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BROOKS, Ore. – Led by a second-place finish from Hannah Greider, the Linfield women notched their second team victory of the season, edging Northwest University by just two points at the George Fox Invitational, held Saturday morning at Willamette Mission State Park.
Including Greider, all five scoring Wildcats placed in the top 15, helping Linfield to a meet-low 44 total points. The senior captain completed the five-kilometer course in 18:40, exactly 10 seconds and two places ahead of the Wildcats' No. 2 runner, Siena Noe.
Madison Trowbridge finished just outside the top 10 with an 11th-place effort (19:18.12) while Katie Skinner was 13th in 19:22.4.
Coming in just ahead of Northwest University's fifth runner, Marisa Kume secured the team victory for the Wildcats with her 14th-place finish (19:32.1).
In the men's 8K, Joe Gladow finished as the highest Division III competitor – and fourth overall – with a time of 25 minutes, 42.6 seconds. Linfield's top five placed in the top 25, lifting the Wildcats to third place in the team standings.
Alex Mangan came in second for Linfield, which totaled 72 points to outdistance fellow Northwest Conference squad George Fox (83). The sophomore was 14th overall in 26:32.5.
Michael O'Neil and Calvin Howell finished back-to-back in 16th and 17th places, respectively. O'Neil clocked in at 26:37.4 while Howell came in at 26:43.4.
Adrian Clifford took 24th in 27 minutes, 8.9 seconds.
The University of Oregon Running Club won the men's side with an impressive 26 points after placing all five scoring runners in the top 10. Robert McLaughlin took the race in 25 minutes, 29.4 seconds, out-leaning teammate Joachim Krauth by just four-tenths of a second.
Katy Potter of Lane Community College won the women's 5K (17:57.0).
COMING UP: The Lewis & Clark Invitational, held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., serves as the final tune-up before the Northwest Conference Championships.