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Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Pecos boys 6th, Martinez 12th at Odessa meet

The Pecos Eagle boys placed sixth, while Eagle runner Jennifer Martinez finished 12th on the girls' side this past Saturday at the Odessa Invitational cross-country meet, held at the University of Texas-Permian Basin campus.

The Eagles were among four District 4-3A teams entered at Odessa, and the only one two have enough boys to earn a team score, finishing with 149 points, one point behind Midland High. Big Spring, with 39 points, took first place in the division, while Odessa High was second, with 50 points.

"We've already seen Greenwood in the past. We haven't gotten to see Presidio, but we've seen everybody else now," said Eagles' coach Rudy Jurado. "Everybody is improving their times, and looking at the competition, I think we'll be in good shape, but it won't be easy.

Gonzalo Reyna had the best time for Pecos, finishing 28th overall with a 17:24 effort. That was third best among District 4-3A runners, behind Fort Stockton's David Palma and Monahans' Chris Collins. Palma placed 12th with a 16:28 time and Collins was 25th, with a 17:13 time. Odessa's Alex Excontreras won the three-mile race with a 14:28 time.

After Reyna, the other results for Pecos were a 36th place for Joshua Cobos, with a 17:35 time; an 18:25 time for Miguel Estrada, who was 37th, and a 43rd place for Jeremiah Mora, with a 19:30 time.

Martinez ran the two-mile girls course at UTPB in 13:50, which was the best time among non-Class 5A runners. However, Jurado said, "The only thing is her time was down. She had run a 13:24 last week, and this was 13:50, so she wasn't happy with the result and neither was I, especially since this was a pretty flat course."

The girls' only other runner was Jasmine Rodriguez, who was 49th with a 17:25 time. The next fastest runner among District 4-3A entries behind Martinez was Kermit's Amber Jones, who was 17th with a 14:09 time. Kermit was also the only girls team out of 4-3A to have enough runners for an overall score, finishing fifth, with 121 points.

OHS won the meet with 24 points to 38 for Odessa Permian. Michele Joiner of Odessa High took first place individually, with a 12:49 effort.

Pecos' next meet is scheduled for this Saturday at Midland, which is scheduled to be their final one before District 4-3A competition at Monahans. However, Jurado said, "The Balmorhea coaches are talking to me about getting together for a dual meet three or four days before district. It would be a good match, since the main goal is to knock down each individual time."

Eagles eying third victory over Presidio

The Pecos Eagles volleyball team will be trying for their fifth straight win and will have a chance to clinch at least a tie for third place today, when they host the Presidio Blue Devils at the Pecos High School gym.

The Eagles and Blue Devils will start play an hour earlier than normal, in order for Presidio to make the 160-mile trip back home earlier on a weeknight. Play will begin with the freshman and junior varsity matches at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity contest set for sometime between 5:30 and 6 p.m.

Pecos is 5-1 in District 3-4A, a game behind first-place Monahans and two games in front of third place Greenwood and Fort Stockton. A win tonight by the Eagles and a loss by the Prowlers to the Loboettes would clinch a playoff berth for Monahans while assuring Pecos of no worse than a third place playoff at the end of the regular season. It would also allow the 13-14 Eagles to get back to the .500 mark for the first time since the end of August.

"It's good to have a two game advantage over Greenwood and Fort Stockton, and they still have to play each other," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "We just need to concentrate on what we need to do, and not what everybody else is doing."

Pecos beat Presidio twice over an eight-day span in September, winning a five-game match in Pecos to close out their pre-district schedule, then going to Presidio and downing the Blue Devils, 25-15, 25-15, 25-18.

The Eagles had problems with Presidio hitters Lina Coffman and Yasmin Herrera in their non-district victory, when Pecos had to rally late for a 22-25, 25-14, 24-26, 25-22, 15-13 win. But Pecos played that match without senior hitter Leslie Rodriguez, and the Blue Devils didn't fare as well against the full Eagle squad in the rematch, allowing Pecos' hitters a number of kill attempts off free balls.

With the UIL area marching competition this Saturday at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, today's matches are the only ones of the week for Pecos. They'll return to action a week from tonight at Monahans, and then face Fort Stockton and Greenwood to close out the regular season.

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