Ceres High's and Central Valley's varsity boys cross country teams battled for bragging rights last week.
The Bulldogs closed out the Western Athletic Conference dual-meet season with a 21-37 win over the shorthanded Hawks on Thursday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.
"The kids treat running against Central Valley differently," Ceres High head coach Katie Timmermans said. "They were fired up."
The Bulldogs (2-3) and Hawks (0-5) placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the WAC dual standings.
Ceres High won its final two meets.
The Bulldogs lost their first three duals by a combined eight points.
"We'll place better at league finals," Timmermans said.
With Haaydn Martinez, Noah Holloway, Christian Linarez, Roman Acosta and Joshua Madariaga leading the way, Ceres High bested Central Valley.
Martinez placed first with a time of 18:38 on the 3.1-mile course.
Holloway (18:43), Linarez (19:11), Acosta (20:15) and Madariaga (20:30) took second, third, seventh and eighth, respectively.
Holloway and Martinez both set personal records "We got a solid 1-2-3 puch in Christian, Haaydn and Noah," Timmermans said.
Chase Bogart (fourth, 19:42) paced the Hawks, followed by Enrique Martinez (fifth, 19:43), Sebastian Pena (sixth, 19:46), Otoniel Hernandez (10th, 20:39) and Alonzo Bustos (12th, 21:06).
Central Valley standout Andres Rojo was sidelined with an injury.
"I wasn't sure how close it was going to be," Timmermans said. "Not having their top runner (Rojo) has been tough on them."
Ceres High's Aaron Alarcon (seventh, 20:15), Dominick Nicastro (11th, 20:46), Jaime Mejia (14th, 21:34), Gurpreet Dhami (15th, 21:50), Julian Virgen (18th, 22:25), Ismael Ontiveros (20th, 22:59), Jose Arroyo (24th, 32:03) and Brandon Rodriguez (25th, 32:06), and Central Valley's Daniel Garrido (13th, 21:22), Ivan Villegas (16th, 22:11), Sergio Garcia (17th, 22:22), Aaron Vander Wal (21st, 24:11), Carlos Prado (22nd, 24:22) and Miguel Rojas (23rd, 26:36) participated as well.
Ceres High and Central Valley will compete at the WAC Championships today at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.