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Bruins Gain Distance From Pack In El Dorado
On paper they are labeled a distance medley relay team, but on the track, Adriana Rosales, Jocelyn Rosales, Jackie Herrera and Mikayla Florez are an all star team.

The four standout runners from Riverbank High cross country in the fall have joined forces for some quality times in the spring, and lead a huge collection of Bruin athletes on the track and field this year.

The four put on a clinic on Friday by landing second place in the distance medley relay at the Union Mine Distance Extravaganza.

Though named like a carnival, the event was a relaxed opportunity for Sac-Joaquin Section runners to leg out races on the all-weather track in El Dorado.

Florez finished a terrific five minute, 35 second mile with a huge kick in the last 100 meters.

She finished second and Adriana Rosales third in the 3200 as well.

Joel Carrillo saw a nine-second personal best to land a 2:19 in the 800, while Luis Figueroa set a new individual record in the 3200 just a short time after his run in the 1600. The new bests were impressive considering most runners did so against wind and rain that battered competitors on Friday.

"The track was really slick because of the rain, but the kids didn't complain at all," Riverbank coach Monte Wood said. "They got in there and they raced."

Bruin track and field athletes have struggled to find practice time on their dirt field of play, but coach Wood said he expects the conditions to allow the program their first home action in a meet with Modesto Christian and Orestimba today, Wednesday, March 30.

The team takes on the Falcon Invitational at Atwater High on Saturday, April 2.