Despite warnings of heavy rain throughout the day, the Brookings-Harbor High School track team only saw occasional showers as they were prepared to brave all but thunder and lightning to host their second and final home meet of the year.
The forecast had a big effect on the meet’s attendance, with many schools dropping out last minute.
“We’ve never canceled a meet, besides one time we had thunder and lightning,” said Bruins track coach Terry Axel.
Axel said the team had many personal records despite rough conditions.
The Bruins boys and girls team both took second at 204 and 150 points respectively, behind Hidden Valley on both counts, who came in first at 243.5 for the boys and 223 for the girls.
For the boys team, Bailey Stamm swept the boys dash events by taking firsts in the 100-meter at 12.02, the 200 at 23.85 and the 400 at 57.76, setting personal records despite the high wind. Keenan Carroll also took third in the 300 hurdles at 54.07.
The Bruins 4x100 relay took third at 47.00 with Andrew Enos, Ryan Steendahl, Mitchell Burshem, and Stamm. The 4x400 team also took second at 3:59.30 with Enos, Ryan and Christian Steendahl and Mason Beeman.
For boys throwing events, Alex Leavitt took second in discus at 111-03, while Parker Gotfried took took second at 109-02. Gotfried also took second in javelin at 125-10, while Derek Bonde took first at 147-05.
Ryan Steendahl took third in high jump at 5-06 and first in pole vault at 12-06, followed by Christian at 9-00 in pole vault. Mitchel Burshem also took second in long jump at 17-05.
For the girls, Alonna Nalls came out strong in the running events by taking first in the 100 meter at 14.46 and second in the 200 at 29.25. Mickey Fulton also took third in the 200 at 29.74.
Ariadna Olivera took second in the 800 at 3:17.03, followed by Alana Hatch at third with 3:17.20.
Mia Adams took third in the 1500 at 7:44.37. Alexandra Contreras came in third for the 100 hurdles 22.94.
The Bruins girls 4x100 relay team took first at 56.50 with Olivera, Fulton, Nalls and Avana Pettus.
The 4x400 also took first at 5:05.71 with Olivera, Fulton, Perrus and Virginia Ringulet.
For girls throwing events, Chloe Mcrae hurled a 100-05 throw to take second in discus and a personal record, despite poor weather conditions, as well as taking second in javelin at 81-00.
Contreras took second at pole vault at 6-00, while Nalls took third in long jump at 14-08. Finally, Pettus took third in triple jump at 29-00.50.
Axel is excited to move forward with the season now that the team is done hosting meets, noting things only get easier from here on out.
“Now that we don’t have to run around putting out fires while running the meet, our coaches can focus on the athletes the whole rest of the season,” Axel said.
As the season goes on he hopes to get the team more focused in their best events.
The Bruins will spend all week practicing before heading to the Prefontaine Rotary Invitational hosted in Coos Bay on Saturday, with events starting at 10 a.m.