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CV, CHS race in Hughson
• Balderas takes sixth in varsity boys division
Central Valley’s Christian Balderas runs through the mud pit while competing in the varsity boys division at the Hughson SuperCross Invitational on Saturday. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley's and Ceres High’s cross country programs had mixed results at the Hughson SuperCross Invitational on Saturday.

Central Valley sophomore standout Christian Balderas finished sixth overall in a field of 139 while competing in the varsity boys division.

Balderas completed the 3-mile race in 13 minutes, 39 seconds.

The Hawks didn’t post a team score due to a lack of numbers.

Central Valley’s Eric Andrade (17:24) Enrique Martinez (17:27) and Estevan Leyva (19:47) took 111th and 113th and 136th, respectively.

Ceres High’s boys totaled 295 points en route to a 13th-place showing.

Aaron Alarcon was the Bulldogs’ top finisher.

He placed 33rd (14:37).

Ceres High teammates Bryan Erenas (16:01), Fernando Cardoza (16:07), Colton Johnson (16:08), Daniel Yepez (16:11) and Miguel Prado (16:48) took 76th, 83rd, 84th, 86th, 98th, respectively.

The Bulldogs had just two competitors in the varsity girls division.

Destiny Suarez placed 45th in a field of 111.

She completed the race in 18 minutes, 29 seconds.

Ceres High’s Deborah Vasquez placed 103rd (23:26).

Vanessa Contreras (61st, 19:34), Kelsy Naranjo (82nd, 21:00) and Claudia Gomez (88th, 21:31) represented the Hawks.

The Hawks and Bulldogs were sixth (161) and 11th (251), respectively, in the junior-varsity boys division.

Hector Arvizu paced Central Valley with a 17th-place finish.

He finished the 2-mile course in 16 minutes, 11 seconds.

Hawk teammates Sabino Urrutia (16:57), Jesus Meza Tovar (17:30), Patric Senesom (17:44), Anthony Anaya (18:08), Javier Arvizu (18:40), Javier Cuevas Sanchez (19:44), Alejandro Orozco (20:44), Ivan Martinez (20:49) Eric Ly (24:00) and Sanvir Dhillon (25:02) finished 33rd, 44th, 46th, 54th, 64th, 80th, 91st, 92nd, 105th and 109th, respectively.

Jacob Cardoza (43rd, 17:29) placed the Bulldogs followed by Jose Elizalde (57th, 18:19), Alejandro Carrasco (60th, 18:22), Alfredo Rojas Moreno (81st, 19:46), Daniel Arendt (84th, 20:05), Alejandro Canales Bravo (98th, 22:13) and Matthew Ochoa (115th, 27:46).

Central Valley took sixth in the junior-varsity girls division.

Muneerah Rashid (56th, 25:50) led the Hawks.

Rashid finished ahead of Central Valley teammates Andrea Cortes (57th, 25:52), Nia Caraway (58th, 25:57), Aimee Carranza (59th, 26:03), Yaniri Piza (61st, 26:29), Giselle Meza Gutierrez (63rd, 26:56), Giselle Ramirez Gonzalez (64th, 27:09) and Johana Valdavinos (71st, 30:42).

Marissa Prestia (55th, 25:48) and Kyara Rodriguez (65th, 27:21) suited up for the Bulldogs.

Dawgs sweep Mustangs

Ceres High’s varsity girls cross country team suffered its first loss against Western Athletic Conference dual-meet competition on Oct. 3.

The Bulldogs bounced back with a 21-34 road win over Mountain House last Wednesday.

Second-place Ceres High improved to 5-1 in the WAC standings.

Karina Baez, Destiny Suarez, Carmen Ramirez, Jacqueline Rodriguez and Andrea Contreras helped lead the Bulldogs past the Mustangs last week.

Baez placed first with a time of 24 minutes, 56 seconds on the 3-mile course.

Suarez, Ramirez, Rodriguez and Contreras finished second, third, sixth and ninth, respectively.

Ceres High’s third-place varsity boys cross country team improved to 4-2 in the WAC with a 19-49 victory against Mountain House.

Bulldog Aaron Alarcon bested all challengers.

He completed the 3-mile race in 18 minutes, 45 seconds.

Luis Yepez, Bryan Erenas, Daniel Yepez and Fernando Cardoza finished second, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.