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Cross Country strides ahead to regionals

The Wildcats’ season comes close to an end as the Linfield cross country teams competed in Brooks, Ore., for the Northwest Conference Championships on Oct. 29. The nine conference teams gathered for the race and qualified for regionals.

As the season comes to the end, senior Shanna Peaden said that the team has come a long way since the beginning of the season.

“The team has done wonderfully this season, we still have some work to do and the time to do it,” Peaden said. “But, overall, it has been fantastic, we have really set the stage for great things to come from Linfield Cross Country.”

Reflecting on the season,  Peaden said that the highlight of the season “is still to come.”

“It was pretty fantastic to pull off third in conference on both sides with such a young team,” Peaden said. “And the women weren’t far off first or second place. It was exciting to see.”

The women’s team finished third with a total time of 1:54:39.86.

The team’s top competitor was sophomore Mimi Seeley who finished seventh in the women’s six kilometer run. She ran the race in 22:29.42. Not far behind her was teammate, junior Nelly Evans, who finished in 10th place with a time of 22:51.24.

The women’s team had eight of its 10 women finish in the top 40.

For the men’s team, senior Scott Gage finished second in the men’s eight kilometer run, leading the way for the men’s team. He ended the race in 25:21.74. Gage finished 19 seconds behind the race winner from Willamette University, senior Leo Castillo.

The men’s team had seven men finish the race in the top 40. Overall, the team finished third with a combined time of 2:10:46.02.

Peaden said that the race itself “is different since it is the conference meet.”

 “We know these kids, how fast they run, who to stick with, and who to look for,”Peaden said.  “It gets really nerve-wracking, there is a lot to think about it. “ Its also a lot of fun though. The atmosphere is different at such a competitive meet. It makes finishing and being successful that much more exciting.”

The two teams will head off to race again in Claremont, Calif., on Nov. 12 for the NCAA regional race held at Pomona-Pitzer College.

“I expect it to be a really good meet for Linfield,” Peaden said about the regional meet.  “I hope we send some guys and girls—if not teams—to Nationals.  It will be different running in warmer weather and in a different place, but it will be exciting too.”

Peaden said she doesn’t “exactly know what to expect, but thinks [the team] could surprise some people.”

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Cross country finishes strong in Portland

After a two week break, the Linfield cross country teams competed at the Concordia/Adidas Classic in Portland on Oct. 15.

The men’s team went up against 103 other competitors. Linfield senior Scott Gage and sophomore Joe Gladow finished in the top 20. Gage finished 17th with a time of 25:53, and Gladow ended the race after 26 minutes and 38 seconds coming in 20th place. Also scoring for Linfield were seniors Arian Anderson, Alex Van Slyke and Eric Weinbeder. Anderson finished 29th, Van Slyke came in 27th and
Weinbender finished 38th. The team as a whole finished fourth out of 10 teams.

“The Concordia meet this weekend was mainly made up of NAIA schools, so it gave our team a chance to see new competition that we haven’t raced against this season,” Gage said. “Last year, there were some strong teams at this meet and it is a fairly fast course so it was a good chance to sharpen up going into championships.”

During the women’s race, Linfield had three women finish in the top 40. Sophomore Mimi Seeley finished the race in 18 minutes and 37 seconds with junior Nelly Evans and senior Shanna Peaden finishing less than 30 seconds behind her. Also running for Linfield was freshman Madison Trowbridge who finished 44th with sophomore Hannah Greider who was two seconds behind Trowbridge and came in 45th.

“Our team is having a strong season and have put ourselves in a good position to place well as a team and individually at conference and regionals,” Gage said. “We have a great
opportunity to make the national meet this year, and it will take a whole team effort to reach that goal. We are definitely capable of reaching nationals and we are excited to get into the championship races and see how it all shakes out.”

The women’s team finished sixth out of the 10 teams competing.

Linfield’s cross country team will prepare for the Northwest Conference Championship for two weeks, until the meet Oct. 29. Linfield will be hosting the event at Willamette Mission State Park.

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Cross-country places high at invitational

The cross-country teams came out in the top 10 teams at the 37th Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational at Bush’s Pasture Park on Oct. 1 in Salem.

Out of the 15 teams that competed at the invitational, the Linfield men’s team placed eighth and came in third for the Northwest conference teams for the men’s eight-kilometer race. The men’s  team combined time was 2:10:28.90. Each runner ran an average of 26:05.78.

Linfield’s top competitor was senior Scott Gage, coming in 35th place out of 161 runners, with a time of 25:30.45. Also scoring high for the men’s team was senior Arian Anderson, who ran the race in 25:39.69 and placed 42nd. Freshman Calvin Howell placed high coming in 66th, with his time of 26:18.24.

