The members of Central Valley’s varsity track and field program competed at the Central California Conference Championships on May 1 at Patterson Community Stadium.
Hawk athletes set personal records and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III meet.
Sophomore Christian Balderas led Central Valley’s boys team.
Balderas advanced to Divisionals for the second year in a row.
He took third with a personal-best time of 10 minutes, 6 seconds in the 3,200.
"You’re always going to have people that are going to be faster than you. That helps push you.”Christian Balderas
“Honestly, I surprised myself,” Balderas said. “I didn’t expect to get that time. You’re always going to have people that are going to be faster than you. That helps push you.”
Javier Cuevas Sanchez also extended his season.
Cuevas Sanchez took second in the pole vault (10-6).
He didn’t advance in the long jump (seventh, 16-7) or 800 (11th, 2:23).
Patric Senesom took fifth in the 110 hurdles (17.17) and seventh in the 300 hurdles (45.94). He set a personal record in the 110 hurdles.
Chase Bogart took sixth in the 800 (2:12) and eighth in the 1,600 (4:48).
Benjamin Barajas took sixth in the discus (116-9) and 13th in the shot put (36-1). He set a personal record in the shot put.
Alejandro Orozco took eighth in the 800 (2:19), 10th in the long jump (14-5) and 13th in the 1,600 (5:13).
Alejandro Alvarez took eighth in the long jump (15-5), 16th in the 200 (27.13) and 20th in the 100 (13.09).
Carlos Barajas took ninth in the long jump (14-10), 12th in the 400 (1:03) and 19th in the 100 (12.88).
Sanvir Dhillon took 11th in the long jump (13-7).
Rojelio Casillas took 12th in the 800 (2:26) and 1,600 (5:12).
Sabino Urrutia took 14th in the 3,200 (12:13).
Eindveer Hothi took 14th in the 200 (25.19) and 16th in the 100 (12.09).
Enrique Martinez took 15th in the 3,200 (12:29).
Chris Simental took 15th in the 100 (11.99) and discus (94-7), and 18th in the shot put (33-4).
Uriel Barajas Rivera took 15th in the shot put (35-3) and 20th in the discus (88-4).
Jesus Uvalle took 22nd in the discus (85-10).
Anusha Kumar led Central Valley’s girls team.
She took third in the 100 hurdles (18.71), 10th in the high jump (4-1) and 21st in the 100.
Jada Vann set personal records while taking sixth in the 100 hurdles (19.90) and 11th in the 100 (13.51).
Vanessa Ramirez set personal records while taking seventh in the 100 hurdles (22.49) and ninth in the 300 hurdles (1:05.28).
Nia Caraway took 11th in the shot put (26-61/2) and 17th in the discus (60-6).
Itzayhan Yepez Ochoa took 11th in the 400 (1:10) and 20th in the 200 (30.33). She set a personal record in the 200.
Andrea Cortes took 13th in the discus (68-9) and 15th in the shot put (23-4).
Isabella Andres took 15th in the discus (62-6).
Esther Esceverri set personal records while taking 16th in the 200 (28.77) and 17th in the 100 (13.87).
Jennifer Novoa set personal records while taking 16th in the discus (60-10) and 18th in the shot put (19-11).
Envyh Brown took 19th in the 100 (14.14) and 23rd in the 200 (31.50).
Central Valley’s 4x100 relay team of Esceverri, Vann, Yepez Ochoa and Kumar took third.
Balderas, Cuevas Sanchez and Kumar will represent Central Valley at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III meet this week in Merced.
“To be honest with you, I’m not at my peak yet,” Balderas said. “I got one more opportunity. I want to end the season strong. I want to break 10 minutes. Not many people are able to do that.”