Mitchell leads Bruins into PVL championships |

Mitchell leads Bruins into PVL championships

Senior Breanne Mitchell will lead and every other varsity girl competing in today’s Pioneer Valley League cross country championship meet will follow.

At least that’s what Bear River cross country coach Chris Davis envisions.

He has plenty of evidence to support his case for Mitchell winning today’s race at 12 Bridges in Lincoln

Last year, Mitchell finished 10th at the state meet, took first at the Division IV Sac-Joaquin section meet and second in the subsection. This year, she got off to a blistering start finishing first in the first three meets of the season.

“I’m looking for her to continue her winning ways,” Davis said. Mitchell’s biggest competition should be a girl from Calaveras High School, but that won’t come up until subsection and section competition.

Whether she’s first or top 10 throughout the season’s various meets, Mitchell leads the Lady Bruins cross country runners.

It’s been that way for the last three years, Davis said.

Twins Harla and Seaera Moe typically follow Mitchell. Elizabeth Boyer, Sierra Mitchell, Savannah Wald and Shannon Scott follow the Moes.

Junior Chelsea Andrews usually has been in the mix, but she’s been sidelined with a strained right lower leg, Davis said.

As a team, Davis said he “thinks and hopes” his girls’ team will finish second with Placer being the “big team to beat” in today’s championship meet.

Colfax and Lincoln could challenge the girls for that second place spot, but Davis said he expects his team will hold them off. Both schools will be in a different division during section and subsection competition because they are larger.

Bear River’s boys’ team will have a tougher time cracking the upper ranks at today’s league meet.

“We have some really nice runners, but we’re a little bit young on the varsity level,” Davis said.

The boys team, led by Alex Coffman and Gerry Williams, could realistically finish fifth or sixth, Davis said. Because of the boys team’s small size, Davis said he’ll be using all the runners at the varsity level.

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

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