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Dawgs rely on cross country experience, depth to defeat Panthers
Ceres High boys just miss securing their first team win
Jennifer Cisneros placed fourth overall in Ceres Highs 23-32 triumph over Pacheco last week in Los Banos. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity girls cross country team cruised to a 23-32 victory while facing Western Athletic Conference rival Pacheco on Wednesday in Los Banos.

"It's about where it should have been," Bulldogs head coach Glenn Driskell said while talking about the point differential. "Our depth won out on them."

Ceres High (3-1) remained in second place in the WAC.

The Panthers (2-2) dropped to third place.

The Bulldogs trail the Livingston Wolves (4-0) in conference's dual-meet standings

"We still have an outside shot," Driskell said. "We'll see. We have to win our next two at El Capitan and Central Valley."

Ceres High's Lisette Carretero placed first overall with a time of 22 minutes, 51 seconds on the flat and fast 3-mile course near Pacheco's campus.

Jennifer Cisneros (fourth, 25:32), Cristina Arreola (fifth, 25:46), Haleigh Leazer (sixth, 25:49) and Mariana Piceno (seventh, 26:32) contributed to the Bulldogs' point total.

Venus Canaveral (second, 24:01) was Pacheco's top finisher.

Panthers 27, Bulldogs 28
Ceres High's varsity boys cross country team suffered a narrow 27-28 loss while competing against Pacheco last week.

"I knew it was going to be very close," Driskell said. "If one person from Ceres and Pacheco flipped flopped, we would have won. It can't get any closer than that."

The Bulldogs (0-4) remained winless on the year.

The Panthers moved to 2-2 in the WAC standings.

Christian paced Ceres High with a runner-up showing (19:35).

Bulldog teammates Manuel Baez (fifth, 21:12), Efren Ramirez (sixth, 21:16), Angel Macias (seventh, 21:14) and Nick Burt (eighth, 21:19) all set personal records.

Mark Joseph (first, 19:29) was Pacheco's top finisher, followed by Saul Godoy (third, 19:58), Derrick Ratliff (fourth, 20:41), Gilberto Aranda (ninth, 21:35) and Alejandro Perez (10th, 22:29).

"The boys ran well," Driskell said. "I was pleased with how they did. Most of them had their best times of the year. I can't complain."