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In Claremont, Calif., the Linfield women earned a seventh place finish at the NCAA Division III West Regional Championships. The men’s side earned a 14th place overall finish as they competed on the campuses of the Pamona and Pitzer Colleges.
In the 6,000 meter race, senior Siena Noe was the first Linfield runner to finish, placing her in the top 35 finishes.
Noe finished 20th place overall with a time of 23 minutes and 8.83 seconds. Senior Hannah Gredier also finished in the top 35 finishing in 27th place with a time of 23:17.22.
The two athletes were recognized with all-region performances. Their head coach, Travis Olson expressed his pride in the two athletes.
“I am very proud they were able to be all-region as seniors,” Olson said.
Together, the women totaled 192 points, finishing seventh overall and fifth among Northwest Conference teams. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which ranked 29 in the nation this past year, earned 62 points, earning them first place in the championships in addition to placing all five of its scoring runners in the top-25.
The individual title went to Willamette’s Michaela Freeby with a time of 21:37.66, helping the Bearcats to take a second place finish.
There were also four career-best efforts which included senior Katie Skinner and Claire Hann, and junior Brooke Niemann Skinner finished in 40th place with a time of 23:37.72, Niemann took 47th with a time of 23:49.25 and Hann took 58th with a time of 24:3.36.
On the men’s side, the Wildcats have been battling injury throughout the season. The men totaled 310 points while Pamona-Pitzer placed all five scoring runners in the top-25, taking the team championship with a total of 71 points. Willamette scored 109 taking first place among the Northwest Conference teams.
Freshman Michael O’Neil earned 39th overall, barely missing out on all-region recognition which is awarded to top-35 finishers. He ran the 8,000 meter course in 26:35.02 seconds. Sophomore, Alex Mangan finished the course with a time of 26:39.62 seconds earning him a 41st place finish. Mangan’s 41st place finish is 25 positions better than his freshman year regional championship finish.
Senior Joe Gladdow finished third for the Wildcats and 66th overall with a time of 27:8.95. Gladdow has been suffering through injury weeks before the conference championships. Yet he still competed and managed to represent Linfield’s cross-country program.
Rounding out the scoring for Linfield was freshman Adrian Clifford and junior Calvin Howell. Cifford finished 77th overall with a time of 27:24.80 while Howell concluded his race in 28:2.16, earning a 98th overall finish.
Unfortunately, the Wildcats have a very slim chance to qualify for the national championship meet.
Only the top two teams plus the top seven individuals not affiliated with those teams qualify for the national championship meet. However Coach Olson has expressed no disappointment over his team’s effort in its final competition.
“I really have nothing negative to say about how everyone competed,” Olson said. “We stuck our noses in it so I was very pleased.”
Camille Weber/Sports Columnist
The cross country teams competed in the Northwest Conference Championships meet on Nov. 2 in Spokane, Wash.
The men’s team ended the race fifth out of nine conference school runners. Leading the Wildcats was freshman Michael O’Neil, who finished 11th with a time of 25:45.16, just over a minute slower than the leader of the pack from Willamette University. Following O’Neil, sophomore Alex Mangan finished 14th with a time of 25:49.21 and Junior Calvin Howell ended in 22th with a time of 26:12.26. The team finished with a total amount of points of 128.
“I think that this meet shows that we’re resilient as a team and should be optimistic for the future,” Mangan said in an email. “There were a lot of underclassmen and juniors that stepped up. Hopefully we can use this race as a springboard to motivate us for next season.”
The team leaders of this season, Howell and senior Joe Gladow have been working with injuries for the past couple of weeks. They now have two weeks until the regional meet in California to get back in shape and be ready to run at the top of their game.
“I believe we had a shot at winning the conference title this year, we were just a little too banged up and injured so it didn’t happen,” Howell said in an email. “Cross Country is different from any other sport, there is no tournament or season to decide where you finish in the conference. We have 8000 meters to decide how good we are and sometimes we’ll have an off day and not perform to our capabilities.”
