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Dawgs, Hawks compete at River Bluff
Cross country preseason meet held in Ceres
Central Valley varsity girls cross country member Ramandeep Kaur placed 10th while competing at the Western Athletic Conference Preseason Meet this past week at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park. - photo by Courier file photo

Runners from Central Valley, Ceres High, Livingston, Patterson, Los Banos and Pacheco competed at the Western Athletic Conference Varsity Cross Country Preseason Meet last Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

Central Valley's Andres Rojo dominated the boys' race.

Rojo took first with a time of 18 minutes, 11 seconds on the 3-mile course.

Hawk teammates Chase Bogart (19:32), Isaiah Sanchez (20:10), Javier Cuevas Sanchez (20:51), Sabino Urrutia (22:03), Jair Pineda (22:17), Carlos Prado Diaz (23:17), Sergio Garcia (23:47), Alexis Solis (23:51), Fidel Castillo (23:59), Ivan Villegas (25:39), Alejandro Orozco (25:42), Estevan Leyva (26:21), Antonio Castillo (26:44), Samson Gonzalez (26:50), Sanvir Dhillion (30:55), Pedro Cerrillos (32:44) and Angel Ochoa (42:05) placed second, 10th, 19th, 31st, 32nd, 39th, 42nd, 43rd, 45th, 56th, 57th, 58th, 61st, 62nd, 76th, 79th and 81st, respectively.

Ceres High's Aaron Alarcon (19:34), Joseph Gutierrez (20:03), Dominick Nicastro (20:50), Fernando Cardoza (21:30), Colton Johnson (23:55), Clemente Zavala (24:00), Rafael Ortiz (24:33), Kolton Vaughn (28:23), Jose Arroyo (29:16), David Jimenez (31:10) and Gonzalo Rivera (41:37) placed third, seventh, 18th, 30th, 44th, 47th, 50th, 68th, 71st, 77th and 80th, respectively.

The Hawks (61 points) and Bulldogs (90) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the team standings.

Central Valley's top finisher during the girls' competition was Ramandeep Kaur.

She took 10th (24:38) on the 3-mile course.

Destiny Suarez (11th, 25:38) led Ceres High.

Hawk teammates Rosa Vazquez (26:03), Vanessa Contreras (26:06), Dana Miranda (27:30), Kimberly Haley (27:36), Emily Curiel (27:45), Melissa Ceja (29:08), Rubi Gonzalez (32:13), Cynthia Robles (32:29), Alexis Eproson (39:09), Johana Valdovinos (40:10), Melanie Jaime (40:35) and Nayeli Pelayo (41:26) placed 13th, 14th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 30th, 38th, 40th, 48th, 49th, 50th and 51st, respectively.

Bulldog teammates Cynthia Renteria (26:24), Jacqueline Rodriguez (27:12), Maria Diaz (27:26), Deborah Vasquez (28:21), Anabelle Verduzco (29:36), Alondra Carranza (30:52) placed 15th, 18th, 20th, 27th, 31st and 35th, respectively.

Central Valley (80) and Ceres High (91) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in team scoring.

Hawks prevail
Central Valley's varsity girls volleyball team snapped a two-match losing streak in Western Athletic Conference play with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-14, 21-25, 25-11) win over Pacheco on Wednesday in Ceres.

"Volleyball is the ultimate team sport," head coach Regina Selfridge stated. "You need all of the players both on the court and on the bench talking to each other. The games we have lost have been due to a lack of communication. We're getting there, though. Like I said before, one practice at a time, one game at a time. But don't count us out. We really are a good team."

Anysia Lopez had seven kills, two blocks and one ace for the Hawks, who improved to 1-2 in the WAC standings.

Brianna Quiroz added six aces, four kills and one dig.

Kayla Walker had five kills and five aces.

Angelina Knights had four kills and two aces.

Jacquelyn Sanchez had three kills, two digs and one ace.

Nayeli Ramos had three kills and two aces.

Saveena Foletta had two kills and two aces.

Chetna Kumar and Alyssa Maaeyama both had two kills.
The Hawks totaled 32 kills and 19 serving aces versus the Panthers.

Central Valley beat Pacheco despite competing shorthanded.

Third-year standout Mariana Garibay was sidelined with a wrist injury.

Walker helped fill the void left by Garibay's absence according to Selfridge.

"She (Mariana) really pushes the girls to communicate with each other and doesn't allow them to hang onto their errors," Selfridge said. "She drives the team forward in a positive direction. She really enjoys the sport and that vibe is felt by the whole team."

Central Valley lost 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-15) to reigning WAC-champion Los Banos on Sept. 11 in Ceres.

Quiroz led the Hawks with 10 digs, four kills and two aces.

Sanchez had six digs and two kills.

Foletta had three digs, three aces and one kill.

Lopez had three kills, two blocks and two digs.

Ramos had three kills.

Knights had two kills, two aces and two digs.

Kumar had two kills and one block.

Walker had one dig.

Central Valley will compete at crosstown-rival Ceres High today at 6:30 p.m.