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CHS girls cross country team third in WAC
Carretero, Oliveira earn recognition for excellence
Lisette Carretero, flanked by Bulldog cross country teammates Lacey Oliveira and Haleigh Leazer, placed fourth at the Western Athletic Conference Championships last week in Ceres. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Lisette Carretero earned all-conference honors for the third year in a row.

Ceres High varsity girls cross country teammate Lacey Oliveira also garnered league accolades.

Carretero and Oliveira were recognized after finishing among the top eight runners at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

Carretero's older sister Cecilia (class of 2013) placed second three times at the WAC finals.

"I just wanted to do my best instead of competing against her times," Lisette said.

Carretero (23:14) and Oliveira (24:25) placed fourth and seventh, respectively, on the 3-mile course.

Carretero, Oliveira, Haleigh Leazer (10th, 25:02), Karina Torrez (13th, 25:23) and Cristina Arreola (18th, 26:03) helped lead the Bulldogs to a third-place finish (52 points) last week.

Ceres High also took third in the WAC's overall standings.

"We could have done better," Carretero said. "Today wasn't a good day. I didn't think Los Banos would beat us. Livingston's our closest competition."

Lisette clutched her right side as she crossed the finish line. She cramped up late in the race.

"I was trying to go faster because everyone was cheering me on," Carretero said. "But I couldn't."

Central Valley did not post a team score as its lineup featured just four runners, including Daisy Ochoa (27:50), Jasmine Diaz (27:52), Marissa Martinez (27:53) and Vanessa Lopez (34:43).

The Hawks collected one dual win on their way to placing sixth in league.

Livingston, Los Banos, Patterson, Pacheco and Central Catholic finished first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively, in the WAC.