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Riverbank Track And Field Program Second To None
When the Riverbank High track and field program continued to erupt in cheers as the announcer at DeRicco Stadium on the campus of Delta College would announce another Bruin championship, it was evident the team had a particular goal.

Riverbank was able to reach that goal in grand fashion as both the varsity boys and girls teams left Stockton with the Trans-Valley League track and field championships.

Riverbank continued its impressive strangle hold on the TVL, winning the girls title over Hughson 118-107 and conquering the boys field in a 116-110.5 win over second place Escalon.

The girls team got quality performances from all over the track, placing in nearly every event and grabbing four TVL championships along the way.

Jennifer Manriquez assured her squad of decent pointing in the field events, winning the discus and the shot put with relative ease for the second consecutive year in the TVL final.

Manriquez tossed the shot put 31'5" and the discus nearly 104' to grab titles in both events. Lady Bruin Kendra Barth earned a second place finish with a toss of 31'3" in the shot put.

Riverbank senior Tora Robertson out-dueled Hughson's Kasey Fisher for the triple jump title, leaping 33'11" for the TVL title. Robertson earned a second place finish in the long jump with a leap of 14'5".

Riverbank got a quality meet from standout Stesha Orr as well. Orr took second place in the high jump with a 4'6" jump and also advanced in the triple jump with a leap of 29'5". Teammate Tiffany Edgar advanced in the high jump as well with a leap of 4'4".

Erikka Garza and Tayler Anderson grabbed second place finishes in the 100 hurdles and the 1600, respectively. Garza also earned a second place finish in the 300 hurdles, while teammate Lizzie Uscanga finished second in the 3200 (12:50).

The 100 meters saw Lady Bruin Gemma McHugh race to a third place finish with a time of 13.67 and in the boys 100 the Bruins were able to witness history being made.

Riverbank senior Donovan Wallace continued his end-of-the season onslaught by breaking the league meet record in the 100-meter dash with a blistering time of 10.6. Wallace upped his league ending performance against Modesto Christian when he broke the 40-year-old school mark, turning in one of the fastest times of the season.

Wallace clearly assisted the Bruins grabbing another TVL title, winning the 100, 200, long and triple jumps on his way to four TVL crowns.

Chris Nunez just missed out on finishing with both the 800 and 1600 titles when Escalon's Matt Barnum edged Nunez out in the 1600 with a time of 4:36 to Nunez' 4:38. Nunez' run of 2:05.46 in the 800 was good for the TVL championship.

The Bruins truly witnessed their squad come of age in the pole vault competition as TVL top vaulter Casey DeYoung brought home the title with a vault of 12'6" and teammate Seth Munoz earned a berth into the Sections with a leap of 11'6". Munoz was a key point earner in the Bruins championship, edging out a few of a strong Escalon vaulting field.

Riverbank will look to get the Section trials under way in a hurry, setting up a nice run for the finals on Thursday, May 21 at Modesto Junior College. Riverbank will undoubtedly be one of the programs that has the potential to walk away from MJC as the Section's Division III champion.