Mullins, Groenveld lead way for Pios

Mullins, Groenveld lead way for Pios

SALEM, Ore. – The Lewis & Clark Pioneers recorded a seventh and 16th-place finish, respectively, at the 43rd Annual Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational on Saturday morning at Bush's Pasture Park.

It was the third invitational for both the men's and women's programs this fall season.

Jeffrey Mullins tallied the highest Pioneers men's finish with a 16th-place tally on a time of 25:35.2 over the 8-kilometers (4.97 mile) course that featured light rain showers.

Brad Hodkinson of Pacific Lutheran was first overall with a 24:48.3 time, while Portland won the team race with a score of 59 and a combined time of 2:07.19. 

The Pioneers tallied 191 points with a 2:11.10 clip among the 17-team event. Overall, the Pios recorded four top-50 finishes at No. 16, No. 18, No. 19 and No. 48 place.

In addition to Mullins, Sean Richardson (25:43.3) and Blake Slattengren (25:48.7) were No. 18 and No. 19, respectively, while Matthew White (26:24.7) was No. 48. 

"The men had a good day, especially the three up front amongst the conference racers," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Keith Woodard. "It was fun watching them work together. Jeff led the way with a PR for the second week in row, 25:35. Sean and Blake ran strongly with only two conference competitors finishing in front of them."

Miguel Haro-Ruiz was No. 104 with a 27:38.1 clip, Liam Monheim (27:48.6) was No. 110 and George Shoemaker (27:53.1) finished No. 112. Ryan Nguyen was No. 126 with a 28:19.3 time and Laurence Seabrook tallied No. 131 at 28:31.3.

Overall, there were 155 men participants.

The Pios' women's team tallied a No. 16 finish over the 5K course with senior Kori Groenveld as the top Pios finisher at No. 65 overall with a 19:21.1 time.

Humboldt State won the team event with a 1:30.55 time and a score of 65, placing three top-10 finishes among the 166-women field. Whitworth's Kayla Leland was top women's finisher at 17:37.1.

For the Lewis & Clark, Amelia Jackson finished No. 69 running a 19:22.9 time, while Genevieve Serna was No. 92 at 19:49.4 and Samantha Bowen tallied No. 97 at 19:58.8.

"The women were short-handed as half of the team is battling colds with several of them not racing," said Woodard. "Kori is making progress and Amelia continued her best season with a big PR. "

Rounding out the Pioneers' harriers were Etta Moen (20:41.7) at No. 118, Kara Wood (21:02.03) at No. 128, Alexandra Coons (21:26.6) came in at No. 138 and Morgan Taylor at No. 143 with a 21:43.8 time.

Up next for the men's and women's teams will be the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Oct. 14 at McIver Park in Estacada, Ore. The event will begin at 11 a.m.