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Riverbank Track, Field Stars Ready For Hughson
A postponement with Escalon High leaves undefeated varsity boys and girls track and field teams at Riverbank in prime position to take on league stalwart, Hughson, today, April 20 on the Huskies home track.

The Bruin athletes are gunning for some timely wins after big performances among the area's best teams at the Stanislaus County Invitational at Modesto Junior College on Friday.

The Riverbank girls, paced by freshman sensation Mikayla Florez, landed a fourth place finish (61 points) among 14 teams and eight Division I programs. The boys finished 10th (25.5 points) among 15 teams and watched neighboring Oakdale (96 points) win the division.

"I think our kids are progressing very well," Riverbank coach Monte Wood said. "I really would have liked to have run against Escalon on Wednesday, but the weather just didn't cooperate. But that also made us a little fresher for Friday."

Florez shocked 22 participants in the 1600-meter race with a brilliant 71-second final lap to win by over seconds at 5:24.76. She was also third in the 800, while teammate Adriana Rosales took second in the event. Rosales also ended fifth in the 1600 and Jackie Herrera was third in the 3200. Melissa Garcia ended third in the shot put and Vanessa Vargas fifth in the triple jump.

Riverbank boys saw Ben Hodges end fifth in the 1600 and fourth in the 3200. Robert Martinez was third in the triple jump.