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."