With nationals drawing closer, seven Linfield track athletes competed April 27 at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., in the Titan Twilight.
On the men’s side, senior Eric Weinbender finished second in the 1,500-meter run, crossing the finish line in four minutes, 2.31 seconds. In mid-distance, freshman Colin Nelson took third in the 400, finishing 50.70.
For the women, junior Melany Crocker was runner-up in the 100, finishing at 12.59, and placed third in the 200 with a time of 26.18.
Freshman Audrey Lichten managed to shave a full five seconds off her career-best time in the 800, finishing fifth in 2:19.05.
Seniors Catherine Street and Misty Corwin finished 1-2 in the pole vault, with Street clearing the bar at 13 feet, 1 inch and Corwin achieving a season-best at 11 feet, 7¼ inches.
Head coach Travis Olson said he is optimistic about the upcoming meets.
“I feel like the season has gone very well. I certainly expect [Street] to contend for a national title,” Olson said.
In other field events, sophomore Anna LaBeaume won the hammer throw with a heave of 151 feet, 9 inches and also placed third in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 2.75 inches.
“I am really proud with the way the team competed this year,” Olson said. “They really worked hard and I feel like it has paid off.”
In the end, the meet was scored with the Linfield women taking fifth of 10 teams and the Wildcat men finishing sixth of nine.
The Wildcats will host the Linfield Twilight on May 4 at Maxwell Field.
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