Updated Record Books
FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Registering top-six finishes in 23 of 36 total events, the Linfield women and men both placed second at the Pacific Luau, contested Saturday at Lincoln Park Stadium.
The Wildcat women compiled 123 points, finishing second to Lewis & Clark (157), while the Linfield men scored an even 100 points. Host Pacific won the men’s side with 189.5 points.
Courtney Alley (Jr., Eagle, Idaho) had a career day times three, setting new personal standards in the discus, shot put and hammer throw and cracking the Linfield Top 10 in the hammer with the ninth best mark in program history. The junior won the discus with a toss of 125 feet, 2 inches (38.16 meters) and was runner-up in both the shot put (38-06.75/11.75) and the hammer (131-09/40.15m). She junior added 14 inches to her previous best in the discus, almost a foot and a half in the shot put and a whopping seven feet in the hammer.
Alley took second in the shot put and hammer to teammate Anna LaBeaume (Jr., Sequim, Wash.), who won the former with a heave of 42 feet, ¾ inch (12.82m) and the latter with a toss of 156 feet, 7 inches (47.74m). LaBeaume was also second in the discus (121-02/36.94).
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Jill Boroughs (Sr., Kent, Wash.) dropped two seconds off her previous career best – the eighth fastest time in the Linfield record books – clocking in at 11 minutes, 56.06 seconds to win the event.
Melany Crocker (Sr., Milwaukie, Ore.) recorded season-best times in both the 200 (26.35) and the 100 (12.79) to place first and second, respectively. Teammate Halsie Peek (Soph., Corbett, Ore.) was fourth in both the 100 (12.94) and the 200 (26.56).
Also scoring for the Wildcat women in the sprints were Rachael Gernhart (Fr., Portland, Ore.) and Ellie Schmidt (Soph., Dundee, Ore.). Gernhart was sixth in the 100 (career-best 13.31) and also placed third in the long jump (15-02/4.62). Schmidt placed fifth in the 200 (27.13) and sixth in the 400 (1:03.18). Both times were career bests.
Calli Dowdy (Soph., Eugene, Ore.) and Hannah Greider (Soph., Shoreline, Wash.) placed in the top six in the 800, completing two laps in respective career-best times of 2:27.23 and 2:28.46. Emily Zegar (Sr., Salem, Ore.) ran her first collegiate 5,000 meters and placed third in 18 minutes, 58.75 seconds.
Linfield picked up 19 points in the jumps, led by third- and fourth-place efforts in the long jump (14.09.75/4.51m) and triple jump (season-best 33-04.75/10.18) by Meghan Lockwood (Jr., Carmichael, Calif.). Teammate Celena Byerlee (Fr., Portland, Ore.) took third in the long jump (14-08.00/4.47m) and tied a personal record in the triple jump (32-05.50/9.89m). Dana Gibbon (Soph., Kirkland, Wash.) placed sixth in the triple jump with a career-best leap of 27 feet, 6¾ inches (8.40 meters).
Amy Bumatai (Sr., Mililani, Hawaii) placed sixth in the pole vault (8-220.127.116.11m).
The Linfield men enjoyed one of their best meets yet, winning four events on the afternoon.
Jason Cheyne (Jr., Waikoloa, Hawaii) registered season-best times to win the 100-meter dash (11.30) and place second in the 200 (23.33). Fellow Wildcat Michael Swain (Jr., Clackamas, Ore.) tied for fifth in the 100 in a career-best 11.52 seconds.
Lester Maxwell (Sr., Corvallis, Ore.) claimed the 400 (50.19) and Manuel Finley (Fr., Port Orford, Ore.) was sixth in the 800 (2:05.53). Clay Monahan (Fr., Sammamish, Wash.) clocked career-best times in both the 110 hurdles (17.75) and the 400 hurdles (1:02.63).
In the distances, Flint Martino (Fr., Kalispell, Mont.) was sixth in the 1,500 (4:22.03) and Brandon Lemerande (Jr., Bandon, Ore.) placed second in the steeplechase (11:34.46).
Morgunn Ewing (Soph., Bothell, Wash.) and Drew Wert (Sr., Grants Pass, Ore.) led the throwing contingent with winning efforts in the javelin and shot put, respectively. Ewing added 11 inches to his previous career best in the javelin with a throw of 180 feet, 11 inches (55.14m). Wert recorded season bests in all three of his events, topping all competitors in the shot put (45-01.75/13.76m), placing sixth in the discus (129-01/39.95m) and second in the hammer (147-02/44.85m).
Stephen Hordes (Fr., Portland, Ore.) set a personal record to place third in the shot put (43-09.00/13.33m) while Jake Evans (Fr., Portland, Ore.) tied for sixth in the same event with a career-best heave of 41 feet, 2 ½ inches (12.56m). Kyle Pfeifer (Sr., Eagle, Idaho) finished third in the hammer (146-05/44.63m).
Linfield claimed third through fifth in the high jump, courtesy of Steven Holland (Fr., Ione, Ore.), Charlie Poppen (Soph., Oregon City, Ore.) and Mickey Arkans (Fr., Carlsbad, Calif.). Holland (5-11.25/1.81) came within a quarter-inch of his personal best, while Poppen (5-11.25/1.81) and Arkans (5-09.25/1.76) each set new personal records.
COMING UP: The Lewis & Clark Invitational, contested next Saturday at Eldon Fix Track in Portland, represents the final opportunity for Wildcats to qualify for the Northwest Conference Championships.
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