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CV boys beat Los Banos in track, girls suffer close loss
Central Valley High School's varsity track and field program split with Los Banos on Thursday in Ceres.

The Hawks and Tigers competed in 80-degree weather.

Central Valley's previous two dual meets were canceled due to rain.

"I've been happy since the moment I woke up today," Hawks' multi-event standout Tyree Jones said. "We finally get a chance to show our talents. Thank God."

"You don't get much better conditions than this," head coach Mike Reynolds said. "The kids were pretty hyped up."

Jones, a star running back in football, propelled Central Valley's boys to a 77-56 victory against Los Banos.

Jones won the 100, 200 and long jump.

He also teamed up with Edward Martinez, Terrence Sadler and Michael Luzinski to finish first in the 4x100 relay.

Martinez placed first in the 300 hurdles, and second in the 110 hurdles and 400.

Matt Menor placed first in the triple jump and 110 hurdles, and second in the 300 hurdles.

Cristian Chavez placed first in the shot put and second in the discus.

Brandon Viado placed first in the high jump and third in the 300 hurdles.

Will Hunnel placed first in the pole vault.

Antonio Cordova placed second in the pole vault.

Jamal Wessinger placed second in the triple jump.

Menor, Wessinger, Ernesto Gonzalez and Greg Tripp teamed up to place second in the 4x400 relay.

Patrick Villarico placed third in the pole vault.

Josh Craig placed third in the long jump.

Nick Gonzalez placed third in the 800.

Tripp placed third in the 400.

Cruz Mendez placed third in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600.

The Hawks' talent and depth proved to be too much for the Tigers.

"It's definitely a good way to start the season," Reynolds said. "I figured it was going to be competitive. Los Banos has a pretty big team."

Central Valley's girls lost 67-51 to Los Banos.

"I was actually pretty surprised with how we did," Reynolds said.

The Hawks managed to challenge the Tigers despite competing shorthanded.

Alyssa Long, Breanna Wideman and Geena Wade missed the meet to participate in the "Every 15 Minutes" program, which gives students a graphic representation of the real-life consequences of drunk driving.

"It would have been closer if they were here," Reynolds said. "We probably would have won."

Drucella Miranda placed first in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump.

Adriana Mendez placed first in the 3,200 and 1,600, and second in the 800.

Stephanie Duran placed second in the shot put and third in the discus.

Maday Padilla placed second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 hurdles.

Karina Miranda placed third in the 800.

Brianna McNeil placed third in the shot put.

Central Valley will compete on the road against Livingston this Thursday. The WAC dual will get underway at 3:30 p.m.