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Eagle girls take CIF track crown

May 19, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

POWAY — In 1995, when Mike Becker took over as track and field coach at Southwest High, his ultimate goal was to win a CIF championship.

On Saturday, after seven years of hard work, dedication and non-stop coaching, Becker realized his goal as his girls team walked away with the CIF San Diego Section Division II championship, finishing with 62 points.

Unlike some teams competing in the finals who had as many as 19 individuals, Southwest won it all with only five.

"I am just really proud of the girls. This has been in the making since I took over back in 1995," said Becker. "We only had five girls, but it's not unusual for a team with a small number of athletes to win it. You know, we were really lucky and we got very fast in a hurry."

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Leading the Eagles were Jennifer Black, who won the 300-meter hurdles in 47.15 seconds, and Rashauna Amos, who took first in the 100 meters in 12.11 and the 200 in 25.13.

"Rashauna did extremely well today running the 100 and 200. And Jennifer, I really believe that she was the one that cemented it for us. With the contributions we got from both of them and the other three girls, it just shows that everyone does their part," said Becker.

Black also took second in the 100 hurdles in 16.41 and fifth in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches.

Amos teamed with Erica Holmes, Tasha Ernest and Monica Gamboa to take second in the 4x400 in 4 minutes, 4 seconds. The four finished third in the 4x100.

Gamboa rounded things out with second place in the 400 in 59.28.

Said Amos, a freshman: "In all honesty, I didn't even think we'd place. I thought we'd take last. I don't know why, I just didn't think we were good enough. It wasn't until close to the end that I really had a feeling that we'd win it. Now that we have won it, it's just so exciting."

On the boys side, Garrett Bishop finished 15th in the 3,200 in 10:12. Terrance Johnson competed in the 100 and 200 in the preliminaries Friday, but did not qualify for the finals. Eric Holmes also did not qualify in the 400.

While Becker would've liked all his athletes to have done well in the finals, he was still ecstatic with the performance of his girls.

"We talked about it at prelims and on the way to finals about how we knew this team had the potential to do something special if they laid it all on the line," said Becker. "I don't know, I guess something special did happen, or lightning struck, or just call it what you want."

Next for the Southwest girls is the Masters meet at Poway High School on Saturday.

"Now we gotta work even harder because once you're at the top of the mountain everyone's trying to knock you off."

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