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Bruins Capture Varsity Cross Country Championships
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Shown, from left, Riverbank Lady Bruin varsity cross country runners Lydia Hodges, Haley Richardson, Stephanie Bernal, Sabrina Garcia, Elitania Rosas, Joslyn Beliera, Rosa Zurita, and Kim Rubalcava with their medals after taking the Trans-Valley League championship. - photo by Courtesy Of Jennifer Hodges

Riverbank’s varsity boys and girls teams won the Trans-Valley League cross country championship on Oct. 29 and the JV girls also won the TVL championship. Bruins Adan Chavez and Kim Ruvalcaba won the varsity TVL individual champions.

“This is the second year in a row that we have won both the varsity team titles and the individual titles,” said coach Monte Wood. “Both the varsity boys and girls ran away with the team race.

“For the girls we put three in the top four and the boys put three in the top five. Both Adan and Kim won the individual titles convincingly and both set personal records on a course that is longer than 5k.”

Haley Richardson had a big day with a personal record of 20:13 as she placed third overall in the girl’s race.

“We had a lot of personal records on the varsity and junior varsity levels,” Wood added. “I love the TVL Championship meet because it is the third time we have run on the course this year, and we can really see how much they have improved.”

For example, Wood said, Carlos Aguilera ran 18 minutes for two miles in September, and he ran 14:50 on Wednesday.

“The kids have worked really hard, and it paying off as we have gotten to the championship part of the season,” Wood explained. “The section meet is going to be really interesting this year. Both the boys and the girls competitions have four or five teams very close to each other and there are only two qualifying spots for state.”