"Most of the races I try to jump out and stay in the lead," said Garcia, who led from start to finish. "I don't try to go all out at first, but my plan is to stay in the lead.
Southwest (2-1 IVL) was led by Monica Gamboa, who took fourth (21:38). The Eagles' Angela Villareal was seventh (23:26), Monica Hernandez eighth (23:51), Melissa Aguirre ninth (24:04) and Judith Kaye 10th (25:05).
While the Southwest boys (3-0) did not take first, they took second, third and fourth was good enough to get the team a tough win.
Calexico's Luis Zepeda won the race in 16:34.
"This was more of a mental race for me," said the senior. "I knew if I had the lead at the end I would have the advantage because of my sprinting."
Much like Garcia, Zepeda led the boys race most of the way. He was followed by Southwest's Sal Acevedo in second (16:46), Garrett Bishop in third (16:48) and Doug Fulp in fourth (16:50). The Eagles' Devin Hood was sixth (17:18) and Christian Piceno 11th (18:35).
Calexico's Mike Padilla took fifth (17:06), Alfredo Contreras was seventh (17:31), Luis Cardenas eighth (17:58) and Eddie Garibaldi ninth (18:06).
The Bulldog boys fell to 1-2 in the IVL.
Zepeda has won all of his dual meets this season as he races toward the San Diego CIF Section meet.
"So far I've been doing pretty good," he said. "I'm getting prepared for CIF. I want to try to get out of the Valley and compete with bigger schools."
Meanwhile, Garcia is happy with the way her team is improving.
"I think the team is making progress," she said. "We're working in staying in packs during races and little by little we're starting to improve."
Calexico will next run Saturday at the Oceanside Invitational. Southwest returns to action at 5 p.m. Nov. 1 when it hosts Brawley.
Holtville at Brawley
BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High boys and girls cross country teams remained undefeated in the IVL with wins over Holtville here Thursday.
The Brawley girls (3-0 IVL) downed Holtville 23-41 led by Claudia Dominguez, who finished in 20 minutes, 2 seconds. Meg Allen took fourth for the Wildcats in 21:45 followed by Jennifer Cardenas in fifth (21:59) and Rosario Montoya and Julietta Montoya in sixth and seventh in 22:19.
Holtville's Elyse Verhofstadt took 11th in 23:17, Natalia Robinson in 12th (24:39) and Sara Strong in 13th in 30:44.
On the boys side, Brawley (3-0) won 15-50 by way of forfeit due to Holtville not fielding a complete team.
The Vikings did take the top spot as Edel Lopez won in 16:40.
Taking second overall was Brawley's Arturo Contreras in 16:59, followed by Alfredo Campas in 17:16, Jesus De Dios in fourth in 17:46, Hector Martinez in fifth (17:49) and Gerardo Contreras in sixth in 17:51.
Brawley will compete in the Mount San Antonio College Invitational in Walnut on Saturday. Holtville will host Southwest at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Central boys win
BLYTHE — The Central Union High School boys cross country team beat Palo Verde 20-39 in IVL action here Thursday.
The Yellowjackets' B.J. Swanner won the race in 18:10. Central (1-2) took the next five spots. Hiplito Valdez was second (18:54), Alex Ibarra third (19:40), Eduardo Santiago fourth (20:04), Daniel Osuna fifth (20:15) and Irving Palacios sixth (20:59).
Central's Erica Camacho was second (21:27) in the girls' race. Neither team had enough female competitors for scoring in the girls' race. The Spartans' Bianca Ortiz was third (26:03) and Tiffany Gradillo fourth (26:10).
Central will return to action at 5 p.m. Thursday at Holtville.