TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS

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It has been a busy week past cou­ple of weeks for the RHS track and field team.

The dual meet sea­son is over as River­bank boys and girls fin­ished 2-4 in dual meets. River­bank’s Sa­van­nah Ma­cias fin­ished un­de­feated in the dual meet sea­son in the 100 and 200.

“She has bro­ken the school record in the 100 three times,” noted coach Monte Wood. “Marissa Castel­lanos fin­ished un­de­feated in the dis­cus in the dual meets. Alon­dra Her­nan­dez also fin­ished un­de­feated in her dis­tance races, but she did not race in one dual meet due to in­juries.”

For the boys, Damian Lopez re­mained un­de­feated in the mile by out­kick­ing an Escalon ath­lete for the win last Wednesday.

“Over­all, both the boys and the girls have some tal­ented ath­letes, but just not enough depth, and we are miss­ing ath­letes in some key events.” Wood ex­plained. “The girls were hurt by a lack of hur­dlers all year, and the boys just don’t have enough sprint­ers and high jumpers.”

Mean­while, there was ac­tion for the younger Bru­ins as well.

At the Trans-Val­ley League Frosh/Soph Cham­pi­onships on Fri­day, the boys team fin- ished third over­all, and the girls fin­ished fifth over­all.

“We were only a few points from third in the girls. But it still came down to not hav­ing enough ath­letes com­pared to most of the other teams in the league,” said the coach. “Isaac An­dalon was a dou­ble cham­pion in the shot put and dis­cus.”

He set a per­sonal record of 118’ 9” in the dis­cus.

“He re­ally pro­gressed through­out the year in the event, and he has a bright fu­ture,” added Wood of An­dalon. “He is one of those rare ath­letes that can do so much. We are try­ing to pre­pare him for a de­cathlon this sum­mer at the AAU Re­gional Qual­i­fier in Oak­dale.”

Ce­cilia Leon won the girls’ dis­cus and came within one inch of win­ning the shot put also. Sev­eral dis­tance run­ners ran well and scored a lot of points.

“Anas­ta­sia ran the 1600 and 3200 in the heat and ran tough races. It was good to see that kind of grit out of her. This group of fresh­men and sopho­mores has ex­cel­lent char­ac­ter, and we hope that we can add to their num­bers in the next few years to get back to com­pet­ing for league cham­pi­onships,” Wood said.

River­bank will host the TVL Cham­pi­onship Meet this Thurs­day, May 10. Field events start at 3 p.m. with run­ning events get­ting un­der­way at 6 p.m.

Ea­gles Soar In Com­pe­ti­tion

Stu­dents from six ju­nior high/mid­dle schools in the area con­verged on the River­bank High School cam­pus on Thurs­day, May 3.

It was an af­ter­noon of run­ning, jump­ing and throw­ing, with most, but not all, events that the high school track and field ath­letes par­tic­i­pate in. And al­though the River­bank Ea­gles of Cardozo Mid­dle School seem­ingly act­ing as hosts, it was RHS track and field coach Monte Wood and a large crew of high school ath­letes help­ing out mov­ing hur­dles on and off the track, and oth­er­wise as­sist­ing around the stadium.

Escalon’s El Por­tal Mid­dle School and Oak­dale Ju­nior High School ath­letes par­tic­i­pated as did teams from sev­eral Modesto schools.

River­bank News cor­re­spon­dent Ric McGinnis con­trib­uted to this re­port.

NEWS PHOTOS BY RIC MCGINNIS

River­bank shot-put­ter Isaac An­dalon was a dou­ble cham­pion in the TVL Frosh/Soph Cham­pi­onships on Fri­day. In ad­di­tion to do­ing well in this event, he set a per­sonal record of 118-feet, 9-inches in the dis­cus. Coach Monte Wood is work­ing with him to pre­pare for a de­cathlon this sum­mer at the AAU Re­gional Qual­i­fier in Oak­dale.

Lady Bruin An­drea Ruiz looks to clear the bar in the girls high jump on Wednesday against visit­ing Escalon. It was the last dual meet in the TVL sea­son, with the League Cham­pi­onship meet set for Thurs­day, May 10, on the home track at River­bank.

A Cardozo Mid­dle School hur­dler leads the pack about mid­way through the event at last Thurs­day’s Ju­nior High/ Mid­dle School meet. Six area schools vis­ited the all-weather track for the meet hosted at River­bank High School.

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