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Riverbank, Escalon Meet For Track, Field
Freshman Jenise Perryman, center, leads her Cougar counterparts as she clears a hurdle, taking first place in the event on April 6.News Photos By Marg Jackson

While it was considered a ‘home’ meet for Escalon, it was Riverbank’s Angelo Novi Field that was the site for Wednesday’s Trans-Valley League track and field meeting between the Bruins and the Cougars. Escalon’s facility is not capable of hosting meets this season, so Escalon had to travel to nearby Riverbank for the TVL competition.

Riverbank, though gracious in allowing Escalon to ‘host’ the meet, took no pity on the Cougars as they swept to wins in both varsity girls and varsity boys action.

“The girls won the meet convincingly 81-51. Kim Ruvalcaba won the 1600 and the 3200 and anchored the winning 4x4 relay,” said head coach Monte Wood. “Jenise Perryman won the 100 hurdles and placed second in the high jump. She really improved in the 100 hurdles and is proving to be a great athlete. I think we are going to see great things out of her in the future.”

Also performing well were Alexa Gutierrez, who won the 400 with a good time of 67 but then sprained an ankle running the 300 hurdles. Lydia Hodges won the long jump for the Lady Bruins.

“The boys won their meet 69-67,” Wood said of a tough battle with the Cougars. “We didn’t perform very well on the track but the field events did just enough to win the meet.”

Riverbank was down 10 points with the 4x400 relay and the pole vault still going on.

“We won the 4x4 relay and then Marty Sveen won the pole vault and Eric Wise tied for second. That was the final difference in the meet,” noted Wood. “We had a couple kids missing, one injured, and one sick, but we were able to do just enough to win.”

This week the Bruins run against Hughson, which Wood said should be a great meet on the girls and guys side.