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Ceres High boys, girls improve to 3-1 in WAC following crosstown sweep
Johnson, Elness lead Bulldogs past Hawks
Ceres Highs Ashley Schmidt took fourth in the 300 hurdles versus Central Valley last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High used its talent and depth to defeat crosstown-rival Central Valley in varsity track and field last Wednesday.

The visiting Bulldogs won the boys competition 122-13 and improved to 3-1 in the Western Athletic Conference dual-meet standings.

Rivals in football, Ceres High's Johnni Smith-Willis and Central Valley's Moses Ghiorso faced off in sprints last week.

Smith-Willis took first in the 100 and third in the 200.
Ghiorso placed first in the 200 and second in the 100.

"I'm pretty sure I can get better times," Johnni said. "I need to work on my form."

"We did well," Moses said. "It was competitive. We also had fun."

Bulldog teammates Conner Johnson, Manuel Baez, Umberto Diaz, Marcellus Boykins, Tristan Dray, Seth Gibson, Ulises Diaz, Isaac Leon, Joshua Madariaga, Myron Sichanpheng, Angel Macias, Trevor Nash, Gabriel Heredia, Blake Tobler, Luis Calderon, Veeti Partanen, Adalberto Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez, Louis Thomas, Sean Carr, Isaac Soto and Kevin Moita turned in standout performances as well.

Johnson placed first in the discus and shot put.

Baez placed first in the 800.

Umberto Diaz placed first in the 400.

Boykins placed first in the long jump and triple jump, and second in the high jump.

Dray placed first in the high jump and 300 hurdles, and second in the 110 hurdles.

Gibson placed first in the 110 hurdles and second in the 300 hurdles.

Ulises Diaz placed second in the 200.

Leon placed first in the 1,600 and second in the 800.

Madariaga placed first in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600.

Sichanpheng placed second in the long jump and triple jump.

Macias placed second in the 3,200.

Nash placed second in the triple jump.

Heredia placed second in the 400 and third in the 110 hurdles.

Tobler placed second in the discus and third in the shot put.

Calderon placed second in the shot put and third in the discus.

Partanen placed second in the pole vault and third in the long jump.

Rodriguez placed third in the 3,200.

Ramirez placed third in the 800.

Thomas placed third in the high jump.

Carr placed third in the triple jump.

Soto placed third in the pole vault.

Ceres High's 4x100 relay team of Smith-Willis, Ulises Diaz, Partanen and Moita placed first.

Ceres High's 4x400 relay team of Gibson, Ulises Diaz, Dray and Moita placed first.

Central Valley's Gilberto Alvarez placed first in the pole vault.

The Hawks dropped to 0-3 in the WAC.

Ceres High's girls squad improved to 3-1 the WAC following its 89-31 domination of Central Valley.

Bulldog Sydney Elness placed first in the long jump, triple jump and high jump.

Haleigh Leazer, Saray Gonzalez, Yarisleidi Rodriguez, Adria Brewster, Kaylee Holloway, Ashlee Stiles, Danna Vargas, Mallynda Benjamin, Nichole Parker, Alexis Sanchez, Kadie Brenning, Ashley Schmidt, Nichole Parker, Claudia Jimenez, Destiny Adams and Yasmine Cordova also contributed to Ceres High's point total.

Leazer placed first in the 800 and 3,200.

Gonzalez placed first in the discus.

Rodriguez placed first in the shot put.

Brewster placed first in the 100 hurdles, and third in the 100 and high jump.

Holloway placed first in the high jump, and third in the 300 hurdles and 400.

Stiles placed second in the 800, long jump and triple jump.

Vargas placed second in the 1,600.

Benjamin placed second in the 100 and 200.

Parker placed second in the discus.

Sanchez placed second in the shot put.

Brenning placed second in the 400 and third in the 200.

Schmidt placed second in the high jump and fourth in the 300 hurdles.

Parker placed third in the shot put.

Ceres High's 4x100 relay team of Brewster, Jimenez, Adams and Benjamin placed first.

Ceres High's 4x400 relay team of Brenning, Holloway, Cordova and Jimenez placed first.

Heaven Simon led the Hawks (0-3 WAC). The fourth-year standout swept the 100, 200, 400 and 300 hurdles.

Younger sister Mahogany Simon finished second in the 300 hurdles and 100 hurdles.
Darian Robinson placed third in the discus.

"We were confident going into the meet," Johnson said. "But you always got to compete well. Central Valley has some talented kids. The Simon girls are solid. Moses did well in the sprints. Their pole vaulter is pretty decent, too."