McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Five more Linfield track and field athletes received all-league honors as both squads finished in the top five at the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships at Maxwell Field. The two-day meet concluded Saturday.
The Linfield women finished fourth in the team standings, while the men were fifth.
Catherine Street and Anna LaBeaume (Jr., Sequim, Wash.) were the sole event winners for the Wildcats. Street took first in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 13-1¾. LaBeaume won the shot put with a throw of 42-6 and also placed sixth in the hammer (134-9).
The ‘Cats got two fourth-place finishes from Melany Crocker (Sr., Milwaukie, Ore.) in the 100-meter dash (season-best 13.07) and Brooke Bekkedahl in the 400 hurdles (season-best 1:06.97).
Other finalists included Mimi Seeley in the 5,000 (fifth, collegiate-best 18:17.25) and Morgan Cohen (Soph., Hillsboro, Ore.) in the 100 (13.34).
Lester Maxwell (Sr., Corvallis, Ore.) led the way for the Linfield men, placing third in the 800 (1:55.94).
Mike Eldredge and Nick Turner each placed in the top-eight in two events. Eldredge was fifth in the 100 hurdles (season-best 15.80) and eight in the 400 hurdles (1:04.26). Turner finished sixth in the 100 (11.27) and took fifth in the 200 (22.99).
Two Linfield runners posted collegiate-best times in sixth-place efforts. Eric Weinbender was sixth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:03.61 and Cory Parrish took sixth in the 400 (50.88).
Three Wildcats scored points in the high jump. Stephen Dennis and Michael Moreland tied for third place, reaching a height of 6-1¼. Teammate Patrick McMahon was eighth after clearing the bar at 5-11¼.
George Fox won the women’s team champion with 219 points. Other team scores included: Willamette (144), Whitworth (142), Linfield (79), Lewis & Clark (72), Puget Sound (60), Pacific Lutheran (60) and Pacific (42).
Whitworth won the men’s title for the second straight year, totaling 242 points. Other team scores included: Willamette (188), George Fox (119), Pacific Lutheran (109), Linfield (68), Pacific (57), Puget Sound (18) and Lewis & Clark (16).
Athletes who placed in the top three were recognized as all-Northwest Conference.
In addition, individual awards went to Female Track Athlete of the Meet Kimber Mattox of Willamette, Female Field Athlete of the Meet Beth Stam of Whitworth, Male Track Athlete of the Meet Leo Castillo of Willamette and Male Field Athlete of the Meet Nate Dillow of George Fox.
Toby Schwarz of Whitworth was recognized as the Men’s Coach of the Year and John Smith of George Fox was chosen as the Women’s Coach of the Year.
NEXT: Linfield athletes have two more shots to qualify for the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships, either Saturday at the Pacific Twilight in Forest Grove or Friday, May 6 at the Oregon Twilight in Eugene.
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