Central Valley’s cross country program closed out the Central California Conference season on Oct. 30 at Lake Yosemite Recreation Area.
“Both teams did exceptionally well,” head coach Veronica Moreno said. “They understand the challenges of the sport and the league and have worked hard all season to improve their times.”
Central Valley’s varsity girls squad totaled 133 points en route to a fifth-place finish at the CCC’s third cluster meet.
Atwater (30 points) claimed the team championship.
Merced (36), Buhach Colony (84) and Patterson (89) finished second, third and fourth, respectively.
Priscilla Garcia was Central Valley’s top finisher.
She placed 25th with a time of 22 minutes, 25 seconds on the 3-mile course.
Hawk teammates Aryanna Jimenez (23:56), Kelsy Naranjo (24:05), Abigail Garcia (26:05) and Carla Martinez (26:49) took 33rd, 34th, 41st and 42nd, respectively.
Jimenez set a personal record at Lake Yosemite.
She cut two minutes off her previous-best time.
“A lot of us wanted to PR and that ended up happening,” Jimenez said.
The Hawks (4-14) placed fifth in the league’s overall standings.
Central Valley moved from the Western Athletic Conference to the CCC in 2018.
“It’s a challenge coming from the WAC,” Jimenez said. “We were introduced to tougher competition, which means we had to push harder.”
Central Valley’s varsity boys (161 points) squad took sixth at the conference’s final cluster meet.
The Hawks finished ahead of El Capitan (200).
Atwater (35) won the team title, followed by Merced (44), Buhach Colony (49), Golden Valley (106) and Patterson (143).
Eric Andrade led Central Valley with a 28th-place finish.
He completed the 3-mile race in 18 minutes, 11 seconds.
Hawk teammates Alejandro Gonzalez (18:32), David Cuevas Sanchez (18:36), Sebastian Pena (18:44), Nicolas Gil (18:52), Patric Senesom (19:19) also contributed to the Hawks’ point total by placing 31st, 34th, 37th, 42nd and 46th, respectively.
Central Valley’s Enrique Martinez (19:20), Michael De La Cruz (19:23) and Emmanuel Mendoza (19:56) took 47th, 48th and 52nd.
The Hawks (3-15) placed sixth in the league’s overall standings.
Jimenez and her Central Valley teammates will compete at the Sac-Joaquin Sub-Section Division-II meet this Saturday at Frogtown in Angels Camp.
“I’ve been on the course a couple times,” she said. “It’s really difficult. It’s mainly hills. I’m going to give it my all.”