Wildcats grab national title and multiple victories
One of Linfield’s pole vaulters made history this weekend as Catherine Street won the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet was held at Grinnell College in Iowa.
Street’s goal was to set a new personal and meet record with 13 feet 9 ¾ inches. Even though she did not meet this, she still pulled in a victory. This is the fourth time that she has attended the meet, but it is the first title that she has won.
She is now joining the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame alongside two
other female track and field champions.
The track teams also competed in a dual meet against George Fox on March 10. The women’s team lost with a score of 80-73. The men’s team beat the Bruins 97-71.
Overall, the two teams won a total of 17 events.
On the women’s side, junior Melany Crocker won the 100-meter dash with freshman Halsie Peek receiving third. Sophomore Nelly Evans took first in the 800-meter dash with freshman Audrey Lichten pulling in close behind her in second. Both women qualified to compete in the conference championship.
Junior Shanna Peaden had no opponents for the 5000-meter run but qualified for conference with a time of 18 minutes and 31.92 seconds.
Senior Misty Corwin won pole vault and also qualified for conference championships. Sophomore Courtney Alley threw her season’s best and took first in discus.
“All I want to do is throw a new personal record in discus,” Alley said. “I’ve been chasing it since my senior year in high school, and I’m very motivated and hopeful that I can get it.”
Anna LaBeaume won the hammer throw and placed second in both shot put and discus throw.
Sophomore Jason Cheyne took first in the 100-meter relay with a time of 11.22. Teammate sophomore Nicholas Turner followed close behind with a time of 11.53.
Freshman Colin Nelson qualified for conference in the 400 with his winning time of 51.19.
The Linfield men’s 4×100 meter relay pulled in a win over George Fox with a time of 43.5.
The team consisted of Nelson, sophomore Zach Kawamoto, Turner and Nelson.
Sophomore Michael Madden and freshman Chad Linnerooth both received first in events. Madden took the top spot in 400 hurdles and Linnerooth winning the 1500.
Linfield ended the meet with wins in four of the men’s field events: pole vault, shot put, hammer throw and javelin.
Junior Kyle Pfeifer met his season’s best with a toss of 159 feet 4 inches.
“The girls’ side of the team seems to be getting stronger,” Alley said. “[The men’s] throwers seem to be setting new personal records for themselves each week in at least one event.”
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