Track & Field Solid at Pacific Luau

Track & Field Solid at Pacific Luau

FOREST GROVE, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark men's and women's track & field teams had a solid showing at the Pacific Luau on Saturday afternoon. 

Competing against six of the eight conference teams, the Pioneers were forced to battle through intermittent weather, which saw extreme wind and rain or blue skies. 

For the women, Katie Kowal set a personal best in the 200m dash with a time of 26.57, which earned her fifth place. Kowal then battled heavy winds in the 400m dash, finishing sixth with a time of 1:01.03.

Amelia Jackson and Susan Heinselman were also forced to race into the win in the 800m, with Jackson finishing fourth (2:28.22) and Heinselman sixth (2:29.87). Kori Groenveld and Angie Epifano each finished the 1500m in the top-10, with Groenveld leading the way with a 5:18.39 for ninth place. 

Running in her first 5000m of the season, Teresa Stackhouse set a personal best with a time of 18:52.46, which was good enough to qualify her for the Northwest Conference Championships. 

Rachel Stone finished the 100m hurdles in strong winds, ending with a 17.28 for ninth place. Competing in her first 3000m steeplechase of the season, Ali Brauer qualified for the NWC Championships with a time of 12:20.54. 

Alexi Shean took down her competition in the high jump, earning first place with a height of 5-00.25 (1.53m).  Jeanie Mullins picked up back-to-back third place finishes in the long jump (15-02.00 / 4.62m) and triple jump (33-06.00 / 10.21m). 

Brigitte Russo collected a first place finish in the hammer throw with the second best throw of her career. The senior threw 146-00 (44.51m), beating her competition with ease. Russo was also solid in the shot put, finishing in third place with a distance of 37-00.50 (11.29m). Glenna Andrews earned a fourth place finish in the hammer throw with a distance of 129-03 (39.40m), while Sarah Bucknovitz finished sixth (121-03 (36.96m).  

For the men, Curtis Shirey ran his second best 100m dash ever, taking home first place with a time of 10.90. The senior sprinter also picked up a third place finish in the 200m dash (22.59). Shirey also took sixth in the long jump (20-06.25 / 6.25m). 

Michael Walker was solid in the 400m dash with a third place finish (51.82), while Colin Brown finished eighth (52.86). Kory Andersen, Kyle Sanborn and Evan Gamza finished the 1500m in succession, with Andersen leading the way in seventh place (4:24.00). 

Running in his first 5000m of his collegiate career, Jeff Mullins set a personal best with a 15:30.02. Tyler Sugai (15:43.79) and Blake Slattengren (15:44.29) also had good performances for the Pioneers in the event. 

Kodie Artner continues to dominate the 110m hurdles, setting yet another personal best in the event. Artner's time of 14.96 is the Northwest Conference's best time and moves the junior into the Lewis & Clark All-Time Top-10. Artner also set a season best in the 400m hurdles, finishing the event in first with a time of 54.07. 

Deion Mock took down all his competition in the pole vault with a solid 14-04.00 (4.37m). Christen Cromer finished in third place in the triple jump with a distance of 41-04.25 (12.60m).