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CHS girls place first in cross country
Ceres High varsity girls cross country members Cecilia Carretero, Bryce Ford and Dia Borden were presented all-league patches after finishing among the top 8 runners at the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park's newly-reconfigured 3.1-mile course.

The junior trio, along with freshman Lisette Carretero and senior Viviana Ramirez helped propel the Bulldogs to a first-place finish at the seven-team event.

Ceres High (42 points) topped Livingston (47), Patterson (61), Pacheco (102), Los Banos (106), Central Catholic (163) and Central Valley (178).

"I'm very surprised that we won," Ford said. "I thought Livingston was going to beat us today."

Cecilia crossed the finish line in 21 minutes, 18 seconds. She had to settle for runner-up honors behind Livingston senior Kelsey Gallegos for the second year in a row. Gallegos pulled away during the last mile.

"It's frustrating," Carretero said. "I tried to keep up with her. She just has better stamina. I'm going to do summer training to improve. Hopefully, I'll catch up to her times next year. But I can't be overconfident."

Ford locked up fourth place (21:36) with a strong finish. She passed runners from Patterson and Livingston.

Borden (21:57), Lisette Carretero (22:04) and Ramirez (23:18) took eighth, ninth and 19th, respectively.

"Everyone got better," Bryce said.

Central Valley's top finishers were Andrea Rodriguez (29th, 24:49), Elizabeth Rodriguez (30th, 26:22), Karina Miranda (37th, 27:47), Karla Rodriguez (39th, 28:20) and Cassandra Maldonado (43rd, 29:16).

Livingston was the overall league champion.

Ceres High took second based on its dual-meet and conference-final results.

Central Valley tied for sixth with Central Catholic.

Ceres High's Jeanette Torrez won the frosh-soph girls title at the WAC meet. She completed the 2-mile race in 14:55.

Bulldog teammates Toni Garcia (17:53), Abigail Schmidt (17:23), Maria Gaitan (17:42) and Jocelyn Lopez (19:07) placed 15th, 17th, 18th and 24th, respectively.


Ceres High varsity boys cross country runner Judas Chavarin pondered what might have been following his disappointing eighth-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Wednesday in Ceres.

"I thought it was going to be easy like last year," said Chavarin, who placed fourth at the league finals as a freshman. "I can't blame anyone but myself. I didn't train this summer. I got lazy. I started the year off bad. People got better."

Chavarin completed the 3.1-mile course at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park in 18 minutes, 7 seconds.

Bulldog teammates Bret Gonzalez (20:34), Christian Stein (21:09), Manuel Hernandez (21:23) and Lorenzo Trinidad (21:36) placed 24th, 28th, 30th and 33rd, respectively.

Judas was awarded an all-league patch for his top-8 finish.

"I'm not satisfied with what I did," Chavarin said. "The place motivates me to train harder. I'm looking forward to next year."

Central Valley's Hawk Duarte finished 23rd (20:17) at the conference meet.

Hawk teammates George Canales (20:38), Alex Tovar (21:11), Kevin Webb (21:25) and Francisco Gradilla (21:45) took 26th, 29th, 32nd and 34th, respectively.

Livingston posted the best team score (35) at the WAC championships.

Patterson (49), Pacheco (65), Los Banos (83), Ceres High (123) and Central Valley (144) placed second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Bulldogs and Hawks tied for fifth in the WAC overall standings. Central Valley and Ceres High had league dual-meet records of 2-4 and 1-5.