At the second Trans-Valley League meet of the season, Riverbank saw significant improvement in the varsity boys team.
“We moved up from fourth place to third place in the team race and really closed the gap between us and Hughson,” said head coach Monte Wood. “Carlos Aguilera set another huge PR for the 5k. In the first TVL race, he set a one minute personal record for 5k and set another PR last Wednesday by running 18:20. He wasn’t done. At the Roughrider Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno, he ran 17:47 for 5k on a tougher course. The kid is really running well right now. I think he has his sights set on running under 17 minutes this year.”
All the boys are really running well right now, Wood said, and the team is excited for the future.
“We have the TVL Championship race next Wednesday (Oct. 26) at Tuolumne Regional Park in Modesto, and I really expect our boys to challenge Hughson at this race,” Wood added. “They are working very well together and seem to really want it.”
Meanwhile, the varsity girls were without Alondra Hernandez at the second TVL race, as she was recovering from a strained hip flexor.
“We finished fourth overall but showed some improvement from the first race. However, at the Roughrider Invitational in Fresno, Alondra was able to race for the first time in five weeks, and she ran a personal record of 21:23,” noted Wood. “That was a really good time for not having raced in over a month, and we expect her times to continue to drop through the end of the season.”
Angelina Moreno has been running well also. She set a personal record by over a minute in Fresno and has been working really hard.
“She has also been pushing other girls in practice,” Wood said. “We hope to have our best race at the TVL Championship race and move up into the top three in league.”
Both the boys and girls will run in the final TVL meet on Oct. 26.
“The great thing about both of these teams is that we only have three seniors total, so the future looks good,” said Wood. “We have some young runners really stepping up and running well such as freshmen Julian Barajas, Ramon Rosas, Isaac Andalon, Diane Murillo, and Anastasia Toscano.”