LIVINGSTON — Ownership of first place in the Western Athletic Conference was on the line for Patterson’s varsity boys cross country team as they stepped onto the grass of Arakelian Park on Oct. 14.

A victory for the varsity girls squad would give them a chance to go above a .500 record.

Livingston High School welcomed the Tigers with a boys team going 4-1 on the season and a girls team with a solid 3-2 record.

Patterson’s varsity boys came into the meet with an unblemished 4-0 record against all league opponents, and they needed to fend off the Wolves in order to remain in control of the WAC.

The Tigers’ did just that—pulling off a clean sweep against Livingston.

A final score of 19-37 preserved the varsity boys’ undefeated record in league play. The team victory moves Patterson up to 5-0 as they head into the final week of the fall season.

Junior Tomas Virgen led all runners in the meet (18:29). The junior is more than familiar with being the first to cross the finish line and has been an excellent runner for the Tigers in 2015.

Following behind Virgen was senior Kosi Ogbuli in second place (18:51) and following not far behind in third place overall was senior Carlos Ponce (18:56).

Livingston junior Salomon Ramos took fourth place (19:07), while Patterson senior Sean Hicks took fifth place (19:21).

The team victory put the varsity boys cross country team in a prime position to capture a WAC title in 2015.

The defeat left Los Banos High School trailing the Tigers with a 4-1 record.

As of press time, Patterson had one meet left before league finals on Oct. 28, in which they had a chance to ensure their WAC crown with a victory over El Capitan High School Oct. 21.

The varsity girls team also earned a victory over their Livingston opposition. Patterson won by a team score of 24-31, pulling the Tigers to an even 3-3 record in 2015.

Although Patterson won the team score, it was a Livingston runner who crossed the finish line in first—senior Daisy Perez (20:51).

The Tigers’ Xlona Gama was the next runner to cross the finish line in second place (23:54). This was a personal record for Gama, who greatly outdid her best time for the season, showing huge improvement as she heads into the final days of the fall sports schedule. Gama posted her previous record of the year in a preseason meet at Ceres (26:10.75).

Patterson’s Ana Martin earned third place (24:27). After setting her personal record last week versus Pacheco, teammate Jennifer Herrera followed in fourth place (24:45).

Livingston senior Stephanie Ontiveros rounded out the top five finishers in fifth place (25:08).

Erick Torres can be reached at 892-6187 ext. 308 or erick@pattersonirrigator.com.

PI sports writer

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