Outdoor season begins for Pios at Ed Boitano Invitational

Outdoor season begins for Pios at Ed Boitano Invitational

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers opened the 2018 outdoor season on Saturday by competing at the Ed Boitano Invitational. The event, hosted by Puget Sound at Baker Stadium, is the first four March events for the Pios.

Women

In her collegiate debut, McKenzie Wingard was the top NCAA Division III finisher and won her heat in the 100 meters with a time of 12.90. The first-year runner placed third behind two competitors from Seattle Pacific.

Kori Groenveld raced to a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters and crossed in 39:14.30, about 32 seconds faster than teammate Genevieve Serna, who was fifth. Etta Moen was ninth in 43:27.98.

Lewis & Clark also had multiple top-five finishers in the field events. In the triple jump, Rachelle Locey was second overall with a jump of 34 feet, 5.5 inches (10.50m), the best season-debut effort of her career. Ty Marshall placed fourth at 31 feet, 7.5 inches (9.64m) and Chrislyn DeMattos was fifth at 30 feet, 6.25 inches (9.30m). Locey placed fourth in the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 0.25 inches (4.88m). She hit the mark on her first jump. DeMattos took sixth in the high jump at 4 feet, 7 inches (1.40m), while Morgan Taylor cleared the same height for an eighth-place finish. In her collegiate debut, Lauren Keegan leaped over 4 feet, 5 inches (1.35m).

Tatyana Benko captured third place in the pole vault with a mark of 9 feet, 10 inches (3.00m), two inches off her all-time best. Sam Seagren also achieved 9 feet, 10 inches and claimed fourth place.

In the relays, Lewis & Clark was impressive. In the 4x100-meter relay, the Pios streaked to a second-place spot with a time of 52.39. Locey, Emily Tash, Annie Austrian and Wingard combined in order for the result. Later, Tash, Amelia Jackson, Taylor and Samantha Bowen were fifth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:20.65. Austrian later secured seventh place in the 100-meter hurdles after crossing the line in 19.35.

Returning Pioneers set some career bests elsewhere, too. Taylor placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:13.42. Sarah Howard was eighth in the 200 meters in 28.29 and Nicole Godbout took ninth in the 800 meters at 2:29.53. Jackson was eighth in the 1,500 meters at 4:56.29, a race in which Alexandra Coons made her collegiate track and field debut.

Men

Noah Avery was first in the high jump at 6 feet, 5.5 inches (1.97m), a new career high. His previous best was 6 feet, 3.25 inches. Avery also took third in the shot put (40 feet, 0.5 inches/12.20m).

Isam Tahir made his outdoor debut with a second-place finish in the 100 meters. Tahir led four Lewis & Clark racers in the top 10 with a time of 11.60. Also in his debut, Matthew Weston won his heat and took fourth overall at 11.64. Xavier Tharpe was seventh in 11.76 and Deriontae Green was ninth at 11.83. Later, Tahir placed fourth in the 200 meters with a mark of 23.20, while Tharpe placed eighth in 23.72.

Lewis & Clark nabbed three top-five finishes in longer events. George Shoemaker was third in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase with a mark of 10:48.29. In the 10,000 meters, Blake Slattengren placed third with a time of 32.37.72. Sean Richardson took seventh with his best-ever time of 33:08.39 and Jeff Mullins, who raced the event for the first time, was eighth (33:16.56). Miguel Haro Ruiz placed fourth in the 800 meters with a mark of 1:58.40, his all-time best.

Both men's relays were top-three placers. In the 4x100-meter relay, the Pioneers clocked in at 43.74 with Tharpe, Green, Weston and Tahir racing. In the 4x400-meter relay, Avery, Weston, Green and Haro Ruiz were third at 3:32.98.

Logan Kyle debuted in third in the pole vault at 13 feet, 5.25 inches (4.10m). Nabil Khan opened up his collegiate career with a 36-foot jump in the triple jump (10.97m). Sam Mason competed for the first time outdoors collegiately in the long jump.

Making their outdoor track and field debuts, Dante Smith, Tawayne Malone, Alex Hart, Eric Hawkins, Zondre Faraj-Washington, Mike Machado and Sean Yamamoto raced in the 100 and/or 200 meters.

Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker

Lewis & Clark also had competitors at Linfield's Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker on Saturday in McMinnville, Ore.

Andrew Werst took fifth in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 11.25 inches (12.78m). Jake La Grand was third in the javelin at 165 feet, 0.5 inches (50.30m) 165' 01/2, Dalton Bishop, James McArthur and Ramonne Canales also made their collegiate track and field debuts in the shot put.

Syrah Starnes' seventh-place finish in the hammer and Ellery Creighton's 11th-place finish in the shot put were the best women's performances. Kelley Koeppen and Bailee Cragun made their first collegiate track and field appearances.

Lewis & Clark competes at the Pacific Preview next week before its first of two home events, the L&C Spring Break Open, on Mar. 16-17.