' meet, the Eagles have one returning regional
qualifier, Marisol Arenivas, who like Villescas, goes in seeded second
in the 3200 meter run.
"I feel like Marisol has a real good chance in the two mile. Only Big
Spring (Bridgett Wilson) is ahead of her, although (Lake View's Crystal)
Watson is right behind."
Arenivas will also run the 800 meters, along with Liz Parent, who'll be
in the 1600 meter run as well.
The Eagles' other top hope in the running events is Monica Carrasco in
the 400 meter dash. "She's kind of worried when she sees all those 61
(second)s and 62s, but I told her it just has to come from within, and
depends on how bad you want it," Granado said.
In the field events, Granado said second place in the discus "is up for
grabs. I think we have a real good chance to get in there," while hoping
Penny Armstrong can get a regional berth in the high jump, where here
5-foot-2 effort is tied for best among 4-4A jumpers this year.
Julie Lujan, Lori Marquez and Armstrong are competing in the discus,
while Lujan and Jennifer Barrera are entered in the shot put.
Coach Bernadette Ornelas said senior David Zuniga and sophomore Jonathan
Fuentes are seeded third going into the tournament, which begins Friday
morning in Midland and concludes Saturday afternoon.
They're one of two doubles teams the Eagles have entered, with Ty Graham
and Mark Marquez the other team on the boys' side.
Ornelas said Renea Rasberry and Randa Taylor just missed out on a top
four seeding, as they're ranked fifth, while Nichi Dannelly and Jennifer
Fuentes are the other girls seed.
The Eagles will only have one girls player in singles, both in the
varsity and the freshman divisions. Lily Payen will compete for Pecos in
varsity singles play, while Melissa Levario will be in the freshman
The boys will have two varsity singles players, in Jeff Lam and Kenneth
Friar, while on the ninth grade level, Craig Wein and Frank Dominguez
will compete in boys doubles for the Eagles.
This past weekend in Fort Stockton, Zuniga and Fuentes won the boys
doubles title, over John Wayne Bailey and Gilbert Yanez of Fort
Stockton, while Graham and Marquez took third place. In boys singles
play, Lam placed third in tournament competition, winning a pair of
matches before falling to Fort Stockton's P.J. Haney in the semifinals,
while Friar lost in the tournament's consolation finals.
In girls' doubles, Rasberry and Taylor placed second behind Fort
Stockton's Amanda Blanco and Nicole Holguin, while Levario lost in the
quarterfinals and Levario in the consolation semifinals in girls singles
The Eagles and Steers failed to get in their game last Friday or
Saturday due to rains and high winds, but will try again at 5 p.m. today
at Steers Field. It's the final game of the first half of district for
both teams, with Big Spring looking to regain a tie with Pecos for third
in the 4-4A standings.
The Eagles are 2-2 in district, 11-6 overall after their 15-5 victory
over Fort Stockton on Tuesday. Pecos collected 10 hits in the final
three innings, ending the game in the fifth on John Gutierrez' three-run
homer off Steve Cordero.
Pecos got eight hits off the Panther pitcher, who had two-hit Big Spring
a week earlier in a 1-0 win. Blake Hull was the loser in that game, and
got little support from his hitters on Tuesday at home against Andrews,
as the Steers collected just one hit off sophomore P.J. Lewis.
But Hull didn't fare as well on the mound, giving up six runs in
three-plus innings, as the first-place Mustangs scored a six-inning 10-0
win and left the Steers at 1-3 in district, 5-13 overall.
Today, Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said Moses Martinez, 4-2, would
start on the mound for the Eagles. It's his first appearance in two
weeks, since taking an 8-2 loss at Andrews on March 27. Last year in Big
Spring, Martinez picked up the save for Jason Abila in a 7-6 Pecos
victory, their first win in Big Spring since 1992.
"If we keep hitting like that, and our pitching comes through, we're
going to be all right," said Williams following Tuesday's win over the
Panthers. A victory today would tie the Eagles for second with Fort
Steers' coach Bobby Doe has started Hull in three straight 4-4A games,
and could come back with him today, or go with Danny Wilson or Jeff
Denton, who relieved in Tuesday's loss to Andrews.
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