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It was a windy Saturday for the Wildcat track team who competed in the Jenn Boyman Memorial Invitational on April 5.
The Linfield ‘A’ relay team placed third in the women’s 4×100 meter relay and second in the 4×400 meter relay. The team consisted of junior Ellie Schmidt, freshman Dallas Edge, sophomore Rachael Gernhart, and freshman Haley Pattishal.
“Our girls team is a force to be reckoned with,” Edge said. “I know speaking for the sprinters and jumpers we have enough talent, as well as the distance girls, to win conference.” Likewise, the men’s team placed fifth in the 4×100 meter relay with time 44.25. The all freshman team consisted of Treve Ensley, Jake Mihelich, Bryce Evans, and Kennedy Johnson. In the men’s 4×400 meter relay, sophomore Steven Holland, sophomore Tom Steelhammer, sophomore Manuel Finley and Mihelich managed to pull out a third place finish with time 3:29.39.
The hurdles competition where Edge claimed her dominance placing first time with time 15.01 seconds and a deduction of 2.4 seconds from the headwind in the 100-meter Hurdles competition.
“I am happy that I took advantage of the competition today,” Edge said. “I ran well, won overall, and felt fast over the hurdles.”
In the 400-meter dash, freshman Jake Mihelich placed second with time 49.27—just 0.07 seconds short of the first place runner.
“I feel pretty good about my individual performances,” Mihelich said. “I think an important individual strength of mine would be giving it my all every time I get the chance to perform. It’s a privilege to run collegiate track.”
Junior Halsie Peek then came up big for the Wildcats placing seventh out of thirty in the women’s 100-meter dash. Peek earned a time of 13.45 and a 2.3 deduction from headwind. In the women’s 800 meter run, junior Audrey Lichten contributed to the ’Cats team score by placing third with time 2:22.97.
It was the 5000-meter run where Linfield’s track and field team stole the audience. In the women’s 5000 meter run, the ’Cats pulled out the top four places with senior Hannah Greider taking first place with time 18:33.79, senior Siena Noe coming in second with time 18:42.74, senior Katie Skinner taking third at 18:48.53 and junior Madison Trowbridge in fourth with time 19:03.62. In the men’s competition, senior Joe Gladow brought it home for the ’Cats with time 15:42.41 and a third place victory.
“Individually, I believe I’m a strong and experienced runner, which will help when it comes to running at the conference meet,” Gladow said. “I’ve been very happy with how the season has progressed. I feel like now I’m really getting into good shape and am ready for some big races.”
Johnson tied for second in the long jump with distance 6.54 meters. Right behind him was freshman Eric Igbinoba at distance 6.26 meters. Gernhart also showed well for the Wildcats jumping 10.93 meters in the women’s triple jump. In the men’s triple jump, Johnson flew for a distance of 13.57 meters and a second place finish.
Senior Anna LaBeaume threw well for the Wildcat track and field team with distance 35.72 meters in the women’s discus throw and 44.94 meters in the hammer throw. On the men’s side, senior Nick Fairhart finished third in the men’s hammer throw with distance 51.25. However, it was senior Kate Shear who stole the show for the Wildcats with distance 38.88 meters in the women’s javelin throw giving her a first place finish in the event. Similarly, senior Hunter Sams came up big for the Wildcats with his distance of 51.64 meters in the men’s javelin throw also giving him the first place finish.
There is no doubt that this invitational was a successful one for the Wildcat track and field team.
“As a team we are just looking forward to finishing out the season big, with good weather on the way hopefully we all taper and get faster and stronger,” Edge said. “Everyone’s been working so hard and we are all just excited to get to conference and lay it all on the line.”
With Edge’s new record times and unrelenting effort, she notes that she is “Happy with how [she] has processed.”
“I don’t think it could have gotten any better,” Edge said. “My hard work is definitely showing and I think the whole team could say the same.”
“Progression is the name of the game. As long as everyone keeps moving forward toward [personal records] and conference qualifying times, we are improving,” Mihelich said. “We are all looking forward to hitting that amazing game changing personal record—a chance to prove out team is the strongest, fastest, and touchiest in the conference just sounds like an awesome opportunity.”
With the post season around the corner and the team’s peaking performances, there’s no doubt that these next few weeks will be eventful for the Wildcats.
Casie Gaza/Senior sports reporter
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
With the Wildcats’ track and field season in full motion, the team anticipates some thrilling and progressing growth in the next few months to come. George Fox University’s track and field team hosted their very first sporting event, Rich Allen Classic, welcoming Linfield College and Pacific University to their new stadium.
