River­bank’s Bruin Run­ners Open Cross Coun­try Sea­son

Riverbank News - - SPORTS - BY RIC McGINNIS

River­bank High School’s cross coun­try team broke out of the start­ing gate last Fri­day, with a visit to Lodi for the Flame In­vi­ta­tional meet.

Head coach Monte Wood re­ported a mixed bag of re­sults.

“We have a large group of fresh­men and sopho­mores on the team,” he said. “We were able to put a com­plete team of fresh­man girls, fresh­man boys and sopho­more boys on the line. But we had a few from each group not quite ready to run who just cheered them on.”

The coach added that this year’s In­vi­ta­tional was dom­i­nated by Divi­sion 1 schools and had very few lower divi­sion schools, like River­bank.

The fresh­man girls placed fourth over­all as a team and the fresh­man boys were eighth over­all. The sopho­more boys fin­ished at eighth over­all as a team.

“If we had com­bined the fresh­men and sopho­more boys to­gether, we would have placed much higher in the sopho­more divi­sion,” Wood said.

There were some bright spots dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, he added.

“High­lights in­clude the run by Aimee Ros­ales,” the coach noted. “She was very im­pres­sive in her first race, fin­ish­ing 12th place over­all in a time of 14:23. She’s the last of the Ros­ales sis­ters to run for me. Jo­ce­lyn and Adri­ana were great com­peti­tors for me, maybe two of the tough­est run­ners I have ever coached. Aimee seems to be no dif­fer­ent.”

An­thony Leon also medaled for the fresh­man boys.

“He didn’t run much over the sum­mer but showed that he has a lot of tal­ent. He might be the most tal­ented run­ner we have had on the boys’ side in quite some time. We will see how he de­vel­ops,” Wood said. “Gior­gio Re­tana ran in his first race Fri­day and ran 12:20 for two miles. Not bad for a kid built like a line­backer and in his first race.”

The next race for the Bru­ins is at Tuolumne Park in Modesto on Sept 5. It is the first TVL race of the sea­son.

PHO­TOS COURTESY OF STANCO DIS­TANCE, CERES

LEFT PHOTO: Bruin cross coun­try run­ner Ra­mon Rosas, wear­ing bib num­ber 829, leads a group in a heat at the Flame In­vi­ta­tional meet in Lodi on Fri­day. The races kicked off the 2018 sea­son for River­bank High’s cross coun­try team.

ABOVE PHOTO: River­bank run­ners Ains­ley Wood, 821, Daniela Raya, 819, and Clarissa Ver­duzco, 820, are bunched up near the start of Fri­day’s Lodi Flame In­vi­ta­tional cross coun­try meet. The first Trans-Val­ley League meet is set for Wed­nes­day, Sept. 5 in Modesto.

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