Linfield Wildcats

April 26, 2014
Wildcat rookie trio makes splash at NWCs
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TACOMA, Wash. – For anyone who thought Linfield school record holder Dallas Edge (Sr., Gig Harbor, Wash.) could run faster, the freshman hurdler proved them right in a big way.
The Wildcat set a Baker Stadium and Northwest Conference Championships meet record, registering the fourth fastest time in NCAA Division III this season, to win the 100-meter hurdles and highlight Linfield's showing at the championship meet. Action concluded on a partly sunny Saturday afternoon at the University of Puget Sound's home track. 
Edge's individual title was one of four combined individual victories – two each – for the Wildcat women and men, who placed fourth and seventh, respectively, in the team standings. Both squads finished one position higher than a season ago, with the Wildcat men more than quadrupling their point total (69.50). Linfield's women, meanwhile, scored 107 points. George Fox (195.5) and Whitworth (225) successfully defended their team titles on the women's and men's sides.
Kennedy Johnson won the triple jump and Jake Mihelich (Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.) topped the field in the 400 meters to lead the Linfield men.
Johnson made just two legal jumps out of six, fouling on all three attempts in the finals, but recorded a career-best leap of 46 feet, ¾ inch (14.04 meters) in the prelims to outdistance the runner-up by nearly two feet. He moved into a tie for the 10th best mark in Linfield history. Mihelich clocked the seventh fastest time in program history to win the open 400 by a full second (48.40) and also took third in the 200 meters (22.77).
Competing in the third running final (100 hurdles) of the second day, Edge knocked more than three-tenths of a second off her previous career best, broken again just a day before, and bested runner-up Charity Arn of George Fox by 44-hundreths of a second. The performance was just .06 second from the all-time NWC mark, set in 2011. Edge also took third in the open 100, cracking into the Linfield Top 10 in a second event with the eighth fastest performance in program history at 12.60 seconds.
Fellow hurdler Madison Gladding (Sr., Roseburg, Ore.) was sixth in the short hurdle race, chopping about two-tenths of a second off her previous career best in 16.29 seconds. Ellie Schmidt earned runner-up status in the 200 meters, edging George Fox's Rachael Kraske by just two-thousands of a second (25.677).
Linfield scored the bulk of its points in the distances, totaling seven top-eight finishes on Saturday, and 10 overall.
Both of Linfield's entries in the 1,500 and 800 scored points as Madison Trowbridge and Audrey Lichten each recorded a pair of top-eight finishes. In the 1,500 meters, Trowbridge registered a career-best 4 minutes, 52.83 seconds – dropping about four seconds off her previous personal record – to take seventh while Lichten came in about a second behind (4:53.89). Later, in the two-lap race, Trowbridge was fifth (2:21.80) while Lichten placed seventh (2:24.38).
Hannah Greider and Siena Noe successfully pulled a tough double in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, placing in the top sixth in both events. Greider followed up her fifth-place effort in Friday night's longer race with a runner-up finish in the 5K, dropping 12 seconds from her previous best to move from eighth to fifth in the Linfield record books. Noe, who took third in the 10K, was fourth in the 5,000 (career-best 18:09.00).
Teammate Katie Skinner registered her second career top-eight finish, including Friday's steeplechase, shaving about 12 seconds off her personal record to place sixth in the 5K (18:16.55).
Over in the field events, Kate Shear took third in the javelin, while Rachael Gernhart and Joy Harpham finished eighth in the triple jump and high jump, respectively. Shear's first throw of 137 feet, 4 inches (41.86m) was her best, Gernhart recorded a maximum leap of 34 feet, 9 inches (10.59m) and Harpham cleared the bar at 4 feet, 11½ inches (1.51m).
Linfield's men found the most success in the field events, recording five top-eight finishes on Day 2. Along with Johnson, Eric Igbinoba and Bryce Evans helped the ‘Cats score 14 points in the triple jump. Igbinoba took sixth (43-03.75/13.20m) and Evans placed eighth (40-11.75/12.49m).
Morgunn Ewing and Hunter Sams finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the javelin. Ewing registered his first career scoring effort at the championship meet with a career-best final throw of 183 feet (55.79m) while Sams, competing in his first season of collegiate track, added a full 10 feet to his career best, tossing the spear 181 feet. 
Over on the track, Chad Linnerooth scored his first career points at the NWC Championships with a third-place finish in the 1,500 (4:02.13) and Joe Gladow wrapped up his final league meet appearance with a seventh-place showing in the 5,000 (15:39.54).
All four of Linfield's relay team finished in the top six, and all in season-best times. Schmidt, Stinson, Gernhart and Edge took third in the 4x100 (49.69) while Haley Pattishall, Edge, Gernhart and Schmidt placed second in the 4x400 (4:03.08).
Steven Holland, Mihelich, Evans and Johnson teamed for the sixth-place finish in the 4x100 (43.88) and Holland, Tom Steelhammer, Evans and Mihelich took fourth in the 4x400 (3:25.06).
‘CAT SCRATCH: A total of nine Linfield Top 10 marks were recorded at the NWC Championships, 11 counting prelim performances by Edge (100H) and Mihelich (400) that were bettered on Saturday…Johnson's and Mihelich's victories in the triple jump and 400 meters, respectively, were the first individual NWC title for Linfield's men since Jeremy Lovell won the decathlon in 2010…the Wildcat men scored 53.5 more points than they did at last year's championships…Linfield's women totaled 35 more points than a season ago…competing in all three throws over four years, Anna LaBeaume recorded nine career top-three finishes at the NWC Championships.
UP NEXT: A handful of Wildcats compete at the high-profile Oregon Twilight (Friday-Saturday) but the majority of the team heads to Forest Grove for the Pacific Twilight (Saturday only).
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Hannah Greider
Runner-up in the 5,000 meters