Yuma schools dominate relays

March 17, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Special to this newspaper

The smell of sunscreen, perspiration and Bermuda grass on a mid-March Saturday afternoon can only mean one thing: the annual Central Union High School Relays.

Schools competing were Southwest, Brawley Union, Palo Verde, Calexico, Palm Desert, Holtville, Yuma, Cibola and Kofa of Yuma, along with the host, Central Union.

The Yuma schools had a field day, particularly Yuma High, which won both boys and girls overall events.

Kofa grabbed second for the boys and Cibola took second for the girls.

The highest-placing Valley boys team was Central, which came in fourth. Brawley's "A" team tied Kofa for third place in the girls events.

Southwest's Erica Holmes was a standout but she gave a lot of credit to the Yuma teams.

"I took second (in the 100-meters) to a girl who was a very good athlete," Holmes said. "I really wasn't prepared to race her because she was so good."


Holmes said the week the Eagles had to prepare for the relays helped them get ready to again face the teams from Yuma.

She added that she has high expectations for her team in Imperial Valley League action.

"If we only get better, we can win IVL," she said. "But it's going to take practice and determination."

Alicia Torres ran the anchor leg for the Calexico girls second place 4x800-meters relay team.

She said she hadn't trained for the particular event since last track season, so she thought she was at a slight disadvantage.

Torres was pleased with her team's fourth-place finish overall.

"I'm proud of them," she said of her teammates. "They did pretty good."

Holmes was not the only competitor who had intentions of knocking off athletes from the Yuma schools.

Central's Robert Guieb, who ran the final leg of the Central boys' 4x800 fourth-place team, said catching Yuma runners was all that was on his mind during his relay leg.

"I was trying to catch up to those Yuma teams," Guieb said.

He was proud that his relay team was the first Valley team to finish.

"It shows how much depth we've got," he said.

Guieb thinks the Spartans need to work on their speed and strength.

Valley teams with first-place finishes were Brawley's girls triple jump team, Calexico's boys triple jump, high jump and long jump teams and Brawley's boys shot put team.

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