Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
"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,"
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,"
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
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