Artner opens outdoor season with NWC honors

Artner opens outdoor season with NWC honors

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark senior hurdler Kodie Artner was chosen Northwest Conference Men's Track Student-Athlete of the Week following a weekend pair of victories at the Puget Sound Invitational, the conference office announced on Monday.

Artner, the defending NWC champion in the 110-meter hurdles and third place finisher in the 400-meter hurdles, won both events at the season-opening event in Tacoma, Wash. His time of 15.22 took the top spot in the 110-meter event, followed by a 54.65 mark in the 400-meter race. He was also the lead leg of Lewis & Clark's 4x100-winning team and the second runner of the 4x400 runner-up team.

"He had a really good first outdoor meet including leading off our 4x100 relay, the best early season performance we've ever had," said Director of Cross Country/Track and Field Keith Woodard. "He was so dominate in the 110, and then had a tremendous effort in the 400 hurdles. He got us out of traffic in the 4x400 relay and setup his teammates for good things."

The Pioneers are expecting Artner, who is in his junior year of eligibility, to be one of their best performers throughout the season, as he finished near the top 16 that qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles earlier this year.

Artner recapping the fall practice season last December

Last year, Artner moved to second all-time at Lewis & Clark in the 400-meter hurdles after running a 53.50 time at the Occidental Invitational in May. The mark led all Northwest Conference competitors for the entire season.

Artner's career best in the 110-meter hurdles is 14.81, a time he recorded at the Oregon Twilight last May. At the time, it ranked as the 31st fastest time in all of Division III, six spots from an NCAA Championships selection.  

2015-16 Lewis & Clark NWC Student-Athletes of the Week

Sept. 2015 - Mady Rhodenbaugh (Women's Golf)
Sept. 2015 - Megan Ratfield (Soccer)
Oct. 2015 - Emily Thompson (Soccer)
Feb. 2016 - Summer Garrison (Women's Tennis)
Mar. 2016 - Mady Rhodenbaugh (Women's Golf)
Mar. 2016 - Aurora Garrison (Women's Tennis)
Mar. 2016 - Kodie Artner (Men's Track and Field)