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Linfield’s track and field team had a successful couple days as the team competed at Pacific University’s combined event meet which was held March 13-14 at Lincoln Park Stadium in Forest Grove, Ore. Members of the team also competed on March 15 in Gresham Ore., at the Mt. Hood Community College Open.
Freshman Dallas Edge had a great meet at the Boxer combined event as she took fifth place in the women’s heptathlon. Edge scored 3,537 points, putting her in first place in the Northwest Conference and the Division III field.
Sophomores Brenna Stinson and Joy Harpham scored 3129 and 2852 points placing tenth and twelfth, respectfully.
Edge took first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.16 seconds. Harpham took second with a jump of 1.49 meters in the women’s high jump and six with a throw of 8.03 meters in the women’s shot put. Edge captured third place in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 27.61. Stinson took third in the women’s long jump, with a jump of 5 meters. The trio had much success in the heptathlon which includes each athlete competing in seven events.
Linfield’s men 4×100 relay comprised of freshmen Treve Ensley, Jake Mihelich, Kennedy Johnson, and sophomore Steven Holland, took seven place with a time of 44.79 seconds at the Mt. Hood open. Junior Audrey Lichten took first in the women’s 1500-meter run with a time of 4:51.67. In the women’s 100-meter hurdles sophomore Natasha Rowland took seventh place with a time of 16.73 seconds.
The wildcats also found success in the 400-meter dash as freshman Jake Mihelich won the event in 49.60 seconds. Freshman Madison Gladding took seventh place in the women’s 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.47. In the 200-meter dash junior Ellie Schmidt came in at 26.36 seconds. In the 5000-meter distance event sophomore Joe Gladow clocked in at 15:25.73 good enough to place third in the event.
Senior Nick Fairhart threw the hammer 46.14 meters placing him sixth in the event. Senior Anna Labeaume took fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 12.11 meters. Freshman Kennedy Johnson took fourth place with a jump of 6.34 meters in the men’s long jump along with a second place finish in the triple jump with a jump of 13.89 meters.
In the men’s high jump sophomore Steven Holland took fourth with a jump of 1.85 meters. Linfield’s track team was graced with many top eight finishes and look to have promising season as they continue their season.
Their next meet is March 21-22 at the Lewis and Clark College Invitational.
Jonathon Williams/Opinion editor
Freshmen Dezi Roberts competes in the women high jump which she got third place in at the Rich Allen Classic in Newberg, Ore.
Photo courtesy of Amanda Gibbon
On March 9, junior Chris Haddeland brought home the Ad Rutschman award. Ad Rutschman, a legendary Linfield College football coach and college football Hall of Fame member, created an award to honor student-athletes that have accumulated an array of achievements.
The criteria for this award included winning a qualifier, medaling, being All-American First-Team Individual, National Champion, and/or Athletic Conference player of the year. However, this list is short in comparison to Haddeland’s impressive resume.
Haddeland, the Wildcats’ ace pitcher, has been named National Pitcher of the year by both the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com, was noted as the Austin Regional Most Outstanding Player, all-West Region and Northwest Conference pitcher of the year, and led the Wildcats’ to their National Championship last season.
“Winning the award was sweet. It’s a great reflection of our program and the great season we had last year,” Haddeland said.
Haddeland has been playing baseball since he was 4-years-old and continues to find joy in his passion for the game.
“I started in Tee ball and just kept playing through, [I] played for McMinnville High School and ended up playing here. Once I got here it was a shock. The competition was pretty good and I had a mediocre first season so I worked really hard in the offseason to get stronger and better so that I could have the confidence to be that go-to guy,” Haddeland said.
Today, there is no doubt that Haddeland has achieved his goals of being a star pitcher. His work ethic, alongside his skill level, has brought him tremendous success.
“It’s not about what you do during the season. It’s what you do during the pre-season; getting stronger, working on your pitches, and preventing injury. You get what you’re given and you work on it–try to perfect what you already have,” Haddeland said. Haddeland does not take all the credit. His teammates and coaches have been vital instruments to his improvements and successes on the mound.
“My teammates are great. They always have my back. They play really good defense which is why I’ve been so successful—they make me look a lot better than I am,” Haddeland said. “My coaches have been great. They’ve helped me work out any mechanical issues I’ve had and they’ve helped me to develop into the player I am today.”
