Even record-breaking rainfall couldn’t deter the Bruins from coming out strong last Saturday as they hosted their second meet of the year, the Brookings-Harbor Rotary Invitational.
“It went really well despite the weather. It was fun trying to keep our new timing system dry, but things turned out well despite difficulties with the throwing events,” said Bruins coach Terry Axel.
Of six teams, the Bruins took the top spot for the boys with 216 points, with Del Norte coming in second at 169 and Douglas farther behind in third at 70.
For the girls, Del Norte came in first with 180.5 points with the Bruins coming in second at 121, while South Umpqua brought in third at 115.
Del Norte, Gold Beach, South Umpqua, Castle Rock Charter, Douglas, and Illinois Valley attended.
Del Norte took first and second in the men’s 100-meter, while seniors Andrew Enos and Aiden Strahm took third and fourth at 12.72 seconds and 13.00, respectively.
Del Norte took all three top spots in the men’s 200, with Enos being the top runner for the Bruins at 26.43 in seventh place. Christian Steendahl took first in the men’s 400 for the Bruins, while Jake Beaman got fourth at 1:00.37.
Moving into long-distance running with the 800, Kaleb Barnes took first at 2:17.40. Aiden Cook brought in second with a PR of 2:32.20, while third went to a Del Norte Runner. Barnes also took first in the 1500 with a new PR of 4:34.20. Bruins runners Zachary Abblitt and Everest Abblitt took first and second in the 3000, with times of 9:59.30 and 10:34.70. Aidan Zellmar of the Bruins took third at 11:09.90.
“I was really impressed with the distance runners because the wind was fierce and just standing everyone up as they came around the last 100,” Axel said. “It was fun, but we weren’t even close to the Icebreaker where we beat Del Nort e by seven points.”
The Bruins were the only team to participate in the men’s 100-meter hurdles, with Keenan Carrol taking first at 19.72, Kyan Myers in second at 19.95 and Lukis Sandberg in third at 22.08. Myers and Sandberg both PRed. South Umpqua joined the Bruins for the 300 hurdles. Own O’keefe from South Umpqua took first at 50.06, while Myers came in second at 53.10 and Keenan took third at 53.21.
The Bruins 4x100 relay team of Enos, Anthony Drain, Strahm and Gavin Mills took fourth at 50.60. The 4x400 team of Enos, Jake Beaman, Barnes and Christian Steendahl took first at 4:00.97.
In throwing events, Luke King of Del Norte took first at 44-09.50 in the shot, while Bruins thrower Josh Smith came in second at 40-09.50, a new PR. Throwers from Del Norte and Douglas took first and second in the discus, while Nicholas Dodson of the Bruins took third at 87-feet. Derek Bonde came out with a new season record in the javelin at 152-07 in first place, with Josh Smith of the Bruins coming in second at 142-01.
In jumping events, Christian Steendahl tied at second with Peyton Swan of Del Norte in the high jump at 5-02. Patrick Runge took second in the long jump at 17-04.25, while Strahm took fourth at 16-10.50. Runge also took second in the triple jump at 35-05.50, a new PR.
For women’s events, senior Mickey Fulton came out strong in the women’s 200-meter dash at 29.50 to take second place behind a runner from Del Norte. In the 400, Alonna Nalls took second at 1:10.50, a new seasonal PR. Faith Burton took second in the 1500 for the Bruins at 6:35.54, a new PR. Senior Alexandra Contreras took second in the 3000 at 14:17.31 and freshman Maleah Harlan took third at 15:10.95, both new PRs.
Freshman Meagan Pearson took third in women’s 100 hurdles with a new PR at 19.19. Pearson also took second in the 300 hurdles at 56.72. Julia Howell came it slightly behind in fourth at a new PR of 1:12.34. Pearson, Fulton, Nalls and Olina Myer ran in women’s 4x100 relay, coming in second at 56.93.
Chloe McCrae threw 73-05 to take third in the discus, and 93-03 in the javelin for third as well. Fulton made a 4-04.00 jump to take second in high jump, while Nalls and Pearson took second and third in the long jump at 14-00.50 and 13-00, respectively.
“The wind really messed with the throwing events, I think across the board the girls were down 30 feet in the discus,” Axel said.
For a full list of results from Saturday, go to https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/351806/results.
The Bruins host their third final home meet of the season today at 4 p.m. Coquille and Sutherlin will be the only teams attending, making it similar to a dual meet between Brookings and Sutherlin, who share a conference. For results from today’s meet you can check https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/366991/info.
“The weather’s supposed to be better, but the meet likely won’t last too long with only three schools,” Axel said. “I feel good about where we are this season. A couple of minor injuries, but nothing major. We’re about right where we should be.”