Pios complete final home meet before the NWC Championships

Pios complete final home meet before the NWC Championships

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers' women's 4 x 400-meter relay team was victorious with a 1.5-second win over George Fox to headline the L&C Invite meet on Saturday at Eldon Fix Track. Lewis & Clark crossed in 4:13.54 in the final regular-season event before next weekend's Northwest Conference Championships.

Frances Swanson was one of Lewis & Clark's top individual finishers with a new personal best and second-place result in the 800 meters. With a time of 2:19.03, Swanson was under two seconds behind Linfield's Kaelia Neal. Samantha Bowen was sixth in 2:23.02, Elisabeth Kirkwood took ninth at 2:30.89, Nicole Godbout was 10th at 2:33.70 and Katie Hull came in 12th at 2:40.03.

Rachel Stone was also a runner-up, finishing the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.96, just under two seconds off the lead.

On the field side, Rachelle Locey claimed a pair of second-place spots. In the long jump, she finished just three-quarters of an inch from the top spot after a mark of 16 feet, 7 inches (5.05m) on her fourth attempt. Locey added a career-best leap of 35 feet, 3 inches in the triple jump to finish second as well. Ty Marshall was sixth in the long jump at 14 feet, 5.75 inches (4.41m), while Chrislyn DeMattos totaled 32 feet, 7.5 inches (9.94m) in the triple jump, her best-ever mark, to place fifth.

Sarah Bucknovitz was second in the hammer with a throw of 144 feet, 6 inches (44.04m) and fifth in the discus at 114 feet, 11 inches (35.02m). Ellery Crieghton had best-ever performances in the shot put (34 feet, 9.75 inches; 10.61m) and hammer (124 feet; 37.79m). Syrah Starnes was ninth in the hammer and 12th in the javelin. Rachel Seagren finished fifth in the pole vault with a mark of nearly 10 feet, 6 inches (3.20m).

Sarah Howard was 11th in the 100 meters and eighth in the 200 meters. Madison Sullivan clocked in at 5:25.70 in the 1,500 meters for 15th place.

With much of the men's team not participating on Saturday, David Lovitz and Noah Avery, who competed at the Northwest Conference Championships Multi-Events earlier this week, had one of the best results for the Pioneers. Lovitz took fifth in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 4.5 inches, while Avery placed fourth in the javelin after throwing 149 feet, 2 inches.

Conor Sandoval placed 11th in the 800 meters, while Michael Malecha took 15th in the 100 meters and 12th in the 200 meters.

Lewis & Clark took fourth in the team scores on the women's side, while the men were sixth. The NWC Championships begin on Friday at Whitworth in Spokane, Wash.