Daily Archives: September 16, 2013

Head cross country coach breaks American record

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(From Left to Right) Assistant cross country coach Chris McIsaac, Cameron Chester, head cross country coach Greg Mitchell along
with two fellow athletes stand together after finishing 50 laps. Mitchell turned 40 on Sept. 13, which motivated him into the 40-44
competition division. Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

The record attempt was to mark Mitchell’s 40th birthday, which moved him into the age 40-44 competition division. A crowd of

Linfield students and Mitchell’s family and friends totalled nearly 100 out at the Linfield track to cheer Mitchell on and to celebrate his


Mitchell began the race with four other runners. They ran as a unit for much of the race, but three of the four fell off the group pace

before finishing. Cameron Chester, an alum of Linfield’s track and field team, and Chris McIsaac, assistant coach of Linfield cross

country, were among them.

At the 10,000 meter halfway point, Mitchell’s time was 32 minutes 48 seconds, well under the previous record holder’s time of 34

minutes 11 seconds.

The previous 20,000 meter record was set in Jacksonville, Florida in 2005 by John Metzgar, age 42.

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Zywicki and Mitchell run one of 50 total laps around the track. Mitchell got first place, beating the record by just over four minutes just
ahead of the other athletes that was racing with him.
Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

Mitchell’s lap times hovered around 78-79 seconds for much of the first 10,000 meters (25 laps). For the second half of the race, his

pace increased and his lap times dropped to around 76 seconds.

With each pass around the track, the crowd cheered Mitchell on, making good use of commemorative cowbells distributed in honor of

Mitchell’s birthday. Mitchell’s final time was

64 minutes 47 seconds, shattering Metzgar’s previous record of 68 minutes 21 seconds.

Mitchell has been involved with the Linfield cross country team for eight years now. Previous to his involvement with the Wildcats, he

served as assistant coach in several high school track and field and cross country programs, including McMinville high school.

Mitchell is also a Linfield alum, part of the class of 1995. He was a four-year letter-winner on both the Linfield track and field and

cross country teams.

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Greg Mitchell wraps himself with an American flag after finishing his run. Mitchell finished the 50 laps in 64 minutes and 47 seconds.
Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

His Linfield track and field career included two conference crowns and two second place finishes in the 10,000 meters event.

He also placed second in two separate cross country

Ryan Morgan / Senior reporter


Greg Mitchell wraps himself with an American flag after finishing his run. Mitchell finished the 50 laps in 64 minutes and 47 seconds.

Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

Wildcats unsaddle Cowboys, 71- 21

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Sophomore running back Tavon Willis dodges advances of the on-coming Hardin-Simmons player. The football team was ahead of
Hardin-Simmons for the entire time and by halftime the Wildcats were 33 points ahead of their opposition.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Bird

The football team started this season off strong with a 71-21 win against Hardian-Simmons University at Abilene, Texas, on Sept.


Since the first game of the season wasn’t until late in September, the team had a lot more time to prepare in the preseason. They

used this to their advantage by practicing every day and perfecting everything.

“The preseason went well, I thought the coaches did a great job of pushing our tempo and causing chaos that we will have to deal

with in game situations,” said senior quarterback Josh Yoder in an email. “Also we have had a lot of young guys stepping up and

earning spots or are at least pushing older guys to make them better.”

Coming out of preseason, the team never expected the game to be an easy one. They looked at it as a challenge that they were

determined to overcome.

“I expect HSU to be a very physical opponent, and I expect them to play with their hair on fire down in West Texas,” Smith said. “I

have nothing, but the utmost respect for their program. It will be a grueling trip, tough conditions and a very strong opponent. We will

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Sophomores Mikey Arkans and Chad Coburn tackle a player in the first game of the season. Linfield stayed in the lead throughout the
game and eventually beat Hardin-Simmons University 71-21. Photo courtesy of Kelly Bird

have to bring our best for the entire 4 quarters.”

Which they did, since by the first quarter the football team was already leading 20-0 and they didn’t slow down from there. Not once did

the cowboys come close to scoring above them for the whole game.

“Our offensive line is also looking really good, that’s where it all begins and all of our offensive success will be because of them,”

Yoder said. “Whether that is opening up holes for the running backs to run through, or giving me time to throw, I have complete

confidence they will do a great job.”

