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Cross country puts forth strong effort
Ceres High School's varsity boys and girls cross country teams both lost to Western Athletic Conference rival Patterson on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

"They're getting better because they're working hard," Bulldogs head coach Glenn Driskell said while assessing the performance of his athletes.

Ceres High's girls suffered a narrow 27-28 loss and fell to 3-2 in the dual-meet standings.

The Bulldogs dropped a 24-32 decision to Livingston earlier this season.

"We've lost two close ones this year," Driskell said.

Ceres High star Cecilia Carretero took first in 19 minutes, 19 seconds against Patterson.

Bulldog teammates Bryce Ford (19:49), Lisette Carretero (20:52), Angelica Slater (21:48) and Dia Borden (22:05) finished third, sixth, eighth and 10th, respectively.

"I knew it would be close," Driskell said. "Cecilia did all she could do. If any other girl beats one of theirs, we win. We lost by one point. That's unbelievable."

Cecilia pulled away from Patterson's top runner during the last 200 yards of the race.

Ford locked up third with a strong finish.

"Bryce should have placed second," Driskell said. "Did you see how much kick she had left?"

Patterson secure the team victory in thrilling fashion.

Borden dropped from ninth to 10th near the finish line. Dia competed despite being slowed by bronchitis."

The Tigers improved to 5-0 in the WAC.

Ceres High's boys dropped to 1-4 on the year after sustaining an 18-43 loss.

Patterson improved to 4-1.

Judas Chavarin was the Bulldogs' top finisher. He placed third (16:48) in a field of 18.

Ceres High's Bret Gonzalez (18:37), Manuel Baez (19:34), Manuel Hernandez (19:38) and Lorenzo Trinidad took seventh, ninth, 11th and 13th, respectively.

Baez, a freshman, was just promoted to varsity.

"I moved him up to make our team better," Driskell said. "He did exactly what I thought he would do for us."

Hawks secure split

Central Valley High School's varsity girls cross country team split its Western Athletic Conference tri meet last week at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

Andrea Rodriguez, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Karina Magana, Karla Rodriguez and Harpreet Kaur propelled the Hawks past Central Catholic, 21-38, Wednesday afternoon.

Andrea finished in first place.

Elizabeth, Karina, Karla and Harpreet took second, fourth, fifth and ninth, respectively.

Central Valley lost 24-32 to Pacheco.

Andrea, Elizabeth, Karina, Karla and Harpeet placed second, third, seventh, ninth and 11th, respectively.

Central Valley's boys beat Central Catholic by forfeit and lost 18-41 to Pacheco on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

Raul Castro was the Hawks' top finisher. He placed fifth against Pacheco.

Cruz Mendez (sixth), Hawk Duarte (seventh), Alex Tovar (11th) and Francisco Gradilla (12th) also contributed.