Linfield College Athletics is known nationwide for its dedication to high standards of scholarship and sportsmanship. We are fortunate to welcome talented intercollegiate student-athletes that strongly embody the academic integrity of Linfield College. Due to the support of our generous supporters and fans, we are able to offer opportunities for more than 500 student-athletes to compete at the conference, regional, and national levels year after year. In the last 12 months, TopCat members like you helped provide funding for our department's additional, non-budgeted needs, including: new uniforms, improvements to the softball infield at Del Smith Stadium and the track at Maxwell Field, fitness center improvements, computers, expanded recruiting budgets, part-time coaches' salaries, and necessary facility repairs. We are grateful for your support, and for the endless opportunities this provides our students.
Dani Krier ‘17
"I really wanted to continue playing sports while pursuing my degree, and had been around Linfield my whole life because my Dad (Jeff Krier '90) attended Linfield and played basketball and baseball. He was able to study abroad and spoke highly of the school, professors, and coaches. My brother (Sam Krier '16) is a year older than me and chose to attend Linfield as well. Linfield already feels like a family to me in many different areas, but it is quite the family affair for us as well.”
"I have enjoyed the opportunity that we get to travel. The California preseason trip is always a blast and it's so cool to experience playing teams out of our league down there. We have played four games there in each the past three years, and have an off day where we can go and hang out. We have gone to Disneyland and Huntington Beach, spending a whole day with the team and taking a break from basketball.”
2015-16 Team & Individual Highlights
- Linfield Football clinched its all-divisional record 60th consecutive winning season, achieved a seventh straight Northwest Conference championship and reached the semifinals of the NCAA playoffs. While the offense piled up more than 6,300 total yards and 126 touchdowns – both second most in program history – the defense held opponents to a paltry 12.8 points and 236 yards per game, among the lowest margins in Division III.
- Jake Mihelich ’17 captured an NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship in the 400 meters, his second national title as a Wildcat. He was named USTFCCCA West Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year and Northwest Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Meet, and was among three Linfield men to qualify for four events for the outdoor national championships. JC Grim ’18 attained all-America and NWC runner-up status in the decathlon during his debut track season. Morgunn Ewing ’16 competed in the javelin at his third career NCAA Championship event.
- Olivia Bannerot ’18 was honored as the NWC Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet after capturing the conference title in the heptathlon, and qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in both the heptathlon and javelin throw. Dallas Edge ’17 competed at both the indoor and outdoor national meet in the 60- and 100-meter hurdles, respectively.
- Linfield Softball caught fire at the end of the season, just in time for the Wildcats to make their 13th consecutive appearance in the NCAA playoffs. Making back-to-back trips to Spokane, the ‘Cats swept through the NWC Tournament and won the Regional tournament to advance to their second straight Super Regional, in which they lost to eventual national champion Texas-Tyler.
- Victor Brasil ’18 competed in his second NCAA Division III Swimming Championships, qualifying in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events.
- From preseason contests to postseason events, Linfield’s student-athletes, coaches and support staff traveled to a total of ten states outside Oregon’s borders: Washington, California, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Georgia and North Carolina.
- Two Wildcat student-athletes were recognized as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans: softball second baseman Kenzie Schmoll ’17 and baseball third baseman Eric Lawson ‘16.
- A total of 103 Linfield student-athletes – representing all 19 varsity athletic programs – were honored as Northwest Conference Scholar–Athletes, with Eric Lawson ’16 and Regan Cox ’16 garnering first team accolades.
- Throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons, Wildcat student-athletes attained a total of 92 all-Northwest Conference honors.
Thank you again for supporting our student -athletes last year, and for making these meaningful experiences possible!