Richardson takes 13th overall to help Pios to sixth, Jackson leads way for women

Richardson takes 13th overall to help Pios to sixth, Jackson leads way for women

SEATTLE -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers led the way for Northwest Conference teams on the men's side and had strong showings by the women at Saturday's Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park.

Sean Richardson set a new personal best by nearly three minutes with a time of 25:15.67 and finished 13th overall in the 217-runner field to pace the Lewis & Clark men to a sixth-place finish overall. Jeff Mullins finished 29th at 25:42.74, a five-second personal best improvement.

The sixth-place finish made the Pioneers the top team from the NWC on the men's side of the open race. Whitworth was 12th as the next-closest finisher.

On the women's side, senior Amelia Jackson placed 80th overall as the women's top finisher with a time of 23:51.27. The time gives her a new PR by about 15 seconds. Jackson's teammates Kori Groenveld and Samantha Bowen crossed with nearly identical times to place 108th and 109th, respectively. Groenveld's official time was 24:22.97 and Bowen closed in at 24:23.02.

The results from the race were originally delayed when Mullins' finish was omitted, which made the Pios ninth in the initial standings. After Mullins was added to the standings, the Pioneers moved up to sixth. Blake Slattengren was 32nd at 25:44.00 and Matthew White was the fourth Lewis & Clark's runner in the top 50 with a 50th-place finish. His time was 25:56.51.

Brooke Hansen and Genevieve Serna rounded out the rest of the women's top five. Hansen finished 128th in the 197-entrant field with a mark of 24:48.38 and Serna was three spots back at 24:59.60.

The Pioneers have another weekend off before resuming competition on Sept. 30 at the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational.