SALEM, Ore. – Competing on a sunny and unseasonably warm Friday afternoon, Anna LaBeaume (Sr., Sequim, Wash.) registered the highest finish for the Wildcat contingent on Day 1 of the Northwest Conference Track & Field Championships, hosted by Willamette at the Charles Bowles Track.
LaBeaume, the two-time defending champion in the shot put, took third in the event this year behind Pacific Lutheran teammates Marisa Gonzales – who threw a personal best to surprise the field – and Samantha Potter. Linfield’s junior threw the shot 40 feet, 5½ inches (12.33 meters) to give Linfield its greatest number of points (six) in a single event on Friday.
Jill Boroughs recorded her highest career finish at the league championship meet and moved up to sixth on the Linfield Top 10 list in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She completed the race in 11 minutes, 38.51 seconds for about a 17-second personal record.
Nick Fairhart (Jr., Morton, Wash.) also used a career-best effort to score points for the Wildcats, taking sixth in the hammer with more than a seven-foot PR of 166 feet, 10¼ inches (50.85 meters). He was the only Linfield male to place on Friday.
After spending nearly the entire season sidelined from competition to rest a surgically repaired elbow, Kate Shear (Sr., Knappa, Ore.) made an impressive return with a fifth-place finish in the javelin. She tossed the spear an even 127 feet (38.70m), a mark that was about 13 feet off of her school record but enough to score five points for Linfield.
Hannah Greider (Sr., Shoreline, Wash.) and Joy Harpham (Soph., Ashland, Ore.) each added another point to the Wildcats’ first-day total in the 10,000 meters and high jump, respectively. Greider took eighth in the longest distance event (40:12.60) that was moved from a 3:30 p.m. start to a 7 p.m. start due to projected high temperatures. Harpham, competing in her first NWC Championship, tied for seventh in the high jump after clearing the bar at a maximum height of 4 feet, 11½ inches (1.51m).
Friday’s team scores, which included the results of the decathlon and heptathlon contested the week prior, bode well for both defending champions.
George Fox led all women’s teams with 83.5 points, followed by Whitworth (65), Willamette (64.5), Pacific Lutheran (22), Lewis & Clark (16), Linfield (15) and Puget Sound (7). The Whitworth men opened up a huge lead over the rest of the field, totaling 110 points to 45 for second-place Puget Sound. Other men’s scores included Willamette (38), Pacific (28), George Fox (21), Pacific Lutheran (19), Lewis & Clark (9) and Linfield (3).
AHEAD: Second-day action gets underway Saturday morning with the women’s hammer at 9:30 a.m. Running events begin with the men’s 4x100 relay at 12:30 p.m.
Places eighth in 10,000 meters
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