Track: Henderson leads Spartans to win

April 27, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

When the Central Union High School boys track and field team needed to pull past Southwest High in El Centro on Thursday, Jarrell Henderson answered the call, helping Central to a 66-61 Imperial Valley League victory.

With the score tied on the boys side heading into the final event, Henderson got his 4x400 meter relay team started with a lead big enough to bring home the victory in 3 minutes, 35 seconds.

"I really believe Jarrell was the reason we won this meet," said Spartan coach Ron Shane. "He got off to a bad start in the first event, but he made up for himself in the others.

"But it wasn't just Jarrell. All the boys had as much input in every event," Shane said. "This is the kind of race that epitomizes that track is a team sport. How our guys did says a lot about their competitive nature."


As competitive as the boys meet was, things weren't even close on the girls side as Southwest (5-0 IVL) ripped Central (1-4) 109-16. The Eagles won 13 of 15 events as the Spartans got wins in the triple jump and shot put.

Back on the boys side, along with helping his team get the victory in the 4x400 with Robert Guieb, Felix Guieb and John Valdez, Henderson set a personal record in winning the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 3 inches for the Spartans (4-1 IVL).

"I was happy with what I did in the high jump, but to me, it's more about getting the points for the team," said Henderson. "After the 4x100 I just got more energy and knew I had to win the other events for my team. I just put more pressure on myself and having the team there really helped push me."

Other Central victories came from Robert Guieb in the 1,600 in 4 minutes 43 seconds and the 800 in 2:08.1. Also getting multiple wins was Anthony Hellum in the 200 (23.04) and the long jump with a 19-1.

The Spartans' other win was by Oscar Garcia in the shot put with a 42-6.

Leading Southwest (4-1 IVL) was Jose Luis Salazar, who won the 110 hurdles (16.07), the 300 hurdles (42.8) and triple jump (41-1).

Picking up wins for Southwest were Terrance Johnson in the 100 (11.18), Justin McCullough in the 400 (51.5), Garrett Bishop in the 3,200 (10:18) and Brandon Pipkin in the discus (128-7).

Johnson and McCullough teamed with Phillip Zamudio and Alberto Merancio to take the 4x100 in 45.44.

"Heading into the meet — on paper — we knew our guys weren't as good as Central. But we just told them to make sure they finished every event in case something happened," said Eagle coach Mike Becker. "We knew it'd be a super close meet and we felt our guys would be able to sneak in a few points. Overall, I was really happy with how our guys did. They've been working really hard and it showed today."

Leading the Eagles on the girls side were Erika Holmes and Jennifer Black, who combined for seven wins.

Holmes won the 100 (13.4), 200 (27.06) and long jump (14-7.5). She hooked up with Jackie Gomez, Stephanie Conant and Monica Gamboa to win the 4x100 in 54.5.

Black won the 300 hurdles (52.4), the high jump (4-8) and the 100 hurdles in 18.08, a school record.

Said Black: "I was extremely happy with how I did. I was actually surprised with how well I did. I had no idea I did that good. I was just concentrating on getting quick times and pushing myself. I think I did the best I could."

Getting wins for Southwest were Denisse Moreno in the 1,600 (6:10), Monica Gamboa in the 400 (1:05.4), Erika Talley in the 800 (2:40), Jennifer Eyer in the 3,200 (14:28) and Caroline Dessert in the discus (85-9).

Talley, Moreno and Gamboa teamed with Tasha Ernest to take the 4x400 in 4:39.

Winning for the Spartans were Christina Diaz in the triple jump with a 26-5 and Sonia Ramos in the shot put with a 29-9.

Southwest hosts Brawley at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Central travels to Calexico at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Brawley vs. Calexico

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High boys and girls track and field teams swept Calexico High here Wednesday, with the girls winning 65.5-61.5 and the boys taking it 76-51.

Leading the Brawley girls (3-0) was Marquita Travis, who won the 200 meters in 27.52, the 100 hurdles in 16.11, the long jump at 14 feet, 4 1/2 inches and the triple jump with a 32-7 1/2.

Also getting multiple victories for the Wildcats was Silvia Mendez, who took the 1,600 (5:49.50) and 3,200 (12:45.72). Brawley's other wins came from Cynthia Flores in the shot put (32) and Brook Burnett in the 300 hurdles (53.66). Burnett took second in the 100 hurdles in 17.24, which qualified her for the San Diego CIF Section postseason.

Winning for Calexico were Lily Lee in the 100 (13.18), Alicia Torres in the 400 (1:01.90), Aina Torres in the 800 (2:39.88), Donna Garnica in the high jump (4-4) and Melissa Williams (98-2). The Bulldogs won the 4x100 relay in 53.73 and the 4x400 relay in 4:24.21.

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