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All-Weather RHS Track Dedication Ceremony
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Riverbank track and field standout Zac Richison, representing teammates both past, present and future, addresses an audience gathered to celebrate the dedication of the schools all-weather track. Although the facility was opened when completed in 2015, a plaque was just unveiled on one of the benches near the entrance. Ric McGinnis/The News

A gathering that included past and present Riverbank Unified School District board members, school administrators, coaches as well as past and present RHS athletes celebrated the dedication of Riverbank’s all-weather track this past week.

It was a busy week for the track as well, which featured both the dedication, a dual high school meet and a large junior high track meet over just three days.

Riverbank Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Daryl Camp, RHS principal Dr. Sean Richey and head track coach Monte Wood all told the crowd of the work that was required to build the facility.

Wood mentioned the awe it inspires in visiting coaches who have remarked that the track seemed as good a facility as one would expect to see at a junior college.

Zac Richison, a current multi-event track and field athlete, spoke of what the new track meant to students. He then received a proclamation presented by a representative of State Assemblyman Heath Flora’s office. Other officials participated in the event, including Riverbank Vice Mayor Darlene Barber-Martinez.

To finish off the ceremony, officials, administrators, athletes and past and present district board members unveiled a plaque installed on a bench near the entrance to the track. It is located about 30 yards from the front of the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium, with its similar plaque in front.