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McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Anna LaBeaume added more than four feet to her nation-leading toss in the hammer throw, moving up to No. 2 in the Linfield record books, to highlight a predominantly gray and drizzly Saturday at the Wildcat Open, contested at Maxwell Field.
LaBeaume placed second in the event with a heave of 162 feet, 10 inches (49.64 meters). She was runner-up to Concordia’s Sharayah Kenady, who won with an incredible throw of 197 feet, 10 inches (60.31 meters), a career best for the defending NAIA national champion. LaBeaume also finished fourth in the shot put (season-best 38-04.00/11.68) and fifth in the discus (107-06/32.77).
Halsie Peek swept the sprints in a pair of season-best times, clocking in at 12.96 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 27.14 in the 200. Teammate Melany Crocker took third in the 100 (13.15) and fourth in the 200 (27.24).
Peek and Crocker teamed with Ellie Schmidt and Rachael Gernhart to win the 4x100 relay (50.59). The same quartet also topped the field in the 4x400, completing the four laps on the track in a season-best 4:09.97.
Gernhart scored an individual event victory in the triple jump, with her longest leap measuring 34 feet, four inches (10.46 meters).
Jason Cheyne led the men’s sprinting contingent with a first-place finish in the 100 (11.51) and second-place effort in the 200 (23.48). Sitting in third place coming around the final curve, Lester Maxwell dipped into his reserves down the home stretch to place second, crossing the line in a season-best 1:56.64.
Maxwell also ran the anchor leg on Linfield’s winning 4x400 relay team, taking the baton after Andrew Gonzales, Manuel Finley and Charlie Poppen.
In field event action, Morgunn Ewing won the javelin with a career-best toss of 180 feet (54.86 meters). Drew Wert finished third in the shot put (42-5.50/12.94).
Steven Holland was runner-up in the high jump (5-11.50/1.82) while teammate Poppen took third (5-9.75/1.77). Both were competing in the high jump for the first time this season.
BOXER COMBINED EVENT RESULTS: Competing in her first career heptathlon, Joy Harpham finished 11th in the Boxer Combined Event, hosted by Pacific and contested over two days (Thursday and Friday). She scored 3,155 points to qualify for the Northwest Conference Championships. Her highest finish came in the high jump, in which she tied for fifth after clearing the bar at 4-09.50 (1.46m).
COMING UP: The Wildcats have a week to prepare for the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open, held on the opening weekend of Linfield’s week-long vacation, March 22-23 in Portland.