NEWBERG, Ore. – Melany Crocker (Sr., Milwaukie, Ore.) swept the sprints in her season debut for two of Linfield’s 10 event victories as the Wildcats topped a field of three Northwest Conference squads at the George Fox Rich Allen Classic. The Linfield men placed third in the tri-meet, contested on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Colcord Field.
Crocker, running in her first competitive meet since an offseason accident in which a tree branch crushed her arm and pelvis, won the 100-meter dash (12.94) and the 200 (27.11). Fellow Wildcat Halsie Peek (Soph., Corbett, Ore.) was runner-up in both events, clocking in at 12.98 seconds in the 100 and 27.40 seconds in the half-lap race. Both were season bests.
Ellie Schmidt (Soph., Dundee, Ore.) crossed the finish line first in the 400 (career-best 1.03.10) and teamed with Peek, Rachael Gernhart (Fr., Portland, Ore.) and Crocker for a victory in the 4x100 relay (50.73). Gerhart claimed an individual win in the triple jump with a maximum leap of 34 feet, 8¼ inches (10.57 meters).
Linfield’s other first-place finish in the running events came in the 5,000 meters, in which Siena Noe (Soph., Yakima, Wash.) registered a career-best time of 18:45.62.
Joy Harpham (Fr., Ashland, Ore.) won the high jump, clearing the bar at a career-best 5 feet, ¼ inch (1.53 meters).
Over in the throws, Anna LaBeaume (Jr., Sequim, Wash.) claimed a pair of victories in the shot put (season-best 36-06.25/11.13) and the hammer throw (156-00/47.56). She was also second in the discus (106-03/32.40). Teammate Courtney Alley (Jr., Eagle, Idaho) topped the field in the discus (35.32/115-10) and was runner-up in the shot put (35-03.25/10.75).
Linfield won 10 events, totaling 83 points. Defending NWC team champion George Fox was second (50) while Lewis & Clark took third (49).
In men’s competition, the Wildcats won three events and registered four runner-up performances to finish third (41) in the team standings, behind Lewis & Clark (73) and host George Fox (49).
Jason Cheyne (Jr., Waikoloa, Hawaii) won the 200-meter dash (season-best 23.43) and was second in the 100 (season-best 11.35). Lester Maxwell (Sr., Corvallis, Ore.) was the fastest competitor to complete one lap on the track, clocking in at a season-best 51.38 in the 400.
Clay Monahan (Fr., Sammamish, Wash.) provided Linfield’s only other victory, winning the 110 hurdles in 19.65 seconds.
The Wildcats throwers supplied three second-place finishes. Drew Wert (Sr., Grants Pass, Ore.) threw the shot put 41 feet, 11½ inches (12.79m) while Kyle Pfeifer (Sr., Eagle, Idaho) hurled the hammer 143 feet, 6 inches (season-best 43.74). Morgunn Ewing (Soph., Bothell, Wash.) was runner-up in the javelin (165-02/50.34).
NEXT: Selected Wildcats head to Forest Grove for the Pacific Multi-Events meet next Thursday and Friday, but the bulk of the roster is set to compete at home in Saturday’s Wildcat Open. Competition at Maxwell Field begins at 10 a.m.
Victorious in the 110 hurdles
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