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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013 9 Just A Thought What h ppens in the exchange By RICK KRAFT. also critical. The receiving run- It is what happens in the ex- ner reaches back and makes an change zone that counts. We hold inverted "V" with his hand in an the baton we run with for such a upward position and his arm par- short period of time. We receive allel to the track. it from another, carry it for a The approaching runner while, and then hand off to the moves his arm in a downward one who follows, motion and places the baton in In track and field the receiving runner's up turned , outstretched competitions, there are team relay events. In hand. The delivering these events the goal is runner should always run for a team of runpers to through the pass, never cover the course as slowing down until after quickly as possible car- the exchange is com- rying a baton from the plete. The passing run- starting line to the fin- ner must stay in his lane ish line. Because the at all times both befOre race is a team event, and after the pass to how well you finish avoid interfering with the race depends on RickKraft others exchanging the the actions of others, baton also. The baton is about 12 inches Just from this overview of the long, smoothly cylindrical, free transfer," you can see that there are from adornments, and is often re- many moving parts that can go ferred to as the "stick." When a wrong. Obviously the ultimate baton hits the ground it makes an goal of passing a relay baton is to empty "ping" sound, a sound no do it in the fastest way possible runner ever wants to hear. and it is a work of art when it hap- On a highly competitivepens seamlessly. Good things level, races are won or lost be- happen when smooth exchanges cause of what happens in the ex- occur. change zones. In Olympic com- You see it doesn't really mat- petition, in the 2008 Beijing ter how talented the carriers of Olympics, both the American the baton are if the passing of the men and women dropped the ba- baton does not go smoothly. The ton in the 4 x 100 meter relay, thing is the exchange. failing to place despite being in- If you are breathing, which I ternational favorites to win the would guess most of you are, you gold. In 2004 in Athens, shoddy have a baton in your hand. My baton passing by the American question to you is "What are you men allowed a British team to going to do with it?" Is there pull off an upset and the women something in your life that is big- were disqualified after a failed ger than you? Something that exchange. Finally in London in you are able to influence in your 2012, the American women got days here, but that lives on after the exchange down, won the you are gone? gold, and broke a 27 year old You are who you are today world record. The men broke the because of others who have men's world record also, but fin- passed the baton to you. The in- ished second to a faster Jamacian fluence of the lives of others has team anchored by Usain Bolt. shaped you to the person you are A lot has to go right for a today. You have taken the his- smooth exchange of the baton to tory you received and have made occur. It takes each team member your own decisions to get to doing their part properly. Timing where you are today. You are out is critical. It should be timed so on the course with maybe 70, 80; that when the approaching run- or 90 years to walk this planet and ner hits the mark, the outgoing then you are gone. runner starts to sprint. Form is The starting line of your ba- Need New Vehicle? " Buy Here, Poy Here! Credit Problems, No Credit? No Problem! Compre Aqui Page Aqui! No Credito, Mol Credito? No Problema! Please Call Me Mary Cortez at 575-544-5576 Cell or 575-546-65~)5 Nobody beats a Sisbarro Deal zone? ton was the creation of Adam and None of us knows the finish line. But each of us has an op- portunity to impact what happens after we pass the baton on to oth- ers. Looking up the track behind you you can identify and recog- nize those who have carried the baton from the starting line to you. The baton may have been fumbled when it was given to you or it may have been a smooth ex- change, but you decide what hap- pens to the baton when you are carrying it. You will also be in- volved in whether or not your exchange of the baton is a seam- less exchange or if the one who takes it from you has to pick it up off the ground. When we talk about success involving the baton, each of us has the power to define it in our own lives. Our lives should not be about ourselves. We can't take the baton with us. No one ever has. Over the spectrum of life, our time here is very short. Are you running a good race and preparing for the exchange ahead? My challenge to you is to do the best YOU are able with the ba- ton that you have been given. It is only yours for a while. Recog- nize those who have gone before you. Appreciate them. It is be- cause of them that you have the baton today. The baton goes from one generation to the next. We are called to carry the baton from the generations before us to the gen- erations that follow us. If we for- get those who came before us, we may forget those who come after US. When it is all said and done, your life is nothing more or noth- ing less than what you do with the baton in your hand in be- tween the 'exchange zones. You have been entrusted with it for just a little while. Be sure you make a difference with the days you carry it and then equip the recipient for a smooth exchange at the end of your time. That is the best any of us can do. We should not forget-that it is an honor to carry the baton. Carry it well, and when you hand it off, what you have done with the baton will live on in those you pass it on to. Just a thought,. ~" Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ or P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. A Picture From ThePast By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Photo courtesy REFUGIO "CUCO" VARELAILordsburg Jesus "Chuy" Vargas Varela 1916 - 2013 Jesus "Chuy" Vargas Varela was born on March 6, 1916 in Morenci, Arizona and passed away on January 19, 2013 in Lordsburg surrounded by her loving family. She was 96. Chuy was one of six children, and the only daughter, born to Refugio Vargas and Apolonia Salas Vargas. She married Vidal Varela in 1934 in Safford, Arizona; they renewed their wedding vows in1974 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lordsburg on their 40~ anniversary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vidal; a son, Raymundo 'Mundi' Varela; a grandson, Anthony Varela; and herfive brothers, Panfilo, Marcelo, Felipe, Nicholas, and Manuel Vargas. She is survived by her son, Rufugio (Cuco) Varela; four daughters, Eloisa Varela U nruh, Rita Varela Quintana, Annie Varela, and Corrina Varela Cooper; 18 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and 40 great-great- grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Chuy was a blessing to her family and was dearly loved. A public viewing was held on January 22, 2013, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, followed by a prayer vigil and rosary. A Mass was celebrated on January 23, 2013, also at St. Joseph's, with Fr. John Webbbr officiating, followed by concluding services and interment at Shakespeare Cemetery in Lordsburg. so very proud. 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