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Track Record Shattered At Stan Co. Meet
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Bruin Maritza Garcia won the mile in a time that shattered the Riverbank High School record, while Ben DeYoung topped the pole vault despite a recent back injury. Ralphie Stevens scored a first in the long jump in Friday's Stanislaus County Track Meet.

Riverbank boys placed first, and the girls, third, in the multi-team meet conducted at Modesto Junior College on Friday, March 18.

The Bruin boys scored 76.5 points to edge out the Modesto Panthers with 76 and the Ceres Bulldogs with 65.

Competing without the Harrison twins, Riverbank girls scored 95 points to trail Pitman Pride of Turlock with 105 points and Modesto Panthers with 101.

"It was a really good meet despite the wind," said Riverbank track coach Monte Wood.

Garcia ran a 5:09.80 in the mile to break the RHS record by nine seconds and finished a full 30 seconds ahead of the next competitor. She then went on to score a second place in the 800 meters in a time of 2:22.30.

Kasey Wool posted three wins, with a time of 17.34 for the 100-meter hurdles, 49.91 for the 300-meter hurdles and 10-06 feet for the pole vault.

"She did that with the wind hitting her in the face, even in the pole vault," said Wood. "We would have entered her in the long jump, which she probably would have won too. But she had a strained calf muscle so she missed a fourth event.

Sophomore Kelly Clancey had a very good night, taking second places in the 300-meter hurdles, pole vault and triple jump, and competing in the mile relay.

Bianca Melchor won the two-mile in 11:51.90, some 15 seconds ahead if the second place runner.

"We might have won with the Harrisons there," said Wood. "But Brittany was hurt and Asia was onstage, playing Juliet in a school play."

In the boys' events, DeYoung won the pole vault with a height of 12-6 although he is coming off a back injury, which is still troubling him.

Stevens placed first in the long jump with a leap of 20.05.25 and took second in the triple jump with a distance of 41-10.50.

Freshman distance runner German Fernandez placed second in the mile in 4:33.10, and third in 2:05.40 in the 800 meters.

"German's time for the mile is phenomenal for a freshman," Wood noted. "Half our points came from freshman and sophomores. We have a very talented group coming up."

Robbie Searway, running very strongly, contributed a fourth place in 4:33 in the mile.

"Pitman Pride is a new school with about 2,000 students in Turlock, " said Wood. "Here was Division IV Riverbank High going against a Division I school."