Central Valley High School's varsity cross country program earned a split during a Western Athletic Conference double-dual meet this past week.
The Hawks' girls squad suffered a narrow 25-30 loss while battling host Livingston on Wednesday at Arakelian Park.
"It was neck and neck," Central Valley head coach Veronica Moreno said. "We lost by just five points."
The Hawks' top five finishers on the 3-mile course were Jocelyn Barrera (third place, 25:17), Carolina Mejia (fourth, 25:46), Jazlyn Ramirez (sixth, 26:30), Beatriz Garcia (eighth, 27:23) and Daisy Robles (ninth, 27:27).
Central Valley's boys team sustained a 20-53 loss during its WAC showdown with Livingston.
Andres Rojo, the Hawks' top runner, was sidelined with back pain.
"I would have liked to have seen him compete," Moreno said. "But his health is a bigger concern. He didn't want to risk a permanent injury. He's fine now."
Will Sprouse, third with a time of 19:45, paced Central Valley.
Hawk teammates Joseph Juarez (sixth, 20:50), Octavio Hernandez (seventh, 20:54), David Fajardo (18th, 22:20) and Eric Romo (19th, 22:33) turned in respectable performances as well.
Competing in just his second conference meet, Sprouse set a personal record.
Will trimmed nearly two minutes off his previous-best time.
"That's a pretty good improvement," Moreno said.
Unable to field complete lineups, El Capitan lost by forfeit to Central Valley.
The Hawks' boys and girls teams both have identical 1-2 WAC records.