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CHS boys, girls programs strive for success and improvement
Crystal Duran will rack up points in multiple events for Ceres High School's varsity girls track and field program in 2011, including the 300 hurdles, 400, 200 and long jump.

The versatile senior earned second-team, Western Athletic Conference honors while excelling in cross country during the fall sports season. She also wrestled.

"Crystal's not great at one event but good at everything," head coach Bill Curlis said. "She's the hardest working kid we have, girl or boy. We'll miss her next year when she's not around because she keeps everyone in line."

Other Bulldog athletes expected to contribute to the team include Cecilia Carretero (So.), Kiana Crawford (Jr.), Ashley Thiner (Sr.), Jessica Prado (Sr.) and Violeta Verduzco (Sr.).

Carretero, a sophomore distance runner, will compete in the 3,200, 1,600 and 800.

Cecilia finished in second place at the WAC cross country championships. The first-team, all-league honoree qualified for sections but did not compete due to a leg injury.

Cecilia is also a member of the Bulldogs' junior-varsity girls soccer team.

"It's hard because you don't get any rest because you're practicing all the time," Carretero said while talking about her busy schedule. "I'm going to try to finish all of my homework in school or class."

Carretero's biggest rival will be 2010-11 WAC cross country champion/Livingston star Kelsey Gallegos.

"I see myself improving and getting closer to her," Cecilia said.

The Bulldogs lost their best all-round athlete to another sport.

Sophomore Bryce Ford decided to focus on basketball.

Ford qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet in the 300 hurdles and high jump at the varsity level as a freshman. She took second in the high jump, third in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the 400 and sixth in the triple jump during the Valley Oak League finals.


Ceres High boys senior hurdler Le Hong should have another solid season.

Hong placed 22nd in the 110 hurdles at Masters during his first year with the Bulldogs.

He took second at the Valley Oak League championships.

"I surprised myself when I got that far," Le said. "It took a lot of determination and luck. Hopefully, I can get there again without getting injured. I'm focused."

Hong re-aggravated a groin injury at Masters when he clipped the first hurdle. "The last three weeks, I ran in pain," Le said. "I was injured but I didn't want to stop."

Judas Chavarin (Fr.), Jose Perez (Sr.), Jacob Meyer (Jr.), Josh Sasamoto (Sr.) and Jacob Williams (Sr.) will also contribute.

Chavarin had a banner first year with the Bulldogs' cross country team last fall.

Judas finished fourth overall at the VOL boys competition. He won the Division-III freshman section and sub-section titles.