Cross country: Wildcats run past Spartans

October 12, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

The Brawley Union High School cross country team had little trouble with Central Union on Thursday.

That did not, however, mean the Spartans were without a bright spot in the Imperial Valley League dual meet at Bucklin Park in El Centro.

Central's freshman sensation Erica Camacho raced to an impressive win against the Wildcats, winning the girls race in 20 minutes, 44 seconds.

"I think I ran a little better," said Camacho. "I just came out and tried to do my best."

Because the Spartans did not field a complete girls squad, Brawley won the girls race 15-50. The Wildcats won the boys race 15-47.


Alfredo Campos won the boys event, finishing in 18:47.

"I was relaxed," said Campos, a senior. "I was just following the course. The course was a little confusing, but I was following a teammate and felt relaxed the whole way."

Campos spearheaded an impressive finish for the Wildcats. Brawley's Hector Martinez took second (18:48), Jesus DeDios third (18:49), Gerardo Contreras fourth (18:52) and Luis Maldonado fifth (19:24).

Central was led by Emmanuel Capistrano, who finished seventh (21:07) and Hipolito Valdez in eighth (21:19).

The Brawley girls took spots two through nine in an eight-way tie. Jennifer Cardenas, Danitza Sauceda, Claudia Dominguez, Lizbeth Acevedo, Laura Rubio, Meg Allen, Natalia Cardenas and Xiomara Fabela all finished in 24:15.

Central's other girl finishers were Bianca Lopez (31:44) and Patricia Montiel (39:32).

The Wildcats improve to 2-0 in the IVL while the Spartans fall to 0-2.

For Campos and his fellow Wildcats the race was a chance to prepare for their IVL showdown with Southwest on Nov. 1.

"This was a race to get ready for Southwest," Campos said. "If we practice harder we'll go for Southwest and try to beat them."

For Camacho the race was another step as she runs toward a CIF berth.

"I've been improving little by little," she said. "I want to make CIF and if I practice hard every day then I probably have a chance."

Both teams return to action Saturday at the El Camino Invitational in Oceanside.

Calexico tops Holtville

HOLTVILLE — The Calexico High boys and girls cross country teams both improved to 1-1 in the Imperial Valley League with wins over Holtville here Thursday.

The Calexico boys had little trouble with Holtville, wining 19-43 while the Bulldog girls had similar success winning 20-41.

Winning on the boys side was Calexico's Luis Zepeda in 16 minutes, 57 seconds, followed by the Vikings' Edel Lopez in 17:04.

The Bulldogs took the next four slots, led by Mike Padilla in third (17:06), Alfredo Contreras in fourth (17:24), Luis Cardenas in fifth in 18:04 and Eddie Garibaldi in sixth in 18:10.

For Holtville, Joel Amaral took seventh in 18:36, Adrian Larios finished eighth in 18:47 and Fabian Escobar was ninth in 19:10. Freddy Castañeda was 10th in 19:51 and Louie Anderholt rounded things out in 11th in 20:35.

On the girls side, Calexico took four of the top five spots, led by Joana Garcia in first in 20:34. Alma Ovando took third in 21:32 followed by Aina Torres in fourth (21:52) and Alicia Torres in fifth in 21:53. Julia Romero rounded out the Bulldogs' scoring in seventh in 23:12.

Liz Robinson was the top finisher for the Vikings, taking second in 20:41. Elyse Verhofstadt took sixth in 22:27, Natalie Robinson was 10th in 24:58 followed by Sara Strong in 11th (28:23), Valeria Martinez in 12th (37:54) and Perla Garcia in 13th in 37:57.

Both teams will compete in the Southern California Invitational in Vista on Saturday.

Southwest beats Palo Verde

SEELEY — The Southwest High boys and girls cross country teams remained unbeaten in the Imperial Valley League with wins over Palo Verde at Sunbeam Lake here Thursday.

Leading the Southwest boys (2-0) to a 17-46 win were Sal Acevedo, Garrett Bishop and Doug Fulp all finishing first in 16:47. Isaiah Obeso took fifth in 17:56 followed by Devon Hood in sixth in 17:59.

Palo Verde's B.J. Swarner took fourth in 16:58.

On the girls side, the Eagles won by default 15-50 because the Yellow Jackets were unable to field a complete team. The only finisher for Palo Verde was Marlo Barron, who won in 20:40.

Leading Southwest (2-0) were Monica Gamboa in second (20:48), Jessica Thompson in third (22:30) and Abril Diaz in fourth in 22:43. Angela Villareal took fifth in 22:54 followed by Judith Kaye in sixth in 23:54.

The Eagles will compete in the El Camino Invitational in Oceanside on Saturday.

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