AOW: Wildcat runner distancing self from her competition

May 07, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

Entering her team's track and field meet against Calexico on Thursday, there was only one thing Brawley Union High distance runner Meg Allen wanted.

That single desire was to beat Calexico. All athletes want to beat their opponents, but for Allen and her teammates the Calexico meet meant more.

If the Wildcat girls were to beat the Bulldogs, Brawley, Calexico and Southwest would finish in a three-way tie for the Imperial Valley League championship. If the Wildcats were to lose, Southwest would be sole possessor of the championship and Brawley and Calexico would finish tied for second.

So Allen went out and won all three of her individual events, the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 36.71 seconds, the 1,600 in 5:50.86 and the 3,200 in 13:09.16.


Her reward for winning the three events was exactly what she wanted, a 68-58 Brawley win and a share of the IVL crown.

"Going into that meet we really didn't know how good Calexico was because we hadn't seen any of their times," said the 16-year-old junior. "Then, after we saw their 4x100 relay team, we knew it was going to be tough."

Seeing the Bulldogs would have an edge in the sprints, Allen knew it would be up to Brawley's distance runners and its throwers to lead the way.

Of the 15 total first through third places in the five distance and throwing events, the Wildcats nabbed 11, including Allen's three firsts.

"It does kind of take away from it, winning league with three other teams, but knowing that three teams won it, that just means the competition is getting better down here," said Allen, whose Brawley squad won the IVL title her freshman year. "Yes, it would feel better to win league by ourselves, but I'd rather win it with two other teams than not win it all.

"So it does feel good to win league. Now I'm just going to focus on the IVL finals and CIF."

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