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River­bank’s cross coun­try sea­son fin­ished up on Fri­day with two medal­ists, but no one go­ing to the state meet.

“Alon­dra Her­nan­dez medaled, but she missed go­ing to state by one place,” ex­plained head coach Monte Wood. “She was sit­ting in per­fect po­si­tion go­ing into the last mile but faded over the last mile, and two Hugh­son girls passed her.”

Diane Murillo also medaled in the frosh/girls race. Damian Lopez ended up be­ing the top placer in the var­sity boys race for River­bank, and Isa­iah Bar­gas was the top placer for the Bru­ins in the fresh­man boys race.

“Of the nine sec­tion qual­i­fiers, six re­turn next year, so we have a solid foun­da­tion for the fu­ture, but we have to con­tinue to be more con­sis­tent through­out the year in all as­pects of train­ing to get back to the sec­tion meet as a team and back to the state meet,” Wood added. “Di­vi­sion 4 has be­come so tough. The sec­tion keeps drop­ping big­ger school into Di­vi­sion 4, and they are teams that would usu­ally qual­ify to state in Di­vi­sion 3.”

This year the Bruin boys team would have qual­i­fied to sec­tions in Divi- sion 3 and Di­vi­sion 2, but fin­ished one place out of qual­i­fy­ing in Di­vi­sion 4, said Wood.

“It is just tougher, and we have to do a bet­ter job of do­ing all the right things all the time,” the coach said.

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