Riverbank High School Track and Field Coach Monte Wood reported a busy week for his runners, throwers and jumpers last week.
“In dual meets against Modesto Christian and Escalon, we went 3-1. The girls defeated MC and Escalon by huge margins and the boys beat MC but lost a close one to Escalon,” he said.
There were some outstanding individual efforts for the Riverbank team.
“Isaac Andalon paced the boys with four first place finishes. He won the shot put, discus, 110 hurdles, and 300 hurdles despite battling an ongoing illness,” noted Wood. “On the girls side Jenise Perryman also won four events by winning the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump, and high jump. She is getting really close to tying or even breaking the school record in the high jump.”
On Saturday, April 13, most of the team traveled to compete in the Bret Harte Invitational, in Angels Camp.
“We ran all the freshmen and sophomores down in their division, and they excelled bringing home many medals and many personal best performances,” Wood said. “Anthony Leon continues to improve as he hit 39 feet in the triple jump. To my knowledge, we have not had a freshman hit that distance. Current school record holder Ralphie Stevens jumped 38’7 his freshman year. Anthony has the tools to break the school record in the future if he continues to get faster and stronger.”
Leon also helped the boys 4x100 relay team take second with a season best 47.59. The team consists of Rito Capetillo, Fredy Anderson, Emmanuel Diaz, and Leon.
“Anthony was also second in the long jump. His sister, Cecilia Leon won the shot put and took third in the discus,” added Wood. “Kayci Blevins triple jumped only for the second time this season and took third with a jump of 29 feet, 10 inches.”
The girls 4x400 relay team of Kylee Rhodehouse, Ainsley Wood, Kaitlyn Hansen, and Julia Kovneva took second in a close race with Ripon. Hansen was running the relay for the first time and ran the fastest split of the team.
“She was a big factor in the team running the fastest 4x400 relay time of any Riverbank team this season,” Wood noted of Hansen. “And three of the girls are freshmen.”
On the varsity side, the coach added, Mikayla Macias continues to improve in the shot put. She took fifth in the shot put with a throw of 31’5”. That put puts her just seven inches away from the elite standard. Marissa Castellanos took third in the discus with a throw of 100’ 10”.
“Overall it was a really good week,” Wood said. “The team set 71 personal records in both meets combined and continues to improve.”
This week the Bruins are scheduled to go against Hughson on Wednesday and then host the Ron Hebert Thrower’s Challenge and German Fernandez Distance Carnival on the all-weather track in Riverbank on Friday.
The thrower’s challenge is set to begin at 3 p.m. and the distance carnival at 7 p.m. The coach is expecting a great week and is hoping to see more personal records set this week.