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Quarter ton lost in BUHS Get Fit Challenge

May 31, 2002|By RICHARD MONTENEGRO, Sports Editor

BRAWLEY — More than 300 Brawley Union High students, teachers and staff and members of the community lost nearly 500 pounds over four weeks during the first Get Fit Challenge here.

The challenge, which involved losing both weight and body fat and keeping daily exercise and diet journals, started April 15 and ended May 17 with an awards ceremony at the Brawley High spirit center, said event coordinator Mary LeBaron, a physical education teacher at the high school.

"It was phenomenal. I was just overwhelmed by the success. Over 75 percent lost weight and 75 percent lost body fat," LeBaron said.

The overall winning student team was Jessica and Jennifer Hernandez, Angela Leyva and Rachel Rubio and Angela's mother, Elizabeth Nuñez (each student team had one adult). The team lost a total of 20 pounds and 20.5 percent body fat.

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The winning adult team was Martin Garza, Margie Encinas, Annette Valenzuela, Mike Noriega and Adela Solis, all Brawley High staffers. The team lost 23.5 pounds and 19 percent body fat.

Individual weight loss winners were Matt Riche for students (7 pounds and 9.5 percent body fat) and Garza for adults (15 pounds and 9.5 percent body fat.

More than $600 in prizes were awarded to participating students by Brawley and El Centro merchants.

Inspired by a similar project on NBC's "Today" show, LeBaron and her assistant for the program, Elizabeth Enders, wanted to bring about awareness of diet and exercise to her P.E. students.

"My goals were to increase student awareness of their personal fitness and enable them to develop it on their own," LeBaron said. "We wanted to increase awareness of eating habits and personal fitness, and I think we reached that."

The project started as extra credit for her students but soon blossomed to include students in other classes and, among others, the superintendent of the Brawley Union High School District, Garth Isom.

LeBaron said she plans to stage the event next year.

Track and field

CERRITOS — Meadows Union Elementary student Ausbaldo Corrales won the high jump and Wilson Junior High student Joshua Souceir got first in the shot put at the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation track and field championships here Saturday.

Corrales of El Centro won in the 1987 division with a leap of 5 feet 1/2 inch. Souceir, also of El Centro, won in the 1989 division with a throw of 35 feet 1 1/2 inches.

Brawley's Barbara Worth Junior High had two students take second-place spots — Stephen Dominguez (1988) in the softball throw with 199 feet and Joseph Sarmiento (1989) in the 200 meters at 27.95 seconds. Sarmiento also came in fifth in the shot put (31).

Meadows student Jovane Camacho (1989) came in second in the 400 (58.9) and fifth in the 1600 (5:18.4).

Erik Leal (1988) of Meadows earned third in the high jump (4-9).

Softball

CHULA VISTA — The Imperial Valley Heat 14-and-under softball team took second place at the 11th annual Lightning Tournament here Monday, losing 7-2 to East County in the championship game.

The Heat, which went 3-2 in the three-day tournament, beat Bonita Valley 2-1 in the semifinal to advance. The Heat's Jennifer Aguilar earned the win.

The Heat will next compete in the East County Corky Russell Tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday in El Cajon.

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