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Track Stars Shine At MLL-TVL Challenge
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A quick start allows Sabrina Garcia of Riverbank to soar down the track at the MLL-TVL challenge. - photo by PHOTO BY DICK HODGES


Thirty-four top-10 track and field placements at the 2013 Mother Lode League-Trans-Valley League challenge were nabbed by athletes donned in Riverbank High garb this past week.

The Bruins soared to five event championships and blossomed amongst a field of small-school competitors who made the trek to the Amador High campus in Sutter Creek on March 21.

Sabrina Garcia continued her recent tear through the spring season with a fabulous 27.85-second mark in the 200 meter dash to best 21 other runners and win the event. She was also second in the 100.

Fabian Arana was Riverbank’s lone double-winner after a 141 foot, 10 inch heave in the discus and a toss of 46-10.5 in the shot put.

Melissa Garcia won the discus at 100-10 and was second in the shot put at 32-07.75 while Lydia Hodges soared to an 8-0 mark to win the pole vault and ended third in the long jump.

The team also saw solid marks from Kim Ruvalcaba, who sped to a fifth and sixth in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, respectively.

Hodges, Sabrina Garcia, Lety Herrera and Vanessa Vargas (10th in the 200, sixth in the triple jump) also ended fourth in the 400 relay. Angel Harrell was second in the discus and ninth in the shot put while Kenia Medina finished ninth in the triple jump and 10th in the long jump. Kristen Sveen (fifth in the pole vault) and Sierra Nabors (10th in the 100 hurdles) also did well.

The Bruin boys captured a terrific mark in the 1600 relay (3:41.92) to grant Joel Carrillo, Christian Torres, Sam Gong and Nathan White a second place run. Simon White was also third in the triple jump and ninth in the long jump while Torres was runner-up in the 400.

Cecil Arias (fourth in the triple jump, sixth in the 200), Nathan White (fourth in the 110 hurdles, sixth in the 300 hurdles), Joel Carrillo (sixth in the 400), Ylii Lopez (ninth in the 100), Nestor Montoya (ninth in the shot put), Armando Vargas (eighth in the high jump), Thomas Castillo (eighth in the discus) and Victor Jimenez (eighth in the pole vault) also posted solid numbers.

Arana would go on to land fifth in both the shot put and discus at the 23-team County Clash on March 22. Melissa Garcia was third in the shot and sixth in the discus while Torres sped to fifth in the 800. Hayley Richardson was also 10th in the 800 at the Bronco Distance Carnival on March 22 while Ruben Paradez ended eighth in the frosh-soph 1600 finals.

The Bruins are at Ripon on Thursday, March 28 and take on the Stanford Invitational a day later.