Linfield’s junior Ellie Schmidt finished first in the women’s 100- and 200-meter as well as helped her team finish first in the 4×100-meter relay. The other members on the women’s team are freshman Dallas Edge, sophomore Rachael Gernhart and junior Halsie Peek. The women finished the relay at 50.25.
Alongside Schmidt in the sprints with times at 12.83 and 26.38, Peek placed second in the 100-meter dash at 12.85 and freshman Haley Patishall coming in third in the 200-meter race at 27.57.
In the 4×400 meter relay Patishall, Peek, Gernhart and Schmidt took second at 4:16.65, shedding off over four seconds from February’s Icebreaker time.
Edge placed in the 100-meter hurdles as well, coming in third at 15.55, while freshman Madison Gladding also took third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:12.95. Coming in third for the men’s 110-meter hurdles Clay Monahan timed in at 18.05 and in fourth in the 400-meter hurdles.
Freshmen Treve’ Ensley, Jake Mihelich, Bryce Evans and Kennedy Johnson represented Linfield in the men’s 4×100-meter relay coming in third with a time of 44.11. In the 4×400-meter relay, sophomores Steven Holland, Tom Steelhammer, and freshmen Zack Knight and Mihelich came in second with a time of 3:35.63.
Mihelich and Ensley both proved notable against their opponents in the 200-meter dash finishing second and third at 22.93 and 23.45. Mihelich also struck first in the 400-meter dash clocking in at 49.70.
Linfield’s very own, Hannah Greider, Katie Skinner and Siena Noe, senior runners in the 5000-meter showcased the women’s teamwork and impressiveness so early on in the season. Greider said her and the other ladies all worked together and strategically took turns leading. Greider finished first with a time of 18:23.82, Skinner in second at 18:28.42, and Noe coming in third at 18:30.95.
“It’s awesome to have such strong teammates that all work together…We have a lot of depth this year,” Greider said in an email. “Despite it being so early on in the season, people are performing really well. The beginning of track season is tough, and a lot of it is just about getting in shape and pushing through some rough workouts, so to see everyone getting great times, distances and heights so early on is excellent.”
In some of the other distance women’s events junior Audrey Lichten pocketed a few wins as well. Lichten finished second in the 800-meter at 2:24.11and grabbed first place in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:54.15. On the men’s side, sophomore Manuel Finley finished the 800-meter in third at 2:06.09.
For the field events, the women continued to see victory. Senior Anna LaBeaume captured first in all her events including shot put, discus and the hammer throw. LaBeaume distance for shot put was 11.80 meters, for discus she threw 36.71 meters and 45.15 for the hammer throw. Courtney Alley came in second for the shot put with a distance of 10.37 meters.
On the men’s side, Scott Anderson placed first in shot put for a distance of 12.20 meters, with Mike Maierhofer coming in second with a distance of 12.19 meters. For men’s discus throw, Lucas Clark came in second and Jake Evans coming in third throwing 38.26 and 37.01 meters. In the hammer throw Nick Fairhart took second throwing 46.71 meters.
On the runway, Senior Kate Shear threw a distance of 38.25 meters earning her first place in javelin. For men’s javelin, Morgunn Ewing threw 53.42 meters earning him second place.
In the sand pits, Kennedy Johnson competed in the long jump, receiving second for jumping 6.61 meters and first place in the triple jump with a distance of 13.22 meters. Gernhart also competed in the triple, taking second on the women’s side after jumping a distance of 10.74 meters. Freshman Eric Igbinoba took second in the triple after jumping 12.75 meters. Dezi Roberts tied for third in the women’s high jump and Holland took second for the men’s high jump.
The grey and cloudy day didn’t stop the Linfield ladies from shining through and capturing first place in the women’s division; while in the men’s division, Linfield took second but only leaving room for growth and personal records.
Freshman Zach Knight competes in the four by four hundred with the rest of his team in which they got second.
Photo courtesy of Amanda Gibbon
Freshman Jasmine Fojas sticks her landing for the Triple Jump which she got third in at the GFU Rich Allen Classic. Fojas was one of the four athletes from Linfield to make the top five.
Photo courtesy of Amanda Gibbon
The rainy day was no match for the Linfield track and field team. In their season’s first home meet, it was evident that the team had seen many bright spots and improvements since the start of practice in January.
