Cracking the top-10 has its rewards, and for Linfield sprinter Melany Crocker (Sr., Milwaukie, Ore.) and thrower Anna LaBeaume (Jr., Sequim, Wash.), that includes recognition as the Northwest Conference Women’s Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Week, respectively. The weekly honors were announced Tuesday by the league’s sports information directors.
Crocker recorded two of the fastest times in Linfield history in the 100-meter dash and the 200 at the Jenn Boyman Invitational, placing first and second, respectively. Her winning time in the 100 (12.41) ranks third all-time while her 200 time (25.94) is now fifth-best. Among Northwest Conference competition this season, her 100 time ranks second and her 200 time is third.
The junior has qualified for the NWC Championships in both events, and leads off Linfield’s 4x100 relay, which has recorded the league’s top time of the year, and the sixth-fastest in program history, at 49.00 seconds.
At last year’s NWC Championships, Crocker placed fourth in the 100, but did not make the finals in the 200. She was also a member of the Wildcats’ second-place 4x100 relay team.
LaBeaume recorded the ninth-best discus mark in Linfield history, and second-best in the NWC this year, at the Jenn Boyman Invitational with a throw of 127 feet even. She placed third in the event behind two competitors from Concordia. She also finished second in the shot put, first among NWC competitors, and fifth in the hammer throw, second among NWC competitors.
The sophomore has qualified for the NWC Championships in all three events. In addition to holding the league’s second-best discus toss this season, she also boasts the best shot put throw (41-3.75) and the second-longest hammer throw (150-04).
LaBeaume, the league’s defending shot put champion, now ranks in Linfield’s top 10 in all three throwing events.
NEXT: Crocker, LaBeaume and the rest of the Wildcats compete next at the Pacific Luau Saturday. Action begins at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Park Stadium in Forest Grove.
Crocker and LaBeaume
Two of Linfield's all-time greats
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