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MANLEY, BOTNEN LEAD BRUIN TRACK TEAM

Freshman Ashley Juarez flies the air during the triple jump. Juarez took fourth place in the event with a jump of 29 feet, 2 inches. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).
Freshman Ashley Juarez flies the air during the triple jump. Juarez took fourth place in the event with a jump of 29 feet, 2 inches. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

The Brookings-Harbor High School track team won 11 different events in their first home meet of the year Tuesday against Siuslaw and North Bend.

The Bruin boys won seven events on the day and took second place with 92 points while the girls team won four events and took third place with 65.5 points.

"I'm not really worried about winning or losing right now," Coach Paul Angove said. "I'm more worried about how good their times are for where we are in the season. But we had a good day and it's exciting to see what some of these kids are going to do."

One of the athletes to watch this year will be freshman Ally Manley, who won the 800- and 1,500-meter runs.

Manley took the 800 in 2:32.4 and won the 1,500 in 5:05.05.

Her winning time in the 1,500 was the best time in the state this year in the 4A classification.

Senior Tabby Reneman had another solid outing as she won the discus for the second time this year with a throw of 115-6. The throw was the fourth best in the state as of Tuesday evening.

Reneman also placed fourth in the javelin with a throw off 100-9.

The only other Bruin girl to win an event was junior Kayla Hamm in the 300-meter hurdles.

Although Hamm kicked the final hurdle, she still edged out Miranda Hatcher of North Bend with a winning time of 50.82.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Hamm took second to Hatcher with a time of 17.66.

Tiani Mitani took second place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.99 and Lisa Bernhard took second in the 3,000-meter run at 13:11.46.

Catherine Bones took third place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.01, fourth place in the 100 hurdles at 17.79, and fourth in the long jump at 13-04.

On the boys' side, senior Kyle Botnen led the way with a pair of wins for the Bruins.

Botnen won the 200 in 24.09 while teammate Blake Peters took third in 24.76.

Botnen also won the pole vault with a height of 11 feet. After making the winning vault, Botnen went for the school record at 14-01, but just barely missed breaking the record.

In the 100, Martin Robic took first place with a time of 12.27 and took fifth in the 200 at 25.48.

Teammates Linden Loren and Kevin Sthen pushed each other in the 400-meter dash as they finished first and second in the event. Loren took the event in 53.44, with Sthen just on his tail at 53.84.

In the 800, the two teammates pushed each other to a one-two finish again, with Sthen coming out on top this time. Sthen won the event in 2:11.09 and Loren finished second in 2:22.84.

Once again, it was fellow Bruins testing each other as Willie Bennett and Steven Sanders took second and third in the 1,500. Bennett ran the race in 4:19.98, just edging out Sanders at 4:20.01. The marks were the fifth and sixth best times in the state.

Freshman Geoff Gowman set another personal best in the high jump with a first place finish at 6-1.

Gowman also took second in the 300 hurdles in 45.9, ahead of teammate Gavin Cooper, who finished third in 47.24.

The boys' also won the 4X100 and 4X400 relays.

In the 4X100, Botnen, Peters, Loren and Robic joined forces to take first with a time of 45.82.

Botnen and Peters were joined by Sanders and Bennett in the 4X400 relay as the Bruins ran the fastest time in the state at 3:36.84 – more than a full second faster than anyone else in the state.

Other Bruins who placed included: Alec Rosenthal, third in the 3,000 at 10:11.48; Andrew Tuttle, third in the javelin at 150-11; Andrew North, fourth in javelin at 150-4 and fifth in shot put at 35-7, and Anthony Babb, fifth in the long jump at 17-6.

The Bruins will send their juniors and seniors to compete at the Coquille Twilight Invitational on Friday, April 4 while the freshmen and sophomores will compete at North Bend on Saturday, April 5.

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