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Girls Track Team Sets New School Record
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Riverbank girls set a new school record in track at the Woody Wilson Invitational on Saturday, clocking 10.01 for the 4x800 meter relay race.

They took third place, but in a very good time, and lowered the record again like last year," said Bruin coach Monte Wood of the 90-school event conducted at University of California in Davis.

Bianca Melchor also set a new school record in the two mile with a 11.43 which shaved two seconds off the previous mark.

Kasey Wool placed sixth in the pole vault at 11 feet, although this is not as high as she can go.

For the boys, Ralphie Stevens placed third in the triple jump, at 43-8, and Ben DeYoung won a sixth place in the pole vault.

Both the Riverbank boys and girls lost to Escalon, however, in an away track and field meet on Thursday. The boys lost by 71-65, and the girls by 84-52.

"The boys division was very competitive. It came down to the last event, the 4x400 meter relay," said Wood. "If we had won that, we would have taken the meet."

Riverbank led the race for the first three laps. Then the Escalon anchor runner caught and passed his Bruin opponent in the last 10 meters.

The Riverbank team was also depleted by injuries. DeYoung was hurting from an old football injury. He performed in a couple of events, but not all of those he generally competes in.

Riverbank's freshman star, German Fernandez, ran a 4:30 mile, exceptional for a dirt track. "If we'd entered him in the two mile, he would have won that," said Wood. Fernandez also won the pole vault, clearing 13 feet.

"He almost hit his personal record of 13-6' but just brushed the bar and it fell off," said Wood.

Fernandez' cousin, Omar, ran well to win the two mile.

"Our frosh/soph distance runners are talented," said Wood. Robbie Searway ran well in the 800 meters, he noted. Roger Calderon excelled in the mile, and Isaac Montoya scored a third place in the two mile.

First places for Riverbank included Mike Dougherty, in the 110 hurdles; German Fernandez, in the 1,600 meters in 4:30; Ralphie Stevens, in the triple jump with 41-3 and in the long jump at 20-10; German Fernandez, in the 800 in 2:07.68; Mike Winstead, in the pole vault at 13-0; and Omar Fernandez, in the 3,200 meters with 10:36.

In girls events, Riverbank also lost to Escalon.

"It was not a good day for the girls," said Wood. "Escalon has so many more competitors, something like 50 girls to our 20. And some of ours were injured."

Bruin Kasey Wool, however, was one bright spot, winning four events that included the 100 meters, in 12.9; the pole vault, with 10-6; the 100 meter hurdles, in 16.73; and the 300 hurdles, in 54.81.

Her times for the 100 meter dash and 100 meter hurdles were personal records.

"She generally wins, but if she doesn't also PR (set a personal record), she's disappointed." said Wood.

Other firsts for Riverbank were Kelly Clancey in the 400 meters, with 1:06.4; Maritza Garcia in the 800 meters, at 2:32.68, as well as the 1,600 relay, in 5:12.

Brittany Harrison and Garcia were recovering from injuries and only competed in one event each.