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Wildcats show promise early in season

Freshman Rachael Gernhart sprints in the 100-meter dash preliminaries March 3 during the Erik Anderson Memorial Ice Breaker. Gernhart placed first in her heat and fifth overall. She also placed second in triple jump with 34 feet and 10.63 inches.

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer

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 sprints in the 100-meter dash preliminaries March 3 during the Erik Anderson Memorial Ice Breaker. Gernhart placed first in her heat and fifth overall. She also placed second in triple jump with 34 feet and 10.63 inches. Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer

Freshman Rachael Gernhart sprints in the 100-meter dash preliminaries March 3 during the Erik Anderson Memorial Ice Breaker. Gernhart placed first in her heat and fifth overall. She also placed second in triple jump with 34 feet and 10.63 inches.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer

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.

 

Ivanna Tucker/ Sports editor

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

Balancing life as a mother, student, athlete

Junior Sienna Noe is one of the top runners for the Linfield cross country team. Noe now has a 7-month-old son named Blaise. She continually has to manage her schedule to take care of her child, practice and complete her classes for her communication arts major and Spanish minor. Joel Ray/Senior Photographer

Junior Sienna Noe is one of the top runners for the Linfield cross country team. Noe now has a 7-month-old son named Blaise. She continually has to manage her schedule to take care of her child, practice and complete her classes for her communication arts major and Spanish minor.
Joel Ray/Senior Photographer

“The power of a small college.” It’s a catchy slogan Linfield students and faculty come across on a daily basis. Since returning to Linfield after having a baby during her sophomore year, junior cross country star Siena Noe has fully experienced the power of Linfield’s small community.

Staff, community members, students and teammates have offered comfort and support for the 20-year-old single mother of 7-month-old Blaise.

After finding out before sophomore year that she was pregnant, she will admit she was devastated. Her parents thought the pregnancy would result in many missed opportunities for their oldest daughter. However, life for Noe has been far from that with help from Linfield.

After realizing that little Blaise’s father had no intention of being a part of her son’s life, Noe realized there was no reason for her to stay at her parent’s home in Yakima, Wash., and decided it was time to venture back to Linfield.

“Things were not good at home with the dad,” Noe said. “I’m a single mom. I thought the dad would be around and that me staying home would be best for Blaise. When it started looking like he wasn’t going to show interest, I knew I had nothing to keep me home at that point. And that’s when I started emailing Linfield.”

Noe never expected to be back at school after what she had gone through. She knew it was going to be difficult getting back on track, but she knew it was the best thing for her and her son.

“I didn’t think it was realistic,” Noe said. “Linfield has been really great about me trying to come back here and everything with my baby. I emailed some people trying to see if my academic scholarship was still applicable if I came back, which it was.”

Noe also never foresaw that a former boss would eventually be renting out of her home to her. Eileen Allen provided Noe with the opportunity to rent a bedroom from her home and occasionally look after Blaise when needed.

“I got really lucky when my work-study boss from freshman year, Eileen Allen, found out I was trying to come back [to Linfield],” Noe said. “I needed a place to stay where Blaise could come with me, and she offered me a place for really cheap. If she hadn’t offered me a place to stay, that would have been the deal-breaker.”

Allen watches Blaise when Noe has 6:40 a.m. cross country workouts and when Blaise’s nanny is not available.

“I managed to find a nanny who was trying to open her own in-home daycare,” Noe said. “I was her first customer, so I got priority and Blaise gets to hog her schedule.

“She covers me during all my classes on Monday through Thursday,” Noe said. “It’s super nice because she lives right across from Linfield, so I can dart over there whenever I need to breast-feed. She’s really great and Blaise loves her.”

Between Allen and the nanny, there are still times when Noe needs a babysitter in order to make it to practice and meets and finish homework for her communication arts major and Spanish minor. She is lucky enough to have constant offers to watch Blaise free of charge.

“I have some of my friends from the team who watch him on Fridays,” Noe said. “Everyone here, especially my team, has been really supportive. There is no way I would have been able to pull all this off without their help.

“Everyone has bent over backward to make sure that I’m getting to all my classes and getting enough sleep,” Noe said. “I have people randomly offering to take Blaise free of charge, just so I can take a nap.”

If it weren’t for the generous Linfield community, Noe would not be able to run for the Wildcats like she had trained for all summer.

“Getting back into shape wasn’t fun,” Noe said. “But it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be because I had been itching to go running. Being pregnant, it was really difficult to be told that I couldn’t go running because it would hurt someone else besides me. My doctor told me to wait six weeks after giving birth, but I was back to running by day nine. I was a little stir-crazy.”

She ran until she was six months pregnant, to which she attributes her ease in bouncing back. Noe continued to train all summer long, but is still shocked at how well the season is going for her personally.

“I managed to run first for Linfield two weeks ago,” Noe said. “I have been battling for second and third most of the season. I don’t feel like I am in the shape I am supposed to be in. But I feel like I am keeping up with the girls who have been training more than I did. It makes me pretty optimistic for next season.”

Noe has used the negative energy from her hometown and doubts from many people about her ability to attend college and run cross country with Blaise by her side to fuel her competitive drive.

“I like that it’s just you out there,” Noe said. “When you race, if you have a bad day or a good day, it’s because of you. It’s been all about taking my principles and turning it into my driving force. I kind of knew what my principles were, but they were tested. I have had to solidify my values, which has made it easier to compete and steer my course.”

Noe is grateful for her support system here at Linfield. The Linfield community has truly made it possible for her to be back this fall.

“Being a student athlete and single mom has been no walk in the park,” Noe said. “Being on campus with a ton of kids my own age makes it feel like all of campus is raising Blaise, which is really awesome.”

A lot has changed since sophomore year for Noe, and she is making the most out of her time at Linfield.

“I really have a driving force to finish school and apply myself because I have someone else to take care of. It’s not just me,” Noe said.

Sarah Mason

Staff writer

Sarah Mason can be reached at

linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

Joel Ray/Senior photographer