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Riverbank Boys Claim Escalon Invitational Title
A little over three weeks ago, the Riverbank Bruins boys cross country team was looking to one another for strength to continue on and just a short period of time later, things seem to be coming together as the squad won the Escalon Invitational at Woodward Reservoir on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

The Bruins raced off to victory over Bret Harte 45-51 and out dueled Trans-Valley League foe Escalon by 50-points. The Cougars came into their host event short staffed, competing without a few of their top runners, assuring the Bruins of posting the league's top times.

Chris Nunez and Jacob Hodges closed the 3-mile course in the same exact time, both posting 17:23 race times in the win. Ben Hodges and teammate Ales Reyes' times were just two seconds apart, with Reyes' 18:08 time falling just behind Ben's time.

The four Bruins all fell in the top-10 places in the Invitational, with Jacob and Nunez rounding out the top-5 runners. Ben Hodges grabbed a seventh place finish, while Reyes was good for the No. 8 spot.

The Lady Bruin cross country squad somehow got left with the short end of the stick, just missing the opportunity for the clean sweep when they fell to Patterson High by a single point.

Tayler Anderson continued along her torrid season, finishing the Invitational with the second fastest time of 21:26 in the race. Anderson edged out teammate Lizzie Uscanga (21:38) by just 12 seconds.

Both programs will be back on the pavement as they make the trip to the coast and participate in the Monterey Invitational on Friday, Oct. 17 in Salinas.