NWC Multi-Event Entries
NWC Heat Sheets
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Maxwell Field will get plenty of use over the next four days as Linfield gears up to host both the Jenn Boyman Invitational and the Northwest Conference Combined (decathlon and heptathlon) Championships.
Jenn Boyman Invitational
Linfield’s third home meet of the year, this one named for former thrower and school record holder in the hammer Jennifer (Boyman) Dukovich ’97, is scheduled for all day Saturday.
The invite features approximately 320 athletes from familiar NWC foes George Fox, Lewis & Clark and Pacific, as well as competitors from Clark College, Concordia University, Lane Community College, Northwest Christian, and various track clubs in the region. Action begins at 10 a.m. with a combined (men and women) 10,000-meter run and the first wave of field events that includes the hammer, discus, pole vault and long jump.
Wildcat highlights from last year’s meet included a record-breaking performance by Catherine Street in the pole vault. She cleared the bar at 13 feet, 3½ inches, setting the Linfield record for the first of four times during the 2011 season. The standard now sits at 13 feet, 7 inches.
Anna LaBeaume (Sr., Sequim, Wash.) is Linfield’s other returning event winner at the invite; she owned the shot put last year with a heave of 43 feet, 2¼ inches, a career-best for her at the time.
NWC Combined Championships
A total of 22 athletes – 12 women and 10 men – representing seven schools are entered in the NWC Combined (decathlon and heptathlon) Championships. Competition kicks off at 10 a.m. on both Monday and Tuesday.
Alexis Arnold of George Fox is the defending champion on the women’s side. Only a sophomore, she leads the nation in heptathlon scoring this season with 4,456 points. The Bruins are the clear favorite to win the multi-events competition as Charity Arn, Katie Dyk and Alyssa Turner boast the fifth, sixth and seventh-best marks in the nation, respectively.
Among decathlon competitors, Whitworth’s Luke Mathews is the top returning finisher from last year’s championships, where he placed fourth. Joe Cerne of Puget Sound, however, holds the top mark in the league, and eighth-best in the nation, this season with 5,863 points.
Michael Madden is Linfield’s only entry in the championship meet. This marks the third career multi-event competition for the sophomore, who has participated in the Linfield Multi-Events each of the past two seasons, totaling a career-best 5,100 points less than two weeks ago.
The results of the multi-events competition are included in the Northwest Conference Championships, contested Friday and Saturday, April 20-21 at Pacific Lutheran University.