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One For The Books

Stevenson girls claim first Bruin Invitational crown

Last Saturday, at the 12th annual Bruin Invitational Track and Field Meet, Stevenson's girls team did something it had never done and Washougal's boys did something they hadn't done in seven years.

The Stevenson girls won 10 of 17 events and their school's first team title in the history of the event.

Led by co-athletes of the meet Brianna Nielsen and Rylee Walker, Stevenson scored a meet-best 162 points, easily outdistancing Washougal (110) and defending champion Columbia High (102).

CHS's girls team, which had two key contributors (seniors Alexa Williams and Jeni Stembridge) sidelined by illness and injury, won just two events.

Sophomore Alycia Rohwer was victorious in the 400-meter run, and the 4x400 relay team, thanks to sophomore Ashley Neff's stunning third leg, overtook and pulled away from Stevenson's entry in the final event of the day.

But, as exciting as that victory was for CHS, the day belonged to Stevenson's Nielsen and Walker.

"That's a formidable team," Bruins Coach Doug Miller said, referring to Stevenson.

Nielsen led 1-2 Stevenson finishes in the long and triple jumps (CHS senior Kaitlin Mansfield was third in both), to go with a first in the 100 intermediate hurdles.

Walker edged CHS junior Abby Zuck in the 100 and 200 dashes and took top honors in the high jump based on fewest misses.

Washougal's boys--second to CHS last year and in four of the past five meets--accumulated 147 points to win its first Bruin Invitational title since 1998 and fourth overall.

Sprinter Kenny Lee had two of Washougal's five first-place finishes and anchored its two second-place relay teams on his way to athlete of the meet honors.

Columbia High's boys team, winner of the last three Bruin Invitationals, managed 77 points and settled for fourth place behind Estacada, Ore. (104) and Trout Lake (92).

The Bruins' only victories of the day came in the 400 and 800 runs, and the 4x400 relay.

Junior Will Brasuell led wire-to-wire in the 400 while junior Matt Lovrin broke from the pack on the second lap to win the 800 going away.

On the second leg of the relay, junior Levi Miller ran all-out to pull CHS even with Washougal and Trout Lake at the exchange point and put the Bruins in contention for the win.

Earlier in the day, Miller posted a personal-record time of 41.74 seconds in a close 300 intermediate hurdles race.

Senior Chris Davis and sophomore Andrew Culp both tallied two second-place finishes for CHS.

Davis was second best in the long jump and the triple jump, while Culp was runner-up to Washougal's Lee in the 100 and 200 dashes.

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