FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Three relay wins and a pair of individual victories were just some of the highlights from Linfield’s outing at the Pacific Preview track meet Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Park Stadium.
Melany Crocker (Sr., Milwaukie, Ore.) was runner-up in both of the short sprints, recording season-best times in both the 100-meter dash (12.66) and the 200 (26.27). She also led off Linfield’s winning 4x100 relay team (49.00) that also included Halsie Peek (Soph., Corbett, Ore.), Misty Corwin and Catherine Street.
Finishing first and second, respectively, in the 3,000 steeplechase were Brooke Niemann (Soph., Bellevue, Wash.) and Jill Boroughs (Sr., Kent, Wash.). Niemann completed the race in 12 minutes, 2.81 seconds while Boroughs recorded a time of 12 minutes, 28.31 seconds.
Anna LaBeaume (Jr., Sequim, Wash.) led the way in the throws, winning the shot put (season-best 41-3.75/12.59m) and taking second in both the discus (season-best 112-11/34.41m) and the hammer throw (146-09/44.74m).
Teamamte Courtney Alley (Jr., Eagle, Idaho) was third in the discus with a toss of 111 feet, 5 inches (33.96m).
Nick Turner and Jason Cheyne (Jr., Waikoloa, Hawaii) made sure the Wildcat men were well represented in the sprints. Individually, Turner was third in the 100 (season-best 11.16) and Cheyne took fourth in the 100 (season-best 11.19) and third in the 200 (season-best 22.76). Both were a part of Linfield’s first-place 4x100 relay team (42.97) with Zach Kawamoto (Jr., Waipahu, Hawaii) and Colin Nelson.
Kawamoto and Cheyne, along with Andrew DeWolf and Chad Linnerooth, also composed the Wildcats’ winning 4x400 relay team (3:27.33), which edged second-place Pacific Lutheran by just .16 of a second.
In the distance events, Lucian Battaglia placed second in the 800 (1:58.49), Eric Weinbender took third in the 1,500 (4:03.74) and Scott Gage dropped 22 seconds off his time in the 5,000 (15:17.22).
Linfield owned the 3,000 steeplechase, taking first, third and fourth. Alex Van Slyke won the event (10:04.27) and was followed by teammates Jason Hight (Jr., Orange, Calif.) (third, 10:45.02) and Calvin Howell (Soph., San Antonio, Texas) (fourth, 10:52.12).
The Wildcat men also got a second-place effort and two third-place showings in the field events. Competing in the pole vault for the first time in a Linfield uniform, Kole Krieger placed second, clearing the bar at 13 feet, 6 ¼ inches (4.12m).
Kyle Pfeifer (Sr., Eagle, Idaho) took third in the hammer (155-06/47.39m) and Sean Boedeker was third in the javelin (159-04/48.56m).
No team scores were compiled at the meet, which featured athletes representing Division III, NAIA and various track clubs, as well as numerous unattached competitors.
COMING UP: A handful of athletes will compete at the Oregon Preview next Sunday at Hayward Field in Eugene. The full Linfield squad competes next at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open next Friday and Saturday at the Eldon Fix Track in Portland.
Alex Van Slyke
Director of Sports Information
McMinnville, OR 97128