Richardson, Swanson turn in Lewis & Clark's best finishes at Boyman Invitational

Richardson, Swanson turn in Lewis & Clark's best finishes at Boyman Invitational

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Sean Richardson won the men's 5,000 meters and Frances Swanson took third in the women's race to lead the way for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers at the Boyman Invitational on Saturday at Linfield College.

Richardson clocked in at 15:34.58 to win the race by nearly nine seconds, while Swanson was the top collegiate runner with a mark of 18:40.85. Anna Connor of Skechers and former Lewis & Clark student-athlete Ali Brauer were the top finishers.

"Sean ran his second fastest 5K, but more impressively, he earned his first collegiate win while dominating the race by leading the last two miles and running away from the field," said Lewis & Clark Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Keith Woodard.

"Franny continues her outstanding streak by dropping a big personal best in the women's 5,000," said Woodard. The finish was the second overall in the top three for Swanson, who took first at the Pacific Preview in the 1,500 meters.

Samantha Bowen placed ninth in the 1,500 meters, continuing the freshman's streak of not finishing any event outside of the top 10 this outdoor season. Her time of 5:00.07 is a new personal best. Kiera Crabtree set a new all-time best in the 1,500 meters as well, clocking in at 5:16.28.

Sarah Bucknovitz is fourth in the Northwest Conference women's discus after a throw of 127 feet, 7 inches (38.90m) on Saturday, a new personal best that gave her a fourth-place finish.

Rachel Seagren was fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 10 feet, 4 inches (3.15m).

The women's team had competitors set new personal bests despite missing the top 10.

"Ellery Creighton set personal bests in both of the shot and the hammer, while Syrah Starnes PRed in the hammer," said Woodard. "Elisabeth Kirkwood PRed in the javelin, and Ty Marshall did in the long jump."

Overall, 10 of Lewis & Clark's 16 competitors set new personal bests.

Noah Avery was the only other men's team member in the top 10, placing sixth with a time of 16.93 in the 110-meter hurdles.

"We're looking forward to having the whole team back next week as we gear up for the last three weeks leading up to conference," said Woodard."

Lewis & Clark is at the Luau Invitational at Pacific next weekend before the NWC Championships Multi-Events on Apr. 10-11. Following the L&C Invite on Apr. 15, the teams will compete at the NWC Championships at Whitworth in Spokane, Wash. on Apr. 21-22.