Lewis & Clark earns six top four finishes

Lewis & Clark earns six top four finishes

SALEM, Ore. -- Deion Mock and Kodie Artner won events, as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers picked up six top four finishes at the Willamette Invitational at Charles Bowles Track on Saturday.

Mock took the pole vault competition, out-vaulting two other competitors with a mark of 14 feet, six inches (4.42 meters). It was the second meet during the outdoor season that Mock has won, adding to his first place finish at the Pacific Preview earlier this month.

Artner continued his winning ways too, crossing first in the 110-meter hurdles along with a second place mark in the 400-meter hurdles. In the shorter race, Artner ran 14.73, the fourth-fastest time among all Division III racers this season. His time in the longer race was 54.53, just behind his 54.52 at last week's Spring Break Open, the eighth-best in Division III.

Blake Slattengren (pictured right) finished the 5,000 meters in 15:06.84, placing third behind Lewis-Clark State's Sam Atkin and Bowerman Track Club's Brady Beagley. It was a season's best for the sophomore, moving him to 17th in the nation.

On the women's side, senior Emily Thompson finished second in the 100-meter hurdles. Her time of 15.22 was the fastest among Division III racers, putting her behind only Alaska-Anchorage's Rose Smith. Thompson was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:04.20 mark, fourth in the nation by just over two seconds.

Kori Groenveld raced the women's 5,000 meters, placing seventh with a time of 18:26.19 and moving her into the top 50 nationally.

Lewis & Clark was racing with lower numbers because of spring break. The Pios will compete next at the Anderson Invite at Linfield on Apr. 2.