Central Valley’s and Ceres High’s junior-varsity track and field programs experienced success while competing at their respective league championships.
The Hawks won a combined nine events.
“I was expecting that,” head coach Michael Mrgudic said. “They’ve been doing well all season.”
“It shows a lot of potential for the future,” he added.
Central Valley’s girls posted a team score of 92 en route to a second-place finish at the Central California Conference Finals on May 3 in Merced.
Golden Valley (152) was first.
Atwater (68), El Capitan (62), Buhach Colony (49), Patterson (44) and Merced (36) took third fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
Mariana Campos placed first in the 800 and 3,200, and second in the 1,600.
“She’s really hard working. She always tries her best. I’m excited to see how she does at the varsity level next season. I think she’ll be one of the better runners in the league.”
Campos set a personal record in the 800.
She posted a 3-1 overall record in the event during CCC competition.
Campos had a memorable season debut in the 3,200 at the conference finals.
“It was her first time running it all year. She won and set a personal record.”
Madelyn Mastropierro placed second in the high jump.
Eliana Tamayo placed second in the 100 and third in the 200.
Tarnjot Kaur placed second in the high jump, fourth in the long jump and sixth in the 400.
Aaliyah Smith placed second in the 300 hurdles and 17th in the 200.
Alyssa Ontiveroz placed fourth in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600.
Alexandra Ruiz Gomez placed eighth in the discus and 16th in the shot put.
Keilany Torres placed 10th in the 800.
Central Valley’s 4x800 relay team of Alyssa Ontiveroz, Milliana Rios, Keilany Torres and Althea Mumford placed second.
Central Valley’s 4x100 relay team of Aaliyah Jauregui, Aaliyah Smith, Madelyn Mastropierro and Eliana Tamayo placed third.
Central Valley’s boys finished second with a team score of 115.5.
Atwater (174) was first.
Golden Valley (113.5), Buhach Colony (53), Merced (45), Patterson (33) and El Capitan (27) took third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
Hawk Kamau Carr placed first in both the 100 and 200.
“He got a lot of wins this year. He brought his times down.”
Alexis Landa placed first in the 3,200 and 1,600, and second in the 800.
He was undefeated in the 3,200 and 1,600 during the CCC season.
Landa finished 4-0 in the 1,600 and 2-0 in the 3,200.
“He has a strong will to win. He’s got the best kick in league. He has his strategy down so he knows how to pace himself so he can finish fast.”
Ceasar Pimentel placed first in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the high jump.
He set a school record in the 300 hurdles.
Jackson Stokes placed first in the pole vault, eighth in the 3,200, 11th in the 800 and 18th in the 1,600.
Daniel Leon placed third in the 400 and 800, and fourth in the 110 hurdles.
Juan Sanchez placed third in the pole vault and 10th in the 100.
Antonio Burgos placed fourth in the 400 and 24th in the 800.
Ernesto Martinez placed fifth in the 400.
Emanuel Luna placed eighth in the 300 hurdles and 15th in the long jump.
Mathew Ontiveroz placed ninth in the 300 hurdles.
Emanual Barajas placed 10th in the 3,200.
Andrew Jimenez placed 12th in the shot put.
Central Valley’s 4x400 relay team of Daniel Leon, Antonio Burgos, Ernesto Martinez and Kamau Carr placed first.
Central Valley’s 4x100 relay team of Carr, Martinez, Ceasar Pimentel and Juan Sanchez placed third.
Ceres High’s boys posted a team score of 30.5 en route to a second-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Finals on May 3 in Los Banos.
Lathrop (35) won the team title.
Johansen (19.5), Los Banos (15.33), Pacheco (15), Grace Davis (10.33), Mountain House (3.33) and Beyer (3) took third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.
Ceres High’s 4x100 relay team of Reis Smith, Rigo Mora, Nikahli Garcia and Adrian Huesca placed first.
Ceres High’s 4x400 relay team of Smith, Huesca, Alexis Rodriguez and Jaiden Boss placed first.
Ceres High’s 4x800 relay team of Martin Bolanos Aleman, Ivan Rodriguez, Edwin Martinez and Sergio Torres placed second.
Boss placed first in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
Smith placed first in the 400.
Calen Adams tied for first in the pole vault.
Von Tigner placed second in the triple jump.
Adrian Diaz placed third in the discus and fourth in the shot put.
David Rodriguez-Ochoa placed third in the 110 hurdles, fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the 300 hurdles.
Kyle Phongsa placed third in the triple jump, fourth in the 300 hurdles, seventh in the 110 hurdles and 13th in the long jump.
Torres placed fourth in the 800.
Mora placed fourth in the 100 and ninth in the 400.
Huesca placed sixth in the 200.
Michael Krepela placed sixth in the shot put.
Garcia placed sixth in the 100 and 10th in the 200.
Alexis Rodriguez placed seventh in the 400 and 300 hurdles.
Jorge Ortega placed eighth in the shot put and 10th in the discus.
Bolanos Aleman placed 10th in the 3,200 and 12th in the 800.
Ivan Rodriguez placed 11th in the discus and 21st in the 800.
Ceres High’s girls finished seventh with a team score of 2.
Lathrop (57) won the team title, followed by Los Banos (38), Pacheco (17), Mountain House (16), Johansen (6) and Beyer (4).
Ceres High’s 4x100 relay team of Joselin Ruiz, Emily Esparza, Brooke Kiser and Alexa Romo placed third.
Ceres High’s 4x400 relay team of Kiser, Giselle Contreras, Elizabeth Watts and Marissa Pacheco placed fourth.
Romo placed third in the 100 hurdles and 200, and 10th in the 100.
Kiser placed sixth in the 400 and seventh in the 200.
Savannah Weese placed sixth in the 300 hurdles, seventh in the triple jump, and 10th in the 100 hurdles and long jump.
Emily Ivey placed seventh in the shot put and 12th in the discus.
Citlali Fuentes placed eighth in the triple jump.
Esparza placed ninth in the long jump, 12th in the 200 and 13th in the 100.
Gurleen Kaur placed ninth in the shot put and 14th in the discus.
Jadasa Haro placed ninth in the triple jump and 14th in the 200.
Watts placed 12th in the 400.
Ruiz placed 13th in the long jump, 18th in the 200 and 22nd in the 100.
Pacheco placed 18th in the long jump.