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Shorthanded Bruins Edge Ripon In Track, Field
Six key members of Riverbank High's track and field program were missing from an April 4 showdown with host Ripon, but the Bruins excelled in key events to best the Indians in both varsity boys and girls competition. Both teams were fresh off victories over Modesto Christian on April 2.

"We are really starting to see some great performances," Riverbank coach Monte Wood said. "We have not been able to put together our whole team for any one track meet, but hopefully we can after the Spring Break. Some kids stepped up and did what we needed them to do against Ripon."


Riverbank captured a 74-61 win over Ripon after big production across the barrage of events. Christian Contreras sped to a narrow win in the 100 meter race and played key roles on the 400 and 1600 relay teams.

Luis Figueroa proved tough in the 1600 and 3200 after a pair of runner-up runs while Robert Martinez won the triple jump with an impressive 40 foot, 4 inch leap. Jacob Smink won the high jump while Riverbank sped to a victory in the 400 relay.

Gabe Manriquez was fresh off a 23.7 second victory in the 200 against MC. Nestor Montoya took the shot put in the same meet with an impressive throw.


Mikayla Florez stayed ahead of the pack with wins in the 800, 1600 as Riverbank edged Ripon 82-54. She joined teammates on the winning 1600 relay while teammate Melissa Garcia landed first in both the shot put and discus. Adriana Rosales won the 3200 while Genisa Contreras finished first in the 100 hurdles. Erica Orellana sped to wins in the 100 and 200 as well. Sabrina Garcia won the 400 and played a role in the winning 1600 relay team with Hayley Richardson (pole vault winner).

Riverbank faces Hughson in a big conference showdown on April 25.