Bear River girls take second in PVL cross country |

Bear River girls take second in PVL cross country

A quick start, a short lead, followed by a strong finish gave Bear River’s Breanne Mitchell a convincing win Wednesday and helped lead the Lady Bruins.

Bear River’s girls cross country team finished second at the Pioneer Valley League Championships at Twelve Bridges in Lincoln. The boys team finished sixth.

Placer took both the boys’ and girls’ team PVL championship crowns.

While some runners appeared strained at the end or put on a mad dash for the finish chute, Mitchell seemed steady and under control far ahead of the second finisher during the cool, overcast late afternoon.

“I ran smart and knew what my game plan was,” Mitchell said. “I go hard in the beginning and make sure I have enough in the end.”

At the end of the day Wednesday, the second-place finish for the girls was what Bruins coach Chris Davis expected.

“I’m thrilled about it,” Davis said. Despite some injuries, the girls “did quite well,” he said.

Seaera and Harla Moe, Savannah Wald and Sierra Mitchell all stepped up nicely behind Mitchell’s first place finish, Davis said.

Seaera Moe finished in 12th place, Harla Moe (18), Sierra Mitchell (20), Savannah Wald (22) and Elizabeth Boyer (29).

For Seaera Moe, she had hoped to do better but wasn’t too disappointed with running on her favorite course.

“It’s all dirt out there,” Moe said. “It’s isolated,” she added in explaining why the course is better than running on a course that includes roadways.

Moe came in battling shin splits on her left leg, but said that didn’t impact her race.

Elizabeth Boyer had an achilles tendon problem that slowed her down, Davis said.

Bear River boys runner Jordan Halleib didn’t seem to have much that slowed him down as he led the Bruins, dashing to a 14th-place fiinish.

“It doesn’t feel that challenging the first two miles,” said Halleib, adding he was going on adrenaline. That last mile push was more difficult, he said.

Halleib and Alex Coffman, who finished in 18th place, led the boys.

The competition likely only gets more challenging from here.

“It’s nice to do well here,” Davis said. But he said he hopes his team peaks in the next several weeks which will include subsection, section and state competition.

“We’ll definitely make it to sections as a team,” Mitchell said. If we run smart we’ll definitely make it to state.”

The subsection meet is set at Angels Camp on Nov. 6.

Contact Sports Writer Greg Moberly via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4234.

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