The Bruins took the Special District 4 district track meet by storm over the weekend as they topped several events, broke school records and saw 10 athletes qualify for the state meet this weekend.

The boy’s team took fourth out of nine schools with 96 team points, behind Pleasant Hill at 117 and ahead of St. Mary’s at 83.

The girl’s team came in at fifth with 55.5 team points, behind Cascade Christan at 63 and ahead of South Umpqua at 44.

The top two athletes from each district qualify for state, while the next-best athletes from across the different 3A districts then compete for the remaining spots with the athletes with top times and distances heading for state.

“You’ve got the best kids at going to state just so you don’t have kids qualifying because their district isn’t strong,” said Bruins head coach Terry Axel. “You also have to be one of the top kids in state to qualify at third.”

Freshman Kaleb Barnes took first in the 1500 finals at 4:23.75 and first in the 3000 with a new PR of 9:40.56, qualifying him for the state meet. Barnes broke the freshman record for Brookings-Harbor in the1500 when he clocked in at 4:19.75 in the Bruins previous meet and Axel believes he may come close to breaking the 3000 record as well. Axel says the record had been standing since 1976. Barnes is currently hovering near second in the state.

The Bruins 4x100 relay team consisting of Aiden Strahm, Toner Neros, Cody Lee and Andrew Enos made an upset as they took second at 45.12 and also qualified for state.

“I didn’t even see this one coming, and it wasn’t because of a missed baton,” Axel said. “Those boys just hit it. It was a PR and out of nowhere. Nobody had a bad race, we just ran awesome.”

Moving on to field events, Josh Smith took third in the shot put at 42-09.00 feet. Derek Bonde took second in the javelin with a new PR of 170-03.50 and earning a spot at state. Bonde also broke the sophomore school record for javelin and beat his previous PR by 5 feet.

“That was a huge PR for Bonde and I think he’ll manage even bigger at state,” Axel said.

Aiden Strahm took fourth in the long jump at 19-07.00, earning him a spot at state.

Senior Chloe McCrae took third in the discus at 103-05 and third in the javelin at 110-07, earning a shot at the state meet. According to Axel, with her distances, she has a chance to make the top eight in the state this year.

Senior Mickey Fulton took second in pole vault at 8-06.00, matching her season record and will also go to state this year.

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The Bruins now prepare to head to the state meet at Mt. Hood Community College this Friday and Saturday. This will the first year in a long while where the state meet is held somewhere other than the stadium at the University of Oregon due to ongoing renovations to the facilities there.

“We’ll be tweaking things here and there this week, but will mostly be resting up so we’re fresh at state,” Axel said.