Central Valley High School's varsity girls cross country team just missed securing its first victory during the Western Athletic Conference season last week.
The Hawks dropped to 0-2 in the dual-meet standings following Wednesday's 27-29 loss to Patterson at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.
The Tigers improved to 1-1.
"We're competing," Hawks head coach Mike Reynolds said. "It's not like we're getting blown out. The girls have been surprising a lot of teams."
Central Valley sophomore Evelyn Andrade placed second with a time of 24 minutes, 32 seconds on the 3.1-mile course.
Hawk teammates Heaven Simon, Ivonne Orozco, Alyssa Washburn and Daisy Ochoa finished third (24:36), fifth (25:38), eighth (27:08) and 11th (27:55), respectively.
Patterson's Lupe Ventura was the top finisher (22:29).
Tiger teammates Brenda Vargas, Jenevy Esqueda, Aly Carrasco and Stephanie Esqueda took fourth (24:56), sixth (25:48), seventh (26:29) and ninth (27:08), respectively.
Central Valley's boys suffered a 17-40 loss.
The Bulldogs dropped to 0-2 in the WAC.
The Tigers remained unbeaten (2-0).
"Patterson's boys are always tough," Reynolds said. "They have a lot of kids coming back from last year. We have a lot of young boys."
Joaquin Garcia led Central Valley with a fifth-place finish (20:37).
Jose Bastidas (sixth, 21:06), Inayat Sahota (eighth, 21:31), Favian Castellanos (10th, 21:53) and Felipe Garcia (11th, 22:33) also scored points for the Hawks.
"They improved their times," Reynolds said. "That's always nice. It shows they're getting stronger and faster."
Patterson's Nathan Stanton (first, 18:14) bested all challengers.
Tiger teammates Antonio Venegas (second, 18:56), Steven Halseth (third, 20:17), Dylan Halland (fourth, 20:31) and Jose Jaramillo (seventh, 21:29) turned in standout performances as well.
"Nathan is the anchor of their program," Reynolds said. "The rest of their whole core is strong too."
Central Valley and Patterson competed in ideal weather conditions.
"It's not cold or hold," Reynolds said. "There's a nice breeze."