With the 2014 season already going, there is no doubt that Linfield will be seeing more of Haddeland in the future. His role on the team is vital to their successes and is a constant strength to the ’Cats baseball team.
“Talent wise, we’re definitely there,” Haddeland said. “We have a good chance to get back to the championship game. But we need to take care of conference first. There’s some good teams and we just need to focus on one weekend at a time.”
While only time will tell whether the Wildcats will repeat their title last year, there’s no question that Haddeland has high hopes and expectations for himself and this team.
Casie Gaza/Senior sports reporter
The women’s lacrosse team lost 16-13 against Southwestern University at home on March 15.
The Wildcats held their own against the Pirates through the two halves of the game. After falling by six points to Southwestern, Linfield came back to take the lead by one point in the second half only to have it narrowly taken away at the end.
The ’Cats started the game on a slow start by getting only two goals while the Pirates had gotten eight.
Then out of nowhere Linfield got five back-to-back unanswered goals starting with a score by junior Shelby Duarte, who made three of the goals that occurred during this game.
Following Duarte with unstoppable scoring was freshman Nicole Aguilar, senior Sierra Edgerly, sophomore Kelsey Dammerell, senior Hana Gould and junior Chas Tittle.
Going into the second half the ’Cats wouldn’t let the Pirates get away this time, by matching them with every point until Linfield took the lead with a score of 11-10. The Wildcats then begin to lose the Pirates as they continued to score without Linfield being able to stop them, which lead to a final score of 16-13.
Southwestern University traveled all the way from Georgetown, Texas and now has a season score of 4-4.
The women’s lacrosse team will next be playing against Pacific University on March 18 at 5 p.m.
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor
Junior Jo Carroll dives back to first base during a game against Willamette University at the home field.
Helen Lee/Photo editor
The Linfield baseball team went back on the road for a three game series against Whitman College on March 15-16.
While Linfield won all three games, the “W’s” didn’t come easy. Its first game was a nail-biter all the way through. After regulation had expired, the game was deadlocked. It wasn’t until two innings later that Linfield jumped ahead and ended up winning the game by two.
The extra inning win was the first of two games on March 15. After the hard fought fist game, Linfield handled Whitman with ease in the second game. Linfield won 5-0 and almost shut Whitman out, only allowing one hit in the entire game.
Junior Chris Haddeland pitched a complete game, striking out five and only allowing a total of three runners on base, two of which coming from walks.
Haddeland now has a sub 1.0 ERA and 31 strikeouts for the year, and a perfect record, winning all five of his starts.
First baseman senior Clayton Truex continued his hot streak, going one for four on the game and bringing in two RBI’s. He is was batting .439 before the three game series and has raised it since.
Linfield went back onto the field and extended their streak on March 16, winning 2-0. Linfield remains perfect on the road, going 10-0 for away games and proving that homefield advantage doesn’t make a difference in how they preform.
Linfield remains the number one in the standings for D3 NWC ball, and only widened the gap by winning these last three games.
Linfield comes home to face off against Whitworth for a two game series on March 22 and 23.
The will look to extend their winning streak and get another two wins in front of their fans.
Drew Mahrt/For the Review
Men’s tennis lost to Lewis & Clark 8-1 on March 15 at Lewis & Clark College.
The only team points earned came from Linfield’s No. 1 doubles pair, junior Lukas Kleinman and freshmen Kelsey Rosborough. The two paired for an 8-5 decision over Lewis & Clark’s No. 1 doubles pair.
Junior Micah Roos and sophomore Tim Hawkins lost 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.
The Wildcats lost two points automatically to the Pioneers, defaulting No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.
In four of the five singles flights, Lewis & Clark won straight sets. Rosborough was the exception, after a battle with the No. 2 singles Pioneer player, which ended in Rosborough falling in a tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2).
In others singles, Roos lost 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1, Kleinman lost 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3, Hawkins lost 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 and freshmen Alec Wisthoff lost 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.
“It was a good effort at doubles, glad to see [Kleinman and Rosborough] get a win,” Hawkins said. “And next week is huge cause it gives us our first chance at getting a team win.”
Coming up, Linfield plays five consecutive home matches. The ‘Cats next match is against Spokane Community College on March 21.
Rachael Gernhart/ Staff Writer