Groenveld, Slattengren earn All-NWC during day one of NWC Championships

Groenveld, Slattengren earn All-NWC during day one of NWC Championships

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers have the women's team in sixth place and the men in eighth after the first day of two at the Northwest Conference Championships, hosted by Linfield at Maxwell Field and Memorial Stadium.

Women

Kori Groenveld earned All-Northwest Conference honors after a third-place finish in the 10,000 meters with a season-best time of 38:24.92, nearly two minutes faster than the fourth-place finisher. For her career, she has finished in the top three twice at the conference championships following her second-place result at the 2016 NWC Championships.

McKenzie Wingard placed third in the 100-meter prelims with a time of 12.67. In the preliminaries of the 800 meters, Amelia Jackson placed third with a time of 2:19.03. Nicole Godbout finished 10th with a 2:22.56 and Samantha Bowen finished 12th with a 2:25.03. Wingard and Jackson will race in the finals on Sunday.

In the field events, Sam Seagren tied for fifth in the pole vault with a final mark of 3.16m (10' 4¼'') followed by Tatyana Benko who tied for seventh place with a mark of 3.01m (9' 10½''). Ellery Creighton blasted past her previous career best with her first throw over 130 feet. The effort gave her a fourth-place finish at 135 feet, 2 inches (41.19m). Competing in her second year on the team, Creighton also threw a career-best in the shot put for a 12th-place finish at 36 feet, 0.25 inches (10.98m). 

Rachelle Locey placed seventh in the long jump with a final mark of 5.22 meters (17' 1½'').

The Pioneers have an overall team score of 18 points and are in sixth place.

Men

The Pioneers put two in the top five of the 10,000 meters, led by Blake Slattengren's All-Northwest Conference effort. The senior finished in third place with a season-best time of 32:00.39, about 40 second off the lead. Sophomore Sean Richardson placed fifth in 32:22.62, a new career best.

In the 400 meters, Matthew Weston placed fourth in the preliminaries after running in heat two with a time of 50.11. For the 100-meter prelims, Isam Tahir and Deriontae Green ran nearly identical times with Tahir placing eighth with an 11.40 and Green in ninth with an 11.42. Weston and Tahir will race in the finals on Saturday. Tahir also advanced in the 200 meters with a time of 22.84, a new all-time best and good for a seventh-place finish.

Competing in his first NWC Championships, Andrew Werst scored points with a seventh-place mark and all-time best in the shot put (44 feet, 2.5 inches/13.47m), but finished outside of points with an 11th-place result in the hammer at 122 feet, 11 inches (37.46m). Noah Avery followed his career-best jump at the NWC Championships Multi-Event last week with an effort of 6 feet, 4.25 inches (1.94m).

The Pioneers have an overall team score of 17 are in in eighth place.

The NWC Championships will resume on Saturday.