NEWBERG, Ore. – The Linfield track clubs made the most of their final tune-up before the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships with a pair of team wins at the Rich Allen Classic hosted by George Fox University. The one-day meet took place Saturday at Colcord Field.
The Wildcats took both hurdle events thanks to solid performances by Mike Eldredge and Barrett Zetterberg. Eldredge placed first in the 110-meter hurdles (season-best 16.22) and Zetterberg won the 400 hurdles (personal-best 57.77).
Linfield also swept the sprints, as Nick Turner won the 100 dash (11.27), Zach Kawamoto (Jr., Waipahu, Hawaii) won the 200 (season-best 23.16) and Cory Parrish won the 400 (season-best 51.02).
Lester Maxwell (Sr., Corvallis, Ore.) topped the field in the 800 (1:58.06) and Scott Gage took first in the 5,000 (16:09.37).
The Wildcats also won the 400 relay (43.28) with a team composed of Michael Chopp, Clayton Cooper, Michael Swain (Jr., Clackamas, Ore.) and Turner.
In the field events, Bryan Takano was first in the long jump (season-best 20-5) and Sean Boedeker threw farthest in the javelin (155-10).
Linfield placed first of six men’s teams with a score of 201. Other team scores included: Pacific (186), George Fox (138), Bruin Track Club (14), Run Portland (6) and Pacific Unattached (4).
Anna LaBeaume (Jr., Sequim, Wash.) was the top performer on the women’s side, taking first in two events and placing third in another. Her winning effort in the shot put (44-9 ½) elevated her to No. 3 all-time at Linfield in the event. She also won the discus (season-best 118-9) and was third in the hammer (125-10).
In other field events, Meghan Lockwood (Jr., Carmichael, Calif.) took first in the triple jump (32-3 ¾) and Kate Shear (Jr., Knappa, Ore.) won the javelin (136-1).
Distance runners Mimi Seeley and Siena Noe (Soph., Yakima, Wash.) crossed the tape first in their respective events. Seeley won the 1,500 (personal-best 4:57.10) and Noe was the top finisher in the 5,000 (personal-best 18:59.07).
Brooke Bekkedahl also took first in the 400 hurdles (1:08.54).
The Linfield women took first with a combined score of 230 points. The ‘Cats defeated second-place Pacific (146) and third-place George Fox (116).
NEXT: The Wildcats host the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Maxwell Field. Events begin at 2 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
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