Ceres High's and Central Valley's cross country programs had a combined seven runners compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships on Saturday in Folsom.
Bulldog Noah Holloway brought home a third-place medal from the Division-III sophomore boys meet.
"I'm really happy with his performance," Ceres High head coach Katie Timmermans said. "He was so driven to do his best. He was more aggressive."
Holloway completed the 2-mile course in a time of 12 minutes, 15 seconds.
"The next two years, we're aiming for him to qualify for state," Timmermans said. "With the right amount of work and preparation, he can definitely do it. He listens to my feedback and instantly acts on it. He's a tough, competitive runner."
Noah placed 17th (13:05) at the frosh level in 2015.
"Last year, he was learning how to run," Timmermans said. "This year, we focused on pacing and technique. We increased his mileage. We fine-tuned everything."
Bulldog Destiny Suarez placed 19th (15:37) in the Division-III frosh-soph girls division.
"She missed medaling by just two spots," Timmermans said. "It was really close. She ran very well and gave it everything she had."
Suarez passed 10 other runners during the end of the race.
"She had a strong finish," Timmermans said.
Ceres High teammates Colton Johnson and Justin Prestridge finished 36th (14:10) and 40th (14:21), respectively, in the Division-III frosh boys division.
"For them to make it to the meet was a victory in itself," Timmermans said. "This year, it was about getting them experience. They ran good races. Their inexperience on the course was hard on them. They've never run on it before."
Chase Bogart, Sebastian Pena and Enrique Martinez represented the Hawks.
Bogart took 27th (12:42) in the Division-II sophomore boys division.
Pena (12:59) and Martinez (13:07) placed 24th and 27th, respectively, in the Division-II frosh boys division.