Linfield competed in the Willamette Grass Course on Sept. 17, with the men’s cross country team finishing second, close behind the first place team, Willamette University.
The women’s team placed third, trailing top finishers, Willamette and out-of-league competition University of California, Santa Cruz.
The runners have high expectations for the season, with young, ambitious runners replacing last year’s top competitors.
Junior Scott Gage was the men’s top placer, receiving sixth place overall. Eight other Wildcat competitors finished in the top 40.
Freshman Mimi Seeley took second place for the women’s team and eight members took Top-40 standings.
“I love running for Linfield,” Seeley said. “It’s exciting that the team is running so well.”
The Wildcats hosted a six-team Linfield Preview meet at Willamette Mission State Park the weekend of Sept. 25.
On the men’s side, senior Scott Pinske landed the second-place spot in the competition with a time of 26 minutes, 36 seconds — only 5
seconds behind the first-place runner.
As a team, ’Cats took second place overall.
The Linfield women clenched the third-place title. Seeley won the grueling race with a time of 23:23.
Along with many new
runners, the team also has a new head coach, Travis Olson, who has coached track and field at Linfield for 12 years. Chris McIsaac, class of ’10, ran cross country during his four years at Linfield and was welcomed as the new assistant coach.
“I’m excited for the second half of the season and to see how the new faces will improve,” Olson said.
Despite a slow beginning, the remaining season looks bright.
Linfield will compete in the Willamette Open at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem.
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