Pioneers start strongly in day one of the NWC Championships

Pioneers start strongly in day one of the NWC Championships

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark is hosting the 2016 Northwest Conference Track & Field Championships this weekend, and the Pioneers found plenty of success in the comfort of home at Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium on Saturday.

Sarah Bucknovitz started the Pios quickly in the first event of the day, taking second place in the women's hammer throw with a distance of 45.49 meters.

Link: Read The Pioneer Log's Tim Cable's blog from the NWC Track & Field Championships

From there, the Pios rolled in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with Kori Groenveld and Aviva Browning placing fourth and fifth, with times of 11:28.13 and 11:45.42, respectively. Groenveld also competed in the 10,000 meters, taking second with a time of 37:46.86.

The next events were the hurdles. On the men's side, Kodie Artner won his preliminary heat and took second in the trials, with a time of 15.28, in the 110-meter hurdles. Emily Thompson finished with the third-best time in the women's preliminaries, at 15.24, in the 100-meter hurdles. Both Artner and Thompson also competed in the 400-meter hurdles, with Thompson finishing with a time of 1:06.00, good for third in the trials. Artner also took third with a time of 56.74. Artner and Thompson qualified for Saturday's finals in each of their events. 

Colin Brown finished fourth overall in the men's 400-meter preliminaries with a mark of 50.15. Brown also placed seventh in 200 meters, clocking in at 22.37. Brown qualified for the finals in both events

Overall, Lewis & Clark's women's team stands in fourth place with 29 points. The men's team is in seventh with seven points.

The final day of the NWC Championships starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Link: Northwest Conference Track & Field Championships Information