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Riverbank Wins TVL Showdown With Rival Escalon

Anytime the two programs meet there are always enough fireworks to keep the crowd entertained and that was the case once again as the Riverbank High track and field team grabbed a clean sweep of the Escalon Cougars varsity track team April 1 at Escalon.

The Riverbank boys team edged out a solid Escalon program 72-64 and the Lady Bruins enjoyed their afternoon with a 76-59 meet win over the Cougar girls.

"On the boys side we knew going into the last race," Riverbank head coach Monte Wood said, "that we had to win the race to win the meet."

Wood's crew made the most of the opportunity, grabbing a come-from-behind victory in the 4x400-meter relay, providing the difference in the score sheet and handing the Bruins a highly impressive win against a deep Escalon High squad.

Chris Nunez played the role of hero for the Bruins, grabbing the baton trailing the Escalon team's anchorman, but quickly closed the gap, putting Riverbank in a position to steal the meet.

"Chris closed the gap and then he passed him," Wood said. "We were behind the whole race and then he passed him and then held him off for nearly 150 meters to win the race and the meet for us."

Nunez definitely put together a meet for the ages, winning the 800 and 1600 before handing the Bruins the come-from-behind win in the 4x400 meter relay.

Donavan Wallace was able to put back pain issues aside to earn victories in the 100-meter dash and the triple jump, while teammate Alex Reyes continued to up his stock with a dominating win in the 3200 with a personal record of 10:22.

Casey DeYoung and Seth Munoz handled business in the pole vault, finishing 1-2, respectively, in the standings, with Munoz setting a new personal record with a leap of 11'6". DeYoung won the event with an even 12-0.

The girls side saw its usual suspects leading the squad to victory, as the team swept the top two spots in the shot, discus, triple and long jumps in the 17-point victory. Stesha Orr vaulted herself into the spotlight, earning two valuable second place finishes in the triple and the high jump.

Alyssa Adams may have made the most noise, racing to victory over one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's premier runners.

"Alyssa really came through big for us," Wood said. "She got a big-time win over the No. 1 ranked 400-meter runner in our league."

Erikka Garza continued her dominance, winning both hurdle races, while teammate Genisa Contreras finished with a third place (100-hurdles) and a second place (300-hurdles) in her freshman season as a Lady Bruin.

Riverbank will look to keep its momentum going as they roll out the welcome mats for the Hughson Huskies for an April 8 meet at Riverbank High. Action is set to get under way at 3:30 p.m.