The women’s team ended the race fourth out of the nice schools there at the meet. Leading the girls was senior Hannah Greider who finished 11th with a time of 23:00.58. Following her was senior Sienna Noe who ended in 13th with a time of 23:03.32 and senior Katie Skinner who finished 16th with a time of 23:12.14.
“This weekend I think we all put in our best efforts, and you can’t ask for more than that,” Greider said in an email. “However, while the team didn’t have a bad day we also didn’t have a great day, and if everyone had been feeling their best I think we could have taken the title, so getting fourth place was a bit of a disappointment, though nothing to be ashamed of.”
The teams will head to the NCAA Division III West Regionals race in two weeks on Nov. 16 in Claremont, Calif.
“I really hope that our team realized from the meet that we can be conference champions,” head coach Travis Olson said in an email. “As coaches we preach it all the time, when you toe the line you should feel like we are going to win as a team and I think they did that in Spokane. We have created a great atmosphere but need to continue to try and get better as a whole, which I have no doubt we will.”
Stephanie Hofmann/ Sports editor
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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On the day of a meet for a cross country team, there is much more than simply showing up and running in circles a few times.
Starting at a bright and early time of 7:30 a.m., the bus promptly takes off just after half of the men’s team gets on after running out of one of the dorms. The quietest whispers can be heard at any point of the bus since half of the runners are sleeping in iPod-induced comas and the other half are slowing eating their breakfast in an “it’s too early to be up” haze. At the very front of the bus, head coach Travis Olson and assistant coach Greg Mitchell are talking in hushed tones, as not to disturb the sleeping team, about the course, different teams and training facilities to pass the time. After a couple of detours through the back roads of Oregon and a small race against the George Fox bus to get a good parking spot, the team arrived at the race a couple of hours before the race.
As if awoken from a spell by the sound of the bus stopping the whole team started talking and walking around outside while the coaches went to check the team in at the main tent. All the teams stayed in their buses to escape the 50-degree weather and sporadically sprinkling rain. A couple of minutes later, Mitchell starts handing out everyone’s numbers with pins. This instantly seems to get everyone ready for the race ahead of them. While they put them on, individual traditions start to show like pre-crinkling the number before they pin it or the number 63. With a pumped up attitude the men’s team heads out of the bus to start warming up.
After the men’s team works out for about 15 minutes, in what looks like a big version of follow the leader around the park, they enter the start area. The crowd fills one side of the lane completely with their cameras out waiting for the race to start, which happens suddenly with a “Set” and a gunshot.
The men’s 8k was off and the crowd ran to the other opposite side to see them run past again. There you could see that senior Joe Gladow was right with the leaders right from the start. It looked like he could of won the whole thing until his glute tightened up at about 1k left in the race.
“I felt pretty good,” Gladow said. “I felt probably the best that I felt so far this season. At the end because of my glute, I kind of fell off a bit, but it was a season best time. I feel good about going forward.”
The guys took a sharp turn down the straight away to the finish line where the final places were recorded. Gladow came in fourth with a time of 25:29.8, sophomore Alex Mangan came in 14 with a time of 26:32.5 and freshman Michael O’Neil came in 17 with a time of 26:37.4. The team overall came in third place out of the six teams.
“I think the guys raced really well today,” Mitchell said. “I feel like last week we had some tired legs and we had some real mixed results. Today was more of a consistent effort and our top group really preformed quite well.”
There was no time for the coaches to talk to the men after they finished, because a couple of seconds after the last runner got into the straightaway, another gun went off and the girls were off on their 5k. The women tried a new strategy this race by staying for the first mile in a large clump weaving around other racers pulling more Linfield runner forward.
“As a team we also did really well,” senior Hannah Greider said. “Last meet we had some people who had really good races and some people that had some pretty bad races. I think overall we had some pretty solid races this meet.”
