Wildcats lead the pack at Pacific Luau Meet
The track and field team topped the leaderboard again at the Pacific Luau Meet on April 13. The women’s team came in second with 123 points right behind Lewis & Clark College with 157 points. The men’s team also received second with 100 points, with Pacific University in first with 189.5 points.
Senior Melany Crocker, sophomore Halsie Peek and freshman Rachael Gernhart qualified for the conference meet. Crocker took second in the 100-meter dash with 12.79 seconds. Peek came in fourth with 12.94 seconds and Gernhart in sixth with 13.31 seconds.
Crocker and Peek also qualified in the 200-meter, along with sophomore Ellie Schmidt. Crocker took first with 26.69 seconds. Peek and Schmidt earned the fourth and fifth place spots. Schmidt qualified to compete in the 400-meter.
Senior Emily Zegar had her first appearance in the 5,000-meter run with 18 minutes 58.75 seconds, earning her third and a qualifying time for conference.
Senior Jill Boroughs took the top spot in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with her personal best and qualifying time of 11 minutes, 56.06 seconds.
The Lady Wildcats’ 4×100 team was disqualified due to missing an exchange zone.
Gernhart earned third in the long jump with 4.62 meters. Junior Meghan Lockwood fell right behind in fourth with 4.51 meters.
Junior Anna LaBaume took first in shot put and hammer throw and second in discus, qualifying in all three events.
Junior Courtney Alley was the reverse gaining first in discus and second in shot put and hammer, also qualifying for the conference meet.
On the men’s side, senior Jason Cheyne finished second in the 200-meter dash and first in the 100-meter. Cheyne only qualified in the 100-meter.
Senior Lester Maxwell won the 400-meter dash with his qualifying time of 50.19 seconds.
Freshman Steven Holland got third in the high jump with 1.81 meters and junior Charlie Poppen was close behind in fourth also with 1.81 meters.
Senior Drew Wert took first in the shot put with 13.76 meters, qualifying for the conference meet. Freshman Stephan Hordes came in third with a new personal best at 13.33 meters.
Junior Nick Fairhart and senior Kyle Pfeifer took second and third in the hammer throw.
Freshman Morgunn Ewing won the javelin throw with 55.14 meters, qualifying for his first conference meet.
The track and field team will next compete at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on April 20. This will be its last chance to qualify for conference.
Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor
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