After a two week break, the Linfield cross country teams competed at the Concordia/Adidas Classic in Portland on Oct. 15.
The men’s team went up against 103 other competitors. Linfield senior Scott Gage and sophomore Joe Gladow finished in the top 20. Gage finished 17th with a time of 25:53, and Gladow ended the race after 26 minutes and 38 seconds coming in 20th place. Also scoring for Linfield were seniors Arian Anderson, Alex Van Slyke and Eric Weinbeder. Anderson finished 29th, Van Slyke came in 27th and
Weinbender finished 38th. The team as a whole finished fourth out of 10 teams.
“The Concordia meet this weekend was mainly made up of NAIA schools, so it gave our team a chance to see new competition that we haven’t raced against this season,” Gage said. “Last year, there were some strong teams at this meet and it is a fairly fast course so it was a good chance to sharpen up going into championships.”
During the women’s race, Linfield had three women finish in the top 40. Sophomore Mimi Seeley finished the race in 18 minutes and 37 seconds with junior Nelly Evans and senior Shanna Peaden finishing less than 30 seconds behind her. Also running for Linfield was freshman Madison Trowbridge who finished 44th with sophomore Hannah Greider who was two seconds behind Trowbridge and came in 45th.
“Our team is having a strong season and have put ourselves in a good position to place well as a team and individually at conference and regionals,” Gage said. “We have a great
opportunity to make the national meet this year, and it will take a whole team effort to reach that goal. We are definitely capable of reaching nationals and we are excited to get into the championship races and see how it all shakes out.”
The women’s team finished sixth out of the 10 teams competing.
Linfield’s cross country team will prepare for the Northwest Conference Championship for two weeks, until the meet Oct. 29. Linfield will be hosting the event at Willamette Mission State Park.
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