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Ceres High varsity track & field program to rely on talent, experience
Brewster, Johnson will lead Bulldogs
Conner Johnson will be a major contributor during his second season with Ceres Highs varsity boys track and field team.

More than 200 students signed up to compete for Ceres High School's track and field program this spring.

The Bulldogs trimmed their roster size down to 145 prior to the start of the 2015 campaign.

"We got a great group of kids," Ceres High head coach Brett Johnson said. "They work hard at practice. They're coachable. They're going to be successful."

Ceres High's top returners are Tristan Dray (Sr.), Kevin Moita (Sr.), Manuel Baez (Sr.), Seth Gibson (Jr.), Conner Johnson (So.), Isaac Leon (Jr.), Johnni Smith-Willis (Jr.), Myron Sichanpheng (Jr.), Nichole Parker (Sr.), Sydney Elness (Jr.), Mallynda Benjamin (So.), Azia Brewster (So.) and Claudia Jimenez (So.).

Dray finished second in the 110 hurdles (16.13) at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Championships.

Brewster cleared 4-11 en route to an eighth-place finish in the high jump during preliminaries at the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships.

Azia took fourth in the high jump (4-11) at Divisionals.

She placed first in the high jump (4-8) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (18.21) at the WAC competition.

Elness placed second in the high jump (4-6) and triple jump (31-101/4), and eighth in the long jump (12-9) at the WAC finals.

Parker placed third in the shot put (27-7).

Benjamin placed fourth in the 200 (28.92).

Jimenez placed fourth in the 400 (1:09.04) and fifth in the 200 (28.98).

Ceres High's top newcomers are Joshua Madariaga (Fr.), Andrew Gibson (Fr.), Kadie Brenning (Jr.) and Kaylee Holloway (So.).

Ceres High's girls (5-1) and boys (3-3) placed second and third, respectively, in the WAC dual-meet standings a year ago.

"We're excited," coach Johnson said. "Our goal for both teams is to finish at the very top. Each week, we'll see what we're made of."