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Rojo places 2nd in Hawks cross country loss
CV girls team drops WAC dual to Los Banos
Vanesa Contreras placed sixth overall during Central Valleys WAC varsity girls dual meet against Los Banos. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity boys cross country team dropped its first two Western Athletic Conference dual meets by a combined 11 points.

The Hawks' latest setback was sustained in Los Banos on Wednesday.

The Tigers prevailed, 27-35, on the 3-mile course at Gardens Park V.

Livingston edged Central Valley 27-30 in Ceres on Sept. 21.

"We have a solid team," Hawks head coach Veronica Moreno said. "But we have really young athletes. We're making progress. You've seen our scores the last couple years. Next year, we'll be even better."

Central Valley had three competitors finish in the top five against the Tigers, including junior Andres Rojo (second, 18:13), freshman Sebastian Pena (third, 19:14) and sophomore Chase Bogart (fourth, 19:21).

Central Valley's Daniel Garrido (11th, 20:28) and freshman Enrique Martinez (15th, 20:43) rounded out Central Valley's scoring.

Los Banos' Jensen Chase (first, 17:41) bested the entire field, which consisted of 31 runners.

Michael Chavarria (fifth, 19:21), Adrian Marquez (sixth, 19:36), Ivan Caloca (seventh, 19:37) and Gerardo Lara (eighth, 19:50) also contributed to the Tigers' winning point total.

Tigers 19, Hawks 36
Central Valley's varsity girls cross country team suffered a 19-36 loss at Los Banos this past week.

"I knew it was going to be a challenge," Moreno said. "It takes time to build a program. We're moving in the right direction."

Junior Dana Miranda finished fourth overall (24:37) to lead the Hawks, who dropped to 0-2 in the WAC dual-meet standings.

Sophomore Vanesa Contreras (25:35), freshman Claudia Gomez (25:55), Vanessa Mondragon (26:08) and freshman Aryanna Jimenez (26:51) placed sixth, seventh, ninth and 10th, respectively.

"They're doing really well for being so young," Moreno said while talking about Contreras and Gomez. "They're motivated and driven."

Central Valley will compete against Pacheco today.

"It's going to be very competitive," Moreno said.