Cross country rounds the corner to NWC Championship
With un-seasonally warm weather, the Linfield cross country team competed in their last conference meet at the Lewis & Clark Invitational in Estacada, Ore. at McIver State Park.
The Linfield women took third while the Wildcat men finished fourth overall against among Oregon and Washington squads— including other Northwest Conference teams— such as Southern Oregon University, Pacific Lutheran University, Whitman College, University of Puget Sound, Whitworth University and Lewis & Clark College.
Whitworth, Lewis & Clark and Linfield each placed three runners in the top-15 to claim the top-three spots in the team standings.
Senior Sienna Noe set the pace with a top-10 with a time of 22 minutes, 52 seconds as the fifth finisher from the Northwest Conference and tenth overall.
Places 19-21 went to senior Katie Skinner, junior Madison Trowbridge and senior Hannah Greider.
Skinner finished her race in 23 minutes and 12 seconds while Trowbridge and Greider crossed the finish line together with a time of 23 minutes and 15 seconds.
Junior Brooke Niemann, who battled back injuries for the majority of the season, scored for the Wildcats for the first time clocking in at 23 minutes and 50 seconds earning 42nd overall.
On the men’s side, freshman Michael O’Neil and sophomore Alex Mangan both finished in the top-35 times.
O’Neil finished his race with a time of 26 minutes and 19 seconds, earning 29th overall for his efforts.
Mangan was close behind with a time just three seconds behind O’Neil, earning 31st overall.
Junior Calvin Howell made the top-50 runners with a time of 26 minutes and 59 seconds with a 47th place finish.
Freshmen Adrian Clifford and Flint Martino wrapped up the men’s scores with Clifford finishing 69th with a time of 27 minutes and 42 seconds and Martino finishing 71st with a time of 27 minutes and 45 seconds.
Southern Oregon won the meet with 28 points placing all five scoring runners in the top-10.
Among the NWC teams, Linfield unfortunately had to settle with seventh place with an overall score of 189 points.
This was the last meet for the Wildcats before NWC Championships.
The meet will be hosted by Whitworth University on Nov. 2 at Downriver Golf Course in Spokane, Wash.
Camille Weber / Sports columnist
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