“All our new recruits have helped us add a lot of depth to the team, especially on the women’s side with the 12 or so new freshmen, but on the men’s side as well.  Howell has stepped up a lot and has been running in the top six consistently every meet. He was even our third finisher yesterday at Willamette. We expect big things from freshman Chad Linnerooth and the others as well. Everyone has a lot of potential,” sophomore Joe Gladow said.

“I think this weekend we continued turning the heads to our program. The best teams in the conference were there and that includes us. We are a strong team,” senior Shanna Peaden said in an email. “Having such a big team has been good for all of us, not only did we gain some big talent, but now we have to fight for the varsity spots come championship time. It helps everyone.”

The women’s team also did well and placed 10th overall, and came in fourth out of the other Northwest Conference teams. Altogether, the team ran the women’s five-kilometer race in 1:35:17.32. The women’s fastest competitor was sophomore Mimi Seeley, running an 18:38.86. Also placing in the top 50 was senior Nelly Evans who finished with an 18:51.15 and finished 49th. Sophomore Hannah Greider  also placed with her time of 19:12.04, putting her in the 70th spot.

“We haven’t had huge challenges this season, we have dealt with some minor injuries here and there, but people are being smart and taking care of it,” she said. “Things are going really well, we can expect big things from both sides this season if we stay healthy and keep working.”

The cross-country team has next weekend off, but will race again Oct. 15 at Concordia University for the Puma Classic in
Portland.

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Cross country rocks the Linfield Preview

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams placed first in the Linfield Preview meet in Willamette Mission State Park on Sept. 25.

The Wildcats raced against four teams in the Northwest Conference, including Pacific University, Pacific Lutheran University, Willamette University and George
Fox University.

Senior Nelly Evens led the women’s team, bursting past the finish line second overall with a time of 22:98. Freshman Madison Towbridge followed 22 seconds later, coming in third place and making her fastest time of the season. Three other ‘Cats  placed in the top 10, making Linfield the overall winners of the race.

Junior Emily Zegar contributed the win to a good support system with the team.

“We work well together within our team,” Zegar said. “It helps that we have strong women and men racers, but it’s also a lot about how individual runners push and pull each other during races. That inner pushing and pulling encourages us and drives us to be more competitive and faster.”

The men’s team also took first place in their course, with senior Arian Anderson, sophomore Joe Gladow, senior Scott Gage, placing second, third and fourth, respectively.

Seniors Alex Van Slyke and Eric Weinbender and freshman Calvin Howell also pushed to take top 10 finish places, helping the ‘Cats steal the overall win.

The conference race will also be held at Willamette Mission State Park, which gave the ’Cats experience and confidence for conference, Anderson said.

“Other than just getting to race on the course itself, it was good to race against other teams who will be at conference,” he said. “Both the men and women’s team want to be the best at conference.”

Zagar also said the experience was valuable.

“Racing at the same course that we’ll race at during conference was a mental confidence boost and an experience builder,” she said. “We’re excited for what’s to come.”

The Wildcats will compete at the Willamette Open race on Oct. 1 at 9 a.m at Bush Park in Salem.

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Cross-country outshines competition in Seattle

The women's cross-country team takes time to snap a team picture at the Portland meet against Lewis & Clark College on Sept. 1. Photo courtesy of Emily Zegar

Facing off with 17 other teams, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed in the Sundodger Invitational Sept. 17 in Seattle, Wash. Including Linfield, six of the other teams that competed are in the Northwest Conference. According to the Pacific Lutheran’s Athletic website, statistics for the men’s team were not recorded because there were “some flaws in the results and they were being reworked.”

“The Sundodger Invitational went well. There were lots of [personal records] on both the men’s and women’s teams. It was a great opportunity for us to show how deep both teams are in larger meets,” senior Arian Anderson said. “Both sides have a ton of potential to do well at the regional and national meets but the biggest challenge we face is tightening our packs. That is what is going to take both teams from being good to being great.”

With more than 180 runners competing in the women’s six-kilometer race, the Linfield women held their own and were able to place fifth in the overall meet and first in the conference. Sophomore Mimi Seeley placed 26th with a time of 22:55.91 minutes. Together the nine Wildcat women ran the race in 1:56:21.70.

“Linfield cross-country is doing big things this year on both the men’s and women’s sides. I guess the people following us will just have to stayed tuned,” Anderson said. “The women are ranked nationally at 28th and regionally at 3rd. The men are ranked 6th in the region but that will change soon.”

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