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CHS cross country boys earn bragging rights at sub-sections
Ceres High's varsity boys cross country team did it again.

For the second time this season, the Bulldogs finished ahead of crosstown rival Central Valley.

Ceres High placed 16th at the Sac-Joaquin Division III Sub-Section Championships on Nov. 7 in Angels Camp, five spots ahead of the Hawks.

"It gives us more bragging rights," said Alejandro Garcia, the Bulldogs' top runner.

Garcia finished third overall and earned an individual berth to the section meet. The senior completed Calaveras County Fairground's 3-mile Frogtown course in 16 minutes, 51 seconds.

"I could have done better, but I decided to save my energy," Alejandro said.

Bulldog teammates Mathew Mey, Rajinder Singh, Michael Johnson, Mario Hernandez and Rosalio Heras took 56th (18:40), 111th (20:40), 129th (21:39), 132nd (22:05) and 140th (23:36), respectively.

Oscar Tovar led the Hawks with a 44th-place finish (18:17).

Ricardo Belmonte (115th, 20:51), Ernesto Gonzalez (117th, 20:52), Juan Cuevas (127th, 21:35) and Will Berryhill (21:37) also competed.

Adrianna Mendez (118th, 26:35) and Norma Cortez (119th, 26:46) represented Central Valley in the varsity girls race.

Patrick Villarico (27th, 20:29), Farris Renaga (57th, 22:18), Antonio Cordova (59th, 22:24), Alan Garcia (60th, 22:38) and Xavier Bridges (68th, 23:50) propelled the Hawks to an 11th-place showing in the JV boys competition.

Central Valley's Francisco Gonzalez (13th, 12:48) and Miguel Espinoza (43rd, 14:22), and Ceres High's Gianna Blandino (54th, 15:11) ran in the sophomore boys division.

Ceres High's frosh-soph girls had a respectable finish (ninth place).

Bryce Ford (third, 14:22) paced the Bulldogs. Cecilia Carretero (23rd, 15:47), Ashley Vath (51st, 19:38), Maria Gaitan (52nd, 19:47) and Viviana Ramirez (53rd, 20:30) also suited up for Ceres High.

Andrea Rodriguez placed 35th (16:19).