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Ceres track team brings home medals
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The Ceres High track and field teams had an exhausting week. The Bulldogs competed twice in two days.

"The kids responded really well," said Ceres coach Drew Brown. "They didn't even have 24 hours to recover."

The varsity girls placed third in a field of nine with 94 points at the 2004 Brenda Athletic Clubs Invitational at Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday. Pitman claimed the team title (200.5)

"It's a good lead into our first league meet, which is Wednesday," Brown said.

Karrah Brown won the 2-mile race in 12 minutes, 32.17 seconds.

Megan Gunzenhauser placed first in the discus at 110 feet, 7 inches and second in the shot put at 30 feet, 4 inches.

"I expect Megan to go over 120 feet this year," Brown said. "She'll be one of the top discus throwers in league."

Jessica Mazza placed second in the high jump (4-6) and third in the long jump (13-8).

"She's going to score a lot of points for us this year," Brown said.

Natalie Alvarez placed second in the mile in 5:45.81.

"She ran awesome," Brown said.

Melanie Vega placed second in the shot (32-7).

"She's just starting to figure the event out," Brown said.

Heather Jones placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.89 seconds and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 51.72 seconds.

"She's going to be one of the top five hurdlers in our league as a freshman," Brown said.

Kyleesha Williams placed third in the 200 in 28.52 seconds.

Juliana Trejo placed fourth in the shot (29-8).

The 4x100 team of Jones, Williams, Dominika Bonner and Nicole Ciccarelli placed fourth in 56.10 seconds.

Melanie Casey placed fifth in the triple jump (28-6).

The varsity boys earned 69 points en route to a fifth-place finish. Los Banos won the team title (125.5).

"I thought they did a great job," Brown said.

Dingko Luangchai won the high jump. He cleared 6-2, which was a personal record.

"He was jumping real well," Brown said. "He barely missed 6-4."

Charlie Cunha finished second in the triple jump (40-61/2), third in the long jump (19-10) and fourth in the high jump (5-10).

"We expect him to go over 22 feet in the long jump and 42 feet in the triple jump," Brown said.

Ross Tate finished second in the high jump (6-0). Tate is just a freshman.

Brandon Crawford finished third in the 100 in 11.57 seconds.

James Gmachowski finished third in the shot (40-10) and seventh in the discus (109-71/2).

"He's been a real pleasant surprise," Brown said. "He's going to get better. He's just learning the event."

Chris Gregg placed fourth in the 300 hurdles in 49.38 seconds.

The 4x100 team of Ryan Leazer, Crawford, Luangchai and Cunha finished fourth in 45.78 seconds.

The frosh-soph boys took fourth with 34 points. Los Banos took first (103).

Kevin Dupree took second in the long jump (18-91/2).

Ray Green took third in the triple jump (36-53/4) and fifth in the long jump (17-2).

Kyle Fry placed sixth in the discus (77-3).

David Vega took seventh in the mile (5:33.76).

Ramsey Magana took eighth in the mile (5:35.67).

County Meet

Ceres High brought home nine medals from the Stanislaus County Track and Field Meet at Modesto JC on Friday.

The top three placers in individual and relay events were rewarded.

Ceres' 4x100 team of Leazer, Crawford, Luangchai and Cunha placed first.

"This was our first meet we ran together," Luangchai said. "We've been practicing."

Cunha also won the long jump (20-10) and placed second in the triple jump (41-23/4).

"I got two personal records," Cunha said.

Vega placed second in the shot (33-5).

Jones placed third in the 100 hurdles (17.6 seconds) and 300 hurdles (50.2 seconds).

Luangchai placed third in the high jump (6-0). He also set a PR in the triple jump (38-51/2). - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier