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Fall Sports Wrap Runners Kick Into High Gear For Second Season
November brings both closure and new life to Riverbank High students on a search for postseason success in Sac-Joaquin Section athletics.

The Bruin cross country team prepares for a run at the area's top small school harriers this weekend, while a pair of Riverbank golfers saw their careers come to an end in Galt this past week.

Cross Country

Hughson's Becky Hobby may have taken the individual league championship with a fast time at the Legion Park meet in Modesto on Wednesday, but she couldn't stop a pack of Riverbank girls from early finishes in a one-sided title win for the varsity Bruin girls.

Adriana Rosales (fourth place, 20 minutes, 31 seconds), Mikayla Florez and Jackie Herrera each managed times under 21 minutes, while Jocelyn Rosales, Erica Orellana, Angela Duran and Gina Retana weren't far behind.

Riverbank's varsity boys nabbed runner-up honors in the league standings after a third overall finish from Ben Hodges and medalist honors from Jose Aguiniga and Adrian Salazar.

The junior varsity girls won a league championship after a first place finish from Denisse Zamora, a third place race by Kaitlyn Jimenez and fourth overall honors from Lety Herrera. Julie Hernandez, Aidee Rosales, Kim Munguia, Gloria Medina, and Mariella Hernandez were all medalists as well.

The Bruins will take on the Sub-Section Championships in Angels Camp on Saturday, Nov. 6. The top 10 teams qualify for the SJS Championships in Folsom on Nov. 13.

"The kids are competing very well at all levels," Riverbank coach Monte Wood said. "The varsity team's goal is to make it to state."


Bruin seniors Courtney Floyd and Carlye Avey joined six qualifying teams and another 24 individuals at the Division V SJS championships at the Dry Creek Golf Course in Galt on Oct. 25.

Both finished in the top half of overall scores, though neither managed the difficult 86-stroke performance needed to move to the next level.

Escalon, who battled Riverbank for some good scores during Valley Foothill League play, nabbed the only team advancement to this week's SJS Masters tournament.

Floyd shot a 108 on the 18-hole course, and watched Avey finish her day in just 109 strokes.