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It was a day for the record books for the women’s track and field team at the Jenn Boyman Memorial Invitational held at Maxwell Field on April 6.
Sophomore Hannah Greider set the 10th best 5,000-meter time in Linfield history with a time of 18:12.99, and freshman Rachael Gernhart posted the eighth best mark in Linfield history in the triple jump, spanning 35 feet and one and three quarter inches.
Leading the way for the women were the relay teams, with the 4×400 meter and 4×100 meter relay teams both taking first place. In the other sprinting events, sophomore Halsie Peek finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.43 seconds and third in the 200-meter, running a 26.24 seconds.
In the throwing events, junior Anna LeBeaume finished second in the discus, throwing for a mark of 35.63 meters, and first in shot put, 12.65 meters and hammer throw, 45.52 meters. Junior Courtney Alley finished third in the discus with a throw of 34.54 meters.
Junior Siena Noe finished out the top-three finishes for the women’s team in the 5,000-meter, finishing third with a time of 19:02.61.
For the men, senior Lester Maxwell placed first in the 800-meter. Maxwell ran the fastest time recorded for any Northwest Conference competitor, running the two laps in 1:55.28.
“All of those boys work really hard and have had a lot of external influences, like injury, that have kind of been holding them back so it’s great getting to see them compete well,” Alley said.
The ’Cats showed their dominance in the throwing events with senior Drew Wert and freshman Stephan Hordes taking the top two spots in the shot put with throws of 13.31 and 12.96 meters. Sophomore Morgan Ewing took the top spot in the javelin, throwing 51.50 meter and senior Kyle Pfeifer placed third in the hammer throw, tossing the object 48.91 meters.
The next meet for the Wildcats is the Pacific Luau meet scheduled for April 13 in Forest Grove, Ore. The first event starts at 10 a.m.
“Its always impressive to see people post qualifying standards or season’s best times or distances when the weather is not conducive to competing,” Maxwell said.
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The Wildcat track and field team had many standouts at its first outdoor meet, the Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker, on March 1 and 2.
On Friday, juniors Siena Noe and Hannah Greider received the best time of their careers in the 10,000-meter, putting them both into the Linfield record books. Noe came in third, with a time of 38 minutes, 14.88 seconds. Greider placed fourth, with a time of 38 minutes, 30.75 seconds.
On Saturday, junior Anna LaBeaume beat her personal record in the hammer throw and received first, with 158 feet and 7 inches. She also received third in discus.
Junior Courtney Alley also set personal records in the hammer throw and shot put. Alley took seventh in hammer and sixth in shot put and discus.
Freshman Rachael Gernhart also made the record books during her freshman debut in triple jump. Gernhart placed second with 34 feet and 10.63 inches. In the second heat, Gerhart placed first, finishing the meet fifth overall in the 100-meter.
Junior Kate Shear got first in the javelin throw, even after not completing her last throws. Senior Amy Bumatai tied with her career best in pole vault for first place.
Junior Meghan Lockwood and freshman Celena Byerlee finished with the top eight in the triple jump.
Sophomore Halsie Peek finished first overall in the 100-meter with 13.06 seconds.
Linfield had two runners finish in succession in the 400-meter. Sophomore Ellie Schmidt finished in sixth and freshman Brenna Stinson finished seventh.
On the men’s side, senior Lester Maxwell came in second for the 800-meter, and freshman Andrew Gonzales finished seventh in his collegiate debut for the 400-meter.
Senior Cameron Chester received his career best in the 5K and finished third with 15 minutes and 37.62 seconds. Sophomore Morgunn Ewing placed second in javelin and senior Drew Wert finished fifth in shot put.
In the hammer, sophomore Nick Fairhart made a personal record with 159 feet and 7 inches, receiving third.
The Wildcats will compete next at the George Fox Open at 10 a.m. March 9.
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