FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Saturday was a great day for Linfield’s track and field program, as several student-athletes walked away from the Pacific Preview with new personal-best marks.
Chelsea Machida was one such competitor. With a new personal-best height of 5-5 (1.65m), she won the high jump event. She was the only high jumper to clear the bar at that height.
Shanna Peaden crossed the line first in the 5,000 run. Her time of 18:27.78 was 10 seconds faster than the runner-up and qualified her for the Northwest Conference Championships.
Second-place finishes came from Brooke Bekkedahl and Anna LaBeaume (Jr., Sequim, Wash.). Bekkedahl was runner-up in the 400 hurdles (season-best 1:08.61) and LaBeaume was second in the shot put with a throw of 39-2½ (11.95m).
A pair of newcomers provided the Wildcats with third-place efforts. Kate Shear (Jr., Knappa, Ore.) finished third in the javelin with a throw of 126-04 (38.51). Danielle Maxwell, competing in the pole vault for the first time, was third in her event, reaching a height of 7-6 (2.29m).
On the men’s side, Bryan Takano and Eric Weinbender were the top performers.
Takano placed second in the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 41-10½ (12.76m).
Weinbender led a quartet of Linfield runners that finished in the top-5 in the 5,000 run. He was second with a time of 15:38.17 and was followed immediately by Scott Gage (15:45.83), Arian Anderson (15:47.34) and Joe Gladow (15:53.96). Weinbender, Gage and Anderson all qualified for the NWC Championships with their times.
No team score was compiled at the meet.
NEXT: The ‘Cats compete in the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open. The two-day event begins Friday at 10 a.m.
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