TACOMA, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark track & field team opened the 2015 season with the majority of the team participating in the UPS Quad, while a couple of throwers went to the Linfield Invitational.
Katherine Kowal finished in the top-10 in both of her events, taking home eighth (27.50) in the 200m dash and ninth in the 400m dash (1:02.51). Kowal's time in the 400m dash was good enough to qualify her for the Northwest Conference Championships.
Amalia Jackson qualified for conference with a time of 2:23.08 in the 800m run, taking home fourth place. Teresa Stackhouse earned herself a conference qualifying time in the 10000m run, finishing the race in eighth place with a time of 41:13.90. Rachel Stone finished the 400m hurdles in sixth place with a time of 1:13.26, which was good enough to qualify her for conference.
Alexi Shean rounded out the Pio women with qualifying marks, picking up a second place finish in the high jump with a jump of 5-01.75 (1.57m).
The Pioneer men had several athletes finish the UPS Quad in first place, starting with Jeff Mullins in the 1500m run. The Pioneer freshman finished with a time of 4:04.58, which is nearly four second faster than the conference qualifying time.
Kodie Artner qualified for conference in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.19, which earned the junior a first place finish. Freshman Christen Cromer finished his first triple jump as a collegiate athlete with a first place finish with a distance of 41-07.75 (12.69m).
Justin Leathers earned a conference qualifying time in the 200m dash, finishing in 22.82, taking home fourth place. Michael Walker ended the 400m dash in second place for Lewis & Clark with a time of 51.65, which was good enough to qualify him for conference.
Nicholas Pankratz qualified in the high jump with a height of 5-10.75 (1.80m), while Deion Mock qualified in the pole vault with a height of 13-11.25 (4.25m).