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Bruins See Solid Efforts In Masters Finale
Three Riverbank High athletes who made the trek to Sacramento City College and Hughes Stadium saw their seasons come to an end on Friday in the second day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships.

All three failed to repeat season highs and secure an advancement to the California Interscholastic Federation Championships, though their marks did little to damper an impressive season for one of the top Division V teams in the state.

Jose Moreno tossed a school record with his 168 foot, 8 inch toss of the discus a week ago. He landed a mark of 146-08 (10th place) from the throwing platform at Masters and watched incredible throws of 176 feet win the event.

The football and basketball standout didn't let his third sport of the year wear him down.

"I do think it takes less energy for track than it does for football and basketball, but he really showed he wanted it this year," Riverbank coach Monte Wood said. "In previous years he had said he was burnt out, but this season he was throwing farther and he even got a school record."

Casey DeYoung was unable to match his two-time high of 13-6 in the pole vault, though the last state qualifying jumper sailed in at 14-3. DeYoung's 13-foot leap was good enough for 11th in a tough field of 20 qualifiers.

Alex Reyes didn't match his season best of 9:53 in the 3200, instead slipping to 10:02.45 among a pack of 23 sharp runners.

Jorge Gomez had qualified to compete in the 200, but elected not to compete.

"It was time of reflection at Masters, and you have to keep everything in perspective," Wood said. "It was a long season and this team saw a lot of accomplishments."

The Bruin boys won a Trans-Valley League title, while the Riverbank girls finished second. The team saw numerous high tournament placements and bountiful success from a deep group of frosh/soph competitors.

The same underclassmen will return next year with ambitions to fill the voids left by 2010 graduates. Coach Wood will stay busy with the cross country team in the time being, with practice already under way as of Tuesday.

The cross country pace, Wood noted, is a bit slower and easier to take now that the school year is complete.

"Between all the events and it being the end of the school year, track can be pretty hard when you are a teacher."