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Track Boys, Girls Ready To Battle
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The boys track team at Riverbank High has been a dominant program for the last eight years. This year the Bruins hold the same expectations, although success won't come as easily.

Head Coach Ron Hebert is once again pushing his team to do their best. The team has been working hard both on the track and in the weight room, trying to get over the top.

In the field events, the Bruins are led by jumper Ralphie Stevens and pole vaulters David Harrison, Daniel Harrison and Ben DeYoung. The field events are an area where the Bruins feel they can consistently pick up important points.

On the track, the Bruins maintain their tradition of strong distance runners. Michael Searway, who typically runs the 800 meters and the 1600 meters, looks to be toward the top of the league. In the 3200 the Bruins have Alex Nabors. Nabors promises to break 10 minutes in the 3200 meters although a tendon injury has slowed his training.

The road to a ninth straight Trans-Valley League title will not be an easy one to navigate. The distance runners are strong but they will be challenged throughout the season. The team will need to put up a solid performance. If tradition holds true they may add another banner to the RHS gym wall.

The 2004 Riverbank High School girls track team, meanwhile, hopes to repeat as Trans-Valley League champions. Coached by Monte Wood, the girls will expect nothing short of success. With a strong returning cast, this goal is certainly within reach, the coach said.

The Bruins expect to lead the way on the running track. They are anchored by their talented distance runners Britanny Harrison, Bianca Melchor, Maritza Garcia and Georgina Arnold. The group all ran cross country and should account for a lot of points this track season.

In the hurdles and sprint events Kasey Wool looks to help bring home another league title.

In the field events, the Bruins are anchored by Laura Nettles. A senior, she should once again be one of the strongest discus and shot throwers in the area. This year should be another opportunity for her to win the TVL title.

The hardworking Lady Bruin team, barring injuries, should be able to keep up their winning tradition.

Justin Jarvis is a Riverbank High School student.