The Los Banos girls cross country team put a stamp on its 5-1 Western Athletic Conference dual record with a win at the WAC Finals Wednesday at River Bluff Park in Ceres.
The Tigers won with 49 points, beating out Livingston (56) and Ceres (63), which also compiled 5-1 records in the dual season.
Twins Brittney Berek (21 minutes, 50 seconds) and Nicole Berek (21:51) took third and fourth in the finals, followed by Sarah Gama (23:14) in 12th and Bereuise Jimenez (23:16) in 13th. Richele Delapaz (23:53) rounded out the scorers for Los Banos, finishing 17th.
"I'm incredible proud of our girls varsity team -- we were in a three-way tie with Ceres and Livingston, the girls knew what was on the line," LB coach Elizabeth Stonegrove said. "Sarah Gama was battling a knee injury all season, and she ran her heart out. It was really a team effort."
Pacheco put two runners in the top 20, Daysi Rivas (sixth, 22:00) and Venus Canaveral (15th, 23:36).
The Pacheco boys gave defending WAC champion Livingston a scare, spreading runners out over the top 12 in the first section of the 3.1-mile race. But Livingston put all five scoring runners in the top 10 to score 26 points to second-place Pacheco's 70.
Ryan Salcido paced Pacheco with a third-place finish at 17:00, followed by Samuel Regalado (ninth, 18:10)and Adrian Gonzalez (11th, 18:22). Christian Beltran was the highest Los Banos High finisher, taking sixth at 17:39. Michael Salaz (18:45) was 12th and Steve Georgiou (18:59) was 13th as LB placed fourth.
Pacheco coach Gerald Wall said Salcido has big plans for the subsection meet, Nov. 3 in Frogtown.
"Ryan has demonstrated the ambition and ability to accomplish any goal he has set before himself this season," Wall said via email.