Linfield Wildcats

April 25, 2014
LaBeaume claims fifth NWC title on Day 1
First-Day Results
TACOMA, Wash. – Scoring all of its points in the distances and throws, Linfield jumped to a fourth-place standing among women's programs after one day at the Northwest Conference Championships, contested at the University of Puget Sound's Baker Stadium. The Wildcat men, meanwhile, took seventh with one day of competition remaining.
Anna LaBeaume won her fifth overall individual league title, and third in the shot put, by placing third in the hammer throw to score 16 points for the Wildcats. The senior tossed the shot put 41 feet, 5 inches (12.62 meters) on her final throw to outdistance Whitworth's Mary Data by .14 meters. In the hammer, Linfield's school record holder hurled the ball and chain 149 feet (45.46m) on her second throw to take third.
Siena Noe and Hannah Greider placed third and fourth, respectively, with sub-38 minute times in the 10,000 meters. Both climbed the program's all-time performance ladder. Clocking in at 37 minutes, 37.46 seconds, Noe knocked more than half a minute off her previous career best to move from sixth to third on the Linfield Top 10. Greider finished shortly after, riding about a 22-second PR (37:5782) to slide from seventh to sixth in the record books.
Teammate Katie Skinner made her first career appearance on the Linfield Top 10 list, taking sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a career-best 11 minutes, 39.69 seconds, a performance that ranks sixth all time and contributed three points toward Linfield's total on Day 1.
On the men's side, Joe Gladow registered his highest career finish at the NWC Championships, placing fourth in the 10K. He completed the last race of the day in 32 minutes, 35.03 seconds, dropping a solid 15 seconds off his previous best time.
In the field events, Steven Holland and Kennedy Johnson registered top-five finishes in the jumps. Holland tied for fifth in the high jump, clearing the bar at a career-best 6 feet, 2 inches (1.89m) while Johnson took fifth place outright in the long jump with his first jump of 21 feet, 6 inches (6.57m).
In the preliminary races, Dallas Edge (Sr., Gig Harbor, Wash.) dropped an impressive 14-hundredths of a second from her school record in the 100 hurdles, winning the first heat and registering the fastest qualifying time of the day in 14.60 seconds. The second fastest time (14.9) belonged to George Fox's Charity Arn, the reigning champion in the event. Edge also qualified in the open 100 (12.76) with a time just 0.02 seconds from cracking the Linfield Top 10 in a second event.
Ellie Schmidt qualified for the 200-meter final (25.85) while Madison Trowbridge and Audrey Lichten earned places in the 800-meter final, completing the two-lap race in 2:19.12 and 2:19.48, respectively. Trowbridge's time was a career best.
Jake Mihelich (Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.) was a double-event finals qualifier, clocking the fastest time of the day in the 400 meters and sixth fastest in the open 200 (22.54). Winning the first heat of the 400, he moved into eighth place on the Linfield Top 10 list with a time of 48.7 seconds, more than a full second faster than his previous career best.
Collectively, Linfield's women totaled 33 points, just five points out of third place, held by Willamette. Entering the meet with 20 points after the multi-event championships, George Fox (85) opened up nearly a 40-point lead over second-place Whitworth (48.5).
On the men's side, the Wildcats compiled a team score of 12.5 points, trailing, among other teams, sixth-place Willamette by 4.6 points. Whitworth (84) gained a 44-point advantage over George Fox.
COMING UP: Championship action wraps up Saturday, with field events scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and the first running events to start at noon.
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Anna LaBeaume
Wins title on final throw