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Cross Country Bruins Dominate First TVL Meet
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Riverbank High's traditionally dominant cross country program exploded onto the Trans-Valley League scene with three victories in four races at the first five-team TVL meet of the season at Legion Park on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Riverbank's junior varsity boys (26 points) and girls (22 points) landed one-sided wins, while the varsity Lady Bruins nabbed a landslide victory and the varsity boys finished second overall.

"We have done very few tough workouts and we have shown tremendous improvement," Riverbank coach Monte Wood said. "The team ran well, and we have put ourselves in a position to make a run at the championship at the end of the year."


With Hughson standout Becky Hobby taking the lead, Riverbank's Adriana Rosales cruised in her wake, easily slipping into second place overall in a heated girls race that saw two Bruin girls in the top four.

Riverbank (31 points) edged second place Escalon (66) by a heavy margin, and saw Hughson and Ripon runners deadlock at 68 points.

Rosales' sharp 20 minute, 46 second time on the 3.1-mile course was well ahead of third place, and was soon followed by Jackie Herrera's fourth place finish at 21:12.

Riverbank was without No. 3 runner, Jocelyn Rosales (illness), but saw a quick finish from stellar freshman Mikayla Florez (22:06). Gina Retana and Angela Duran crossed the finish line soon after to round out scoring.

Erica Orellana paced the JV girls team with a first place overall finish. She saw Lety Herrera and Denise Zamora finish soon after.


Three runners from Ripon finished in the top five, securing their victory in varsity boys action after a 33 score.

Riverbank's Ben Hodges beat all three of Ripon's top finishers, and finished second to Orestimba's Dillon Mart at an impressive 17:27.

Juan Figueroa was close behind the top five with a new personal best of 18:31 on the 3.1-mile trek.

Luis Figueroa was the Bruin's third finisher while Jose Aguiniga ended fourth on the team, and Pedro Medrano fifth.

Adrian Salazar was second overall in hotly contested JV boys race.

Riverbank boys and girls will be at the Hughson Super Cross at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.