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CHS girls even dual-meet record
Ceres High boys drop to 0-2 in standings
Ceres Highs Joshua Madariaga turned in a career-best performance against Livingston last week. The sophomore runner placed first overall in a personal-record time of 18 minutes on the 3-mile course at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Jennifer Cisneros helped Ceres High School's girls cross country team even its record in the Western Athletic Conference dual-meet standings at 1-1 this past week.

The third-year varsity runner finished in second place as the Bulldogs breezed to a 20-38 victory over Livingston on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

Ceres High hasn't had much success against Livingston in the past.

"We've improved a lot since last year," Jennifer said. "We have a really good team."

Cisneros completed the 3-mile race in 22 minutes, 39 seconds.

Ceres High teammates Josephina Trevino, Maria Diaz, Karina Torrez and Cristina Arreola contributed as well.

Trevino (22:44), Diaz (24:27), Torrez (24:30) and Arreola (24:32) placed third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

"We try to push each other," Cisneros said.

Livingston's Daisy Perez (20:33) took first.

Teammates Mireya Muniz (24:34), Alma Reyes (25:54), Stephanie Ontiveros (26:27) and Jennifer Galvan (26:34) finished seventh, ninth, 10th and 11th, respectively.

"It's our first win," Bulldogs head coach Katie Timmermans said. "We're not going to stop here."

"She (Timmermans) always pushes us to do our best," Cisneros added. "She knows our potential."

Ceres High lost by forfeit at Los Banos the previous week. The Bulldogs failed to post a team score because two of their runners didn't complete the race due to hot weather.

"I felt like I could push myself more today because it wasn't as hot as last week," Cisneros said.

Wolves 27, Bulldogs 31
Ceres High's varsity boys cross country squad dropped to 0-2 in the Western Athletic Conference dual-meet standings after being edged out by just four points, 27-31, by Livingston on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

"That was stressful," said Bulldogs head coach Katie Timmermans, whose team fell 26-29 at Los Banos the previous week.

Ceres High sophomore Joshua Madariaga turned in a career-best performance while finishing first overall versus Livingston.

"It was a lot cooler today," Joshua said. "Livingston's guy really pushed me. And my family was here to support me as well."

Madariaga completed the 3-mile course in 18 minutes. He trimmed one minute off his previous-best time.

"I had no idea," he said. "I was really surprised."

Bulldog teammates Angel Macias (19:17), Roman Acosta (19:28), Antonio Heras (19:58) and Jaime Mejia (20:57) placed fourth, fifth, eighth and 13th, respectively.

Salomon Ramos (second, 18:07), Noah Guerra (third, 19:17), Navdeep Singh (sixth, 19:49), Diego Martinez (seventh, 19:51) and Ethan Dickey (ninth, 20:07) led the Wolves.

"We did really well," Joshua said. "Most of us set personal records. We did improve. The funnest part of the course is going up the hill. The difficult part is after the hill because you still have a mile left. You have to push yourself."

For the second week in a row, the Bulldogs suffered a narrow loss while competing shorthanded.

Christian Linarez, Adalberto Rodriguez, Isaac Soto and Isai Soto were sidelined for unspecified reasons.