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CHS boys, girls teams compete with new-look lineups
Daniel Yepez will fill a big role on Ceres Highs varsity boys track and field team this spring. Yepez took first in the triple jump and 110 hurdles, and fourth in the 300 hurdles at the 2017 WAC Frosh-Soph Championships. - photo by Photo courtesy of Anthony Gerads

Ceres High's varsity track and field program will rely on returning and new talent during the 2018 Western Athletic Conference season.

"It's going to be a challenging year because we lost a lot of quality kids to graduation," head coach Brett Johnson said.

Azar Harrison (Jr.), Destiny Suarez (Jr.), Shania Evans (Jr.), Alyssa Stiles (Jr.), Rachael Thomas (Sr.), Alina Williams (Jr.), Rosie Bonales (Fr.) and Mercedez Wood (Fr.) will lead Ceres High's girls team.

Harrison placed second in the 400 and fourth in the 200 at the 2017 WAC Championships.

Suarez placed third in the 800 and 1,600.

Evans placed third in the triple jump.

Stiles placed fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump.

Thomas placed fifth in the 400.

Williams placed fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200.

"Azar's got a great sense of humor," Johnson said. "When she's on the track, she's focused and extremely competitive. She has a strong determination to win."

Andrew Gibson (Sr.), Zach Baker (Sr.), Joseph Gutierrez (Sr.), Kendrick Perata (Sr.), Daniel Yepez (Jr.), Luis Yepez (Fr.), Bryan Erenas and Javey Gomez (Sr.) will lead Ceres High's boys team.

Gibson placed fifth in the pole vault and sixth in the 110 hurdles at conference finals a year ago.

Baker placed sixth in the high jump, seventh in the pole vault and 13th in the 300 hurdles.

Gutierrez placed seventh in the 800.

Perata placed 11th in the 400.

Daniel Yepez could enjoy a breakout season with the Bulldogs.

Daniel placed first in the triple jump and 110 hurdles, and fourth in the 300 hurdles at the WAC Frosh-Soph Championships.

"He's an extremely, hard worker," Johnson said. "He has a great attitude. He's very coachable. He'll do a lot of different things for us."

Ceres High's varsity boys and girls squads both finished second with identical 4-1 records during the 2017 WAC dual-meet season.