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Bruins Shine At Track, Field Challenge
Riverbank High varsity boys and girls saw some inter-league camaraderie swing their favor as the Trans-Valley League bested the Mother Lode League in both boys and girls action of the MLL/TVL Challenge on March 11.

Bruin girls finished second overall and boys sixth overall in the deep field of sharp competitors. The Bruin girls came close to landing the top overall score, but sent only one girl (Jackie Herrera) to compete in more than one distance race.

"I felt as if (the girls) could have won it if we had focused on winning it as a team rather than a league," Riverbank coach Monte Wood said. "We had some outstanding performances though."

Herrera won the 3200 meter race with her new personal record of 12 minutes, 41 seconds. Genisa Contreras won the 100 hurdles and placed second in the 300 hurdles. Freshman Mikayla Florez won the 1600 by edging one of the top Division IV runners in the section from Bret Harte.

Sophomore thrower Melissa Garcia exploded with fantastic performances to win both the shot put and the discus. She hurled a 106 foot, 7 inch mark in the discus, then landed a 32-2 throw in the shot.

Adriana Rosales was also second in the 800 and a part of the 400 and 1600 relay teams, which finished second overall.

The Bruin boys were missing four of their top athletes, but still managed some strong individual marks. Ben Hodges sped to a championship in the 3200 while Thomas Rios was second in the triple jump and third in both the long and high jump.

The Bruins are preparing for their first TVL meet of the season, a three-way showdown with Orestimba and Modesto Christian on March 30.