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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.
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The Wildcats will host the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships on April 22 and 23. All eight schools in the conference will gather to compete.
To participate in the conference championship, each athlete had to qualify in every event.
Linfield athletes compete in the Rich Allen Classic, which was hosted by George Fox University, on April 16. Here, runners and field competitors had an opportunity to earn a spot in the blocks at the championship meet. Both the men’s and the women’s teams placed first in the meet.
“It was the tune-up we needed going into conference,” junior Clayton Cooper said in an email. “A few more individuals were able to qualify, which should help us score more at conference.”
The men’s team performed exceptionally during the meet and won 10 out of 18 events April 16.
Senior Michael Eldredge earned his spot in the championship blocks for the 110-meter hurdles. He is one of many Linfield runners who has dealt with injuries.
“This season has not gone the way I expected it to. I have had to deal with injuries putting me out of practice for a few weeks, but after speaking with the coaches, all I have to do is rearrange my goals. Since it is doubtful I will succeed in the 400 hurdles, I just have to go out there and run my heart out, leaving nothing back,” Eldredge said in an email. “My main goal now is to do the best I can, but in the 110 hurdles I may actually have a chance to win. I have not lost my speed and technique, so I am hopeful in that race.”
Junior Barrett Zetterberg won the 400-meter hurdles and qualified for the championship meet. Sophomore Lester Maxwell won the 800, and freshman Bryan Takano took first place in the long jump.
The women also took first place in the meet, with first place performances by senior Brooke Bekkedahl in the 400-meter hurdles and freshman Anna LaBeaume in the shot put and discus.
The first event of the championship meet begins April 22 at 2 p.m.
“I am very excited for this weekend because I feel that everyone has been getting better each week, and when it comes to race time, I have a feeling that Wildcats will surprise the conference,” Eldredge said in an email. “I am expecting this weekend to be full of upsets and accomplishments and am really excited to show that [the] ’Cats have heart. Fans always change the dynamics of a track meet and fire up the athletes.”
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The Linfield track and field team competed against six other conference schools in the Pacific Luau Invitational in Forest Grove on April 9.
In anticipation of the Northwest Championship, the Wildcats performed well and landed in some of the top spots.
There were no team scores compiled at this meet.
The men started strong with sophomore Lester Maxwell winning first place in the 800- and the 400-meter runs. Senior Cory Parrish and junior Clayton Cooper took second and third place, respectively, in the 400-meter, crossing the finish line flanking Maxwell.
Other winners for the men’s side included junior Alex Van Slyke, who won first place in the steeplechase. Freshman Nick Turner won first place in the 200-meter dash and third in the 100-meter.
Junior Eric Weinbender won the 1500-meter run and freshman Joe Gladow won the 5000.
The men’s 4×100 relay team, Cooper, Turner, senior Michael Chopp and freshman Michael Swain also took first place.
For the women, sophomore Jill Boroughs took second place in the steeplechase. Junior Catherine Street won first place in the pole vault and broke school and conference records.
“This season has been going very well so far. I put a lot of hard work in during the off season and it’s paying off,” Street said. “Getting two personal bests two weeks in a row has been awesome, but I still have my eye on that national record.”
Freshman Anna LaBeaume won the shot put and landed in second place for the discus throw. Freshman Kate Shear won first in javelin. Sophomore Mimi Seeley won third in the 1500 and senior Kristen Allen won third in the javelin.
“We have a really talented team and we support each other well. Track is an individualized sport, but the support we have says a lot about our team,” senior Brooke Bekkedahl said. “We work hard and we’re looking forward to running more fast times.”
Street had similar feelings about the team’s success this season.
“All of the field events are doing really well this year and the freshmen have really stepped up to help out the team,” Street said.
The Wildcats will take on George Fox University on April 16 at the Rich Allen Classic in Newberg. The Northwest Conference Championships events will be held at Linfield on April 22 and 23.
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