SALEM, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had 17 of their 20 racers finish at the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational on Saturday at Bush's Pasture Park, the highest amount of the year for the Pios.
Sean Richardson led the Pios men's team and Samantha Bowen was in front for the women, while Miguel Haro Ruiz set a personal best for an 8K. Richardson finished in 26:16.6 to place 63rd overall and 56th among scoring runners. Bowen was nearly 40 seconds faster than her first 5K race of the season with a time of 19:47.5. Haro placed finished in 26:58.4 to eclipse his previous PR by 1.5 seconds.
Genevieve Serna was well over a minute faster than the team's first 5K race, a dual with Pacific back on Aug. 31. The sophomore crossed in 20:25.7. Etta Moen was seven seconds behind Serna at 20:32.4. Katie Hull ran her fastest time as a collegiate competitor with a time of 22:02.6.
- Maite Blanc and Ty Langley ran their first 5K race of the season, while Jack Hyde and Connor Robertson competed in their first 8K for the men
- Marcella Chavez was over 40 seconds better than in her first 5K of the season, clocking in at 22:11.8
- Kara Wood raced for the first time this season and finished in 22:37.4
- Maddie Launstein started the race
As the host for the 2018 Northwest Conference Championships on Oct. 27, the Pioneers have their next two races on their home course. Lewis & Clark hosts the L&C Invite on Oct. 13.