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Track: Bulldogs breeze past Tigers

March 23, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — The Calexico High School boys and girls track and field teams had little trouble breezing past Imperial High in dual meets here Thursday.

Calexico's boys (2-2 overall) dominated Imperial (0-3) in a 96-31 romp.

The Bulldog girls (2-2) didn't have things as easy, needing a late surge to pull away for a 78-49 victory.

Said Imperial coach Wolfgang Horner: "It's always fun to run against these larger schools. Going against strong competition gives our kids a good idea of what to expect down the road."

While Calexico had its way with Imperial, the Tigers' Gabriel Ibarra won the 400 meters, 110 hurdles and triple jump.

In the 400 Ibarra finished in 54.9 seconds, edging Calexico's Luis Zepeda by under two seconds. In the 110 hurdles Ibarra finished in 15.45, followed by the Bulldogs' David Paco (16.15). Ibarra also defeated Paco in the triple jump, bettering him by a foot and a half with a leap of 39 feet, 11 inches.

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Outdoing Ibarra was Calexico's Nathan Armstrong with four wins.

Armstrong won the 100 (11.33), the high jump (5-8), the long jump (19-7) and teamed with Ralph Galvan, David Paco and Jose Chavez to take the 4x100 relay in 47.63.

"I didn't do exactly what I wanted to in the long jump and the high jump, but overall I was pretty happy with what the team did and what I did," said Armstrong.

Also taking multiple victories for the Bulldogs were Mikey Padilla in the 3,200 (11 minutes, 36 seconds) and the 1,600 (5:01) and Alex Maeda winning the discus (111-6) and the shot put (42-7).

Rounding out Calexico's boys wins were Jonathan Delgado in the 200 (24.88), Luis Zepeda in the 800 (2:09) and Chris Ramsey in the 300 hurdles (47.6).

The Tigers' only other win came in the 4x400 relay with Mike Rodriguez, A.J. Smith, George Escamilla and Ernesto Vargas finishing in 3:50.34.

On the girls side, Alicia Torres led Calexico, garnering four wins. Torres won the 200 in 28.3, the 400 in 1:03.69 and teamed with Lily Lee, Aina Torres and Carla Chavez to win the 4x100 in 47.63. Alicia Torres hooked up with Aina Torres, Alma Ovando and Lisa Tittle to take the 4x400 in 4:39.23.

Tittle won the 100 hurdles (19.09) and the 300 hurdles (56.77).

In the 100, Chavez narrowly defeated teammate Crystal Alvarado and Imperial's Brittney Hicks, winning in 13.7.

Also winning for the Bulldogs were Ovando in the 800 (2:43), Joana Garcia in the 1,600 (6:14) and 3,200 (13:41.67), Donna Garnica in the high jump (4-4) and Magda Navarro in the shot put (27-5).

Winning for Imperial's girls (1-2) were Reyna Velarde in the discus (80-5), Katie Leiga in the long jump (13-1) and Jaqueline Stallings in the triple jump (28-9).

Said Calexico coach Cal Armstrong: "It wasn't really difficult to get up for Imperial, but I think we had a lot of kids who maybe underestimated them.

"Right now our kids know where they are, and they know that the meets will get harder and that this is just a stepping stone for them."

Imperial will be at the Sweetwater Relays in National City on Saturday and Calexico will host Holtville at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Central vs. Palo Verde

The Central Union High School boys and girls track and field teams were victorious against Palo Verde in El Centro on Thursday.

The Central boys demolished Palo Verde 112-16 while the Spartan girls slipped past the Yellowjackets 70-66.

Leading the Spartan boys (3-0) was Anthony Hellum with four wins.

Hellum teamed with Jarrel Henderson, Dionte Bell and Anthony Sabal to win the 4x100 meter relay in 45.23 seconds.

Hellum's other wins came in the 100 in 11.08, the 200 in 23.44 and the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 7 inches.

Henderson won the high jump (5-10) and the 4x400 with Felix Guieb, John Valdez and Robert Guieb in 43.55.

Robert Guieb won the 800 (2:16.75) and the 1,600 (4:44).

Also getting multiple victories for the Spartans were J.D. Geddis in the 110 hurdles (16.7) and the 300 hurdles (45.91) and Oscar Garcia in the shot put (33-6) and discus (101-9).

Rounding out Central's wins was Pedro Carro taking the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 54 seconds.

On the girls side, Sonja Ramos, Christine Diaz and Ezra Salazar all finished with two wins for the Central girls (2-1).

Ramos won the shot put (28-10) and the discus (60-6).

Diaz and Salazar teamed with Alicia Gonzales and Elizabeth Lechuga to take the 4x100 in 56.1. Salazar also won the long jump (12-3) and Diaz the triple jump (27-11).

The Spartans will host Palm Desert at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Southwest vs. Holtville

The Southwest High boys and girls track and field teams had little trouble getting past Holtville in El Centro on Thursday, with the girls winning 95-34 and the boys downing Holtville 78-49.

Leading the Southwest girls (1-3) was Erica Holmes, who won the 100 meters in 12.95, the 200 in 27.38, the long jump at 14 feet, 3 inches and the 4x100 relay in 54.74 with Jackie Gomez, Stephanie Conant and Gamalia Shelton.

Also getting multiple wins for the Eagles was Jennifer Black in the 100 hurdles (19.66) and 300 hurdles (54.04).

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