The cross-country teams came out in the top 10 teams at the 37th Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational at Bush’s Pasture Park on Oct. 1 in Salem.
Out of the 15 teams that competed at the invitational, the Linfield men’s team placed eighth and came in third for the Northwest conference teams for the men’s eight-kilometer race. The men’s team combined time was 2:10:28.90. Each runner ran an average of 26:05.78.
Linfield’s top competitor was senior Scott Gage, coming in 35th place out of 161 runners, with a time of 25:30.45. Also scoring high for the men’s team was senior Arian Anderson, who ran the race in 25:39.69 and placed 42nd. Freshman Calvin Howell placed high coming in 66th, with his time of 26:18.24.
“All our new recruits have helped us add a lot of depth to the team, especially on the women’s side with the 12 or so new freshmen, but on the men’s side as well. Howell has stepped up a lot and has been running in the top six consistently every meet. He was even our third finisher yesterday at Willamette. We expect big things from freshman Chad Linnerooth and the others as well. Everyone has a lot of potential,” sophomore Joe Gladow said.
“I think this weekend we continued turning the heads to our program. The best teams in the conference were there and that includes us. We are a strong team,” senior Shanna Peaden said in an email. “Having such a big team has been good for all of us, not only did we gain some big talent, but now we have to fight for the varsity spots come championship time. It helps everyone.”
The women’s team also did well and placed 10th overall, and came in fourth out of the other Northwest Conference teams. Altogether, the team ran the women’s five-kilometer race in 1:35:17.32. The women’s fastest competitor was sophomore Mimi Seeley, running an 18:38.86. Also placing in the top 50 was senior Nelly Evans who finished with an 18:51.15 and finished 49th. Sophomore Hannah Greider also placed with her time of 19:12.04, putting her in the 70th spot.
“We haven’t had huge challenges this season, we have dealt with some minor injuries here and there, but people are being smart and taking care of it,” she said. “Things are going really well, we can expect big things from both sides this season if we stay healthy and keep working.”
The cross-country team has next weekend off, but will race again Oct. 15 at Concordia University for the Puma Classic in
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