PORTLAND, Ore. – Anna LaBeaume (Sr., Sequim, Wash.) was one of four individual double-event winners at the Pioneer Invitational, which served as the final opportunity for athletes to qualify for next weekend’s Northwest Conference Championships. The Linfield men and women placed second and fourth, respectively, at the two-day meet, hosted at both Frank C. Colcord Memorial Field at George Fox and the Eldon Fix Track at Lewis & Clark.
LaBeaume won the hammer throw, held Friday evening in Newberg, with a toss of 161 feet, 7 inches (49.25 meters) and the shot put, contested Saturday in Portland, with a heave of 40 feet, 3¼ inches (12.27m). She also took second in the discus (119-00/36.28m).
For the second straight week, Courtney Alley (Sr., Eagle, Idaho) recorded a career-best throw in the hammer, adding nearly eight feet to her week-old personal record (139.04/42.47m) to place third and move from ninth to seventh for the event in the Linfield record books. The junior also won the discus (122-02/37.25m).
Sprinters Melany Crocker and Halsie Peek (Jr., Corbett, Ore.) finished 3-4 in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 12.84 seconds and 12.95 seconds, respectively.
On the men’s side, Drew Wert won the shot put for the second straight meet, this time with a throw of 43 feet, 10¾ inches (13.38m). Teammates Mike Maierhofer (Jr., Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Stephen Hordes placed second and tied for third-respectively. Maierhofer’s farthest throw measured 42 feet, 8¾ inches (13.02m) while Hordes came in at 41 feet, 5 inches (12.62m). Wert also took sixth in the discus (127-07/38.89m).
Morgunn Ewing (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) was runner-up in the javelin (180-01/54.88m) while Nick Fairhart (Jr., Morton, Wash.) took third in the hammer (152-05/46.47m) and fourth in the discus (128-04/39.13m) as the Wildcats scored the bulk of their points in the throws.
Charlie Poppen set a personal record in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 4 inches (1.93 meters) to finish second.
In the running events, Jason Cheyne ran a career-best 11.13 seconds in the 100 as the runner-up and first finisher from the Northwest Conference.
Calvin Howell (Jr., San Antonio, Texas) took third in the 5,000 meters (16:12.12) and Brandon Lemerande (Sr., Bandon, Ore.) placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:48.20).
The Linfield women scored a total of 85 points, placing third among NWC programs behind second-place Lewis & Clark (128.50) and third-place Pacific (118). Corban won the meet after garnering 150.5 points.
Other top-eight, scoring performances in the running events were provided by Brenna Stinson (Soph., Roseburg, Ore.), Hannah Greider (Sr., Shoreline, Wash.), Siena Noe (Jr., Yakima, Wash.) and Dana Lester. Stinson was sixth in the 200 (28.04) and eighth in the 400 (1:03.98) in a pair of career-best times. Greider (4:55.09) and Noe (4:59.84) also set personal records to finish fourth and eighth, respectively, in the 1,500. Lester took sixth in the 5K (20:38.78).
Hannah Burks, Meghan Lockwood (Sr., Carmichael, Calif.), Celena Byerlee and Diondra Gomes scored points for Linfield in the field events. Burks was sixth in the pole vault (career-best 9-09.00/2.97m), while Lockwood took fifth in the long jump (15-08.25/4.78m) and fourth in the triple jump (33-02.50/10.12m). Gomes finished eighth in the shot put (29-00.00/8.84m).
The Wildcat men totaled 112.5 points to finish second behind Pacific (137).
Kyle Pfeifer provided another top-eight effort for Linfield in the hammer throw, placing sixth (136-01/41.49m). Steven Holland (Soph., Ione, Ore.) took eighth in the high jump (5-08.00/1.73m) and Conner Varnell was fifth in the triple jump (career-best 40-03.50/12.28m).
Michael Swain was eighth in the 100 (11.50) and Tom Steelhammer (Soph., Bend, Ore.) took fifth in the 400 (51.58). Linfield swept third through seventh place in the 5,000 meters, including Howell, Flint Martino (Jr., Kalispell, Mont.), Jason Hight (Sr., Orange, Calif.), Nic Miles and Brennan Lester (Sr., Sandy, Ore.). Howell, Martino, Miles and Lester all recorded career-best times. Clay Monahan (Soph., Sammamish, Wash.) finished fourth in the 110 hurdles (18.09) and seventh in the 400 hurdles (1:02.02).
AHEAD: The Northwest Conference Championships, hosted by Willamette at Charles Bowles Track in Salem, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.
Melany Crocker and Halsie Peek
Finish third and fourth in 100
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