Even with the offensive doing so well at the game, Smith emphasizes that the team is made up of more than just one group.

“TEAM is the first pillar of this program, and without it, we are just another program,” Smith said in an email. “So I feel we have been

working well together, all parts putting the whole ahead of themselves. This team has been doing that very well, and it will pay off in a

big way at some point this year.”

The team’s next game this season is against Cal Lutheran at home this Sat., Sept. 21.

Stephanie Hofmann/ Sports editor




Coaches, players determine team success

With all the commotion of new coaches and other staff members joining Linfield athletics, one question seems to always pop into my

head. Is the success of a team dictated by the players or the coaches?

Carl Swanson, coach of the men’s tennis team, was a three time all-American tennis player at Pamona College in Southern

California. Swanson has also been honored with Coach of the Year in the Northwest Conference seven times. Yet, the men’s tennis

team finished last season 0-12 in the NWC.

So some of the blame has to go to the players right? Well not quite. Andrew Batiuk finished his sophomore year playing for the

men’s basketball team as the lead scorer in rebounds in the NWC and was awarded honorable mention on the league’s all-star team.

To top that off, the basketball program was led by the longest-tenured and winningest coach in program history, Larry Doty. Yet, the

Wildcats finished last in the conference with a record of 3-13.

I know that there are a lot of aspects to a successful team such as chemistry, skillset and how coachable a player is, but who takes

the blame when the team has fallen into a losing streak? Who takes the responsibility?

To answer these questions I turned to the coaches of some of Linfield’s most successful athletic programs. Joe Smith, the head

coach of Linfield’s most winning NWC football team. Scott Brosius, the seven year head coach that helped the Linfield baseball team

win the National Division III Championships this past season.

Smith, a former All-American Defensive Back has invested more than 25 years into Linfield’s football program. As a former player at

Linfield, he and his team during his senior year went 12-1 only losing to University of Findlay in Ohio during the National Association of

Intercollegiate Athletics Division II championship game. In addition to his success as an athlete, academically Coach Smith graduated

with honors from Linfield College and went on to get his master’s degree in sports psychology at Oregon State University.

The eighth year head coach and offensive coordinator for the Linfield Football team explained that the answer isn’t as clear cut as

everyone would like it to be.

“There is no clear cut answer,” Smith said in an email. “Any successful organization, teams included, must have a unity of purpose.

All pieces and people pulling in the same direction. We believe team, excellence, attitude, and class are the four pillars of success for

Linfield football. Team is the first pillar. To have a strong team concept, there must be trust. Players trusting coaches, coaches trusting

players, and players trusting each other. If there is no trust, there is no team. Unity and enthusiasm are also necessary ingredients. If

the team fails, it is always a combined product of every member of that team, coaches and players.”

Okay. So being a successful team comes from all aspects of the team trusting each other, teammates and coaches. But what

happens when a player messes up individually? If being a unified team equals success, what should a team do about the weakest link?

If anyone knows the answer it would be Brosius. In addition to coaching Division III baseball’s National Champs of the 2013 season,

Coach Brosius has an impressive resume of his own. He attended Linfield College in the 1980s but left during his junior year as he was

picked in the 20th round by the Oakland Athletics then traded to the New York Yankees. While playing with the Yankees, the team won

three World Series titles (1998, 1999 and 2000) and Brosius won the most valuable player of the 1998 series.

“There are two types of successes,” Brosius said. “There is success through winning and there is success beyond winning. Talent

will make or break a team, definitely. The quality of the athlete is very important. Success is based on how they are performing in class

and in the community. The most important thing to do as a coach is to provide a clear expectation of the program and for the kids to

buy into that program. As a coach, you need the willingness to say ‘these are my expectations.’ In my experience, I’ve found that the

players will almost always meet the coach’s expectations. We have great students that come to Linfield that are willing to make those


Alright, so it seems like a successful team comes down to this: talent, trust. and a clear cut focus on a team’s expectations. If a

team loses a game, they lose it together. On the flip side of that, if a team has a successful season, everybody’s a winner: coaches and


By Camille Weber/ Sports Columnist


Wildcats continue in season undefeated

Linfield’s women’s soccer team continued their hot streak this week with two more wins, pushing their record up to 4-0 after

defeating Oregon Technical Institution and Corban University on Sept. 11 and 15.

