Disappointed with his fourth-place finish in the 400 at the Sierra-Tom Moore Relays on March 3, Andres Rojo quickly shifted his focus to the next meet on the Central Valley varsity boys track and field team's schedule.
Rojo broke his own school record while taking first with a time of 51.07 seconds at the Stanislaus County Meet on March 9 at Turlock High's Joe Debely Stadium.
"I was prepared," said Andres, who finished second in 2017 and third as a sophomore in the same event. "I was confident. My goal was to get first place. I didn't expect my time to be that good. I was surprised with my performance."
Rojo bested 22 other runners.
Pitman's Quincey Williams (52.57), Gregori's Dexter Williams (52.72) and Oakdale's Zeke Saffar (52.97) finished second, third and fourth, respectively.
"The competition was pretty strong," Andres said. "Three people were right behind me. My last kick got me to beat those guys. I was two steps ahead of them."
Rojo shaved a second and a half off his previous personal record, which was set at the 2017 Stanislaus County Meet.
"That's really hard to do in the 400 because it's a full-out sprint," he said. "All the hard practices we've had these last couple of weeks helped me succeed."
Rojo placed fourth in the 200 (23.22).
Central Valley's Patric Senesom, Chase Bogart, Estevan Barragan, David Serrano, Benjamin Barajas, Favio Gonzalez, Alejandro Orozco and Alan Paz also competed in Turlock.
Senesom placed seventh in the 300 hurdles (45.82), 10th in the long jump (17-6) and 18th in the 400 (57.22).
Bogart placed eighth in the 800 (2:09.13) and ninth in the 1,600 (4:49.48).
Barragan placed 11th in the 200 (24.84) and 14th in the 100 (12.11).
Serrano placed 11th in the shot put (38-21/2) and 28th in the discus (72-11).
Barajas placed 16th in the discus (101-5) and 27th in the shot put (31-01/2).
Gonzalez placed 18th in the 3,200 (11:44.29).
Orozco placed 21st in the 1,600 (5:10.17).
Paz placed 26th in the 800 (2:53.62).
The Hawks finished 10th overall, one spot behind the crosstown-rival Bulldogs in the team standings.
Ceres High and Central Valley totaled 18.5 and 18 points, respectively.
The Bulldogs had a host of contributors.
"Overall, we did pretty well," Ceres High head coach Brett Johnson said. "I'm pleased with their performance. Most of our kids set personal records."
Daniel Yepez placed third in the triple jump (38-83/4), fourth in the 300 hurdles (45.15) and seventh in the 110 hurdles (18.15).
"I'm really happy for Daniel," Johnson said. "He's a talented kid. He's a hard worker. When you do that, it pays off. He's only a junior. He's got some growing to do still."
Jorge Tiscareno placed sixth in the pole vault (10-6).
Aaron Alarcon placed ninth in the long jump (17-81/2).
Luis Yepez placed ninth in the triple jump (37-41/4).
Kendrick Perata placed ninth in the 800 (2:10.30).
Angel Padilla placed ninth in the 300 hurdles (46.70), 19th in the 200 (26.14) and 25th in the 100 (12.78).
Zach Baker placed 10th in the high jump (5-2), 16th in the long jump (16-71/2) and 20th in the 400 (58.37).
Joseph Gutierrez placed 11th in the 1,600 (4:51.90).
Andrew Gibson placed 12th in the 110 hurdles (19.08), 13th in the pole vault (9-0) and 17th in the 100 (12.14).
Jerry Soto placed 12th in the shot put (37-91/2) and 23rd in the discus (82-4).
Bryan Erenas placed 17th in the 200 (25.58).
Gonzalo Rivera placed 18th in the 800 (2:16.09).
Justin Barnes placed 19th in the 3,200 (11:49.08).
Brent Cantu placed 21st in the discus (83-11) and 28th in the shot put (30-4).
Dominick Nicastro placed 22nd in the 3,200 (12:09.38).
Javier Gomez placed 31st in the 1,600 (5:59.42).
The Bulldogs' 4x100 relay team of Alarcon, Gibson, Daniel Yepez and Luis Yepez placed sixth (46.51).
The Bulldogs' 4x400 relay team of Perata, Alarcon, Padilla and Luis Yepez placed 10th (3:49.01).