Johnson wins two events to highlight day for Pios at Luau Invitational

Johnson wins two events to highlight day for Pios at Luau Invitational

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Bryce Johnson won the 200 and 400 meters to highlight the day for Lewis & Clark at Saturday's Luau Invitational hosted by Pacific at Hanson Stadium.

Johnson, a sophomore, won the 400 meters with a mark of 50.40 while taking the 200 meters with a time of 22.59.

"It was a smaller meet," said Johnson. "Coming into it, I knew that I had to run my race. I aim to do the same at conference and reach a new personal record."

The Northwest Conference Championships are on Apr. 21-22 following next weekend's L&C Invite at Eldon Fix Track.

Miguel Haro Ruiz won an event for the first time as a collegian with a victory in the 800 meters at 2:00.55 mark. He was nearly three seconds clear of the rest of the race.

In the 1,500 meters, Sean Richardson, who won the 5,000 meters last weekend, and Jeff Mullins placed second and third, respectively. Richardson timed out at 4:10.83, a new personal best, with Mullins at 4:13.96.

The Lewis & Clark women were victorious in three field events, with Sarah Bucknovitz and Rachelle Locey finishing top two in a pair of events. Bucknovitz won the hammer with a toss of 146 feet, 2.25 inches (44.55m), nearly 18 feet farther than the field, while placing second in the discus. She was just shy of her career high with a toss of 127 feet, 1.75 inches (38.75m). Rochelle Locey set a career best in the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 10.75 inches (5.15m). She also set a new PR in the triple jump at 34 feet, 11.25 inches (10.65m) to finish in second place. Chase Hagar was second in the long jump at 16 feet, 2.50 inches (4.94m), while Ellery Creighton took third in the hammer followed by Syrah Starnes in fifth place.

Rachel Seagren won the pole vault, her first career event victory, with a height of 10 feet, 2 inches (3.10m). 

The Pioneers placed three of the top four in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Frances Swanson placed first followed by Kiera Crabtree in second and Katie Hull in fourth. With a time of 11:33.14, which was over a minute faster than the field, Swanson picked up her first win in the event this season. Crabtree's time was 12:38.52 and Hull clocked in at 13:14.52.

Rachel Stone and Ayla Kumano took top-three spots in the 400-meter hurdles. At 1:10.06, Stone was one second shy of her season best, placing second, while Kumano claimed her first top-three finish at 1:12.14.

There are many competitions in the next few weeks for the Pioneers. Noah Avery, David Lovitz and Morgan Taylor compete on Monday and Tuesday in the NWC Championships Multi-Events at Pacific, while the entire team will be on campus for the L&C Invite on Apr. 18.