SALEM, Ore. – A pair of Wildcats earned distinction as Linfield’s No. 1 runner for the first time their careers in a crowded field at the 38th Annual Charles Bowles Invitational, hosted by Willamette, Saturday morning at Bush’s Pasture Park.
Calvin Howell (Jr., San Antonio, Texas) paced the ‘Cats in the Men’s Cardinal 8K Race, placing 47th in a time of 26 minutes, 20.26 seconds. He finished as the 12th runner from the Northwest Conference and the 19th runner from Division III.
In all, Linfield placed three runners in the top 60 of the 170-competitor field. Joe Gladow (Sr., Shoreline, Wash.) was 55th overall (26:27.35) and Frankie Moncada placed 59th (26:34.81).
The Wildcat men, as a team, finished 15th overall, eighth among Division III programs and fifth from the Northwest Conference, with a total of 181 points.
Jason Hight (Sr., Orange, Calif.) was 119th in 27.50.69 and Brandon Lemerande (Sr., Bandon, Ore.) finished 130th in 28:16.59. Chad Linnerooth (Jr., Carnation, Wash.), taking 134th in 28:20.25, and Alex Mangan (Soph., Klamath Falls, Ore.), placing 136th in 28:27.64, also scored points for Linfield.
Brooke Niemann (Jr., Bellevue, Wash.) finished first for the Linfield women, completing the five-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 4.09 seconds. She was 35th overall and 11th among divisional competitors in a race with 212 total runners.
Finishing less than a second behind Niemann was Hannah Greider (Sr., Shoreline, Wash.). The junior recorded a time of 19:04.37 as Linfield’s No. 2 runner. Mimi Seeley (Sr., Redmond, Ore.) was third for the Wildcats in 54th place (19:13.19).
Sienna Noe (64th, 19:19.67), Audrey Lichten (76th, 19:30.83), Katie Skinner (Sr., Portland, Ore.) (95th, 19:44.60) and Jill Boroughs (119th, 20:05.01) rounded out the scoring for Linfield.
The Wildcat women placed second among NWC and Division III squads with 92 points.
COMING UP: Linfield’s final competition before the Northwest Conference Championships is the Lewis & Clark Invitational, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13.
Drops more than a minute off 2011 time at same course
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