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TRACK TEAM SIZES UP LEAGUE RIVALS

Kyle Botnen clears 13 feet 6 inches in the pole vault for second place Wednesday. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).
Kyle Botnen clears 13 feet 6 inches in the pole vault for second place Wednesday. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

The Bruins captured eight events Wednesday in a league warm-up meet against rivals North Bend and South Umpqua.

"I thought things went really well," Coach Paul Angove said. "We're a deep team and I hope we continue to compete well throughout the rest of the year."

The boys' team won four events and beat out North Bend by a mere two points for first place on the day.

In the 400-meter dash, three Bruins placed in the top four, led by Mark Aguirre, who ran a 54.03, just three hundreths of a second faster than runner-up Jake Collins of South Umpqua.

Blake Peters placed third with a time of 54.23, followed by Andrew Tuttle in fourth at 54.67.

After taking second place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.02, Chris Hodge took first place in the 300 hurdles at 43.79, which is the top mark in the Far West League this year.

The boys' 4x400 team also took first place for the second meet in a row with a time of 3:38.54 behind the efforts of Peters, Linden Loren, Luke Rowland and Aguirre.

Just one week after the 4x100 team recorded the best time in the state this year for 4A, a miscue on the final handoff cost the boys their second straight victory as they finished second with a time of 46.25.

Mike Chambers had his best performance of the year in the discus with a first place throw of 126-10, which is good enough for second place in the league.

Other top performers include Kyle Botnen, who vaulted a personal best of 13-06 in the pole vault, which was good enough for second place on the day and third in the state.

"Kyle really wants to break the school record, which is at 14 feet," Angove said. "He's been doing it in practice, now he just has to do it in a meet."

Botnen also took second place in the long jump with a jump of 19-02 1/2.

Also in the pole vault, Tuttle tied his personal best with a third place vault of 12-06 and just narrowly missed 13 feet on his final attempt.

Brian Hodge had a pair of second place finishes in the 100-meter dash (11.8) and the triple jump (39-02). David Christie also took third place in the triple jump with a jump of 35-05 1/2.

Other second-place finishers included Steven Sanders in the 1500-meter run (4:33.48), Alec Rosenthal in the 3000 (10:24.92) and Chambers in the shot put (44-08 1/2).

On the girls' side, the Bruins took four events, led by a pair of wins from Kayla Hamm in the hurdles.

Hamm ran a 17.97 in the 100 hurdles and a 53.19 in the 300 hurdles, both times good enough to place her second in league in each event.

The female throwers continued their dominance with wins by Justine Cuthbertson and Tabby Reneman.

"Those two have been doing awesome and they've been working really hard," Angove said. "I think that throwers' camp really helped them as well."

Cuthbertson won the shot put with a throw of 38-08, almost 9 feet farther than the second place finisher.

The throw was 3 feet farther than Cuthbertson's previous best and was the second best throw in the state this year.

Reneman also took first place in the discus with a toss of 109-08, followed by Cuthbertson in third at 94-08.

Both Cuthbertson and Reneman have placed first in their respective events in all three meets they have entered this year.

In the 200-meter dash, Illy Ayala took second place with a time of 29.49.

"Illy ran a solid race," Angove said. "She cramped up and the end, but still ran a good time."

In the 800-meter run, the Bruins came in second, third and fourth place with Marianne Neighbor (2:56), Christiana Petzold (2:56.57) and Monica Mitchell (3:07.64).

The girls' 4x100 team came in second place with a time of 55.52 and consisted of Kristian Mcgee, Ayala, Juliette Corpening and Hamm.

Corpening also took third in the high jump with a jump of 4-04 while Mcgee grabbed third in the pole vault with a vault of 8 feet.

The next meet for the Bruins is at North Bend at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11.

The track team is also holding a Halo 2 tournament fundraiser sponsored by the Redwood Theater on Saturday, April 21, at 9:30 p.m.

Entry fee for the tournament is $20 per two-member team.

Youth 16 years old and younger who wish to participate must have a parent sign them in at the tournament.

For more information or to register for the tournament call Blake Peters at (541) 661-3608.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 18.

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