By Mathew Brock

Pilot Sports Writer

As their season draws to a close, the Bruins track and field team ended their last regular meet with a bang as the boys took first place at the Illinois Valley Twilight last Friday. The Cave Junction meet had the Bruins facing off against Cascade Christian and St. Mary’s, two school’s that are shaping up to the Bruins biggest rivals when they change divisions next year.

“It was like a pre-district meet for next year with us facing the two big powerhouses of our new league,” said Coach Terry Axel.

The Bruins boys took first out of seven teams with 163 team points, only half a point ahead of Cascade Christian at 162.5. The Bruins girls took fourth at 80 points, behind Cascade Christian at 125 points and ahead of Powers at 28 points. Overall, the Bruins had many high placements and new records to lead into their district meet later this week.

Bailey Stamm nearly swept the running events by taking first in the 100-meter dash at 11.60, the 200 at 23.63 and the 400 at 51.26. Aiden Zellmer took second in the 3000 at 11:38.88 while Keenan Carroll rook third in the 110 hurdles at 21.82 and fourth in the 300 hurdles at 51.13.

The Bruins 4x100 team consisting of Andrew Enos, Toner Neros, Mitchell Burshem and Stamm took third at 46.57, while the 4x100 throwers relay team of Derek Bonde, Kelvonte Dawsey, Nicholas Dodson and Josh Smith took second at 55.11.

Derek Bond took first place in the javelin with a new school record of 151-07, while Josh Smith took third at 129-04 and Kelvonte Dawsey took fourth at 128-00. The Bruins dominated the high jump with Ryan Steendahl taking first at 5-08.00 and his brother Christian Steendahl coming in second with a new personal record of 5-06.00. Ryan also took first in pole vault at 11-00.00. Finally, Patrick Runge took third in long jump at 17-06.00.

For the girls, Airika Brooks took first in the 100 at 12.38 and the 200 at 26.56. Stephanie Birks came in at third in the 100 with a new PR of 13.69. Alonna Nalls came in second in the 400 with a new PR of 1:07.47 and third in the long jump at 14-03.75.

Mickey Fulton came in first in pole vault at 8-00.00 and second in high jump at 4-02.00.

Alexandra Contreras also took second in the pole vault at 7-00.00

The Bruins women’s 4x100 team consisting of Birks, Fulton, Nalls and Avana Pettus, took second at 53.09.

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Axel was impressed with the Bruins performance, especially considering some of the Bruins top competitors sat out to prepare for the district tournament Friday. Chloe McCrae is currently ranked top in the district in disk and Ryan Steendahl is a top contender in both pole vault and high jump, meaning they both have a good shot at making it to state if they perform well on Friday.

“Its nailbiting time, we’ve gotta get up there and see if our top two can make this happen,” Axel said.

The Bruins head to Florence on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Far West League Championship track meet, where the top competitors will qualify for the OSAA 4A state tournament on May 18-19.