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Hawk athletes finish first at league finals
Central Valley varsity boys track and field standout Andres Rojo placed first in the 400 at the Western Athletic Conference Championships this past weekend in Patterson. - photo by Photo courtesy of StanCo Distance

Central Valley's varsity boys track and field team had three individual champions at the Western Athletic Conference Finals on Saturday in Patterson.

Andres Rojo finished first in the 400 (51.54).

He had a perfect 5-0- record in the event during the WAC dual season.

"I've been dealing with a hamstring issue for two weeks," Andres said. "I didn't let the pain get to me even though it was hurting pretty badly."

Chase Bogart finished first in the 800 (2:08.64), second in the 1,600 (4:46.02) and fifth in the 3,200 (12:21.36).

Christian Balderas finished first in the 3,200 (10:44.56) and fourth in the 1,600 (4:47.85).

"I'm proud of what we accomplished," Rojo said.

Hawk teammates Enrique Martinez and Sebastian Pena, Joseph Ocanas and Benjamin Barajas, and Ceres High's Aaron Alarcon, Joseph Gutierrez, Jerry Soto, Jorge Tiscareno, Daniel Yepez, Andrew Gibson, Luis Yepez, Zach Baker, Kendrick Perata and Justin Barnes also secured berths to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV-V meet by finishing in the top four in their respective events at the WAC finals.

"It was a good day," Bulldogs' head coach Brett Johnson said. "The kids rose to the occasion. They're peaking at the right time."

Martinez finished third in the 3,200 (11:00.63)

Pena finished third in the 400 (54.49). He didn't advance in the 100 (fifth, 11.67) and 200 (sixth, 24.01).

Ocanas finished fourth in the pole vault (10-6) and eighth in the 400 (57.77).

Barajas finished fourth in the discus (113-0) and 12th in the shot put (33-1).

Javier Cuevas finished sixth in the 3,200 (12:24.96), seventh in the pole vault (10-0) and ninth in the long jump (16-9).

Alejandro Orozco finished sixth in the 1,600 (5:02.82) and 10th in the 800 (2:20.83).

Patric Senesom finished eighth in the long jump (16-91/2) and 11th in the 400 (58.86).

Uriel Barajas finished ninth in the discus (94-3) and 11th in the shot put (34-9).

Ivan Moran finished 14th in the 100 (13.05) and pole vault (8-0).

Sabino Urrutia finished 15th in the 1,600 (5:32.31) and 17th in the 800 (2:32.75).

Sanvir Dhillon finished 17th in the long jump (11-3) and 18th in the 800 (2:58.60).

"I had higher expectations for us as a team," Rojo said. "But we're really young. We worked hard. A lot of us set personal records."

Alarcon finished second in the 800 (2:10.20) and triple jump (39-0).

Gutierrez finished second in the 3,200 (10:45.83) and third in the 1,600 (4:46.37).

Soto finished second in the discus (115-7) and fifth in the shot put (38-9).

Tiscareno finished third in the pole vault (11-0).

Daniel Yepez finished third in the triple jump (38-1) and 300 hurdles (42.98), and fourth in the 110 hurdles (17.32).

Gibson finished third in the 110 hurdles (17.09) and seventh in the 100 (11.81).

Ceres High's 4x100 relay team of Alarcon, Gibson, Daniel Yepez and Luis Yepez finished third (46.40).

Ceres High's 4x400 relay team of Alarcon, Baker, Perata and Luis Yepez finished fourth (3:47.47).

Perata finished fourth in the 800 (2:12.80).

Luis Yepez finished fourth in the triple jump (37-111/2) and 10th in the 200 (24.87).

Baker finished seventh in the high jump (5-2) and 12th in the long jump (16-51/2).

Barnes finished fourth in the 3,200 (11:57.87).

Javier Gomez finished fifth in the high jump (5-2) and 16th in the 800 (2:31.96).

Dominick Nicastro finished eighth in the 3,200 (12:42.68).

Clemente Zavala finished ninth in the 3,200 (12:55.99).

Josh Gonzales finished 10th in the pole vault (9-0) and 14th in the 200 (27.32).

Rafael Ortiz finished 11th in the 1,600 (5:25.25).

Fernando Cardoza finished 15th in the 800 (2:31.80).