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Linfield Mag 28 Fall 2014

’ c a t t r a c k s Athletes honored in Hall of Fame Eight former athletes were inducted into the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday, Nov. 9, at the annual AT&T Hall of Fame banquet. The Hall of Fame class of 2013 includes: Marci (Warnecke) Cammann ’98, three-time track and field All-American who set school records in the long jump and heptathlon, won three Northwest Conference titles and was named 1998 Female Athlete of the Year; Dawn Cartwright ’90, four-time first-team all-conference volleyball player who led the Wildcats to the 1989 NWC championship; Scott Hilgenberg ’85, three-time NWC baseball all-star and the Wildcats’ most valuable player in 1983, when he 2 2 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Fall 2013 led Linfield to conference and district championships; Gary McGarvie ’93 set rushing records while leading the Wildcats to the 1992 NAIA football title game, and was a member of the 1992 track team, setting a school record in the 4x100 relay; David Russell ’02 led Linfield to a 10-1 record and the 2002 NWC championship and set or equaled 10 school and Northwest records on his way to first team All-American honors; Mark Siegner ’86, a member of three national championship football teams, ranks eighth all-time in unassisted tackles, and NAIA All-American; Garry Killgore, retired cross country and track and field coach, current professor of health and human performance, 12-time NWC Coach of the Year, mentored six individual national champions, coached 70 NAIA and NCAA All-Americans during 22 seasons; Wes Suan ’78, former head tennis coach and an assistant football coach who also has coached football at the University of Hawaii and Southern Methodist University. Greg Mitchell ’95 didn’t just settle for cake and presents for his 40th birthday – he now holds the American Masters record in the 20,000 meters. Mitchell, associate cross country coach and accomplished runner, decided to do something special for his birthday. So he hit the track and beat the record by more than three minutes. “It didn’t cross my mind until a couple of months ago that I would ever be an American record holder,” said Mitchell, a two-time Northwest Conference champion in the 10,000 meters as a Wildcat. With nearly 200 friends and family members in attendance, Mitchell realized his goal. The event brought together people from the many facets of Mitchell’s life, including family, friends, fellow runners, the Linfield and McMinnville communities and the Upward Bound program. Much of his excitement about the event revolved around witnessing his various “life groups” interact with each other. To formally apply for the record, Mitchell needed to comply with USA Track & Field standards. This included recruiting enough runners to field a team of five, at least three of whom needed to finish the race; sanctioning the event through USA Track & Field, which required paperwork and a fee; organizing the presence of three certified officials; and setting up automated timing and photo finish systems. Mitchell called upon running buddies including Chris McIsaac ’10 and Cameron Chester ’13 as pacers and fellow competitors. He also enlisted the help coach of Travis Olson ’98 to handle logistical elements. The record does not officially belong to Mitchell yet; that status is contingent upon a vote by the USA Track & Field staff at a scheduled meeting later this year. While he awaits the final word, Mitchell expects to keep busy. In addition to assisting with the Linfield cross country program, as he has done for the past seven years, he participated in the USA Masters Marathon Championships Oct. 6 in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. “This was a neat experience,” Mitchell said of the record-setting performance, which ranks high among his long list of running achievements, including a top-35 effort at the 2010 Boston Marathon, two NWC championships and two runner-up finishes in the 10,000 meters and five national championship meet appearances. “It wasn’t just about me having a good time. I think people enjoyed watching, were excited about the record, and had a good time hanging out.” – Katherine Brackmann Record-setting run Greg Mitchell ’95, center, didn’t want an ordinary 40th birthday celebration. Mitchell, associate cross country coach and an accomplished runner, broke the American Masters record in the 20,000 meters. Helping him achieve his goal were from left, Chris McIsaac ’10, Cameron Chester ’13, Mitchell, Brant Lutz and Ben Zywicki.


Linfield Mag 28 Fall 2014
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