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Bruin Track And Field Team Challenges Itself
The Dashing Divas finished on top of last week’s Bruin Team Challenge. The intramural-style competition kicked off the Bruins track and field season with a workout on their home field. Four seniors drafted team members, who worked against each other in some of the track and field events on Friday, Feb. 22. Photo Contributed
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A member of the Dashing Divas relay team zigzags through a maze of hurdles during the Bruin Challenge on Friday at the Angelo Novi Stadium on the RHS campus. The competition routinely kicks off the track and field season for Riverbank. Ric McGinnis/The News

The spring weather in Riverbank started cooperating with RHS sports teams this past week, allowing them to actually get in some field work.

Among those activities was the annual Bruin Team Challenge for track and field athletes.

According to Coach Monte Wood, the event helps kick off the season with an intramural-style competition between teams made up of both boys and girls, drafted by four seniors.

The events, he said, included the long jump, hurdles, shot put, 800 yard run, and was capped by a team relay, where they have a series of different tasks to accomplish along the way.

“The catch is that they can’t do the events they would normally do in a meet. So, distance runners are throwing the shot put, throwers are long jumping, etc. We give extra points for spirit, uniforms and names,” Wood said.

The team Dashing Divas drafted by Nallely Murguia Ortega won Friday’s competition by a slim half-point margin.

“They won the extra points for team name and uniforms,” Wood added.

A second intra-squad meet was set for Tuesday – weather permitting – with the Bruins slated to compete in the Sierra Relays coming up this weekend in Manteca.