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Ceres Highs varsity boys, girls win cross country crosstown duals
Ceres Highs Karina Torrez, pictured left, and Cristina Arreola placed second and fourth, respectively, against Central Valley. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High swept Central Valley in varsity cross country on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

"It was competitive," Bulldogs first-year head coach Katie Timmermans said. "The kids were motivated. I knew if they ran to their potential, we could win. They want to be the best high school in Ceres."

Ceres High's second-place girls team has reeled off five straight Western Athletic Conference dual-meet victories since dropping its opener by forfeit to undefeated Los Banos.

The Bulldogs (5-1) won the crosstown showdown, 18-37, versus the fifth-place Hawks (2-4).

"I'm excited at how well they're doing," Timmermans said. "They're pretty consistent. They work hard."

Ceres High's Jennifer Cisneros placed first with a time of 23 minutes, 18 seconds on the 3-mile course against Central Valley.

Bulldog teammates Josephina Trevino (24:17), Karina Torrez (24:28), Cristina Arreola (24:39) and Maria Diaz (24:47) took second, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Jocelyn Barrera (third place, 24:23) paced the Hawks.

Marissa Martinez (seventh, 26:03), Beatriz Garcia (eighth, 26:23), Daisy Robles (ninth, 26:27) and Jazlyn Ramirez (10th, 27:35) also competed.

Ceres High's boys team won its second straight WAC dual meet.

The Bulldogs posted a 21-45 victory over the Hawks.

Ceres High (2-4) and Central Valley (1-5) finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the conference standings.

"There's been a ton of improvement," Timmermans said.

Ceres High's Christian Linarez (second place, 18:55), Josh Madariaga (third, 19:01), Roman Acosta (fourth, 19:15), Angel Macias (fifth, 19:16) and Adalberto Rodriguez (seventh, 19:41) helped lead the Bulldogs past the Hawks.

Central Valley's top runners were Andres Rojo ( first, 18:55), Will Sprouse (sixth, 19:25), Octavio Hernandez (eighth, 19:58), Daniel Garrido (14th, 21:44) and Jesus Fernandez (16th, 22:19).

The Bulldogs and Hawks will compete at the WAC Championships today at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park. Varsity races will get underway at 3:30 p.m.