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February 20, 1997

Eagles, Bears' track opening at Comanche

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PECOS, Feb. 20 -- The 1997 track season will get underway for the Pecos
Eagles Friday afternoon, when they face three of their five District
4-4A rivals at the Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton.

Balmorhea's girls and boys also are scheduled to compete at the Comanche
Relays, in Division I, but most of the boys squad is hoping to still be
involved in the Class A basketball playoffs, following tonight's
bi-district game against Garden City in McCamey.

Field events finals in the boys shot put, pole vault and high jump and
the girls discus, high jump and triple jump will get underway at 2:30
p.m. on Friday, along with the girls' and boys' 3200 meter runs and
other running preliminaries.

Boys discus and girls shot put will follow on Friday, with the
remaining field events set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Running finals
start with the girls 400 meter relay at 1 p.m.

It will be the first track meet for new boys' coach Mike Ferrell, who is
hoping to come out of the first day of competition with at least two
gold medals, as both of the Eagles' returning regional qualifiers will
compete tomorrow afternoon.

Senior Maruicio Villescas won the district title in the 3,200 a year
ago, while Bryan Brownlee was second in the shot put. Villescas didn't
run the two mile last week, in Pecos' intrasquad meet, but Brownlee's
54-foot-5 effort in the shot put was two feet better than he three last

Along with Pecos and the host Panthers, Andrews and San Angelo Lake View
will also be at the meet. Other Division II teams include Class 5A Del
Rio, Class 4A El Paso Riverside, and former district rival Monahans,
along with Alpine, Kermit, Crane and Presidio out of Class 3A.

Odessa High will replace El Paso Riverside in the girls' division, which
will also have four 4-4A squads.

Eagles' coach Becky Granado will also be hoping to collect at least one
gold medal on Friday, in the 3,200 meter run, where junior Marisol
Arenivas was second a year ago to Andrews' Nadia Lujan, who graduated.

The field events for the girls are a bigger question, though junior
Penny Armstrong did earn a pair of third place finishes at the Comanche
a year ago, in the long jump and high jump.

For the Bears, their district rivals Sanderson, Marathon and Grandfalls
will also be competing at the meet, along with Class A teams from Wink
and Tornillo, and Class 2A teams from Rankin, McCamey, Ozona and
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