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Bruins Host Hughson In League Track Meet
Alondra Hernandez
Riverbank racer Alondra Hernandez finishes well ahead of the competition in the girls mile race on Wednesday, April 11, on the RHS all-weather track. The win came in a dual meet against the Hilmar Yellowjackets. Ric McGinnis/The News

It was a tough day on the home track for the Bruins.

“The girls meet was close, but we ended up losing 74-61,” said head coach Monte Wood. “Not having any hurdlers at this point is really killing us. We start out the meet already down 18 points.”

The girls still competed well, as Alondra Hernandez won the 1600 and the 800. Freshman pole vaulter Bridgete Allen won the pole vault, Marissa Castellanos stayed undefeated in the discus, but freshman Cecilie Leon was nipping at her heels with a second place finish. The girls 4x100 relay of Valeria Aguiniga, Savannah Macias, Andrea Ruiz, and Alexa Gutierrez stayed undefeated in league dual meets. Mikayla Macias won the shot put with a personal record of 28’7”.

“The big story of the day was Savannah Macias. We knew she had the ability to break the school records in the 100 and 200. In the 100 she was pushed to the finish line by a Hilmar athlete, and she narrowly outleaned her for the win,” said Wood. “Her time was 12.60 which broke Stephanie Oropesa’s 17-year-old record of 12.68. Then she turned around and crushed Kelly Clancey’s 200 record of 26.3 by running 25.8 in easily winning the 200. There is no doubt in my mind that she can run even faster than that especially in the 200.”

On the boy’s side, Damian Lopez remained undefeated in the 1600 by edging out a Hilmar athlete for first place. He also won the 3200. Seniors Theo Luu and Zac Richison continue to have strong senior seasons. Luu won the triple jump again and placed second in the long jump. Richison took three second places in the high hurdles, 300 hurdles, and pole vault.

“He ran a personal best of 43.31 in the 300 hurdles,” Wood said of Richison. “Isaac Andalon could not run due to Achilles pain, but he surprised everyone by winning the discus with a throw of 115’ and taking second in the shot put with a throw of 39’10”. We are still lacking sprint speed to be competitive with the top teams in the league. Hilmar is very good, and we got swept in the 100, 200 and relays.”