Pios fend off rainy, windy conditions at Jenn Boyman Invitational

Pios fend off rainy, windy conditions at Jenn Boyman Invitational

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Rainy, windy conditions hindered most marks, but not the competition as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers competed at the Jenn Boyman Invitational at Maxwell Field and Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Women

Kori Groenveld ran a career-best time of 18:19.70 in the 5,000 meters in the most rain-soaked race of the afternoon for a fourth-place finish. She was the second-best collegiate runner behind George Fox's Kayle Moore.

"It was pretty fun because, even though it affected the times, it didn't affect the competition. We were all out there in the same conditions," said Groenveld, whose previous personal record was set at the Willamette Invitational in 2016. "I drafted the whole time and then I had some energy left at the end and I kicked it in. It was a good race."

Amelia Jackson was .57 seconds away from a win in the 800 meters to finish in 2:24.67. The senior has placed top two in the race at all three of her meets this season. Nicole Godbout and Samantha Bowen were fourth and fifth, respectively.

"The weather definitely made the times slower, but there was still good competition out there," said Jackson, who still has the fourth-fastest time in the event out of any racer in the Northwest Conference in her best track season to date. "It's been a lot better than my other years, so it is good to end on a high note. I would like to be top two on the all-time list and PR some more."

Lewis & Clark is two weeks away from the NWC Championships, which will be hosted by Linfield at the same venue. The Pios' remaining "tune-up" is at home with the L&C Invite at Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium on Apr. 14.

Against a heavy headwind, freshman McKenzie Wingard finished second overall in the 100 meters with a time of 13.22, her slowest of the season. Wingard, who was also scheduled to race in the 200 meters, withdrew because of the tough weather, as did many of the sprinters on both the men's and women's side.

Elisabeth Kirkwood won her heat in the 400 meters and placed sixth overall, while also setting a new personal record in the javelin with a throw of 91 feet, 8 inches (27.95m).

Sam Seagren, who entered the weekend with the third-best mark in the pole vault among NWC competitors, claimed fourth in the event with a mark of 9 feet, 8.5 inches (2.96m).

"Today went pretty bad. I kind of chickened out," said Seagren. "A few weeks ago, I was doing well, so I need to snap back into that. My goal is to podium at conference. As long as I don't chicken out, I should be okay. It was a little rough in the wind and the rain today."

Rachelle Locey finished fourth in the long jump after a leap of 16 feet, 3.25 inches (4.96m) before taking second in the triple jump at 33 feet, 10.75 inches (10.33m). Ty Marshall finished right behind Locey with a jump of 32 feet, 9.75 inches (10.00m), her second jump of over 10 meters in her last three events.

Ellery Creighton finished as Lewis & Clark's top thrower on the day, taking fifth place in the shot put with a mark of 33 feet, 3.75 inches (10.15m). Kelley Koeppen had a career-best mark in the hammer 105 feet, 6 inches (32.16m).

Men

Miguel Haro Ruiz won the men's 1,500 meters, his second career victory in a collegiate race. The sophomore crossed about two seconds ahead of Miles Rouches of the OSU Running Club with a time of 4:10.79. Haro Ruiz holds the sixth-best mark this season in the NWC.

"In terms of time, it wasn't a great day to focus on that, so I went and tried to get as high up as possible," said Haro Ruiz, who has the sixth-best 1,500 meters mark among NWC competitors. "It was definitely a tough race and I got to see how the conference is looking, which is important with the conference meet a few weeks away."

Matthew Weston raced to a runner-up finish in the 400 meters at 52.63. In March, Weston qualified for the NWC Championships in the event.

"I'm starting to find a groove and my times are starting to lower," said Weston, a freshman. "This week was hard with the weather, but I think I ran a pretty good race and I did what I could to prepare for championships."

In the 5,000 meters, Jeff Mullins took the fourth spot with a time of 15:29.41. Mullins, along with Blake Slattengren (7th) and Sean Richardson (9th), ran primarily in a tight pack throughout the race, with Mullins pulling away.

Nabil Khan had his second straight runner-up finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 19.06.

Logan Kyle vaulted to a third-place finish in the men's pole vault at 13 feet, 8.25 inches (4.17m), well off his season-best of 13 feet, 11.25 inches from early March. Like most events on the day, Kyle said weather played a significant factor.

"Not ideal conditions today," said the freshman, who has the third-best mark among NWC vaulters. "Vault was tough for a lot of competitors because trying to catch your warmup and step, shifting wind really affects that and that affects the confidence going into opening bars."

Throwing into a heavy headwind, Jake La Grand took third in the men's javelin at 158 feet, 3 inches (48.24m). Ramonne Canales had a career-best mark of 92 feet, 11 inches (28.33m) in the hammer.