Two honored at Oregon Sports Awards Pitcher Montana McNealy ’15 received the Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year award at the Oregon Sports Awards ceremony Thursday, June 11. Also featured was outgoing baseball coach Scott Brosius ’02, who was presented with the annual DNA Award. The award is given to the individual or organization demonstrating extraordinary passion and dedication to sports in Oregon. Track and field Using his closing speed and a tailwind on the back stretch of the men’s 400-meter dash, Jake Mihelich ’17 became Linfield’s first NCAA men’s champion since 2009. Mihelich blazed to a career-best time of 47.07 seconds to win the race by .11 seconds. He also earned fifth place in the men’s 200-meter dash. Mihelich was one of four student-athletes 2 2 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2015 to compete at championships in Canton, N.Y. Morgunn Ewing ’16 earned ninth place in the men’s javelin, Kate Shear ’15 placed seventh in the women's javelin to earn All-America honors and Dallas Edge ’17 competed in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Earlier in the season, Edge attained All-America status in the 60-meter hurdles, becoming Linfield’s first top-eight finisher in a running event in more than a decade at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Baseball Two Linfield pitchers and 2015 team co-captains have earned recognition on the All-Northwest Conference Baseball Team. Chris Haddeland ’15 was named NWC Pitcher of the Year while Corey VanDomelen ’15 became a three-time first team honoree. Third baseman Eric Lawson ’16 and pitcher Aaron Thomassen ’15 both earned second team recognition. Women’s tennis Making history as the first Wildcat to register a singles victory at the NCAA Division III Women’s Championships, Ella Riddle ’18 split a pair of matches to earn All-America status at the tennis championships in Mason, Ohio. She becomes the first Wildcat to qualify for the national singles, championship since the 2012 season. Golf Capping one of the finest golf careers in program history, Taylor Klopp ’15 was a repeat selection as a Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar. Klopp averaged 77.3 strokes per round during a senior campaign that culminated with him being named Northwest Conference Player of the Year. Wildcats go down swinging It took an unearned run in the late innings to finally silence the never-saynever Linfield Wildcat softball team, who finished third in the nation at the NCAA Division III Finals in Salem, Va. Linfield won 11 of 14 playoff games, including five loser-out contests, on the way to standing as one four teams left in the tournament. McKenzie Schmoll ’17, starting second baseman, was the 2015 recipient of Division III softball's Elite 89 Award. The prestigious academic honor is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championship events. Schmoll carries a 4.00 GPA while majoring in computer science. Nine team members were named to the 2015 Northwest Conference all-star team including, on first team, pitcher Montana McNealy ’15, first baseman Danielle Duman ’17, third baseman Erin Kinney ’17, catcher McKenna Spieth ’15 and outfielder Cheyenne Fletcher ’18. Duman and Schmoll were also recognized for their sterling academic records with appointments to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 team. McNealy, Duman, Fletcher, Kinney and Alissa Buss ’17 drew praise on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association 2015 All-West Region team.
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