Linfield handily beat Oregon Tech 4-0 in their game on Sept. 11, with the majority of the goals being scored in the first half. It only

took senior Emily Fellows three minutes and two shot attempts to score Linfield’s first goal from 10-yards out.

The Wildcats then scored their second and third goals right around the nine minute mark, with another score from Fellows.

Sophomore Marisa Specht scored her first goal of the season, and earned the third goal of the game.

Junior Jessie Hargett added to their lead in the second half, scoring Linfield’s fourth and final goal of the game mid-way through the

second half.

The Linfield keepers stopped every shot that came their way totaling a perfect three saves and no goals against.

Linfield added their fourth win to the season, against Corban, although the win did not come as easy. They took a 1-0 lead in the first

half and added another just a few minutes into the second.

Fellows came through for the Wildcats once again, keeping her streak alive and scoring her sixth goal of the season. The senior

remains Linfield’s leading scorer and has maintained a one and a half goals-per-game scoring average for the season.

Another first occurred for the Wildcats in the first half of the game against Corban, as sophomore Emma Vukic scored her first goal

of the year by finding the back of the net after her own corner kick was passed back to her.

Linfield gave up a second goal of the year early in the second half, but managed to keep Corban scoreless from there out.

Linfield hopes to tack on another win against Pacific University. That game will be played at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18, at Linfield College.

By Drew Mahrt / Sports reporter


Wildcats fall short at volleyball match

The Linfield volleyball team fell short in an exhibition match on Sept. 10.


Outside hitter senior Shayli Coppock goes for an attack against the two Blue Mountain blockers. Coppock had an attack percentage of
0.333 through the four sets.
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The Wildcats started off ahead in the first set after senior Shayli Coppock gained a kill for the first point against Blue Mountain

Community College.

“Blue Mountain CC is undefeated in their division, which told us that they were a competitive team,” junior Kailana Ritte-Camara said

in an email. “We knew that no matter what, we had to be prepared for anything.”

Junior Courtney Wanamaker started off a three point run with a service ace, followed by several attacking errors made by the


Linfield’s 4-0 lead was disrupted after an attacking error made by Ritte-Camara, bringing the Timberwolves up one point.

Despite the Wildcats gaining two more points off of one attacking error made by the Timberwolves, and a kill by Ritte-Carama, Blue

Mountain Community College took control of the game.

Gaining the lead after their seventh point, the Timberwolves won the set 25-21, earning them the first win of the game.

Reenergized, the Wildcats came back and held the led for the entire second set, winning 25-17.

With both teams having a win under their belt, the third set went back and forth for the lead, but was ultimately won by the

PULL0645-6Timberwolves. The set ended with a score of 25-23.

The Wildcats and Timberwolves started a fourth set to determine the game. With only one win standing in Blue Mountain Community

College’s way of winning, they took an early lead after scoring two points. Despite efforts to snuff out the Wildcats, Linfield fought back,

going point for point with the Timberwolves until point 18.

The Timberwolves then took the lead and the match, winning 25-19, and won the game, three to one.

Despite the loss, Ritte-Camara and Blue Mountain’s Kendra De Hoog tied for the most kills in the game, with 18 kills. Junior Victoria

Thompson followed closely behind with 12 kills.

“Some of the challenges I think we faced this match were the ability to minimize our unforced errors, and continue to keep the

energy level up through out the match,” Ritte-Camara said in an email.

The Wildcats will travel to play against Puget Sound University on Sept. 20 for their first Northwest Conference game. Linfield will

then play Pacific Lutheran University on Sept. 21. The team will spend both games playing in Tacoma, Wash.

“After playing our first match at home, against a competitive team, we now have a better understanding about which ways we were

great and which ways we could improve,” Ritte-Camara said in an email. “So by working hard in practice, and improving our selves

both physically, but more importantly, mentally, we can then, get better as a team, and be successful at what we want to accomplish.

Especially being successful in these upcoming matches.”

By Kaylyn Peterson/ Managing editor