Track steps ahead in NWC
The Wildcats put their skills on display at the Pacific University Preview on March 17.
Both the men’s and women’s teams scored well all over the board.
On the women’s side of the running portion of the meet, junior Melany Crocker placed second in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. Senior Shanna Peaden placed the highest out of the Northwest Conference runners in the 5,000-meter run. Peaden came in fourth with a time of 18:03.66, 24 seconds faster than her seeded time. Linfield also took the one and two spot in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, where freshman Brooke Niemann finished in 12:02.81 and junior Jill Boroughs finished in 12:28.31. The women’s 4×100-meter relay team finished first with a time of 49 seconds.
The women’s team also did well in field events. Pole vaulting for Linfield, juniors Amy Bumatai and Ryann Nolan both vaulted 2.59 meters, earning themselves fourth place. Throwing for Linfield, sophomores Anna LaBeaume and Courtney Alley placed second and third in the discus throw. LaBeaume also placed second in the hammer throw.
The men’s side of the meet started off just as well as the women’s. In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Nick Turner tied for second with George Fox’s Micah Strong with a time of 11.16. Right behind Turner was junior Jason Cheyne, who finished in 11.19. Cheyne also placed the highest out of the NWC athletes competing in the 200-meter run, coming in third with a time of 23.15.
In the men’s 1,500-meter run, senior Eric Weinbender placed third with a time of 4:03.74. The men’s 5,000-meter run ended with senior Scott Gage in third place, higher than any other NWC athletes. Winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the men was senior Alex Van Slyke with a time of 10:04.27.
Like the women’s team, the men’s 4×100-meter relay came in first, running the race in 42.97. The men’s team also came in first for the 4×400-meter relay, finishing the race in 3:27.33.
Competing in the field events, the men’s team faired well against the other teams. Senior Daniel Teater placed fourth in the high jump, with a height of 1.79 meters. For the men’s pole vault, senior Kole Krieger vaulted 4.12 meters, earning himself second place. In the men’s hammer throw, junior Kyle Pfeifer placed third. Also placing third in his event, the javelin throw, was senior Sean Boedeker.
The two teams are proving to be well-rounded in every area of competition.
“The season looks to be going really well for the team,” sophomore Meghan Lockwood said.
“The distance runners are really strong, and so are the sprints. The field events have some really strong performers in each event, so I think that overall we have a well rounded team this year.”
The track and field team will compete at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open on March 23 in Portland.
Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor
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