Riverbank had several athletes perform very well at the divisional meet on Tuesday and Thursday, May 15 and 17.
“Savannah Macias continued to improve in the sprints and broke the school record again in the 100 and 200,” noted head coach Monte Wood. “In the finals she placed seventh overall in a very tight race.”
She then bounced back to finish third in the 200.
“She had been sick for over a week, and she showed some real guts battling to get into the finals and then running exceptionally well on Thursday in the finals,” Wood added.
Zac Richison finished the season with three personal records in his last competitions. He made the finals in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.
“In finals he placed seventh in the 110s and sixth in the 300 hurdles but ran personal records in both races,” said Wood. “He did all of that in the middle of the pole vault competition in which he also set a new personal record and finished seventh overall. All of that with a strained hamstring. I couldn’t be more proud of him for the way he finished the season.”
Damian Lopez finished fifth in the 1600 with a personal record time of 4:40. He also defeated an Escalon athlete that had edged him out at league for the TVL title.
“I think that was a real source of redemption for him because he came into the league meet undefeated in the 1600 and finished second there,” Wood explained.
Lopez then doubled back to finish seventh in the 3200.
Carlos Aguilera finished his career with another personal record in the 3200.
“This is the kid that ran 18:17 for the two-mile his first race as a freshman in cross country. He has overcome a lot and has continued to improve all the way through the last race,” noted Wood. “He ran 10:44 in the 3200. Through four years of training and battling some injuries he dropped almost eight minutes on his two mile time. He definitely is the epitome of the phrase we use: Bruin Built.”
The Bruins do not have any athletes moving on to the Master’s Meet because they combine the D4 and D5 results and take the top five finishers in the combined divisions.
“I am very proud of our seniors who battled to the very end and kept getting better,” Wood summarized. “There are a lot of distractions at the end of the year and these athletes performed at a very high level despite everything going on around them.”