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Eagle boys dominate meet

September 13, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

SEELEY — The Southwest High School boys cross country team put in a strong showing at Lakeview Golf Course here Wednesday.

Led by Sal Acevedo, Southwest took the top three spots in the boys race while Palo Verde's Jennifer Mitchell won the girls' competition.

The 2-mile runs featured teams from Southwest, Brawley, Central, Holtville, Palo Verde, Yuma, Yuma Catholic and Cibola of Yuma.

"The boys had a good race," said Southwest coach Mike Becker. "We're focusing on other things down the road, but they're doing pretty well. They're progressing."

Acevedo, who won the race in 11 minutes 27 seconds, said, "I didn't think I ran that good. I've been sick since Sunday, but it turned out good."

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Acevedo was followed by teammates Garrett Bishop in second (11:32) and Doug Fulp in third (11:32).

Becker was pleased with the grouping.

"We like to have the team as together as possible," he said.

Acevedo credited the group's unity with the strong showing.

"We haven't stopped training since track ended," he said of the threesome. "We're very happy with the finish."

Holtville's Edel Lopez was the next best local finisher. He took sixth in 11:44.

Brawley was led by Arturo Contreras, who garnered 12th (12:22). Tommy Guzman took 14th (12:23), while Bralwey teammate Marcos Torres was 15th (12:24) and Brawley's Anthony Arevalo was 16th (12:26).

Central's Hipolito Valdez was 13th (12:22) while fellow Spartan Robert Gueib finished 18th (12:31).

Southwest's Christian Picano took 17th (12:29) and Isaiah Obeso was 20th (12:38).

Central's Erica Camacho took second (14:17) to lead the local girls. She was followed by Holtville's Liz Robinson in third (14:19).

Holtville's Raquel Hernandez was ninth (14:56) while teammate Elyse Verhofstadt was 11th (15:33).

Brawley's Laura Rubio took 13th (15:47), fellow Wildcats Danitza Sauceda took 14th (15:58), Reanna Duran 15th (16:00) and Susan Flores 18th (16:20).

Southwest's top finisher was Angela Villareal, who was 16th (16:11). Southwest's Monica Gamboa finished 17th (16:18), Melissa Aguirre was 19th (16:22) and Abril Diaz finished 20th (16:34).

Central and Southwest will be back in action Saturday at the Cibola Invitational in Yuma. Brawley will return to competition Saturday at the Mount Carmel Invitational in San Diego while Holtville will next run Sept. 22 at the South Bay Invitational in San Diego.

For Acevedo, Wednesday's early-season workout was an opportunity for he and his teammates to get ready for the rest of the season.

"We have high hopes as a team for CIF," he said. "If we can stay healthy then we should do well."

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