Pios win events, achieve many top-five finishes at Pacific Preview

Pios win events, achieve many top-five finishes at Pacific Preview

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had numerous top-five finishes, including three event wins, at the Pacific Preview on Saturday at Hanson Stadium. Overall, the women finished fifth in the team standings, while the men were sixth.


McKenzie Wingard won the 100 meters and led three Pioneers with new personal bests and top-12 finishes. Wingard, a freshman who had already qualified for the Northwest Conference Championships in April with her time last week, notched a season best with a time of 12.75 to win the race, while fellow freshman Tash ran 13.70 for her new all-time best. Howard was 12th at 13.72. Wingard's time ranks her ninth all-time at Lewis & Clark and has the fastest time in the NWC so far this season.

Later, Tash and Howard both set season bests in the 200 meters. Tash was seventh at 27.62 and Howard placed 10th at 27.96.

One of two Pios in the top four of the 800 meters, Amelia Jackson set a new all-time best to place second with a mark of 2:19.88. She has now qualified for the conference meet in both the 800 and 1,500 meters. Nicole Godbout, who also qualified for conference, took five seconds off her 800-meter time with a fourth-place finish in 2:24.74.

In the 3,000 Steeplechase, Kori Groenveld had an impressive outing with a second-place result. The senior, who once held the Lewis & Clark school record in the event, ran the race in 11:53.50 and qualified for conference.

Ellery Creighton placed third in the hammer with a throw of 125 feet, 4 inches, (38.21m), a new career-high mark that qualified her for the NWC meet. Syrah Starnes also had an all-time best to place fourth at 118 feet, 6 inches (36.11m) to place fourth. Creighton also took fifth in the shot put with a season-best effort of 34 feet, 8.5 inches (10.58m), while Kelley Koeppen threw her best of the year at 32 feet, 9 inches (9.98m). Starnes hit a season-high discus throw, too, at 89 feet, 4 inches (27.23m) for a ninth-place finish.

Chrislyn DeMattos placed sixth in the high jump after clearing 4 feet, 7.75 inches (1.42m), her highest mark of the year and her career. DeMattos also had a season high in the triple jump (31 feet, 0.5 inches/9.46m).

Rachelle Locey had her second straight runner-up finish in the triple jump after achieving a distance of 35 feet, 3.75 inches. She also jumped her farthest in the long jump at 16 feet, 5.75 inches (5.02m) to place fifth. Locey has qualified for the NWC Championships in both events.

In the pole vault, Tatyana Benko bested her previous all-time high mark with a vault of 10 feet, 6 inches (3.20m) to place second overall. Sam Seagren and Annie Austrian also set season bests at 10 feet, 0 inches (3.05m) and 8 feet, 6.25 inches (2.60m), respectively. Benko and Seagren qualified for the conference field. In the javelin, Morgan Taylor led the pack with a season-best throw of 103 feet, 4 inches (31.49m), while Starnes and Bailee Cragun also hit season highs.

Taylor ran her fastest-ever time in 100-meter hurdles at 17.43, placing 12th. Austrian was 14th at 18.39, almost a full second faster than her debut last week. Taylor also ran her fastest in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:13.27, which qualified her for the NWC meet in April.

Elisabeth Kirkwood ran her first 400 of the year and placed sixth at 1:04.93. In the 1,500 meters, Genevieve Serna placed 11th at 5:16.50 in her first time competing in the event. Last week, she qualified for the Northwest Conference Championships in the 10,000 meters, as did Groenveld and Etta Moen.

The women's 4x100-meter relay team ran their fastest time of the year so far with a fourth-place finish in 51.46. Locey, Tash, Austrian and Wingard combined for the result.


Jeff Mullins won the 1,500 meters and was his fastest ever with a mark of 4:01.48. The time was also the fastest by any NWC runner this year and qualifies him for the NWC meet. He qualified in the 10,000 meters last weekend. Blake Slattengren and Sean Richardson are also qualified in the 10K. 

Jake La Grand won his first collegiate event with a heave of 182 feet, 4 inches (5.58m) in the javelin. La Grand, a freshman, threw 182 feet, 4 inches (55.58m) to win the javelin and qualify for the NWC Championships and moved to fourth in Lewis & Clark history in the event. La Grand was 11th in the shot put and 13th in the hammer, throwing a season best in the latter. Andrew Werst nabbed the Pios best season mark in the discus at 136 feet, 11 inches to qualify for conference and place fourth. Werst also had the best hammer throw of the year at 131 feet, 10 inches (40.19m) to place eighth and narrowly qualify for the NWC meet. Dalton Bishop threw his best of the year in the hammer (99 feet, 7 inches/30.36m), while Ramonne Canales threw his best of the season in the shot put and hammer.

Logan Kyle was runner-up in the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet, 11.25 inches (4.25m). The freshman's result bested his season debut last week by six inches and qualifies him for the postseason conference meet. He has the second-best vault of the season among conference competitors. 

12 of the 13 men's 100-meter entries hit a season best, led by Deriontae Green at 11.36. He placed 11th and qualified for the NWC Championships. Isam Tahir and Matthew Weston clocked in with the Pios' second- and third-best times of the season at 11.44 and 11.58, respectively. Green later led the field of Pios in the 200 meters with a time of 22.89, followed by Tahir at 23.03 and Weston at 23.05. Placing seventh, Green's time qualifies him for the conference meet as well.

Conor Sandoval ran his best-ever time in the 800 meters at 2:03.74, placing eighth. Ryan Nguyen posted his best time in the 5,000 meters at 16:26.03. In the 110-meter hurdles, Nabil Khan his a season-high at 18.09.

In his first competition of the year, Noah Riley earned the Pios second-best mark of the season in the long jump at 18 feet, 0.5 inches (5.50m), while Sam Mason hit his best mark of the year at 16 feet, 6 inches (5.03m).

Both teams compete at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open this Friday and Saturday. The long and triple jumps will be held at Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium on the Lewis & Clark campus Friday at 2 p.m., while the hammer and javelin competition will begin at 4 p.m. at Clackamas Community College. The rest of the events will begin at 10 a.m. at Saturday at Eldon Fix Track and Griswold Stadium.