Three members of Central Valley High School’s varsity swim program advanced to the second day of the Central California Conference Championships.
Junior Justin Alvarez, the lone member of Central Valley’s boys team, placed 10th in the 50 free (25.24) and 13th in the 100 breast (1:18.25) on April 14 at El Capitan High School.
Alvarez set a personal record in the 100 breast.
“He did great,” Hawks’ coach Julie Brooks said.
Alvarez missed the final two weeks of the regular season due to illness and another school commitment. He served as a counselor at sixth-grade camp.
“For him to do so well for not training for so long shows his competitive nature and drive,” Brooks said. “Had he trained, he would have done better. I’m excited to see what he does next year as a senior.”
Seniors Leslie Bobadilla and Monika Castillo represented Central Valley’s girls swim team for the final time while competing at the CCC Finals.
“Coach (Lisa) Ortiz and I had both of them for all four years,” Brooks said. “The realization with it all being done hit them hard. We’re definitely going to miss those girls. They have huge potential in the future.”
Bobadilla placed 11th in the 200 IM (3:18.42).
“She came to practice every day and mentored some of the freshmen swimmers,” Brooks said. “She talked with them about dedication and work ethic. I really appreciate her for that.”
Castillo placed 13th in the 100 breast (1:37).
“To see her improve every season was really awesome,” Brooks said. “That was our goal.”
Central Valley’s shorthanded junior-varsity girls swim program tied for fifth place at the CCC Championships.
“That’s a pretty incredible feat,” said Brooks, whose team competed with a seven-person roster. “They did so well. I’m happy.”
Aylah Bristow placed third in the 100 back and seventh in the 50 free.
“She did excellent,” Brooks said. “I’m proud of her. I’m so glad she came out for swimming. This is her first year. She’s so fast and doesn’t even know it.”
Madyson Daniels placed ninth in the 100 free and 11th in the 50 free.
Natasha Nowaya placed 11th in the 100 back and 15th in the 50 free.
Mia Mendoza placed 13th in the 50 free and 100 breast.
Brianna Barraza placed 13th in the 100 free and 18th in the 50 free.
Yahrely Hernandez placed 14th in the 50 fly and 16th in the 50 free.
Emilia Barragan placed 27th in the 100 free an 33rd in the 50 free.
Central Valley’s 200 medley relay team of Bristow, Mendoza, Daniels and Nowaya placed sixth.
TRACK & FIELD
Ceres High’s track and field team closed out the Western Athletic Conference dual-meet season at home this past week.
The Bulldogs swept the Grace Davis Spartans on Thursday at CUSD Stadium.
Ceres High’s boys prevailed, 76-60.
“It was supposed to be close,” Bulldogs’ head coach Brett Johnson said. “They beat Mountain House who we should have beat but lost to at the end.”
Ceres High posted a 5-2 record while tying for second place in the WAC standings with Grace Davis and Mountain House.
“I had high expectations going into the season,” Johnson said. “I was hoping for better. But the kids competed hard and did their best.”
Verlis Smith placed first in the long jump and 200, and second in the 100.
Fermin Esparza placed first in the pole vault and 100, and second in the 200.
Jaiden Boss placed first in the 300 hurdles and second in the 110 hurdles.
Tarrell Lee-Gill placed first in the triple jump, second in the long jump and fourth in the 100.
Lebron Stallworth placed first in the high jump, third in the long jump and triple jump, and fourth in the shot put.
Austin Munguia placed first in the 400 and fifth in the triple jump.
Manny Mendoza placed second in the 400.
Faiva Tuakalau placed second in the discus and fifth in the shot put.
Dakota Adams placed second in the pole vault and sixth in the triple jump.
Jesus Madrigal placed third in the pole vault.
Eduardo Ortiz placed third in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600.
Cesar Bolanos placed third in the 800 and fifth in the 1,600.
Erick Valladares Ponce placed third in the 1,600 and fifth in the 800.
Ricky Stanley placed third in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and seventh in the long jump.
Jesse Ortiz placed third in the discus and seventh in the shot put.
Adrian Enriquez placed fourth in the 400.
Yahir Ruiz placed fourth in the 800.
Aundre Posadas placed fourth in the pole vault.
Von Tigner placed fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump.
Daniel Baker placed fourth in the discus and sixth in the shot put.
Joseph Kamber placed fifth in the 100.
Nathan Martin placed sixth in the 1,600.
Daniel Rubio placed sixth in the discus and ninth in the shot put.
Eduardo Garcia placed sixth in the 800, and eighth in the long jump and triple jump.Javier Torres placed seventh in the 800.
Jose Ramirez placed eighth in the 800.
Christian Arellano placed 10th in the discus and 11th in the shot put.
Ceres High’s 4x100 relay team of Tarrell Lee Gill, Fermin Esparza, Austin Munguia and Verlis Smith placed first.
Ceres High’s 4x400 relay team of Munguia, Manny Mendoza, Cesar Bolanos and Jacob Swanson placed second.
“The boys performed well,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of PRs (personal records).”
Ceres High’s girls posted a 79-35 win over Grace Davis to secure a fourth-place finish in the WAC.
The Bulldogs compiled a 4-3 record.
Ceres High competed with a 15-person roster.
“We were pretty thin,” Johnson said. “We made the most with what we had.”
Jillian Mande placed first in the shot put and discus.
Maryn Curry placed first in the high jump and triple jump, and second in the long jump.
Evelyn Alavarez placed first in the 1,600 and second in the 3,200.
Sandra Espinoza placed first in the 200 and second in the 100.
Jaden Stahl placed first in the 3,200 and 800, and fourth in the 100.
Aliyah Strehl placed second in the high jump and triple jump, and third in the long jump.
Jelaine Esguerra placed second in the 200 and third in the 100.
Jayda Bryant placed second in the 100 hurdles, and fourth in the long jump and 200.
Alexa Sandoval placed second in the shot put and fifth in the discus.
Megan Yorba placed second in the discus and sixth in the shot put
Camila Padilla placed third in the 200 and 400.
Monica Cendejas placed third in the triple jump and fifth in the 400.
Ayla Weldon placed fourth in the 400.
Alyssa Aveytia placed fourth in the shot put and sixth in the discus.
Maria Garcia placed fourth in the discus and eighth in the shot put.
Julieta De la Cruz placed fifth in the long jump.
Gurmannet Bahia placed sixth in the long jump.
Valentina Griziotti placed seventh in the 100 and 200.
Ceres High’s 4x100 relay team of Jelaine Esguerra, Ayla Weldon, Jayda Bryant and Sandra Espinoza placed first.
Ceres High’s 4x400 relay team of Weldon, Esguerra, Megan Yorba and Monica Cendejas placed second.
“We had a lot of good performances,” Johnson said.
Ceres High will compete at the WAC Championships this Thursday at Mountain House.
The meet will begin at 9 a.m.