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CHS senior qualifies for section meet
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Ceres High senior Karrah Brown advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Divison II Cross Country Championships with an 18th-place finish at the sub-section meet on Saturday at Frogtown in Angels Camp.

Brown completed the 3.1-mile hilly course in 20 minutes, 28 seconds.

“I thought Karrah ran a smart race,” said Ceres coach Glenn Driskell. “She was in the top 20 from the get-go and maintained.”

Brown, Heather Jones, Elizabeth Miranda, Vicki Morales and Katie Lutes led the varsity girls team to a 13th-place finish in a field of 29 with 357 points. Vacaville, Ponderosa and Oak Ridge placed first, second and third with 70, 80 and 93 points, respectively.

Jones, Miranda, Morales and Lutes placed 70th in 22:47, 95th in 24:11, 97th in 24:20 and 98th in 24:29, respectively. Nichole Alvarez and Vanessa Medina placed 102nd in 25:00 and 114th in 26:20, respectively.

“They did pretty good,” Driskell said.

“Most of the girls ran some of their best times of the season.”

Brown will run at the section finals on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.

“I'm going to ask Benny Perez to train with her this week to push her,” Driskell said.

Brown will be vying for a top-12 finish in a field of 66.

“I'd love to see her improve on her place,” Driskell said. “She's running against the exact same people.”

The Bulldogs have had just one state qualifier in the last year 12 years. Casey Rhea advanced in 1998.

“It would be icing on the cake,” Driskell said.

Perez, Chad Hurt, Ramsey Magana, Alex Torres and Darryl Lopez led the Ceres High varsity boys squad to a 19th-place finish at the sub-section championships. The Bulldogs tallied 552 points. Jesuit claimed the team title (37). Rocklin and Ponderosa placed second (68) and third (92), respectively.

“We did okay,” Driskell said.

Perez, a senior, placed 83rd on the 3.1-course in 19:04.

“He didn't perform as well as he did at the league meet or six weeks ago at Frogtown,” Driskell said. “He wasn't feeling good an hour before the race. He said he almost puked. It's a tough way to end your season.”

Hurt, Magana, Torres and Lopez placed 114th in 20:10, 119th in 20:26, 126th in 21:10 and 131st in 21:35, respectively. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier