By Mathew Brock

Pilot Sports Writer

The Bruins headed to Talent to compete in the Rogue XC Invite cross country tournament on Saturday. The young Bruins team was able to enter the Junior Varsity High School 5k run for both boys and girls. The boys team found moderate success, but due to a impromptu soccer game much of the girls team was absent.

“It was such a big meet its good to run my kids in the JV race. We’d come in like 17th in the varsity with such a young team,” said Bruins coach Terry Axel.”

The Bruins boys came in fourth overall at 89, beaten by South Medford in third with 63 and far ahead of crater in fifth at 130.

The top runner for the Bruins boys was Kaleb Barnes at 17:40.83, who came in first and is currently the top ranked runner in the league. The next best was Zachary Ablitt at 18:46.53 coming in at 11th place.

The Bruins girls only had two entries this time around, with Adelina Willis-Blunt coming in at 30:06.61 for 39th and Miranda Quale coming in at 32:44.72 to take 48th.

For full results from Saturday’s meet check online at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/140365/results.

According to Axel, the team has been shaping up well this year and he is excited to see how they perform at the district meet.

“We’re training like we need to train to get where we need to be in November,” Axel said. “We’re one month away from districts and this is the first time in years where I don’t need to taper my kids and hope they qualify. We’ve always had to have them peaked and hope they can make it, but I‘m looking forward to districts with the team we have.”

The Bruins next meet will be the Woahink Lake XC Invitational this Saturday at Honeymoon State Park, near Florence. This overnight meet will be another big one for the Bruins with some minimum time constraints that need to be met to participate. The Bruins will also be traveling alongside the middle school team with players who will be looking to join the Bruins next year at the high school level.

“It’s one of those meets that’s almost outgrown itself,” Axel said. “You need to meet minimum times because it switches back on itself and you don’t want the lead runners coming back over the trail and getting congested.”

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