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AOW: Salazar turns in banner week

April 17, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

After winning three events Thursday against Calexico, Southwest High School track star Jose Luis Salazar seemed to have already had a solid week of performances.

That week got even better Saturday.

Salazar and the Eagles took a trip to the Jaguar Invitational in Valley Center on Saturday and Salazar came home with another invitation to the San Diego CIF meet.

The Southwest junior had already qualified for the section meet in the 110-meter hurdles and the triple jump. He qualified for his third event, the long jump, with a 20 foot 4 inch jump, good enough for fourth place at the Jaguar Invitational.

"Coach (Becker) told me it was 20-1 to qualify," the 17-year-old Salazar said. "I tried to jump 20-2."

Making his feat even more impressive was the fact that Salazar hasn't competed in the long jump since his freshman year.

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"It felt good," he added. "We have other long jumpers who are mostly freshmen and I wanted to go out there and hang with them but I ended up passing them."

Salazar also took two second places, in the triple jump and the 110 hurdles, at the Jaguar meet. He finished fourth in the 300 hurdles.

The stellar performance came just two days after he won the triple jump, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles in an Imperial Valley League dual meet with Calexico.

"I did all right," he said of his trip to Valley Center. "It was pretty cold and I think that affected a lot of the Valley competitors."

Salazar, undefeated in the IVL in both the 110 and 300 hurdles and the triple jump this year, is happy with the way the season is progressing for the Eagles'

"We have a pretty good team," he said. "It's a small team. We only have a little over 20 guys, but we're doing pretty good for just having a few guys."

Salazar still hopes to improve his times in the hurdles and length in the triple jump. He also is looking forward to taking another trip down the long jump runway.

"I want to get faster in the 110s and try to get a 42 (foot) or 43 in the triple jump," he said. "I want to try the long jump, but I'll do whatever coach wants me to do."

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