The Southwestern Lakers met 6 other NWAC colleges, eight other 4 year schools, and 5 clubs last Saturday, March 3rd for the 2018 Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker Invitational in McMinnville, OR, a traditional first meet for the Oregon outdoor season. While some veteran spectators commented that the event drew a smaller crowd than previous years, no doubt thanks to the threat of snow and overall chilly conditions, hundreds of student and citizen athletes competed making well contested flights and heats in all events.
Throwers and Jumpers started first. Lakers in Men’s Discus included Ryan Cecil at 31st with 24.95m [81′ 10.5”], Dustin Robey at 26th with 28.05m [92′ 0.5”], Erick Zamora Ajtun at 22nd with 30.69m [100’ 8.5”], and leading the Men was Dylan Jennings at 17th with a Personal Record (PR) of 32.55m [106’ 9.75”]. At the same time, the Laker Women earned PRs in Hammer, a new throw for student-athletes at the college level. Destiny Martinez took 17th at 21.86m [71’ 9”] and Kia Collins made the podium. Like all Field events, 1 of her first 3 attempts placed her in the top 9. With 3 more tries in the Finals, she took 8th with 32.71m [107’ 4”] on her final throw. Men’s Long Jump also started early where Kaleb Sadoff Tierney earned 36th with 4.26m [13’ 11.75”] and Christian Ambrogio 35th with 4.86m [15’ 11.5”].
Track races began with Lamont Klepper’s PR in Men’s 3000m Steeplechase, also a new event for collegians. He conservatively and safely leapt the water jump and heavy wooden barriers, a total of 35 obstacles, taking 6th in 10:58.09. Sprinting Men were next up in the 400m Relay, the 4 x 100, with one Laker team disqualified with a baton-passing error joining many other squads being DQ’d. Happily, the other relay team took 2nd in 43.51, a tricky automatic NWAC Championship qualifying mark in March! The one lap race, the 400m was next. For the women, Madison Davis ran 1:13.84 for 9th. On the men’s side, Matthew Kashiwamura was 27th in 1:13.82, Ryan Cecil 26th at 1:05.05, Everett Evanoff 24th at 58.31, and Clinton Omandi 22nd at 58.06. After hurdle races, Laker Women contested the 100m with Ryleigh Cobb 20th in 14.32. For the men, Carter Rudisill earned 25th with 11.88, Angel Moreno 19th in 11.58, Bryan Hunt 10th in 11.39, and winning the event was Kudakwashe Murasiranwa in 11.02. Kuda anchored the 2nd place 400 Relay team too.
In Field events in the late morning, Lillian Weatherman jumped in Pole Vault, and then Brandon Dowd hustled his warmup jumps to run the 400 Relay then returned to take 11th clearing a 3.5m [11’ 5.75”] bar. In Women’s Discus, Mazie Martin was 18th at 22.83m [74’ 11”], Destiny 12th at 29.85m [97’ 11.5”], and Kia 9th with 30.30m [99’ 5.25”]. In Men’s Hammer, Dylan was 27th with 21.76m [71’ 5”], Erick 26th 25.48m [83′ 7.5”], Dustin 24th in 26.31m [86′ 4″], and Bryan Terry led at 15th in 33.88m [111′ 21.25”]. Dustin jogged the half mile to hammer after making Finals in Javelin taking 7th in 46.60m [152′ 11″]. Women’s Javelin followed with Kia 15th in 31.11m [102′ 1″] and Mazie 11th in 32.93m [108′ 0.75”]. At Men’s Triple Jump, Christian took 12th in 12.33m [40′ 5.5”] and Ethan File also had some good looking 40 foot jumps that couldn’t be marked as he joined many athletes putting that first step just a toe over the legal line. Throws finished with Shot Put in the afternoon. For the women, Destiny took 17th at 8.93m [29′ 3.75”] and Kia 10th at 10.32m [33′ 10.25”]. On the Men’s side, Dylan was 24th in 9.87m [32′ 4.75”], Erick 22nd in 10.03m [32′ 11″], and Bryan was the highest placing Field athlete of the meet taking 3rd in 13.34m [43′ 9.25”], 6 inches from an NWAC auto-qualifying mark.
Lamont was back on the Track about 1:30 in the afternoon taking 22nd in the Men’s 800m with 2:10.88. For the Women’s 200m, Madison was 28th at 30.85 and Lillian 20th, a PR at 29.24. For the Men’s 200, Matthew was 42nd at 31.20, Everett 41st in 26.42, Clinton 38th in 25.79, Carter 23rd in 24.33, Angel 11th in 23.29, and Kuda 2nd in 22.25. That was 0.10 behind the winner, the Senior from George Fox University Kuda beat by 0.07 in the 100m. Races concluded with the 1600 Relay, the 4 x 400. The Laker Women placed 8th at 4:51.24. Two Men’s teams ran, the first 17th in 3:51.47 and the second 10th in 3:40.30. That relay was Kuda’s 4th race of the day including 3 auto-qualifying marks, an event win and two 2nd place finishes. Our 2017 NWAC Men’s’ 100 Meters Champion has opened his outdoor season fit and stronger than ever being poised to get really fast by May. The Lakers compete next in the Saints Open at Mt. Hood Community College March 10th. See the full results here https://golinfieldwildcats.com/documents/2018/3/3//Icebreaker_results_2018.pdf.