Cross country gets a running start on competition in meets

Linfield’s cross country team competed at the Lewis & Clark Invitational in Estacada, Ore., on Sept. 10.

The meet began at 9 a.m. and by the end of the day, the teams managed to place in the top three with the men finishing in second place and the women finishing in third. The freshmen women pushed hard during this meet with freshmen  Audrey Lichten, Madison Trowbridge and Hannah Greider all placing in the top 20.

A week prior, on Sept. 1, the Wildcats met with Lewis & Clark for a dual meet in Portland, Ore. On the men’s side, senior Scott Gage took first place, while senior Arian Anderson came in second. Sophomore Joe Gladow finished third, and Alex Van Slyke stole fourth place. All four runners finished within 35 seconds of each other. Freshman Calvin Howell finished in sixth place and was only 17 seconds behind his fellow Wildcats.

The women’s team featured sophomore Mimi
Seeley who placed fourth with senior Shanna Peaden  only a few short seconds behind her, finishing fifth. This season, the women’s team has 13 freshmen runners, outnumbering the rest of their teammates.

“We are excited to see what some of these freshmen girls can do,” says Van Slyke,“they are going to only make the team stronger this year.”

The Wildcats travel to Seattle, Wash., next week. They will compete in the Sundodger Invitational at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 hosted by the University of Washington.

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Morgan Cohen/For the Review
Morgan Cohen can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

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