The women stayed up in the top groups through out the whole race ending in basically the same clump they started in. Greider led the team in second with a time of 18:40.4, followed by senior Sienna Noe in fourth with a time 18:50.4 and junior Madison Trowbridge who got 11 with a time of 19:18.2. Right after the race ended, the women’s team ran over to the announcer to see what they final scores ended up being. School after school was called until second place was called and Linfield hadn’t been announced yet. The team busted out in excitement when they were called as the winners of the woman’s classic.
“I think winning first is really a confidence booster,” Noe said. “I know as a girl’s team sometimes that’s our struggle is just psyching ourselves out and thinking we aren’t going to be good enough, even though we clearly are. We just have to really believe in ourselves. So it helps when we have races like this where we all work as a team and we can see that ‘Yeah we can actually do this.’”
The team gathered in front of the bus in the lot for a standing up lunch filled with fruit, sandwiches and Gatorade. They move in clumps talking about people who fell during the race and racers who elbowed them in the far parts when they tried to pass.
Ending at a bright and sunning time of 12:30 p.m., the team talks loudly about the meet, their hope for the future and what they will do with the rest of their day as the bus takes off down the road back to McMinnville.
By Stephanie Hofmann/sports editor
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor
Freshman Marisa Kume finishes 14th at the George Fox Invitational with a time of 19:32.1. The team finished with a score of 44, which was two points ahead of the following team Northwest University.
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor
The women’s cross country team wins first place overall against seven other teams, landing the wildcats top-five runners in the top 15 places. Senior Hannah Greider earned second, senior Sienna Noe earned fourth, junior Madison Trowbridge earned 11th, senior Katie Skinner earned 13th and freshman Marisa Kume earned 14th.
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor
Senior Joe Gladow got fourth place in the men’s 8lk out of 42 runners with a time of 25:42.6. The guys finished with a total score of 72, which was just 10 points away from the team ahead of them. Both teams will be heading to Estacade, Ore. for the Lewis & Clark Invitational at 10 a.m.
With better weather on Oct. 5 in Salem, Ore., the cross country team finished in fourth place among the Northwest Conference competitors in addition to their tenth place overall win totaling 269 and 285 points, respectively, on the men’s and women’s sides of the Cardinal race.
Runners such as seniors Joe Gladow and Sienna Noe helped paced the runners at the Willamette Charles Bowles Invitational at Bush’s Pasture Park.
Gladow finished with a time of 25 minutes, 48.91 seconds in his 8000 meter run finishing only 56 seconds behind race winner junior Calvin Howell. Howell not only broke the top 50 spots by finishing in 40th place, but also with a time of 26 minutes and 13.30 seconds.
On the women’s side, Noe finished as the Wildcats’ No. 1 runner for the first time this year finishing her 5,000 meter race with a time of 18 minutes, 52.12 seconds. Fellow senior Katie Skinner came in 13 places back with a time of 19 minutes and 11.41 seconds.
Some of the newer Linfield runners also performed well. Sophomore Alex Mangan and freshman Michael O’Niel finished 64th and 68th respectively with Mangan clocking in at 26 minutes and 40.20 seconds while O’Neil finished in at 26 minutes and 48.64 seconds. Freshmen Marissa Kume also contributed to the team by finishing with a time of 19 minutes and 31.04 seconds taking the 70th place spot while fellow freshmen Adrian Clifford rounded out the scoring on the Linfield men’s side with a 90th place showing in 27 minutes, 20.40 seconds.
Although the ’Cats didn’t place as high as they wanted to, the team is still positive that their chances to perform well for the rest of the season are still strong.
“We had some good performances from several individuals on both the men’s and women’s sides but overall we were hoping for a better team performance,“senior Joe Gladow said. “That said, we’re still a month out from our championship races, so I think we’re in a good position to compete for a Conference title on both sides.”
The team’s next competition will be held this coming Saturday, Oct. 12 at the George Fox University Invitational, held at Willamette Mission State Park in Salem, Ore.
Camille Weber/ Sports columnist