The first event of the meet was the Women and Men 10000-meter run. Linfield’s senior Hannah Greider ran in with her best time of 38:19.35 and her teammate senior Siena Noe ran in shortly after at 38:43.50. On the other hand, Linfield’s men track and field team also competed in the 10000-meter run with Joe Gladow coming in tenth place with his best time of 32:47.85
Next up were the 4×100-meter relays. The women’s team placed second and the men’s team placed third with times 50.67 and 45.38 respectively. Members of the girls team are juniors Ellie Schmidt and Halsie Peek, sophomore Rachael Gernhart and freshman Dallas Edge. Members of the men’s team are freshmen Treve’ Ensley, Jake Mihelich and Kennedy Johnson, and sophomore Steven Holland. In the 4×400-meter relay, Linfield’s men’s and women’s team finished in the middle of the pack. The ladies came in sixth place with time 4:20.92 and the boys finished fifth at time 3:35.84.
The 400-meter dash and 200-meter dash was also a strong event for the Wildcats men’s and women’s team. Both Schmidt and Mihelich were outstanding performers as Schmidt finished fourth and second and Mihelich finished fourth and sixth respectively. Similarly, the 100-meter dash was an outstanding event for the Women with three ladies placing in the top ten. Peek ran for time 12.95, Edge ran for time 13.09, and sophomore Brenna Stinson ran for time 13.28.
In the women’s 800-meter run, Linfield’s junior Audrey Lichten placed fourth with time 2:28.38 and teammate junior Calli Dowdy placed eighth at time 2:31.10. On the men’s side, junior Chad Linnerooth ran for time 2:04.07 in the 800-meter run and teammate freshman Art O’Kelly ran for time 2:05.03. In the 1500-meter run Lichten placed third for the women with time 5:02.05 only 10 seconds off from the first place finisher. Likewise, the 5000-meter run was a strong event for the women and Men with junior Madison Trowbridge running for 19:02.37 and freshman Michael O’Neil obtaining a sixth place finish at 16:01.33.
Conversely, the hurdles proved to be a spectacular event for Edge and teammate sophomore Tasha Rowland. Edge placed first in the Women 100-meter Hurdles race with time 15.33 and Rowland placed ninth with time 17.68. The Women’s 400 Meter was also a successful race for the ’Cats Women’s team with freshman Madison Gladding and Rowland coming in sixth and seventh place. On the men’s side, Knight finished third place in the 400-meter hurdles with time 1:00.47.
On the other hand, the Men showed well in the long jump with Johnson jumping for a high of 6.35 meters. Sophomore Rachael Gernhart did outstandingly well in the women’s triple jump with a meet high of 10.96 Meters. The men’s triple jump also performed outstandingly well with Johnson taking second place and his teammate, freshman Eric Igbinoba placing third.
The women’s discus throw went well for the women’s ’Cats with senior Anna LaBeaume placing third with a distance of 36.33 meters. LaBeaume also performed well in the women’s hammer throw placing third with a final distance of 44.64 Meters. Likewise, freshman Lucas Clark placed tenth with a throwing distance of 38.62 meters. In the men’s hammer throw, senior Nick Fairhart finished seventh with a distance of 44.81 meters. Also performing well was senior Kate Shear in the javelin throw for a distance of 39.30 meters. On the men’s side, freshman Andrew Laney threw 48.97 meters and finished second overall.
Casie Gaza/For the Review
Freshman Kennedy Johnson does his jumps during the Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker during Feb. 28 and March 1.The tea will next be competing at the GFU Rich Allen Classic.
Spencer Beck/Staff photographer
With nationals drawing closer, seven Linfield track athletes competed April 27 at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., in the Titan Twilight.
On the men’s side, senior Eric Weinbender finished second in the 1,500-meter run, crossing the finish line in four minutes, 2.31 seconds. In mid-distance, freshman Colin Nelson took third in the 400, finishing 50.70.
For the women, junior Melany Crocker was runner-up in the 100, finishing at 12.59, and placed third in the 200 with a time of 26.18.
Freshman Audrey Lichten managed to shave a full five seconds off her career-best time in the 800, finishing fifth in 2:19.05.
Seniors Catherine Street and Misty Corwin finished 1-2 in the pole vault, with Street clearing the bar at 13 feet, 1 inch and Corwin achieving a season-best at 11 feet, 7¼ inches.
Head coach Travis Olson said he is optimistic about the upcoming meets.
“I feel like the season has gone very well. I certainly expect [Street] to contend for a national title,” Olson said.
In other field events, sophomore Anna LaBeaume won the hammer throw with a heave of 151 feet, 9 inches and also placed third in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 2.75 inches.
“I am really proud with the way the team competed this year,” Olson said. “They really worked hard and I feel like it has paid off.”
In the end, the meet was scored with the Linfield women taking fifth of 10 teams and the Wildcat men finishing sixth of nine.
The Wildcats will host the Linfield Twilight on May 4 at Maxwell Field.
Caleb Goad/Staff writer
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