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Rojo cuts athletic career with CV short due to injury
Track and field
Andres Rojo
Andres Rojo qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Varsity Boys Track & Field Championships after taking first in the 400 at the WAC finals. Rojo opted not to compete due to a leg injury. - photo by Dale Butler

Andres Rojo cut his final season with Central Valley’s varsity boys and track field team short after winning the 400-meter race at the Western Athletic Conference Championships this past month in Patterson.

He was supposed to compete in three events during the WAC finals, including the 400, 200 and 4x400 relay.

“I have no regrets at all,” said Andres, who opted not to race at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Meet on May 15 in Elk Grove due to a nagging leg injury. “My left hamstring was super tight for two-and-a-half weeks. It started hurting. If I kept running, it would have gotten worse. I haven’t run since then. I’m letting my body heal entirely.”

Rojo placed first in the 400 at the conference finals.

He had a perfect 5-0 record during WAC duals.

Andres broke his own school record in the event while taking first with a time of 51.07 seconds at the Stanislaus County Meet.

“I’m happy with how both my seasons went despite the injury at the end,” he said. “I improved every year.”

Rojo finished first at the WAC Cross Country Championships during the fall.

He helped lead the Hawks to new heights.

“I’m proud of what I accomplished,” said Rojo, who broke the school record in the 3-mile. “My main priority was to help my team make history. We won the WAC. Everybody managed to stay healthy. That was a big factor. It took a lot of work.”

Rojo will try to join Fresno State’s track and field team as a walk-on athlete this August.

“That’s my goal,” he said.