FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Fourteen Wildcats posted season-best efforts in the final tune-up before the conference championships, the Pacific Luau, Saturday at Lincoln Park Stadium.
Nelly Evans recorded the eighth-fastest time in Linfield history in the 800-meter run, winning the event in 2 minutes, 18.88 seconds.
Melany Crocker (Sr., Milwaukie, Ore.) was a one-woman show in the shortest distances, sweeping the 100 (12.61) and the 200 (25.96).
Shanna Peaden paved the way for the distance crew, winning the 5,000-meter run by nearly a full minute over the runner-up. She completed the race in 18 minutes, 45.11 seconds. Teammate Audrey Lichten (Soph., Sequim, Wash.) took third in the 1,500 (season-best 4:52.71).
Misty Corwin won the pole vault in a season-best effort, clearing the bar at 11 feet, 5 ¾ inches (3.50m).
In the throws, Anna LaBeaume (Jr., Sequim, Wash.) was the only double-event winner on the women’s side of the meet, taking both the shot put (season-best 42-11.50/13.09m) and the discus (118-11/36.26m). She also finished third in the hammer throw with a heave of 137 feet, 7 inches (41.93m).
The Wildcat men now have an increased amount of flexibility in their entries for the Northwest Conference Championships after seeing several competitors post qualifying marks.
In the mid-distances, Colin Nelson blitzed the field in the 400-meter dash (50.53) while Lester Maxwell (Sr., Corvallis, Ore.) led a Linfield 1-2-3 finish in the 800. Maxwell was first in a season-best 1:56.35, edging teammates Lucian Battaglia in 1:56.84 and Eric Weinbender in 1:57.26.
Alex Van Slyke posted an NWC-qualifying time in the 1,500, finishing third in 4:06.98.
Arian Anderson and Calvin Howell (Soph., San Antonio, Texas) finished first and second, respectively, while recording NWC-qualifying marks in the 5,000. Anderson finished in 15 minutes, 53.48 seconds and Howell set a personal record in a time of 16:17.20.
Brandon Lemerande (Jr., Bandon, Ore.) was second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:00.11).
Bryan Takano and Garrett Soumokil tied for third in the long jump (21-01.00/6.12m). The mark was a career-best for both athletes and helped Takano qualify for the league championships. Soumokil also finished third in the triple jump (41-09.25/12.73m).
Five Wildcats placed in the top-three in the throwing events. Drew Wert (Sr., Grants Pass, Ore.) was runner-up in the shot put (44-04.75) and Caleb Stringer was third in the discus with an NWC-qualifying mark of 129-06 (39.48m).
Kyle Pfeifer (Sr., Eagle, Idaho) took second in the hammer throw (145-11/44.48).
Sean Boedeker and Josh Melander swept the top two places in the javelin. Boedeker won with a season-best throw of 175-11 (53.61m) and Melander was runner-up and qualified for the conference meet with a heave of 165-06 (50.44m).
NEXT: The Northwest Conference Championships, hosted by Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Wash., are scheduled for next Friday and Saturday. Last season, the Linfield women finished fourth while the Wildcat men were fifth in the team standings.
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