Wildcats compete at NWC championships

The Wildcats strut their stuff while competing in the Northwest Conference Championships April 25-26 in Tacoma, Wash.

There was no doubt that the Wildcat track and field team would do well in the women’s sprints. In the women’s 100-meter dash, freshman Dallas Edge finished in third place with a time of 12.76 seconds—just 0.54 seconds away from the top place finisher. Then, sophomore Ellie Schmidt placed second in the women’s 200-meter dash with time 25.85. The lady ’Cats track and field team also showed well in the women’s 800-meter dash with junior Madison Trowbridge and junior Audrey Lichten taking fifth and seventh place respectively.

On the men’s side, freshman Jake Mihelich did not disappoint with a third place finish in the men’s 200-meter dash at time 22.77 and a first place finish in the men’s 400-meter dash at time 48.40.

In the women’s 5000-meter run, senior Hannah Greider placed second with time 17:58.98, senior Siena Noe placed fourth with time 18:09.00, and senior Katie Skinner taking sixth with time 18:16.55. Likewise, Noe showed well in the women’s 10,000-meter run with final time of 37:37.46 and a third place finish while Greider took fifth place with time 37:57.82.

On the other hand, sophomore Chad Linnerooth finished third for the ’Cats with time 4:01.68 in the men’s 1500-meter run. Mean-while, senior Joe Gladow finished seventh for the men in the men’s 5000-meter race at time 15:39.54 and a fourth place finish in the men’s 10,000-meter run at time 32:35.14.

To no avail, Linfield dominated the women’s hurdle races with Edge taking first place with time 14.27 and freshman Madison Gladding finishing in sixth with time 16.29.

Skinner also competed in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase and finished in sixth place at time 11:39.69.

The ’Cats also did well in the relay competition with Linfield ‘A’ finishing in third place for the women’s 4×100 with final time 49.69. Members include Schmidt, sophomore Brenna Stinson, sophomore Rachael Gernhart and Edge. Likewise, the girls dominated the 4×400 and took the silver medal with time 4:03.08. Members include freshman Haley Pattishall, Edge, Gernart, and Schmidt.

Likewise, the men’s Linfield ‘A’ team competed in the 4×100 relay and finished sixth with time 43.88. Teammates included sophomore Steven Holland, freshman Jake Mihelich, freshman Bryce Evans, and freshman Kennedy Johnson. Likewise, the men took fourth place in the men’s 4×400 relay who consisted of Holland, sophomore Tom Steelhammer, Evans and Mihelich.

Sophomore Joy Harpham finished eighth in the women’s high jump with distance 1.51 meter and teammate Gernhart finished eighth in the triple jump with distance 10.59 meters. Senior Anna LaBeaume killed the women’s shot put with distance 12.62 meters and brought home the first place finish for the ‘Cats while also finishing in third for the Hammer throw with distance 45.46 meters. Senior Kate Shear also finished third in the women’s javelin throw with distance 41.86 meters.

For the men’s high jump competition, Holland finished fifth with distance 1.89 meters while teammate Johnson finished fifth in the long jump with distance 6.57 meters and first in the triple jump with distance 14.04 meters. In the men’s javelin throw, sophomore Morgunn Ewing finished fifth with distance 55.79 meters while senior Hunter Sams finished sixth with distance 55.18 meters.

All in all, the women’s Wildcat track and field team finished fourth in the team rankings with point score of 107 and the men finished seventh with point score 69.50.

“This weekend was epic. Overall everyone performed well, everyone has bad days and those who did performed great in other events,” Edge said. “For the girls team, one of the strengths came out of (senior) Anna LaBeaume who won the shot put and my first place finish in the 100-meter hurdles competition. Ellie Schmidt also did really well and took second in the 200-meter race. Next up, giving those who are close to nationals to make it there—to keep competing and improving our times and marks. I couldn’t be happier with how I’ve done this season. I say everyone did amazing and we all showed up to compete. It was a great weekend for the Wildcat track and field team.”

Casie Gaza/ Senior Sports reporter