The cross country team saw individual improvements at the Northwest Conference Championships on Oct. 27.
Junior Joe Gladow finished with a career-high time of 26 minutes, 20 seconds. Gladow did not allow the wet weather to affect his performance, placing seventh overall in the conference. The top Wildcat runner also received first team all-league honors.
Sophomore Calvin Howell was Linfield’s second runner to finish in the top-20. Howell completed the course in 26 minutes, 59 seconds, placing 18th in the conference. He was only four spots away from receiving second team all-league honors.
Compared to the previous season, junior Jason Hight finished the course more than 30 places higher than in last year’s championships.
Freshmen Alex Mangan and Frankie Moncada finished 38th and 48th in their first conference championships appearance.
Willamette junior Parker Bennett won the individual title, and the Bearcats also earned the team conference title.
On the women’s side, sophomore Brooke Niemann was noted as Linfield’s top runner, finishing fourth at the championships. This is Niemann’s second time earning the top spot for the Wildcats. She received second team all-league honors for her 12th place finish, completing the course in 23 minutes, 34 seconds.
Sophomores Siena Noe and Audrey Lichten also placed in the top-20 overall. Both almost finished back-to-back, with Noe placing 18th and Lichten placing 20th.
Lewis and Clark claimed the individual and team conference titles. This is its third straight year of receiving the titles.
Both teams placed lower than their previous appearances in the conference championships in 2011.
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