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The Wildcats had a record-setting day at the Linfield Jenn Boyman Invitational on April 7.
The weather was beautiful, and the Wildcats responded with one of their best team performances of the season.
Junior Melany Crocker won the 100-meter dash in 12.41 seconds, the third-fastest time in Linfield history. She also placed second in the 200-meter with a time of 25.94, the fifth-fastest time in Linfield history.
Freshman Halsie Peek placed second in the 100-meter with a time of 12.43, the fourth-fastest time in Linfield history. Peek also teamed up with Crocker in the Women’s 4X100 relay, which they won unopposed with a time of 49.26.
“I put faith in my coaches’ workouts so that I would peak at the right time of the season,” Peek said.
Many other Linfield track athletes seem to be peaking right now as well.
Sophomore Anna LaBeaume had a big day. She placed third in the discus with a toss of 38.70 meters, the ninth-best toss in Linfield history and the second-best in the NWC this year. LaBeaume did not stop there. She also placed second in the shot put with a toss of 12.30 meters and fifth in the hammer toss with a toss of 42.55 meters.
The record setters were not the only success stories on the women’s side. Senior Catherine Street won the pole vault, clearing 13 feet, 1.5 inches. Senior Misty Corwin took third in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, 11.75 inches. Junior Rachael Dean took third place in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.22 and freshman Brooke Niemann placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:12.37.
On the men’s side, there were personal-best performances as well, led by freshman Colin Nelson’s victory in the 400-meter with a time of 50.30. His time was the second fastest in the NWC this year.
Senior Barrett Zetterberg set a personal record by taking second in the 400-hurdles with a time of 56.81.
Freshman Garrett Soumokil finished sixth in the long jump with a distance of six meters. He also took third in the triple jump with a career-best 13.18 meter total.
Also taking third in their respective competitions were sophomore Brandon Lemerande, junior Scott Gage and senior Sean Boedeker. Lemerande ran the 10,000 with a time of 36:40.44, Gage ran the 5,000 with a time of 15:31.53, and Boedeker tossed the javelin 52.94 meters.
The 5,000-meter race ended with three Linfield athletes in the top five. Joining Gage were sophomore Joe Gladow with a time of 15:41.42 and senior Eric Weinbender with a time of 15:44.07.
The Linfield 4X400 team of Clayton Cooper, Lucian Battaglia, Lester Maxwell and Colin Nelson took second place, narrowly losing to Concordia and posting a time of 3:25.26.
Linfield hosts the Northwest Conference Combined (decathlon and heptathlon) Championships April 9 and 10 at Maxwell Field. The full track and field team competes next at the Pacific Luau next Saturday at 10 a.m.
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One of Linfield’s pole vaulters made history this weekend as Catherine Street won the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet was held at Grinnell College in Iowa.
Street’s goal was to set a new personal and meet record with 13 feet 9 ¾ inches. Even though she did not meet this, she still pulled in a victory. This is the fourth time that she has attended the meet, but it is the first title that she has won.
She is now joining the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame alongside two
other female track and field champions.
The track teams also competed in a dual meet against George Fox on March 10. The women’s team lost with a score of 80-73. The men’s team beat the Bruins 97-71.
Overall, the two teams won a total of 17 events.
On the women’s side, junior Melany Crocker won the 100-meter dash with freshman Halsie Peek receiving third. Sophomore Nelly Evans took first in the 800-meter dash with freshman Audrey Lichten pulling in close behind her in second. Both women qualified to compete in the conference championship.
Junior Shanna Peaden had no opponents for the 5000-meter run but qualified for conference with a time of 18 minutes and 31.92 seconds.
Senior Misty Corwin won pole vault and also qualified for conference championships. Sophomore Courtney Alley threw her season’s best and took first in discus.
“All I want to do is throw a new personal record in discus,” Alley said. “I’ve been chasing it since my senior year in high school, and I’m very motivated and hopeful that I can get it.”
Anna LaBeaume won the hammer throw and placed second in both shot put and discus throw.
