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RELAY TEAM LEADS BRUINS WITH PAIR OF VICTORIES

Mark Aguirre (right) hands the baton off to Andrew Tuttle during the Bruins' winning 4x100 relay. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).
Mark Aguirre (right) hands the baton off to Andrew Tuttle during the Bruins' winning 4x100 relay. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

Teamwork.

It's what relay runners rely on.

Four runners with one mindset and one goal.

Fluid and smooth.

They must work together, making it feel as if there is only one runner, not four.

The Bruins boys' 4x100 and 4x400 teams did just that at Del Norte on Wednesday, March 28, winning both events.

The other first place finishes for the Bruins came in the throwing events.

Blake Peters, Mark Aguirre, Andrew Tuttle and Luke Rowland put together a pair of impressive performances to capture first in both relay events.

In the 4x100 relay, Peters took off out of the blocks and gave the Bruins the early lead.

Aguirre and Tuttle helped hold the lead while the anchor leg, Rowland, put some extra distance between the Bruins and the second place team, finish with a winning time of 44.59 seconds.

The second relay didn't play out so smoothly for the Bruins.

Once again, Peters shot out of the blocks and gave the Bruins a slight lead after the first leg.

But Tuttle couldn't get ahold of the baton on the handoff as he fell back into third place.

Without wasting any time, Tuttle made up lost ground, passing the second place runner within the first hundred meters and keeping pace with the leader for the rest of the leg.

The handoff to Rowland went off without a hitch and Rowland kept the Bruins in striking distance for Aguirre in the anchor leg.

Aguirre kept pace with the leader, but it didn't look like he was making up any ground.

But in the final 100 meters, Aguirre turned on his jets and passed the leader as they approached the finish line, winning by only two-tenths of a second, with a time of 3:44.30.

Chris Althof took first place in the discus with a throw of 124-08, followed by Mike Chambers in third at 114-08.

Chambers also took second in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, followed by Althof in third at 42-09 3/4 and Jackson DeHaven in fifth with a throw of 34-05 1/2.

For the female throwers, Tabby Reneman captured first in the discus with a toss of 113-06 while Justine Cuthbertson took third at 84 feet.

Cuthbertson took home first in the shot put with a heave of 34-11 1/2.

In the 200-meter dash, Rowland ran to a second place finish with a time of 24.23 seconds.

Tuttle also helped himself to a second place finish in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet 6 inches.

On the girls' side, Juliette Corpening had a strong showing with a second place finish in the high jump at 4-04 and a third place in the triple jump at 27-05.

The next meet for the Bruins is a home meet against North Bend and South Umpqua at home at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4.

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