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Bruin Track Qualifies 16 To Division Championships
After an undefeated run through Trans-Valley League track and field meets, the Riverbank High varsity boys finally met their match in tournament format at the TVL Championships in Patterson on May 11. With six teams competing in 16 events, Riverbank faltered to just one first place finish and only eight top-3 medals. Hughson nabbed four titles and 15 top-three placements to edge Riverbank for the conference title.

The Riverbank girls were third overall, but took a title and nine top-three finishes for a respectable performance against the likes of Hughson standout Becky Hobby (three titles).

"We ran well, but Hughson just had too much depth for us, and they ran very well," Riverbank coach Monte Wood said. "Overall, I am very proud of our kids for the way they competed all season long. We had to overcome a lot of adversity during the year, and we still gave ourselves a chance to win it in the end.

"We definitely will use this year as motivation for next year."

The top three place winners in each event advanced to the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Championships at Modesto Junior College on Tuesday. Fourth place finishers from the TVL meet could potentially see admission to Divisional action as alternates as well.

Thursday's event finals will decide the qualifications from divisional competition to the SJS Masters Championships next week in Sacramento.

Thomas Rios is an alternate in the long jump, but placed second in the 110 hurdles and third in the high jump to advance his season another week.

Angel Duarte hurled the shot put 40 feet, 8 inches to win Riverbank's lone gold while Robert Martinez was second in the triple jump.

Alex Reynaga ended third in the 300 hurdles while Ben Hodges finished third in the 1600 and fourth in the 3200. Sophomore Christian Torres placed fourth in the 800 and freshman Fabian Arana was third in the discus. Michael Woods finished third in the pole vault as well.

The Bruin girls were paced by another brilliant day from freshman Mikayla Florez, who was runner-up in both the 800 and 1600.

Melissa Garcia launched a 32-6.5 shot put to win that event. Adriana Rosales was third in the 1600 and 800 while Jocelyn Rosales ended fourth in the 3200. Jackie Herrera ended second in the 3200 while Vanessa Vargas was fourth in the 200 and Tempest Robertson second in the shot put.

Florez, Adriana Rosales, Vargas and Erica Orellana teamed for a second place 1600 relay team. Vargas, Orellana, Mariella Vigil and Lety Herrera also competed on a third place 400 relay team.

Riverbank athletes will shoot for top-six finishes at Thursday's D-IV/V finals to snare advancements to the SJS Masters on May 26 and 27 at Hughes Stadium on the Sacramento City College campus.