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Lady Bruin Runners Claim Fourth Straight TVL Title
It's starting to feel like déjà vu at the Trans-Valley League cross country scene.

Riverbank High's varsity girls wrapped up a spotless conference season with a first place overall finish at Legion Park in Modesto on Oct. 27 during the conference championships.

The win wrapped a perfect league season and landed the girls a fourth consecutive TVL title.

"The times in every race were amazing, and I am proud to be their coach," Riverbank coach Monte Wood said. "All of the (varsity) girls except one ran personal records on the course."

Riverbank's varsity boys landed third overall while the junior varsity girls claimed a third straight TVL championship.

Sophomore Mikayla Florez was second overall among varsity girls with a 19 minute, 17 second time on the three mile course. Adriana Rosales was third overall with a personal record of 19:51 while Jackie Herrera was fifth with a time of 20:30. Erica Orellana was 11th in league with a 21:33 time while sophomore Kaitlin Jimenez represented Riverbank's fifth finish after a time of 22:16. Kelyn Murillo (22:30) and Aidee Rosales (22:50) wrapped up the Bruin's top seven runners, but Kim Munguia (23:03) and Julie Hernandez (24:36) also ran solid races.

Riverbank competed without standout Gina Retana (injury) but hopes to see her return this postseason.

Riverbank's varsity boys are made up entirely of sophomores, but still managed all league honors for Luis Figueroa and Adrian Salazar. Figueroa was fifth (17:17) and Salazar seventh (17:43) at the league finale.

Joel Carrillo and Jonathan Beliera ran great races to drop their times by over a minute and a half. Sam Gong ran a gutsy race to finish with the Bruins' fifth scoring time.

Bruin freshman Melissa Romero landed the individual championship among junior varsity girls and led Riverbank to a conference championship.

"All of the other JV girls' times were awesome," coach Wood said. "Some of them took over three minutes off of their time from the first race of the year.

"Overall, the kids ran very well."

The Bruins will take on the sub-section championships at Angels Camp on Saturday, but since 10 teams qualify to the next stage of postseason, the teams' big test will be at Folsom the following Saturday.

"I believe that most of our runners will qualify to sections, and we hope to get several to the state meet," coach Wood said.