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Bruins pack runners to the front to win opening meet


Centennials Taylor Hybl wins the boys 5K, while Barlows Ann Jensen takes the girls race

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Centennials Taylor Hybl, far left, would eventually overtake Barlows lead pack to win the boys 5K in 16:26.

Centennial senior Taylor Hybl survived the vaunted “Gulley” to overcome a pack of Bruins and win Wednesday’s cross country meet on the nature trails at Barlow High.

Hybl made his charge for the front during the middle mile, as the course dipped downhill heading toward “The Gulley” — a steep drop covered in heavily rooted terrain before crossing a short wooden bridge that leads to a steep staircase of knee-high wood blocks on the other side.

This is the part of the course where teeth are gritted and effort comes out in grunts. This is where the race is won or lost.

“I didn’t want to be behind anyone at that point,” Hybl said. “I wanted to really work every step of that hill.”

Barlow’s Jackson Haselnus was on his heels throughout the journey before attempting a pass coming out of the woods. But Hybl matched the surge and pulled away late to win in 16:26.

The Bruins packed three runners in the top four and beat Canby by five points in the team competition.

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Ann Jensen makes her move past Zoe Clegg of Clackamas as the runners head to the finish line Wednesday.

Barlow also won the girls meet, filling five spots in the top 10 to beat runner-up Clackamas by 20 points.

Bruins senior Ann Jensen won the 5K race in 21:04, using a surge over the last kilometer to gain ground on Zoe Clegg of Clackamas, eventually overtaking her coming through a narrow gate onto the track for the final 200 meters.

Look for extended meet coverage in the Friday, Sept. 21, edition of The Outlook.

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