Wildcats stride past opponents; embrace strong winds, rain


Fletcher Wilkin

Jaime Rodden (left), ‘18, and Nicole Bissey (right), ‘21, trying to break through the pack during the 1500m.

Alex Jensen, Sports Editor

The Wildcats strode past adverse weather conditions to multiple first and secondary honors over the weekend at the Linfield Jenn Boyman Memorial.

The meet brought more than three dozen track and field alumni. Some competed in the alumni mile.

Linfield swept the top three spots in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Junior Kycie Richwine charged in front with 17.52 seconds. Freshman Kristen Burke and sophomore Baylie Cameron were right behind her fractions of a second later.

Cameron followed up with a first-place finish in the 400m hurdles crossing the line in 1:07.69 minutes.

“Although the strong head wind had adverse effects on running times, it provided a valuable training opportunity against a resistive force,” Cameron said.

Junior Olivia McDaniel snagged first in the women’s pole vault soaring 12 feet ½ inches high. This ranks McDaniel fifth in the nation among division three competitors.
Freshman Meg Angier jumped 10 feet 8 ¼ inches to grab third place.

Linfield went first and second in the women’s 1500m. Freshman Nicole Bissey earned first place crossing the line in 4 minutes 59.62 minutes. Senior Jamie Rodden followed right behind her at 5:00.04. The two worked together to outkick the Puget Sounds women who were leading the race.

“[Saturday] was a really great day for both me and my teammates,” Bissey said. “Jamie and I killed it for Linfield. We worked together to beat our opponents and score points for Linfield.
“For my 1500m race, I felt both physically and mentally prepared. I was very locked into the race and wanted the win and this is why I was successful. I didn’t let a gap form between me and girls in front by staying on their shoulder,” Bissey said.

Senior Jeff Lieder earned top honors in the men’s shot put throwing 46 feet 8 inches. Fellow senior Ryne Fuhrmark followed in second with a throw of 43 feet 4 ¼ inches.
The Lieder Fuhrmark duo continued their success into the discuss where they took second and third place. Lieder came out on top throwing 132 feet 8 inches over Fuhrmark’s 125 feet 7 inches throw.

“I felt really good about the meet. It was raining and really windy but it’s Oregon, so I was used to it. I’m just glad I was able I was able to go compete well and my teammates were able to do the same,” Lieder said.

Senior Taylor Vicknair came in first place in the men’s 400m in a time of 1:00.26 minutes. He also placed third in the 110m hurdles with 19.13 seconds.

Sophomore Dana Brooks secured second place in the women’s javelin throwing 115 feet 7 inches.

Freshman Max Lommen earned fourth in the men’s high jump marking 5 feet 11 ¼ inches. Senior Ana Ramirez had a matching fourth place in the women’s steeplechase in a time of 12:57.49.

Junior Cody Mitchell earned fourth in both the men’s shot put and hammer. In the shot put he threw 42 feet 1 ¼ inches and in the hammer 118 feet 11 inches. Mitchell also placed sixth in the discus.

Sophomore Alec Miller placed fourth in the men’s javelin throwing 152 feet 3 inches.

Sophomore Molly Danielson came in fourth in the women’s discus with 112 feet 7 inches. Senior Kailey Wright had a matching fourth place but, in the hammer, throwing 144 feet 10 inches.

Linfield went sixth through ninth in the 10k. Junior Courtney Beard led the pack crossing the line at 43 minutes, 28.8 seconds. Sophomore Kelly Roth and senior Kaelia Neal were right behind her coming across fractions of a second later.

Freshman Travis Crockett finished seventh in the men’s 100m. Senior Jeff Lee had a matching seventh place in the 1500m.

On the alumni side, Joni Claypool placed first in the women’s shot put having a heaping throw of 39 feet 1 ¼ inches. Olivia Marquardt finished eighth in the women’s 800m.

In the alumni mile Joe Gladow took the charge followed by Chris Mcisaac, Alex Mangan and Hannah Greider.

Next, some of the Wildcats will be competing at the NWC Multi-Event Championships starting Monday and going through Tuesday. Then the team will be together again for the Lewis and Clark Invitational Saturday, April 13 in Portland. It will be the last chance for athletes to qualify for the NWC Championships.