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Four Cougars Advance Rivers Captures Section Championship At Sac-Joaquin Meet
Pearl Rivers made pretty quick work of her appearance in the 800 meters at the Sac-Joaquin Section Meet at Modesto Junior College.

Her time of 2:18 earned her Section champion honors and a trip to the Masters Meet at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.

"One of the most impressive performances of the whole night," Escalon head coach Roger Beeman said of Rivers' run. "She's taken 15 seconds off her time in the last couple of weeks ... we're just really excited about that."

Rivers leads a field of four competitors from Escalon into this week's Masters, with Brandon Cavanaugh setting a new personal best in the discus.

"He's the defending Section champion and he moves on to the Masters," explained Beeman. "He set a new PR with a throw of 164-5, which was good enough for fourth."

Seven people broke his winning throw from last season, Beeman said, showing the growth and development among the region's competitors in that event. Cavanaugh broke his own record of last year, one that earned him the Section crown.

"There's a lot of outstanding discus throwers," Beeman admitted.

Also moving on to the Masters will be Jenna Price, second place in the pole vault at 9-8.

"That's just one inch off the school record," said Beeman.

J.D. Visser earned a spot in the Masters with a fourth place showing in the shot put, 47-10½.

The Section meet at Modesto Junior College had competition both Tuesday and Thursday.

"We felt our girls were in position to push the leaders for a Section team championship," Beeman said.

Not all the pieces fell into place, though, and the girls did not get the Section crown to go along with the TVL title they won earlier in the month.

Still, the competition was a solid one for many of the Cougar athletes, who wrapped up the campaign.

"We had a lot of kids do really well," Beeman said.

Competitors in the Masters will look to qualify for the next event, the State Meet.

"Masters will be Thursday and Friday (May 27 and 28), Brandon will throw on Friday, the others go on Thursday," Beeman said.

Field events begin at 3 p.m., with Visser and Price involved in those, with the running events, featuring Rivers, starting shortly thereafter.