Bru­ins Off To Solid Start In Cross Coun­try

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River­bank’s cross coun­try sea­son has kicked off, the Bru­ins tak­ing part in two races since the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber.

The var­sity teams com­peted in the in­au­gu­ral Kim Dyust In­vi­ta­tional at the River Oaks Golf Course in Ceres. Chris Martinez and Alon­dra Her­nan­dez both fin­ished in the top two for in­di­vid­u­als. The boys’ team fin­ished sec­ond over­all be- hind Downey.

“All but two run­ners ran faster for 4k than they did the week be­fore in our time trial,” noted head coach Monte Wood.

The Trans-Val­ley League sea­son kicked off last Wed­nes­day on a hot day at the Tuolumne Re­gional Park. The boys var­sity team fin­ished sec­ond over­all to Escalon.

“Chris Martinez led the team with a sec­ond place over­all fin­ish. He bat­tled for the last half of the race with a Ripon run­ner, but faded at the end for a close sec­ond place fin­ish,” Wood said. “It was only the sec­ond time he had run un­der 18 min­utes for 5k. Sopho­more Ra­mon Rosas hung tough as well and fin­ished fourth in the race.”

Ju­lian Lopez was ninth. Wood said the team’s num- ber four and five run­ners just didn’t run well enough to close the gap, so there is a lot of room for im­prove­ment.

“Alon­dra Her­nan­dez fin­ished eighth over­all in the girls race, but we re­ally weren’t go­ing to com­pete for the team ti­tle, so we had her run the race at a com­fort­able pace,” noted Wood. “We are shoot­ing for a great race from her at the pres- ti­gious Wood­bridge In­vi­ta­tional in Or­ange County this Fri­day night, so we held her back a lit­tle bit.”

Anas­ta­sia Toscano and Diane Murillo ran re­ally well; both of them ran per­sonal records on the course.

On Fri­day night, Sept. 15, a to­tal of 19 River­bank run­ners will be com­pet­ing in the Wood­bridge In­vi­ta­tional in Or­ange County.

“It is one of the largest cross coun­try races in the na­tion. It is a flat, fast course, and our race is at night un­der the lights,” Wood said. “It will be com­pet­i­tive and in the cool of night. We should see some re­ally fast times.”

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