Lewis & Clark opens season at Puget Sound Invitational

Lewis & Clark opens season at Puget Sound Invitational

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark men's team won four individual events and one relay, while the women built enough points to place second overall, as the Pioneers started off the 2016 outdoor season at the Puget Sound Invitational on Saturday at Baker Stadium.

Helping the men's team to a fourth place finish, Kodie Artner won two events. A 15.22 mark put Artner in front of the pack of the 110-meter hurdles. In re 400-meter hurdles, Artner topped John-Robert Woolley of Whitworth by .12 seconds with a time of 54.65. He also teamed with Colin Brown, Deion Mock and David Lovitz to win the 4x100 relay ahead of the four-team field in 43.11.

The Pioneers were balanced, winning in distance and field events as well. Blake Slattengren cleared the field by 14 seconds in the 10,000 meters, posting a time of 32:17.36. Freshman Noah Avery cleared 6 feet 0.75 inches (1.85 meters) to win the high jump in his first outdoor event.

Lewis & Clark finished behind Whitworth for the women's team title, 40 points ahead of third place Puget Sound.

Freshman Alaina King debuted with a win in her first collegiate outdoor event. The Davis, Calif.-native took the 400-meter race in 59.57, running the only finals time under one minute. Amelia Jackson also won an individual event, taking the 800 meters in 2:23.34.

Along with the event victories, Lewis & Clark had numerous top three performances.

Emily Thompson raced the 100-meter hurdles in 16.29 to place third and was runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:08.33. Sophomore Rachel Stone finished fourth in the latter race with a 1:11.77 time.

Renee D'Espyne (pictured right) took bronze in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 13.10, placing .06 seconds ahead of teammate Jeanie Mullins.

Mullins, Thompson and King joined Katherine Kowal in the 4x100 relay for a second place finish at 50.89. Sarah Schoville, Rachelle Locey, Marissa Sandgren and D'Espyne were also in the field, placing third at 52.29. Kowal, King, Thompson and Kara Marler were third in the 4x400 relay at 4:17.09.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Aviva Browning started her senior year with a 12:17.71, third place finish. Frances Swanson was fourth at 12:39.47.

Lovitz was the runner-up in the men's 100 meters with a mark of 11.61, while Brown took second at 51.22 in the 400-meter dash. George Shoemaker finished third with a 10:16.67 time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The Pioneers were also second in the 4x400 relay after Brown, Artner, Jeff Mullins and Conor Sandoval finished in 3:29.22.

Lewis & Clark has one more meet, Mar. 12 at Pacific University's Preview, the Pioneers will host the Spring Break Open on Mar. 18-19.

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