Sophomore Jason Cheyne took first in the 100-meter relay with a time of 11.22. Teammate sophomore Nicholas Turner followed close behind with a time of 11.53.
Freshman Colin Nelson qualified for conference in the 400 with his winning time of 51.19.
The Linfield men’s 4×100 meter relay pulled in a win over George Fox with a time of 43.5.
The team consisted of Nelson, sophomore Zach Kawamoto, Turner and Nelson.
Sophomore Michael Madden and freshman Chad Linnerooth both received first in events. Madden took the top spot in 400 hurdles and Linnerooth winning the 1500.
Linfield ended the meet with wins in four of the men’s field events: pole vault, shot put, hammer throw and javelin.
Junior Kyle Pfeifer met his season’s best with a toss of 159 feet 4 inches.
“The girls’ side of the team seems to be getting stronger,” Alley said. “[The men’s] throwers seem to be setting new personal records for themselves each week in at least one event.”
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Opening the season with the Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker, Linfield hosted athletes from not only Northwest Conference schools but athletes from other schools and some who competed independently.
Kicking off the first day of the meet March 2, the men’s and women’s 10,000-meter run was the featured event of the night.
“As a team, we had a good start to our season at Icebreaker,” senior Scott Gage said. “We got a lot of people qualified for conference in our first meet of the season. There were also a handful of people already improving on their marks from last year.”
In the women’s 10,000-meter run, Linfield alumna Marci Klimek, representing the Oiselle running team, headed the race with a time of 34:54.5.
Linfield senior Shanna Peaden came in fifth place, coming in above any other NWC athlete in the event.
Peaden finished the race in 38:41.88, almost a whole minute faster than her seeded time.
On the men’s side of the 10,000-meter run, Gage placed sixth. Gage completed the race in 31:24.26, the fastest student athlete in the event.
Greg Mitchell, assistant cross country coach, also participated in the event, placing ahead of Gage, in third place.
Not far behind was teammate sophomore Joe Gladow, who placed 13th with a time of 32:47.87.
“My [event] went fairly well,” Gage said. “It gave me a good starting point to work from this season.”
Starting off the second day of the meet, the Wildcats strived for the lead of each event. On the track, runners worked for fast times.
For the women’s 100-meter dash, junior Melany Crocker took first place finishing in 13.02 seconds. Crocker was also third in the women’s 200-meter dash. In the women’s 800-meter run, freshman Madison Throwbridge finished third the fastest of NWC athletes competing in the run.
Also placing well was sophomore Mimi Seeley, who placed third in the women’s 5,000-meter run.
For the men’s side of the track, sophomore Nick Turner and junior Jason Cheyne placed third and fourth in the 100-meter dash with only .01 seconds between final times.
Also placing well in a sprinting event was freshman Colin Nelson, who placed seventh in the 400-meter dash. In the 800-meter run, senior Lucian Battaglia finished the race in 1:58.65 and came in fourth place.
Linfield athletes not only ran well during the two day meet but also performed well in the field events.
Junior Amy Bumatai pole vaulted a height of 2.7 meters putting her in a tie for fourth place with Pacific Lutheran jumper Michelle Domini.
Sophomore Courtney Alley also placed fourth in her events, the women’s shot put and the hammer throw, with a distance of 9.66 meters in the shot put and a distance of 35.97 meters for the hammer throw. Alley also placed fifth in the women’s discus throw, where she threw the discus 34.41 meters. Placing third in the women’s javelin was sophomore Kate Shear, who threw the javelin 41.44 meters.
On the men’s side of field events, freshman Garrett Soumokil placed third in the triple jump with a final distance of 13.26 meters.
Junior Josh Melander and senior Sean Boedeker placed third and fourth in the men’s javelin throw. Melander threw a distance of 47.12 meters, while Boedeker threw the javelin 46.71 meters.
Several Wildcats also competed in the Washington Indoor Final Qualifier on March 3 in Seattle, Wash.
Sophomore Anna LaBeaume finished first in the women’s shot put, where she threw the shot put a final distance of 13.2 meters. In the women’s pole vault finals, senior Catherine Street tied for second with two other athletes with a height of 3.89 meters.
