The varsity girls won the Trans-Valley League Meet 2 on Wednesday at Tuolumne Regional Park, which almost assures them of at least a co-championship. Coach Monte Wood said Kim Ruvalcaba won the race again in an impressive time of 19:58.
“She ran most of the race all by herself and she felt as if she could have run significantly faster if someone had been with her,” Wood said. “Sabrina Garcia finished second in the race with a personal record of 20:35. She too ran most of the race mostly by herself. She was able to run the first mile with Kim which helped her run a faster time.”
The girls ran very well, Wood added, considering they were coming off an overnight trip to Irvine.
“I think the Woodbridge Invitational gave them a lot of confidence that they can go out fast and still finish strong,” Wood said.
The varsity boys, on the other hand, did not run well.
“We were already missing our number two runner in Emmanuel Chavez due to a strained hamstring at Woodbridge, and then they just did not run well,” explained Wood. “Adan Chavez finished second in the race and from there almost every one of our top five runners lost places at the end that could have given us the win.
“We just didn’t finish the race very well for whatever reason. Losing the race means that we have to win the TVL Championship Meet in October to win the TVL Championship. Having Emmanuel back will help significantly, but we are going to have to run better in the last mile of the race.”
Riverbank’s volleyball girls headed to the Oakdale varsity tournament on Saturday, taking a pair of 2-0 losses.
They fell 25-20 and 25-15 to Stone Ridge Christian and had nearly the same outcome against West, losing 25-16, 25-15.
Earlier in the week, a non-league contest against Amador saw the Lady Bruins go to three games, but losing 25-12, 25-16, 25-15.
They will start the Trans-Valley League campaign this week, traveling to Escalon on Wednesday, Oct. 1 and Ripon on Monday, Oct. 6.
Golfers competed in the Valley Foothill League - South Division mid-year tournament at Micke Grove links and the Lady Bruins were fourth as a team among the seven competitors. Hilmar was in first at 482, followed by Hughson, Orestimba and then Riverbank with a team score of 563. Sixth individual overall was Riverbank’s Alyssa Mickelson, who shot a 116.
Football had its bye week and now gets ready for a final non-league contest, traveling on Saturday afternoon to face off with Livermore Valley Prep. The JV boys take the field first, starting at 1 p.m., followed by the varsity.