"It was pretty funny," she added.
Gaston managed the tie by leaning across the finish line.
"I learnedthat at CIF," she said.
Gaston followed by winning the 400-meter dash in 67.78. She ran a steady pace and overtook a Holtville runner who sprinted into the lead off the starting line.
"You're not supposed to go out real fast in the 400," Gaston said. "She's young. I know how to run the 400."
Gaston capped her day by winning the 300 hurdles in 54.53.
"It's my favorite event because it's my last one of the day," she said. "All I worried about was not falling."
A senior, Gaston recalled she fell in a race in her freshman year an vowed never to trip over a hurdle again.
Gaston leaped 14 feet, 2 inches in the long jump to win the event in the dual meet with Holtville. A Palo Verde jumper did better.
Imperial's Aurelio Alonso ran a strong race in the boys 300 hurdles, easily winning his heat.
After his race Alonso learned his time of 49.13 was slower than the Palo Verde runner who won the first heat.
"I hate that," he said. "It's not right that he ran in the other heat."
Alonso cruised around the track in his race and was never seriously challenged. Because he wasn't pushed, he didn't go all out.
Imperial's Stuart Cole ran a personal best in the boys 200-meter dash, clocking 24.38.
"This isn't even my sport," he said, noting he is a wrestler who uses track to stay in shape.
Holtville's Freddy Castaneda won the boys 800 in 2:35.25. Midway through the two-lap race he was in fourth and coming off the final turn he was in third before igniting his kick.
"I like coming from behind because I can push myself," Castaneda said.
Holtville's Elizabeth Robinson ran an impressive girls 3,200, winning in 13.:27.09
"I didn't run that hard," she said, noting she had to run another event later, the 4x400 relay.
"I am dead," she said after the 3,200.
Robinson pointed out she participated in a weightlifting meet the day before.
"I benched 135 pounds," she said. "That's about 15 more than I weigh. I'm so sore."
Holtville's Edel Lopez won the boys 3,200, clocking 11:02.97.
He and Adrian Larios ran together for half the race until Lopez pulled away.
"I'm happy with my time," Lopez said adding he is even happier Larios recorded his personal best, finishing second with an 11:43.07 mark.
Holtville's Eric Cueto won the boys discus with a mark of 120 feet even. The Vikings' Joy Natwick won the girls triple jump with a personal best 27-6. Holtville's Hillary Singh recorded a personal best in the shot put with a 27-1.
The meet was an Imperial Valley League showdown for Holtville (0-1 both boys and girls) and Palo Verde and a non-league contest for Imperial.
Brawley 75, Southwest 52
Southwest 68, Brawley 59
BRAWLEY — Monica Gamboa set two school records and Jennifer Black set one Wednesday to lead Southwest High's girls track and field team to a 68-59 win over host Brawley Union High.
Sergio Loya won two events to lead Brawley's boys to a 75-52 triumph during a meet that saw several close races.
Gamboa won the 800-meter run with a record time of 2 minutes, 29.23 seconds. She also won the 400 with a record 1:02.42 clocking.
Black won three events, including the high jump with a school-record leap of 5 feet, 1 inch. She also won the 100 hurdles (16.65) and the 300 hurdles (50.97).
Southwest's Rashawna Amos won both the girls 100 (12.22) and 200 (25.88). Brawley's Meg Allen won the 1,600 (5:51.03) and was a close second in both the 800 (2:30.14) and the 3,200 (13:36.22). Brawley's Cynthia Flores won the shot put (35-4).
In a race that was shoulder-to-shoulder the whole way, Brawley's Marcos Torres won the boys 200 (23.19), edging Southwest's Terrance Johnson. Johnson won the 100 (11.18).
In another close race, Southwest's Devon Hood won the 1,600 (4:45.62), barely besting Brawley's Arturo Contreras (4:46.62).
Brawley's Mark Martinez won the shot put (45-0) and the Wildcats' Brandon Wellcome won the discus (123-10), edging a Brawley teammate by an inch.
Brawley (1-0 Imperial Valley League) competes April 6 in an invitational at Valley Center. Southwest (0-1 league) competes Saturday at the Eastlake High Relays in Chula Vista.