The Brookings-Harbor track and field team traveled to North Bend Tuesday to face their fellow Far West league teams for the first time this season. The weather fluctuated throughout the meet between rain and overcast skies while the wind stayed mild throughout.
After going up against Marshfield and North Bend, some of the best 4A teams in the state, the Bruins fared well overall, with the boys team placing third overall and the girls coming in fourth.
The girls top scores came from junior Chloe McCrae who finished second in shot put at 30-9.5, second in discus at 84, and third in javelin at 88-7. She currently sits third in the Far West League in both shot put and javelin.
Sophomore Alonna Nalls took seventh in the 200-meter at 29.36 seconds, a third place finish in the 100 at 13.94 and fourth in the long jump at 13-10.75. The girls 4x1 team consisting of Ariana Olivera, Mickey Fulton, Avana Pettus, and Nalls also came in fourth.
Junior Mickey Fulton claimed fourth place in the high jump at 4-4 and fifth in the 400 at 1:12.20. Freshman Annie Nation took fifth in the shot put with a personal best of 28-11 and sophomore Avana Pettus jumped to fifth in the long jump at 13-9.5.
The top two scorers for the Bruins boys were seniors Bailey Stamm and Ryan Steendahl with Stamm at 13 points and Steendahl at 12.
Stamm took a second place finish in the 400 at 52.78 and third place in the 100 at 11.55 coming in .02 seconds ahead of long time rival Zack Kellar of Marshfield. He also took fourth in the 200 at 23.89.
Steendahl took second in the high jump at 5-10 behind North Bend’s Giovanni Byers at 6, and third place in the pole vault with a personal record of 11-6.
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Steendahl also was a part of the bruins fourth place 4x4 relay finish alongside Andrew Enos, Christian Steendahl, Toner Neros, and Ryan Steendahl.
Both Steendahl and Stamm claimed points from the boys 4x1 team alongside Andrew Enos and Mitchell Burshem who took fourth place finish at 47.05.
Other top finishers for the boys included Junior Andrew Enos who placed second in the 800 at 2:29.75, sophomore Zachary Abblitt’s who won the 3000 at 10:15.36 besting the next finisher by over 7 seconds. Sophomore Aiden Zelmer and freshman Josiah Spear also came in fifth at 11:14.69 and sixth at 12:35.33 respectively in the 3000 with personal bests.
Sophomore Josh Smith threw 36-7.5 in the shot put and 138-2 in the javelin to come in fifth in both events. Senior Alex Levitt threw 113-10 in the discus to take fourth and Freshman Derek Bonde threw 142-6 to take second place. Finally, freshman Christian Steendahl took fifth place in the high jump at 5-4 and fourth in the pole vault at 9.
The Bruins host their second and final home meet today starting at 10 a.m. Nine teams and over 200 athletes will be in attendance.
Ryan Steendahl has competed in the high jump since the fifth grade, but only last year began pole vaulting
“It’s a great feeling knowing how far you’ve come, yet knowing how much further you have left to go.” Steendahl said.
Steendahl claimed seventh place at the state championship competition in high jump last year and improved 2 feet in the pole vault in less than a year.
Bailey Stamm has been running track since the seventh grade and claimed a fifth place finish in the 400 at the 4A state Championships last year.
“The last two meets went well; my times are looking good this early in the season. I am looking for huge PR’s for sure,” said Stamm.
Both Steendahl and Stamm are in the top 10 rankings in the Oregon 4A division, Stamm in the 100, 200, 400 and Steendahl in the high jump and Pole vault and are expected by coaches to have very successful final seasons.