Lewis & Clark hosts Spring Break Open

Lewis & Clark hosts Spring Break Open

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers hosted the second day of the L&C Spring Break Open at Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium on Saturday.

The first event for the Pioneers was the women's and men's 3000-meter Steeplechase. Frances Swanson placed seventh with a time of 11:33.51, and Katie Hull had a time of 13:18.53. For the men, Will Hoard had a time of 10:53.70.

Sarah Bucknovitz had a good showing in her second day of competition with a discus throw of 107 feet, 3 inches (32.68m). She competed in the hammer and javelin on Friday. Her mark was 13 feet short of her career best she set last year.

For the 100-meter hurdles, Morgan Taylor finished 19th with a time of 18.05 seconds. On the men's side, Noah Avery finished 17th overall in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.86, while David Lovitz finished 21st with a time of 18.18.

In the 1,500 meters, Jeff Mullins, who took fourth in the Northwest Conference Championships two seasons ago, raced to a 4:07.20 finish and placed 13th. He was only five seconds away from his personal best of 4:02.70.  

"I feel that my performance today doesn't reflect my true racing time because I do better while racing in a heat that I am in the front of," said Mullins. "I race better while scared and being chased. Today, I was trailing at the back of the heat, which is why my time was not as good, but personally, I do feel I can beat my personal best by the end of the season."

Both first-year runners Miguel Haro Ruiz and Samantha Bowen took fifth in the 800 meters. Haro Ruiz clocked in at 1:58.60, while Bowen timed out at 2:20.39. 

In the 400 meters, sophomore Bryce Johnson placed fifth with a time of 50.86 seconds. He was in the first heat racing against athletes from Seattle University, Mount Hood Community College and Portland State. He was close to breaking his personal best of 49.74.

"I'm happy with how I performed today because the competition was tough," said Johnson, who closed in on his personal best of 49.74, set earlier this year during the indoor season. "I am proud of placing fifth, but I can definitely improve my start and hopefully get better lane positioning. I am confident that I can break my PR."

Anna Slaidina took seventh with a time of 1:01.02 in the 400 meters. Sarah Howard placed 29th in the 100 meters with a time of 13.77 seconds, a new personal best for her in her first year of competition.

The next track meet for the Pioneers will be at Charles Bowles Track in Salem, Oregon for the Willamette Invitational on Mar. 25 beginning at 10 a.m.