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Harriers in crosstown showdown
The members of Ceres High School's and Central Valley's varsity cross country programs faced off on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

The Bulldogs won the girls competition by just three points, 26-29.

Cecilia Carretero finished in first place for Ceres High, which posted a 4-2 record in the Western Athletic Conference dual meet standings. The sophomore runner completed the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 52 seconds.

Bulldog teammates Crystal Duran, Vanessa Barajas, Joana Trujillo and Viviana Ramirez placed third (23:42), fifth (25:57), eighth (28:06) and ninth (28:11), respectively.

Adrianna Mendez paced Central Valley (2-4). She took second (21:29).

Viviana Moreno, Gaby Diaz, Karla Rodriguez and Elizabeth Rodriguez placed fourth (24:48), sixth (27:13), seventh (27:42) and 10th (29:13), respectively.

"It was really competitive," Mendez said. "Maybe next time, we'll beat them."

Central Valley's boys cruised to a 24-32 victory and finished the WAC regular season with a 4-2 record.

Cruz Mendez led the way with a second-place finish (18:55). He was slowed by a strained left Achilles tendon.

Hawk teammates Raul Castro, Abel Medina, Ernesto Gonzalez and Nick Gonzalez took fourth (19:05), fifth (19:21), sixth (19:47) and seventh (20:04), respectively.

Ceres High's Judas Chavarin had a dominant individual performance. The freshman finished first in 18:04. He bested Mendez by 51 seconds.

Mathew Mey (third, 18:57), Jose Perez (eighth, 20:08), Juan Botello (ninth, 20:11) and Michael Johnson (11th, 21:11) also scored points for the Bulldogs (2-4).