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Thursday, October 17, 2002

Eagles host Panthers in home swim opener

The Pecos Eagles swimming team will hold their first home meet of the 2002-2003 season this evening, when they host the Fort Stockton Panthers in a dual meet at the Pecos High School pool.

Diving will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by the swimming events at 6 p.m., coach Terri Morse said. It's the first of three home meets for the Eagles, who'll host their own invitational next month, and the District 3-4A meet in January.

Pecos' girls placed second to Midland High two weeks ago and the boys finished third at the Odessa Invitational. Fort Stockton's girls managed only eight points and placed 13th at that meet, but the boys had their best finish in a while, scoring 117 points to end up in fifth place.

"Fort Stockton has got quite a few guys out. They were fifth overall at the Odessa meet, and it was mostly 5A schools," Morse said. "Their 200 free relay team placed higher than ours, so it will be a tough meet for our boys with as few swimmers as we have, especially going head-to-head."

The Panthers placed 1.2 seconds behind Abilene Cooper in the 200 freestyle relay at Odessa, while the Eagles were 1.3 seconds behind them in fourth place. Pecos' other two relays, the 200 medley and 400 freestyle, both placed second to Midland High.

For today's meet, Morse said she would have two relay teams in the 200 medley, but probably only one each in the 200 and 400 freestyle races. "The only thing I may do with the boys is I may take Gary (Garcia) out of one individual race and put him in two relays," she said. "I've still got three boys in football, so I should get them out later on and then I'll have enough for B relays."

Morse did say she would have one more swimmer out on the boys' side today, in junior K.W. Winkles, who missed the Odessa Invitational. He'll swim in two relays, plus the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

Pecos has enough girls to have both `B' and `C' relays in all three events today, though in the individual races, Morse said both the boys and girls would be entered in several different events from what they swam at Odessa.

"I have quite a few swimming in different races. I thought it would be a good chance to get a look at them in different events with Big Spring coming up next week, and it will give them a break from their usual events," she said.

The girls' best finish individually in Odessa came from Susan Moore, who was third in the 50 yard freestyle. But Moore will swim in the 100 butterfly this week, while Kelsey Holt, who was seventh at Odessa in the 50 free, will swim there again today. Catherine Minjarez, who was fifth in the 200 individual medley, will swim that again today, but she'll be entered in the 100 backstroke instead of the 100 fly, where here fourth place finish at Odessa was the second best individual result for the girls.

On the boys' side, Max Key, who won the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, will swim in the 100 fly and 200 medley today, while Will Oglesby, who won the 100 fly and placed third in the 200 medley, will be in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke in today's meet.

Today's meet originally was scheduled to be held in Monahans, but was moved to Pecos when the Loboes dropped out of the three-way meet with the Eagles and Panthers. Pecos will have another two-way meet with Fort Stockton in the Panthers' pool on Nov. 23.

Eagles seek cross-country regional berths next week

Pecos Eagles' cross country coach Rudy Jurado is optimistic about getting his boys' team into regionals next week, when the District 4-3A cross country meet is held at the Ward County Golf Course in Monahans.

The girls will run at 10 a.m., and the boys at 10:30 on Monday, with the top two teams and the Top 10 individuals advancing to Region I-3A competition in Lubbock later this month.

The Eagles' final pre-district meet was this past Saturday in Lamesa, and while Pecos only had three boys and no girls entered, Jurado said he expected to have enough for a full boys squad next Monday in Monahans.

"We should have all of them there," he said, adding that only two other schools in the district figure to have enough runners for a full team score. "Fort Stockton will have one and Greenwood is going to jump their JV runners up to varsity."

Jurado said at Lamsa, Genaro Mendoza placed fifth out of 94 runners, while Joshua Cobos and Alex Orosco were the other runners for Pecos last Saturday. "Jay Dannelley is my No. 2 runner, but he wasn't there because of the PSAT, and Jason Sanchez didn't run because his knee is hurting," Jurado said.

While the boys should be able to post a team score, Jurado said after starting the season with several girls out for cross country, "We're down to only one now, Leslie Rodriguez. As far as the girls go, I don't have any more girls for a couple of reasons. Some failed and some just didn't show up any more."

Rodriguez missed the Lamesa race because of Pecos' district volleyball match against Kermit on Saturday. Monahans, Greenwood and Fort Stockton may have enough girls to post team scores on Monday, but Jurado said as far as placing individually in the district race, "Leslie stands a chance if she can get her time down under 15 minutes."

Pecos has not sent a runner to regionals since 1998, when Liz Parent qualified for the Eagles' on the girls' side. The boys haven't sent anyone to regionals in the past four years while a member of District 2-4A, which was one of the toughest Class 4A districts in cross-country during that time.

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