Sophomore runner is first member of the Bucks' boys team to qualify for state in more than a decade

St. Paul sophomore Broden Lear finished his 2018 cross country season by nearly making the top-10 podium at the 2A/1A State Championship race in Eugene on Saturday, placing 12th overall with a time of 17:27 at the Lane Community College course.

Lear became the first member of the Buckaroos' boys team to qualify for the state meet in more than a decade when he qualified as an individual by placing fifth overall at the district championships in Lebanon the week before with a personal-record time of 17:14.00.

Lear's finish came down to a close finish in the final stretch, falling three seconds shy of Harry Schaefer of Southwest Christian and two seconds behind Union's Andrew Lackey for 10th-place and the final medaling spot on the podium.

Although Lear was unable to duplicate his PR performance at the state meet, his 17:27 finish was the second best time of his career and fourth time this season he has finished under the 18-minute mark.

Lear also beat out two rivals who finished ahead of him at the district qualifier the week prior: Ben Schanz of Crosshill Christian and Joe Wilkinson of Nestucca.

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