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CV loaded with talent on track and field
Central Valley High School's varsity track and field program has a talented mix of athletes.

Jasveen Brar (Sr.), Adriana Mendez (Jr.), Alyssa Long (Jr.), Jordan Smith (So.) and Vanessa Menor (Sr.) are key members of the girls team.

Brar took second in the 300 hurdles and triple jump, and sixth in the 100 hurdles and long jump at the 2009 Valley Oak League championships. She also competes in the 400 and runs a leg on the Hawks' 4x400 relay team.

Brar will be vying for her third straight trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet in the 300 hurdles. She earned her second consecutive berth following a sixth-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III competition.

Mendez will be Central Valley's top distance runner (3,200, 1,600, 800). She placed 11th in the 1,600 at Divisionals a year ago. Adriana took third in the same event at the VOL finals.

Smith (sprints, 4x100 relay) won the 100 title and finished third in the 200 at the VOL frosh-soph championships last season.

Menor (high jump) contributed at the frosh-soph level a year ago.

Long (long jump, 100, 400, 4x100 relay) is a four-sport athlete. She's doing track and field and soccer this spring.

"I've been trying to get Alyssa out here the last two years," Reynolds said. "She's a great athlete. She's got natural speed. She hates to lose. I think she's going to excel."

Oscar Tovar (Sr.), Tyree Jones (Jr.), Matt Menor (So.), Edward Martinez (So.). Christian Chavez (So.) and Terrance Sadler (Jr.) are key members on the boys team.

Tovar (3,200, 1,600, 800) and Jones (100, 200, long jump, 4x100) are varsity returners.

Menor, (high jump, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Martinez (300 hurdles, 110 hurdles, 4x100), Chavez (discus, shot put) competed at the frosh-soph level a season ago.

Edward won a league title in the 300 hurdles.

Sadler (100, 200, 4x100, long jump) played varsity football last fall.

"He'll be a huge addition to the team," Reynolds said. "He doesn't understand how good he really is. It changes the work ethic of the other kids."

Reynolds will be satisfied if both of his teams finish in the middle of the pack of the nine-team VOL. The Hawks will battle Ceres High, Oakdale, Sonora, Manteca, Sierra, East Union, Lathrop and Weston Ranch. Oakdale and Sierra are the frontrunners.

"We won't be fighting for championships, but I think we'll be competitive," Reynolds said.

Central Valley split with crosstown rival Ceres High in 2009.

The girls won, 83-34.

The boys lost, 65-56.

"It will be a pretty close meet this year," Reynolds said. "They'll have depth. We'll have the individual talent. It will be fun."