Pios notch a win, runner-up in WV8 to highlight Blue Heron Regatta

Pios notch a win, runner-up in WV8 to highlight Blue Heron Regatta

ARCATA, Calif. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers raced to a second-place finish in the women's varsity eight to highlight Saturday's Blue Heron Regatta.

The Pios also had a strong outing from the men's pair and a runner-up result in the varsity four.  Lewis & Clark's women's pair was also a winner.

"That was a fun day of racing," said head coach Sam Taylor. "It was challenging with some cool temperatures, a strong outgoing tide against the racing, as well as a stiff headwind. That made for long races but our team was prepared and handled it pretty well."

Lewis & Clark's women's varsity eight finished second behind Humboldt State, the host and perennial NCAA Division II national contender. The Pios finished in 9:45.45 and were over 1:15 faster than Northwest Conference mates Pacific and Mills, which finished fifth and seventh, respectively.

In the men's varsity four, the Pioneers finished in 10:16.14 behind Cal Maritime, which gives Lewis & Clark solid performances in back-to-back weeks after winning over Pacific Lutheran last weekend.

"Both squads learned a lot from today's races and we're going into our spring break with a really good idea of what we need to work on as we look forward to after break," said Taylor. The Pioneers have one more regular-season event, the Covered Bridge Regatta on Apr. 7, before the NWC Championships and WIRA Championships.

The novice boats shined for Lewis & Clark, too. The men's novice four placed second in 9:09.16, while their novice eight was third at 9:46.76, just five seconds behind Southern Oregon.

Lewis & Clark won the women's pair and placed second in the junior varsity four.