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Track, Field Bruins Fare Well In Sierra Relays
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Jose Moreno doesn't believe in taking personal days.

The senior standout on Riverbank High's football and basketball team showcased his strength and athleticism on the third stage this school year, tossing impressive marks in both the shot put and discus at the 12th Annual Tom Moore Relays in Manteca on March 6.

Facing a combined 82 entries from 21 different schools, Moreno hurled second place tosses in both of his throwing events. His 144 feet, 8 inch mark in the discus and 47-5 in the shot put led the Bruin boys to a sixth place finish at 38 points.

Riverbank's varsity girls placed 16th, but the frosh/soph girls rallied to an impressive second place finish behind Hilmar.

Moreno followed up his big performance in Manteca with surprising tosses of 145-4 (discus) and 49-10 (shot) in Riverbank's following dual with Hilmar. Those marks would have earned him an eighth overall finish in the shot and a 12th place tally in the discus at last year's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships - the last step before the state finals.

"He has started the season really well," Riverbank track coach Monte Wood said. "The big news from that meet was Jose Moreno."

Elsewhere at the Tom Moore Relays, Riverbank's distance medley team overcame a positioning 13th deep into the pack when Guillermo Salcido closed the team to ninth 1200 meters in. Alex Reyes kicked through a terrific final baton pass and edged an Atwater runner by just .14 seconds to give the Bruins a third place honor in the event. Reyes also finished third in the 800 at 2 minutes, 5 seconds.

Casey DeYoung ended third in the pole vault with a 12-6 leap while the Bruin boys finished fourth in the 110 shuttle hurdles.

Riverbank's second place frosh/soph girls team won each of the first three relay events.

Adriana Rosales, Mikayla Anderson, Gina Retana and Jackie Herrera sped to a win in the distance medley relay while Anderson, Genisa Contreras, Rosales and Jade Finch won the 1600 relay. Contreras and Mariella Vigil sprint-hopped to a shuttle hurdle victory while Anderson, Contreras, Finch and Rosales combined for a second place finish among all sprint medley teams.

Lety Herrera was also fourth in the 400 while Jackie Herrera took fourth in the 800 and Finch nabbed the same placing in the 800.

Riverbank will compete in the Trans-Valley League/Western Athletic Conference Challenge today, March 17 in Patterson. On Saturday the team will take on the prestigious Brenda Athletics Invitational at Stanislaus State in Turlock.