By Mathew Brock

Pilot Sports Writer

The Bruins cross country team traveled to Valley of the Rogue state park near Rogue River on Saturday to compete in the Southern Oregon Invite meet.

It was the Bruins’ first race on the Valley of the Rogue course, which they will compete on again later his month at the district championship.

The boys team finished third in the Varsity Boys 5K race with new personal bests to top things off. Conflicting schedules had most of the girl’s team absent for a soccer game, leaving too few runners for the team to place.

Kaleb Barnes came in top for the Bruins again at 17:09.03 and third place. This was new personal best for Barnes by roughly 18 seconds. He remains the top runner in the Bruins new league, Special District 4, and is ranked seventh statewide at the 3A level.

The Bruins next best runners finished mere seconds away from one another, with Zachary Abblitt at 18:40.60, Mason Beeman at 18:41.74 and Christian Steendahl at 18:42.22. They came in 26th, 27th and 28th, respectively.

The Bruins girls only had two runners this meet. Alexandra Contreras came in at 32nd place with a time of 25:15.08, while Adelina Willis-Blunt took 41st at 29:14.52.

For a full list of results from Saturday’s meet, go to https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/145100/results.

According to Bruins coach Terry Axel, the Bruins boy’s ability to stay together as a pack during the race will be a boon during districts and will hopefully be the extra bump needed to move them to the state level. With their current times, the Bruins are favored for first place at the district level, according to the Atheltic.net hypothetical meet rankings.

The Bruins traveled to Buffington Park near Port Orford for the Pacific Invite Cinnamon Roll Run on Tuesday. Their final meet before districts will be in Eureka next Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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