McMINNVILLE, Ore. – The trip from Monmouth to McMinnville was worthwhile for Western Oregon, as the Wolves saw two of their athletes claim individual titles Tuesday at the Linfield Multi-Events competition at Maxwell Field.
WOU’s Charlene Harber won the women’s heptathlon, totaling 3,562 points. Hannah Scholter of St. Martin’s was second (3,562) and Western Oregon’s Kayla Dolby took third (3,329).
Harber won two events outright on Monday and then claimed two of three victories the next day. She topped the field in the shot put (35-07.75), 200-meter dash (29.20), long jump (16-10.75). On Monday, Harber also tied with teammate Dolby in the high jump as both cleared a height of 4 feet, 10 ¼ inches.
Dolby also placed first in the javelin throw with a toss of 110 feet, 7 inches. Scholter was the top finisher in the 100 hurdles (17.28) and the 800, winning the latter by a full six seconds in 2:41.30.
Jake Hyde of Western Oregon won the decathlon with 5,722 points, outscoring teammate Eric Gaines by nearly 400 points. Gaines finished with 5,327 points, his best performance coming in the 110 hurdles (first, 16.93).
Hyde jumped out to a huge point advantage after the first session, winning four of five events, including the 100 (11.71), long jump (22-00.25), shot put (39-01.75) and high jump (5-08.75). Though he did not win any events on Day 2, his lead was too great for anyone to overcome.
Michael Madden (Jr., Buckley, Wash.) cracked the 5,000-point plateau, finishing third with 5,100 total points. After sitting in fifth place after the first session, he won the final two events on Tuesday to move up in the standings. He had the best throw in the javelin at 143 feet, 9 inches and crossed the line first in the 1,500 (4:43.86).
The three athletes from St. Martin’s – Michael Holland, Steven Dunn and Austin Brenner – finished fourth through sixth, respectively. Holland won the pole vault (11-09.75) while Dunn claimed victories in the 400 (51.93) and the discus (98-05).
NEXT: A handful of Linfield athletes, primarily distance runners, will compete at the Willamette Invitational this Friday at the Charles Bowles Track in Salem. The next full meet is the Linfield Jenn Boyman Invitational, scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at Maxwell Field.
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