Sprinters to compete at indoor nationals

Kaelia Neal, Sports Editor

The Wildcats have been working hard during their preseason in the hopes of making it to the NCAA Indoor Championships, which is on March 11 and 12 in Grinnell, Iowa.

Linfield has already competed in five indoor track meets throughout Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

So far, two ’Cats are in position to earn a ticket to the championships.

Jake Mihelich is ranked number one among other division three runners for an indoor 400-meters, which means it is almost certain that he is making it to indoor nationals since the top-15 male athletes in each event earn the opportunity to compete.

“I feel like I am right where I need to be. Even if my number one seed doesn’t hold out I am fine with that,” Mihelich said.

Since Mihelich is only racing the 400, he is “going to try and win by as much as possible” because he does not “have to worry about saving energy.”

“I can leave it all out there,” he said.

The junior sprint star is no stranger to nationals. Mihelich was the outdoor 400-meter dash national champion in 2015. His personal best time of 47.07 seconds ranks him second on Linfield’s All-Time Top 10 Record List.

Mihelich is also second on the record list in the 200 with a time of 21.44.

The other Wildcat in position for an opportunity to compete at indoor nationals is Linfield’s top hurdler, Dallas Edge.

Edge is also no stranger to nationals. She qualified for the 2015 indoor championships in the 60 hurdles, where she placed eighth with a time of 8.93.

She also qualified for the 2015 outdoor championships in the 100 hurdles, where she placed 17th out of 20 competitors.

Edge is currently ranked 13th among division three women in the indoor 60-meter hurdles. The top 17 female athletes are guaranteed a spot to nationals, so she is on the borderline of solidifying her spot.

“Dallas is on the bubble so we are going to send her to a last chance meet in Seattle on February 27th to see if she can improve her time,” Head coach Travis Olson said.