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March 27, 2001

Eagle teams fourth, 12th at Kermit, San Angelo

PECOS, March 27, 2001 - Running against teams that may be their future district rivals, the Pecos Eagle girls placed fourth on Saturday at the Permian Basin Relays in Kermit, while Pecos' boys, running against teams they hope will be their regional rivals next month, had a tougher time in San Angelo on Friday and Saturday, placing 12th in Division II at the San Angelo Relays.

Midland Greenwood won the girls division at Kermit going away with 196 points, while the Eagles were third among four teams bunched within eight points of each other. Pecos finished with 88 points, to 93 for Monahans, 90 for Fort Stockton and 85 for Kermit,

"We cut our times, and everybody worked real hard. I think what hurt us was we didn't have anybody in the hurdles," said coach Lily Talamantez.

The girls got two first place finishes in the meet. Nicole Payne won the 1600 meter run with a 6:21.9 time, seven seconds ahead of teammate Christina Arenivas, who was second, while Michelle Sanez took the 800 meter run with a 2:37 time.

Placing second was Kelsey Holt in the 3200 meter run, with a 14:08 time, while the Eagles' 800 meter relay team of Saenz, Yvette Barreno, Jessica Rodriguez and Tiana Terry also took second, in 1:53.3. Barreno, Rodriguez, Saenz and Mindy Harrson later placed third in the 1600 meter relay, and Terry had a pair of individual third place finishes, in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

"We finally got Christina Arenivas out there. She had missed the last two meets and I used her in the mile and she got second. Hopefully I'll put her in some relays at Crane," Talamantez said. "Also Rebecca Wein just came out and threw the discus and got third, and that helped."

Aside from Wein, the Eagles only picked up five other points in the field events, on a fourth place finish by Stephanie Herrera in the shot put and a sixth from Harrison in the triple jump.

"We're still working on the field events, and we should have a couple of other girls who can help us there," Talamantez said.

Holt also took fifth in the 1600 meter run, Marissa Mendoza was fifth in the 100 meters Jennifer Horton was sixth in the 3200 meters and Barreno, Rodriguez, Mendoza and Harrson were sixth in the 400 meter dash.

The boys sent part of their team to compete in the junior varsity division at Kermit, while the rest went to San Angelo, where the Eagles ended up with seven points, all from Daniel Terrazas, who placed third in the 400 meter dash in 52.20 and sixth in the 100 meters with an 11.83 time.

"Daniel ran a sub-11 time in the prelims. He ran a 10.9, but then (on Saturday) it got awful cold," said coach Jerry Parent. Terrazas also had a faster time on Friday in the preliminaries of the 400 meter dash, running a 51.13.

Parent said the next best effort for Pecos was an eighth place in the 3200 meter relay, which is run at San Angelo but is not yet a UIL state event. "We ran our youngsters in the two mile and they ran a 9:36," he said. "Overall, most of our kids improved their times, and that's what we're looking for."

Parent said his team would again be shorthanded for this weekend's Golden Crane Invitational, the last meet for Pecos before the District 2-4A meet, on April 6-7 at Canutillo.

Eagles head to Wildcats' den, girls hosting Mountain View

PECOS, March 27, 2001 - The Pecos Eagle baseball and softball teams face the two teams today that gave them their most unpleasant surprises in District 2-4A play last year, when the boys travel to Fabens to face the Wildcats while the girls are at home to take on the El Paso Mountain View Lobos.

The girls face Mountain View, weather permitting, at 4 p.m. at Martinez Field, while the boys are scheduled to take on Fabens starting at 5 p.m. on the Wildcats' field.

Both Pecos and Fabens won their district baseball openers this past Friday, the Eagles by an 8-5 score over Clint and the Wildcats by an11-2 margin over Canutillo. George Sanchez picked up the victory for the Wildcats, while sophomore Tury Cleto went 4-for-5 in the victory.

Today, the Eagles figure to see Carlos Sanchez on the mound. He combined with Beto Nunez on a six hitter in the teams' last meeting a year ago, when the Wildcats beat the Eagles in Pecos by a 9-2 score.

The Eagles were expecting to face Fabens in the finals of the Alpine Tournament on March 17, but the Wildcats were surprised by host Alpine in the tournament semifinals, then were beaten in the third place game by Greenwood, after the Rangers had fallen to the Eagles by a 9-3 score.

Bareny Rodriguez got the win in that game to improve to 2-0 this season, and Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said he would start on the mound this afternoon against Fabens.

While Fabens and Pecos fight for at least a share of first in the 2-4A baseball standings, the Eagle girls will try to remain alone in first in the district softball standings, after improving to 3-0 on Friday with a 15-0 win over Canutillo.

Mountain View, meanwhile, desperately needs a victory, after dropping to 0-3 on Friday with a 19-10 loss to Clint. The Lobos battled back from a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead after four innings, only to see Clint score nine times in the fifth, and their six more times in their last two at-bats to get the win.

Last year, the Lobos handed the Eagles their only loss in district, winning in El Paso by a 6-5 score. So far this season, Pecos has had to rally twice in district to get victories, but had an easy time on Tuesday as Stephanie Herrera tossed a one hitter against Canutillo. Herrera has now allowed only one run and three hits in 13 innings of pitching in district play.

The first half of district closes for Pecos on Friday with a trip to San Elizario, which is tied for second with Fabens after losing to the Wildcats this past Friday by a 4-3 score.

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