Wildcat girls claim share of title

May 03, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

CALEXICO — All day Brawley Union High distance runner Meg Allen couldn't help being a little nervous and slightly worried about her team's Imperial Valley League track and field meet with undefeated Calexico here Thursday.

After all, a share of the league championship was on the line against a team that had ripped through most of its competition and was looking to secure an unbeaten IVL season.

Knowing what was on the line, Allen and her teammates stepped up to the challenge and handed the Bulldog girls their first IVL loss of the season, winning 68-58 to claim a piece of the IVL championship with Calexico and Southwest.


"I was just real nervous coming into this because I really wasn't sure how I'd do," said Allen. "But now that it's over and that I know we won, it just feels so great."

For the day, Allen finished with three firsts, winning the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 36.71 seconds, the 1,600 in 5:50.86 and the 3,200 in 13:09.16.

The Brawley, Calexico and Southwest girls all finish the season with 5-1 records to finish as tri-champions.

"This was the hardest year I've ever worked because it was so close. There was really no one ahead of anyone; everyone was right there," said Allen. "Now, I just have to focus on (the league meet)."

Leading the Calexico girls was Melany Medina, who picked up four wins, taking first individually in the 100 (13.21) and the 200 (27.48) and teamed with Carla Chavez, Yvonne Castro and Alicia Torres to win the 4x100 (55.26) and the 4x400 in 4:24.38.

Said Bulldog coach Cal Armstrong: "I thought we were really well-prepared for this meet, we just had a weakness in one area. But for the most part, we performed like I thought we would. I really didn't want to share league with anyone, but I guess we're going to have to."

On the boys side, Marcos Torres had one of his best days of the year in leading Brawley (5-1) to a 85-37 victory, winning two individual events — the 200 (23.53) and the 400 (53.41) — and was a member of two victorious relay teams — the 4x100 (47.67) and the 4x400 in 3:49.09.

"I thought I did alright, but I thought the rest of the team had a really good day," said Torres. "Really, this was probably the best I've run in the last three weeks.

"Now that this is over with, I can just concentrate on making CIF and getting ready for that."

Chris Ramsey led the Calexico boys (2-4) winning the long jump with a leap of 18 feet and the triple jump with a jump of 42 feet, 5 1/4 inches.

Both teams will compete in the IVL finals at Calexico beginning at noon on Thursday.

For complete meet results see Scoreboard on B3.

Central boys 95, Palo Verde 33

Central girls 65, Palo Verde 50

BLYTHE — The Central Union High boys track and field team completed a perfect 6-0 Imperial Valley League season with a 95-33 victory over Palo Verde here Thursday.

The Central girls were also victorious, beating Palo Verde 65-50 to finish league with a 4-2 record.

Anthony Sabal and J.D. Gaddis each finished with two individual firsts for the Spartans.

Sabal took first in the 100 meters in 11.3 seconds and the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 4 inches and Gaddis won the 110 hurdles in 16.14 and the 300 hurdles with a 40.73, which was a personal record.

Also winning individual events for the Spartan boys were Andrew Valdez in the 400 (53.32), Aaron Garcia in the 800 (2:29), Hipolito Valdez in the 3,200 (12:10), Jarell Henderson in the high jump (6-2) and Christian Garcia in the shot put with a put of 41-11.

Jarell Henderson, Eric Henderson, Martin Garcia and Sabal teamed to win the 4x100 in 47.6 and Gaddis, Mike Garcia, Felix Valdez and Andrew Valdez hooked up to win the 4x400 in 3:36.

Victoria Flores won the 800 in 2:52 and the 3,200 in 16:18 to lead the Central girls (4-2). Sonia Ramos also won two events, taking the shot put (27-14) and the discus (71-6).

Erica Camacho won the 1,600 in 5:56.34 and Angelica Asaeli took the 100 in 13.56.

Allison Valdez, Ezra Salazar, Andrea Bettencourt and Felicia Vasquez teamed to win the 4x400. Palo Verde did not have a 4x400 team so a time was not kept.

Both Central and Palo Verde will compete in the IVL finals in Calexico beginning at noon on Thursday.

Southwest girls 81, Holtville 46

Southwest boys 106, Holtville 21

The Southwest High girls track and field team captured a share of the Imperial Valley League championship with an 81-46 victory over Holtville in El Centro on Thursday to finish the season tied for first with Brawley and Calexico.

Jennifer Black led the Southwest girls (5-1) winning three individual events taking first in the 100-meter hurdles (16.23 seconds), the 300 hurdles (50.31) and the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches.

Monica Gamboa and Rashawna Amos each won two individual events with Gamboa taking first in the 400 (1:04) and the 800 (2:31) and Amos winning the 100 (12.02) and the 200 (26.41).

Erica Holmes picked up the team's other individual win with first place in the long jump (15-5).

Gamboa, Holmes and Amos teamed with Tasha Ernest to win the 4x100 in 51:13 and the 4x400 in 4:25.

The Eagle boys (4-2) swept Holtville winning every event and winning the meet 106-21.

Eric Holmes led Southwest with wins in the high jump (5-6), the 400 (52.9) the 4x100 with Kenn Bonano, Eric Avila and Terrance Johnson (46.2) and the 4x400 in 3:46 with Devon Hood, Doug Fulp and Bonano.

Johnson won two individual events as did Jose Luis Salazar with Johnson taking the 100 (11.16) and the 200 (22.67) and Salazar winning the 110 hurdles (16.59) and the triple jump (40-10).

Winning individual track events for Southwest were Hood in the 1,600 (4:46), Fulp in the 800 (2:15), Garrett Bishop in the 3,200 (10:27) and Rodrigo Villalon in the 300 hurdles in 44.55.

In the field events, Justin Ernest took first in the shot put (42-1), Bonano won the long jump (18-4) and Brandon Pipkin took the discus with a 118-7.

Both teams will compete in the IVL finals in Calexico beginning at noon on Thursday.

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