Wildcats claw their way to 13 wins
The Wildcats pulled in wins in 13 events at the George Fox University Rich Allen Classic on March 9.
The women’s team won the meet with 83 points, followed by the defending conference champion George Fox.
Senior Melany Crocker won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. This was her first competitive meet following her summer injury. Sophomore Halsie Peek had season bests in the 100-meter and 200-meter, finishing second in both with 12.98 seconds and 26.4 seconds.
Sophomore Ellie Schmidt was another Wildcat claiming a win. Schmidt finished first in the 400-meter with one minute, 3.10 seconds, a career best. Peek, Crocker, Schmidt and freshman Rachael Gernhart pulled a victory in the 4×100 relay.
Gernhart also won in the triple jump with 34 feet, 8.25 inches. Sophomore Siena Noe finished in front of the pack in the 5,000-meter with a career best time of 18 minutes, 45.62 seconds. Freshman Joy Harpham finished first in the high jump with a career best.
In the throwing, junior Anna LaBeaume earned wins in shot put and hammer throw. LeBeaume was also honored as the top conference field athlete of the week. Junior Courtney Alley finished on top for discus and was second in shot put.
On the men’s side, junior Jason Cheyne took first in the 200-meter and second in the 100-meter, with 11.35 seconds. Senior Lester Maxwell had a season best in the 400-meter, with 51.38 seconds and claimed another win for the Wildcats.
Freshman Clay Monahan earned the final win for the Wildcats in the 110-meter hurdles.
The men’s throwers had three runner-ups. Senior Drew Wert claimed shot put. Senior Kyle Pfeifer threw 143 feet, 6 inches in the hammer. Sophomore Morgunn Ewing came in second in javelin.
The Wildcats will next compete in the Pacific Multi-Events meet March 14 and 15.
In addition, most of the team will be competing in the Wildcat Open at 10 a.m. March 16.
Ivanna Tucker/ Sports editor
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