Bucknovitz takes discus title at the NWC Championships

Bucknovitz takes discus title at the NWC Championships

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Sarah Bucknovitz became the second individual champion for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers with a win in the discus during Saturday's final day of the Northwest Conference Championships at Boppell Field. The senior threw 135 feet, 3 inches (41.22m) to surpass her previous career-best mark of 127 feet, 7 inches and clear the entire field by nearly five feet.

Lewis & Clark's other individual champion, Frances Swanson, followed her 3,000-meter steeplechase victory on Friday with a seventh-place finish in the 1,500 meters on Saturday. She had a time of 4:53.28.

The Pioneers finished seventh in the women's team standings and eighth in the men's.

Rachelle Locey was fourth in the triple jump with a new career-best mark of 16 feet, 0.25 inches (10.98m) to score the Pioneers team points. She had finished 15th in Friday's long jump despite entering the event with the conference's eighth-best mark.

Bryce Johnson placed sixth in the 200 meters at 22.66 and fifth in the 400 meters at 49.80, the latter of which was a new career best. Miguel Haro Ruiz was fifth in the 800 meters with a mark of 2:00.14.

Jeff Mullins finished seventh in the 5,000 meters after a time of 16:01.72. Sean Richardson was ninth in that event. Mullins also took 10th in the 1,500 meters.