Pioneers open season

Pioneers open season

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sean Richardson won the men's race and Samantha Bowen and Etta Moen were the top finishers for the women as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers opened the 2018 season with a dual against the Pacific Boxers on Friday on a shorter course at Westmoreland Park.

The Pioneers were not racing at full strength, according to Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Keith Woodard, who estimated the teams were missing three of their top seven runners.

Pacific took three of the top five spots in the women's race.

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Marcella Chavez (left) alongside Maite Blanc shortly after Chavez crossed the finish line.

Key Moments

Off his All-Northwest Conference and All-West Region season last year, Richardson picked up where he left off by winning the four-mile race in 20:56.9. He was over 20 seconds clear of the field. Ryan Nguyen, the Pios' lone senior, was fifth with a time of 22:30.2.

Bowen and Moen both ran under 20:30, with Bowen crossing in 20:25.5 and Moen earning a result of 20:28.1, nearly 50 seconds faster than her time at the course during her freshman season in 2017. Alexandra Coons was about 20 seconds behind Moen at 20:45.6 to finish sixth.

Deeper Look

  • Like Moen, Coons shaved a significant amount of time off her 2017 time. Last year, the then-freshman finished in 21:10.
  • Katie Hull, the women's only senior, raced in her first cross country event since 2016 and ended with a time of 22:55.8. Hull was studying overseas last season.
  • Elliot Jones raced for the first time collegiately and was the men's team's third-best finisher in 22:39.8.

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark competes next in two weeks at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational.