Disappointment was the only feeling to describe the way the Brookings-Harbor High School boys and girls cross country teams felt after they finished the Far West League championship race at Tugman State Park on Thursday.
For the boys team it was the first time since 2005 that BHHS was in a serious hunt for a team trip to the OSAA state championships and for the girls team front-runner, Shaylin Curtis, it was the second year in a row that uncontrollable circumstances kept her from an individual berth in the championship race.
The boys finished third with a team score of 89 which almost doubled second-place North Bend’s 47. The top two teams automatically advance to the championships.
Head Coach Terry Axel, while disappointed, had a positive outlook.
“They ran well,” he said. “They did everything we asked them to do. I told them that I wanted PRs (personal records) and if they PR’d and got beat, then they just got outran.”
For senior Kyle Gordon – top finisher for the Bruins in 11th place with a time of 17:42.10 – it was a matter of not being able to find a rhythm.
“I couldn’t get a proper pace,” Gordon said. “I started cramping and twisted an ankle during the race. It was a nagging injury for most of the season, but I re-injured it during the race.”
For the girls team cocaptain, Curtis, it was a new injury that kept her from going to state for the second straight year.
“She has been training injured,” Axel explained. “She told me her Achilles was hurting her two weeks ago and she has been training on the elliptical for the last two weeks.”
Curtis’ co-captain, Brandi Rodgers was sympathetic to the pain her running companion must be facing.
“It’s got to be hard,” Rodgers said, “but she has been the best co-captain ever.”
The boys junior varsity squad took third place overall with the runners setting personal records.
“Every one of my JV runners PR’d by almost a minute,” Axel explained. “It was huge.”
Girls results: Shaylin Curtis, 11th, 22:08.50; Brandi Rodgers, 21st, 24:18.20; Mikaela Lea, 28th, 26:48.30; Mallory Darger, 29th, 27:00.50; Brittney Lamar, 30th, 27:01.90
Boys varsity results: Kyle Gordon, 11th, 17:42.10; Chris Burton, 12th, 17:50.10; Shaine Graham, 17th, 18:15.60; Sean Graham, 23rd, 19:16.70; Chris Beeman, 26th, 19:51.20; Adan Brambila, 27th, 20:06.00; Cody Enos, 28th, 20:30.60.
Boys junior varsity: Conrad Dethlefsen, 11th, 20:06.87; Brandon Smalley, 16th, 21:09.28; Hunter Niedens, 17th, 21:14.97; Arman Carrasco, 18th, 21:22.05; Scott Hedenskog, 20th, 22:25.89; Seamus Fitzgerald, 26th, 24:27.87; Kedrick Nelson, 27th, 24:55.48.