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CHS girls cross country team returns experience, boys squad rebuilding
Lisette, Christian will lead Bulldogs
Ceres Highs varsity girls cross country team returns its top runner from a season ago in Lisette Carretero. She was selected to the WAC First Team as a junior. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity girls cross country team will try to end Livingston's reign atop the Western Athletic Conference this season.

"That's what we're shooting for," Bulldogs head coach Glenn Driskell said.

Lisette Carretero (Sr.), Lacey Oliveira (Jr.), Jennifer Cisneros (Jr.), Karina Torrez (Jr.) and Haleigh Leazer (Jr.) will lead the way.

Jeanette Torrez (Sr.) and Mariana Piceno (Jr.) will also contribute.

Lisette, Jennifer, Karina and Jeanette are returners.

Lisette, Jennifer and Karina propelled Ceres High to a third-place finish in the WAC standings (7-5) last year.

Carretero was selected to the WAC First Team as a junior.

Cisneros earned second-team all-conference honors.

Lisette, Jennifer and Karina placed third, ninth and 19th, respectively, at the WAC finals.

Lacey, Haleigh, Jeanette and Mariana are new to the team.

Oliveira and Leazer propelled the Bulldogs' frosh-soph girls squad to the WAC championship in 2013.

Ceres High School's varsity boys cross country team will move forward without 2014 graduates Judas Chavarin, Edgar Torres and Manpreet Dhami.

Chavarin, Torres and Dhami took fourth, 15th and 27th, respectively, at the WAC Championships last fall.

"If we finish in the top four as a team, that would be awesome," Driskell said. "The team to beat is Patterson. All five of their guys finished in the top 10 at the WAC Preseason Meet."

The Hawks tied for fourth place with the Bulldogs in the WAC standings (5-7) a year ago.

Christian Linarez (So.), Manuel Baez (Jr.), Angel Macias (Jr.), Efren Ramirez (Sr.) and Josh Madariaga (Fr.) will lead the way.

Nick Burt (Sr.) will contribute, too.

Baez and Ramirez are returners.

Linarez, Macias, Madariaga and Burt are newcomers.

Christian will be the Bulldogs' top runner. He'll replace Chavarin. Judas was named to the WAC First Team his senior year.

"It's overwhelming but at the same time I'm happy because I'm the fastest now," Linarez said. "I'm pretty motivated. I'm looking forward to improving. By my senior year, I want to get better times than Judas."