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Wildcats take meet from Spartans

April 12, 2001

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High School track team took both sides of a meet from Central here Wednesday.

Led by Marquita Travis, the Wildcat girls cruised to an 84-34 win, while the boys meet was much more exciting.

With the score tied entering the final event, Raul Cobian pulled away in the 4x400 relay to give Brawley a 66-61 win.

"It was a great event and a great day," said Wildcat coach Don Biagi. "There was a lot of great action and that's what real competition is about."

Cobian was a key component of the Brawley win. Not only did he team with Richard Santana, Marcos Torres and Danny Hernandez to win the 4x400-meters (4 minutes 40.68 seconds), he took individual wins in the 800 (2:03.35), 1,600 (4:37.51) and 3,200 (10:45.88).

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Brawley also got wins from Santana in the 300 hurdles (42.92), Torres in the 400 (52.58), Richard Encinas in the 110 hurdles (15.23), Brandon Wellcome in the shot put (42 feet 11.5 inches) and Jose Gutierrez in the discus (127-10).

Central was led by Anthony Hellum, who won the 100 (10.69) and the 200 (22.46).

The 100 was a particularly tight race as Hellum narrowly defeated Brawley's Marcellus Edwards, who took second (10.73), and Central's Jerrell Henderson, who took third (10.84).

Henderson won the high jump (5-10). Anthony Sabal took the long jump (18-9) and Martin Garcia won the triple jump (38-9).

Travis was the story on the girls' side. She won the 200 (27.81), 100 hurdles (16.25), long jump (15-2.5) and triple jump (33-11).

Sylvia Mendez won two events for the Wildcats, taking the 800 (2:41.03) and the 1,600 (5:54.66). Brawley also got wins from Brooke Burnett in the 300 hurdles (53.82), Trish Marden in the high jump (4-2) and Karina Carpio in the discus (92-1).

Central's lone win came courtesy of Tanisha Ginger in the 100 (13.95).

All results were wind-aided.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday in Escondido at the Jaguar Invitational. Central will next compete April 21 at the Mount Carmel Invitational in San Diego.

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