Linfield Wildcats
March 02, 2013
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McMINNVILLE, Ore. – If the opening two days of the outdoor track and field season are any indication of what is to come, the Linfield record books could take a serious pounding in 2013.

Three Wildcats moved into the Top 10 lists, another improved upon her third-best mark and scores of other Linfield track and field standouts recorded new career standards Friday and Saturday at the Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker, contested at Maxwell Field.

Siena Noe (Jr., Yakima, Wash.) and Hannah Greider (Sr., Shoreline, Wash.) started the outdoor season off with a bang Friday night, registering career-best times in the 10,000 meters that catapulted both women in the Linfield Top 10. Noe placed third, clocking a time of 38 minutes, 14.88 that now ranks sixth fastest in program history. Greider came in fourth (38:30.75) and vaulted into eighth place in the record books.

To open Saturday’s competition, Anna LaBeaume (Sr., Sequim, Wash.) posted a massive PR to win the hammer throw and improve upon her third-place status in the Linfield Top 10. Her heave of 158 feet, 7 inches (48.34 meters) was nearly an eight-foot improvement from her previous best. The junior also placed third in the discus (131-02/39.97).

Courtney Alley (Sr., Eagle, Idaho) had a career day as well, setting new personal standards in a pair of events: the hammer throw (124-07/37.98) and the shot put (37-11.00.50/11.29). She finished seventh and sixth, respectively, in those events. The junior also took sixth in the discus (116-11/35.65).

In her collegiate track and field debut, Rachael Gernhart (So., Portland, Ore.) became the fourth Wildcat of the weekend to move into the record books with her runner-up finish in the triple jump. The freshman, who plays soccer for Linfield in the fall, jumped 34 feet, 10½ inches (10.63), which ranks ninth all time. She also won the second heat of the 100-meter dash, finishing the day with the fifth fastest time overall (13.64).

Despite passing on her final throws as not to stress a recovering injury that cost her most of last season, Kate Shear (Sr., Knappa, Ore.) still finished far ahead of the rest of the field in the javelin. The junior recorded a toss of 129 feet, 3 inches (39.39), more than 15 feet farther than the next closest competitor.

Amy Bumatai tied a career best in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 9 feet, one-quarter inch (2.75m) to finish in a three-way tie for first place. Hannah Burks tied for fourth (8-6.25/2.60) and Ryann Nolan tied for seventh (8-0.50/2.45m).

Including Gernhardt’s second-place performance, Linfield had three total top-eight finishers in the triple jump, as Meghan Lockwood (Sr., Carmichael, Calif.) finished sixth (32-00.75/9.77) and Celena Byerlee took seventh (31-8/9.65). Joy Harpham (So., Ashland, Ore.) tied for sixth in the high jump after clearing 4-9.75 (1.47).

Over on the track, Halsie Peek (Jr., Corbett, Ore.) posted the fastest overall time in the 100-meter dash, winning the first heat in 13.06 seconds. Calli Dowdy (Jr., Eugene, Ore.) and Jill Boroughs both recorded career-best times to place seventh in their respective events; Dowdy in the 800 (2:31.37) and Boroughs in the 5,000 meters (19:17.94, a 30-second PR).

Ellie Schmidt (Jr., Dundee, Ore.) and Brenna Stinson (So., Roseburg, Ore.) crossed the finish line of the 400-meter dash in immediate succession, clocking the sixth (1:04.36) and seventh (1:05.04) fastest times of the day, respectively. 

On the men’s side, Cameron Chester chopped nearly a full second off his previous career best in the 5K, finishing third with a time of 15 minutes, 37.62 seconds. Jason Hight (Sr., Orange, Calif.) took sixth in the same event (16:24.76).

Lester Maxwell was runner-up in the 800, clocking in at 1:57.63. Andrew Gonzales made his Linfield debut in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing seventh (1:00.96).

In the sprints, Jason Cheyne was second overall in the 100 (11.48) and recorded the sixth fastest time in the 200 (23.46). Teammate Michael Swain was eighth in the 100 (11.68) and seventh in the 200 (23.53).

Rookie Morgunn Ewing (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) finished second in the javelin, hurling the spear 176 feet, 10 inches (53.90). Drew Wert took fifth in the shot put (43-00.50/13.12).

Nick Fairhart (Jr., Morton, Wash.) posted a huge PR in the hammer, improving upon his previous best toss by eight feet. His heave of 159 feet, 7 inches (48.64) was good for third.

Rounding out the field event competition for Linfield was Mickey Arkans, who finished seventh in the triple jump (40-8.25/12.4).

ALUMNI WATCH: Shanna Peaden (’12) was runner-up in the 5,000 meters (18:24.17) on Saturday…assistant head coach Greg  Mitchell (’95) placed second in Friday night’s 10K (30:49.13)…fellow assistant coach Chris  McIsaac (’10) took 12th in the same event (33:03.19)…at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., Linfield record holder and two-time NCAA champion Catherine Street (’12) finished 10th in the pole vault after clearing the bar at 13 feet, 7¼ inches (4.15 meters)…Adidas’ Jennifer Suhr set an indoor world record (16-5.5/5.02) to win the event…Joanna Murphy (‘07), who holds two top-five marks in the Linfield record books, was seventh in the 3,000 meters (9:46.74).

COMING UP: The Wildcats head to Newberg to compete in the George Fox Rich Allen Classic next Saturday, March 9. First events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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Courtney Alley
Records career bests in both the hammer throw and discus

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