With the first meet of the season done, the goals are set for the season.
“As a team I think we can be competitive to finish in the top four at the conference meet,” Gage said.
The Wildcats will compete in the George Fox Invitational on March 10 in Newberg, Ore.
Also, selected athletes will be competing at the NCAA III Indoor Championships on March 9 and 10 in Grinnell, Iowa.
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A Linfield athlete set a record at the Washington Indoor Open at the University of Washington on Feb. 11 and 12, representing Linfield alongside 12 other athletes.
Senior Catherine Street set a new NCAA Division III pole vault record with a height of 13-09.25.
“I have been working so hard and I’m really happy to see it starting to pay off,” Street said.
Street attends the Portland nursing campus, making it difficult to be part of the team.
“I’m lucky the Linfield coaches let me practice at my club, Willamette Strider Track Club in Oregon City so I don’t have to drive every day to McMinnville,” Street said.
Despite not being able to workout with the team, Street still practices on her own for two to four hours a day.
Street hopes to be the first women NCAA Division III athlete to pole vault over 14 feet and hopes to make it to the Olympic trials someday.
Senior Misty Corwin also competed well in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.
Five Linfield athletes competed in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.
In the women’s 60-meter dash, junior Melany Crocker ran 8.25 seconds, while freshman Halsie Peek ran 8.21 seconds.
In the women’s 200-meter dash, Crocker ran 27.62 seconds while Peek ran 27.85 seconds.
In the men’s 200 meter dash, sophomore Michael Madden ran 24.17 seconds, junior Clayton Cooper ran 24.07 seconds and freshman Colin Nelson ran 23.67 seconds.
Cooper and Madden also competed in the 400-meter dash, running 53.23 seconds and 53.08 seconds, respectively. Senior Barrett Zetterberg also competed in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 53.85 seconds.
Freshman Madison Trowbridge ran the 800-meter run in her first collegiate indoor track meet, finishing with a time of 2:27.10.
Senior Lucian Battaglia ran the 800-meter run for the men’s side, finishing with a time of 1:58.65.
represented Linfield in the shot put. Sophomore Courtney Alley threw 30-10.50, while sophomore Anna LeBeaume threw 41-02.50.
“Anna LeBeaume did well in the shot and has a shot at making nationals,” head track and field coach Travis Olson said.
Freshman Garrett Soumokil was the only Linfield athlete to participate in the jumps. In the long jump, Soumokil jumped 19-08.25. In the triple jump, Soumokil jumped 41-08.00.
“Our goal this year is to be in the top three on both the men’s and women’s teams,” Olson said. “I feel like the women have a good shot at winning the conference if everything goes well toward the end of the season.”
Linfield’s next track meet will be a home meet.
The Linfield Erik Anderson Icebreaker is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. March 2 and 9 a.m. March 3.
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The track and field season has come to an end for the Wildcats. Linfield hosted the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships on April 23 and 24. The women finished fourth place in conference and the men took fifth.
Two Wildcats came in first place individually in the conference. Junior Catherine Street took first in the pole vault, and freshman Anna LeBeaume placed first in the shot put.
Two other top finishers in the meet were sophomore Melany Crocker and senior Brooke Bekkedahl. Both placed fourth in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles, respectively.
On the men’s side, two Wildcats tied for third place in the high jump. Both senior Stephen Dennis and freshman Michael Moreland cleared the bar at 6-1 ¼ inches.
Both the men and women took second place in the 4×100 meter relays. The men were tied for first until Whitworth University was declared the winner with a time of 43.03 and Linfield with 43.10. The women came in second behind George Fox University.
George Fox swept the women’s meet with 219 points, while Whitworth won first place for the men with 242 total points.
The Wildcats have two more weekends to qualify and move on to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships. The ’Cats will travel to the Pacific Twilight meet at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., on April 29 and 30. The competition begins at 3 p.m. both days. They will have another shot at the Oregon Twilight meet May 6 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.
~Compiled by Corrina Crocker/Sports editor