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Victorious debut for Ceres High girls, CV boys
Ceres High School's varsity cross country program hosted its first-ever meet at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park on Wednesday.

The three-mile course was designed by Bulldog head coach Glenn Driskell and Central Valley High School leader Mike Reynolds.

Ceres High's girls edged Los Banos 27-29 during the Western Athletic Conference opener.

Bulldog Cecilia Carretero rested in the shade after cruising to a first-place finish. The second-year runner completed the course in 22 minutes, 11 seconds.

"The hill is the hardest because it's at the end of the race when you're tired," Carretero stated when asked what part of the course was most challenging.

Ceres High teammates Crystal Duran, Vanessa Barajas, Joana Trujillo and Viviana Ramirez placed second (24:44), fifth (27:09), eighth (28:22) and 11th (32:38), respectively.

Ceres High's boys lost 16-46 to the Tigers.

The Bulldogs' top five performers were Judas Chavarin (fifth, 19:55), Matt Mey (eighth, 21:01), Jose Perez (10th, 21:20), Juan Botello (11th, 21:32) and Austin Payne (13th, 23:37).

Hawks split with Tigers

Central Valley High School's varsity cross country program split with Patterson during Wednesday's Western Athletic Conference season-opening dual meet.

The Hawks won the boys competition, 20-36.

Cruz Mendez led the way with a first-place finish. He completed the 3.1-mile course at the T.W. Patterson Sports Complex in 18 minutes, 58 seconds.

Francisco Arreola, Raul Castro, Abel Medina and Ricardo Belmonte placed third (19:17), fourth (19:22), fifth (20:16) and seventh (21:32), respectively.

Central Valley's girls lost 22-43 to the Tigers.

Adrianna Mendez was the Hawks' top finisher (first, 22:20).

She dominated the race, beating Patterson's Marisabel Carrillo by 65 seconds.

Andrea Rodriguez, Alexia Crayton, Gaby Diaz and Elizabeth Rodriguez placed fifth (24:54), eighth (26:25), 14th (30:50) and 15th (32:20), respectively.