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CV girls take third at WAC finals
Bogart leads CVs boys to fourth-place showing
Sophomore Chase Bogart placed eighth during the Western Athletic Conference Varsity Boys Cross Country Championships on Oct. 26 in Ceres. - photo by Courier file photo

Central Valley's varsity girls cross country program turned in a surprising performance at the Western Athletic Conference Championships last Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

The Hawks totaled 83 points while finishing in third place in the team standings.

Central Valley took fifth during the WAC dual campaign.

"I'm super proud of them," Hawks head coach Veronica Moreno said.

Dana Miranda just missed earning an all-league patch.

Miranda placed 10th with a time of 24 minutes, 19 seconds on the 3.1-mile course.

The top eight runners were recognized.

"She has a lot of experience with running," Moreno said. "She knows how to push herself to the next level."

Hawk teammates Ramandeep Kaur (25:08), Vanesa Contreras (25:31), Emily Curiel (25:46) and Claudia Gomez (26:49) finished 13th, 15th, 19th and 27th, respectively.

Central Valley's Alexa Arvizu (27:09), Vanessa Mondragon (28:09), Megan Suarez (28:24), Isabel Ortiz (28:27), Emily Mendoza (28:58), Rocio Villasenor (29:40), Natalia Guzman (29:50), Brittney Smith (30:51), Laureth Orozco (31:04), Emma Lombera (31:55), Angelica Macias (33:01) and Alexis Eperson (38:29) placed 29th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 45th, 48th, 51st, 54th, 56th, 59th, 63rd and 70th, respectively.

"I got an incredible group of kids," Moreno said. "They've been working really hard. As the season progressed, they've gotten stronger and faster. They push and encourage each other."

Central Valley's varsity boys cross country program posted a team score of 105 en route to a fifth-place showing at the WAC finals.

The Hawks finished sixth during the conference dual season.

"I knew it was going to be a challenge," Moreno said. "We lost our top runner to an injury. But the boys stepped up. They exceeded my expectations."

Chase Bogart earned an all-WAC patch this past week for his eighth-place finish.

He completed the race in 18:59.

"He's just a sophomore," Moreno said. "He doesn't realize how much he's accomplished."

Sebastian Pena (11th, 19:15), Enrique Martinez (17th, 19:33), Alonzo Bustos (34th, 21:28) and Daniel Garrido (35th, 21:40) rounded out Central Valley's team scoring team.

Aaron Vander Wal (21:44), Ivan Villegas (22:28), Sergio Garcia (22:39), Carlos Prado (22:41), Favio Gonzalez (22:41) and Miguel Rojas (25:46) placed 44th, 51st, 52nd, 53rd, 54th and 66th, respectively.

Central Valley will compete at Divisionals this Saturday in Angels Camp.