TACOMA, Wash. -- A pair of juniors led the Lewis & Clark Pioneers at the first regulation length race of 2018 on Saturday. Samantha Bowen and Sean Richardson were the first Pios to cross the finish line at the PLU Invitational as Lewis & Clark took ninth and sixth in the women's and men's races, respectively.
Bowen ended the 6K race in 16th place overall with a time of 24:11.96, just ten seconds behind where she finished 2017 at the NCAA Division III West Regional Championships. Etta Moen was the next closest women's finisher in 37th at 24:57.23.
Richardson placed seventh overall in the men's 8K race with a mark of 26:16.85, nearly 10 seconds faster than where he ended last season. His career best time was 25:15.7 in 2016.
Ryan Nguyen took 30th overall in his first 8K race of his senior season. His time of 27:29.80 was only 10 seconds shy of his career best, set at last year's L&C Invite. He was over a minute faster than his West Regional time last season.
Genevieve Serna was also a top-50 finisher in the women's race, placing 40th at 24:59.45. Her time was nearly identical to her first collegiate 6K during the same weekend last year when she finished the Sundodger Invitational in 24:59.6.
Langley had the fastest finish (26:09.27)
Sophomore Alexandra Coons had the best start to a collegiate season (25:46.53) and was roughly seven seconds off her career best
Lewis & Clark competes in two weeks at the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational in Salem, Ore.