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Tuesday, May 2, 2000

Relay team gets lesson at regionals

PECOS -- Six members of the Pecos Eagle girls track team got at look at the top level of Class 4A track competition in West Texas over the weekend, and also got to see how far they have to go over to have a shot at advancing to Austin, when they competed at the Region I-4A Track and Field Championships at Angelo State University in San Angelo.

The 400 meter relay team, which placed second at the District 2-4A track meet at San Elizario back on April 8, had problems with their handoffs on Friday in the regional preliminaries of Friday and finished about one second slower than their 54.5 time at district, and eight seconds slower than the eventual regional champs, Everman.

Yvette Bradley, Philonicus Fobbs, Jessica Rodriguez and Christina Arenivas made up the relay team while Michelle Romo and Stephanie Arreguy were the alternates. "They were all excited about next year," when they were at the meet, said coach Lily Talamantez, though all found out they have a ways to go to compete with the top regional teams.

"They had a lot more competition compared to our district," Arreguy said on Monday, when all six girls were gathered at the old Pecos High School gym.

"We need to be mentally prepared," added Romo, while Fobbs said, "We need to practice more to be competitive in more fierce competition.

"We knew what we were going to face, but we put off training for later on," said Fobbs, while Talamantez said the girls failure to warm up properly led to injuries that resulted in the team not being able to work out properly.

Next year's district track meet will be in Canutillo, and Arreguy said. "We at least want to make it as far as the regional finals," in 2001.

Aside from the relay team, Pecos had a couple of regional alternate spots at district, with third place finishes. "I know Christina wants to work hard to qualify in an individual event," said Talamantez, who added she hopes Arreguy can do the same, after her winning high jump in the JV division at San Elizario would have qualified for regionals at the varsity level.

Arreguy cleared 4-foot-8 at district, and said, "If I practice, I can probably get higher." Her jump would have tied Canutillo senior Ale Pineda for first place, though it would take another eight inches to have qualified for state this year.

Talamantez is also hoping to keep more of her girls who started on this year's team both eligible and healthy next season. "We lost about half our girls from when the season started, some due to grades," she said. "Hopefully, they'll all come back next year, because we're a young team right now."

"Why I'm excited about next year is because it's my last year," said Bradley. "I think if everybody works hard and gets out we can win the district title."

Eagles' playoff with Bears set

PECOS, May 2, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles will face the El Paso Bowie Bears in a pair of games at home on Friday, in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs.

The Eagles, the District 2-4A runners-up, and the Bears, the third place team from District 1-4A, will meet at 5 and 7:15 p.m. Friday, in the best-of-three series, with a third game, if needed, scheduled for 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday in El Paso.

Pecos comes into the game with a 15-6 record and a 7-3 mark in district play. Bowie was 6-4 in district and 10-13 on the season, but did score a 7-6 pre-district win over Clint, the District 2-4A champion.

Clint drew a first round bye, while the other 2-4A playoff qualifier, Fabens, will face El Paso Ysleta this weekend in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Duncan questionable as Spurs face elimination

PHOENIX, May 2, 2000 (AP) - Tim Duncan or no Tim Duncan, David Robinson knows he will have to do some heavy lifting tonight.

"I don't really have a choice," Robinson said, "but I expect the other guys to come through and play well."

The San Antonio Spurs, trailing 2-1 in the best-of-five series, have to beat the Phoenix Suns tonight to stay alive in the NBA playoffs.

Duncan, out with torn cartilage in his left knee, finally was cleared for a full contact workout on Monday.

Robinson wasn't optimistic before Monday's practice.

"I know he's dying to play," Robinson said, "but if you can't run, you can't play. It's just that simple. He didn't look good the other day. We'll see how much better it is today. None of us can get our hopes up because we know the knee doesn't heal overnight."

Duncan, out since April 11, said he doesn't want to play unless he's close to full strength. Robinson agrees.

"His value is that he's just so effective down there in the offense and the post. He can block shots and do some things," Robinson said. "I like Tim better if he's functional. I don't want him out there if he can't do those things."

Duncan, who becomes free agent after this season, might have played his last game for San Antonio if he doesn't appear in the game tonight. He was pleased to finally practice.

"I'm excited to be out there," Duncan said before the workout. "I haven't been out on the floor for three weeks. That's the longest I've been out forever. I can't remember ever taking that much time off, even in the summer."

In Duncan's absence, the Spurs have reverted to old form, relying heavily on Robinson to do the bulk of the scoring. Robinson had 37 points, three short of his career playoff high, in San Antonio's 101-94 loss in Game 3 on Saturday.

But Suns coach Scott Skiles said his team is not conceding Robinson those points while trying to shut down the rest of the Spurs.

"I think all of our guys have done a good job on David. He's just having a phenomenal series," Skiles said. "He's unbelievable. The more I look at the tapes, I'm happy with the way our guys are trying to battle him in there. He's just a handful right now."

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