Riverbank will send 10 athletes on to the divisional competition this week and also came away from the Trans-Valley League championships with five individual titles from three different performers.
“The TVL Championship may have been the best overall TVL meet since I have been at Riverbank High School,” said coach Monte Wood. “Our kids were very competitive, but injuries and a lack of numbers really hurt our chances.”
On the boy’s side, the Bruins were leading the meet after the field events, but just didn’t have enough in the hurdles and sprints to stay close as the meet progressed. Hughson took the TVL title for the boys, while Modesto Christian’s girls won the league meet but took second overall to Hughson, which won first place in duals and finished second at the finals.
Hughson had 131 points to win the boys division, Riverbank came in at 83 points and Ripon had 75. On the girls side, Modesto Christian had 151 points at the championship meet, Hughson 131 and Riverbank 69.
“We finished second overall in the boy’s results and third overall in the girls,” Wood added. “Our TVL champions were Fabian Arana in the shot put and discus, Karina Cajero in the discus, and Mikayla Florez in the 1600 and 3200.”
The Bruins also qualified an athlete in every field event except the girl’s long jump and high jump. The divisional qualifiers are:
Fabian Arana, shot put and discus; IB White, triple jump; Armando Vargas, long jump and high jump; Marty Sveen, pole vault; Jonathen Beliera, 3200.
Mikayla Florez, 1600, 3200, and 4x400 relay; Kimberly Ruvalcaba, 3200 and 4x400 relay; Karina Cajero, shot put and discus; Haley Richardson, triple jump and 4x400 relay; Sabrina Garcia 4x400 relay.
“We had numerous fourth place finishes, which are the alternates to the divisional meet,” Wood said. “I am not sure if we have ever had this many alternates. Some of them may get to compete.”
The Section’s Division 3-4-5 Meet is being hosted Tuesday and Thursday at Stanislaus State in Turlock.