Pioneers host Spring Break Open

Pioneers host Spring Break Open

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In one of their largest meets in recent memory, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers welcomed teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest for the Spring Break Open at Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Some of the Pios' best showings included Kodie Artner's win in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 54.52 and a runner-up finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.34.

The Lewis & Clark men's 4x100-meter relay placed third behind Portland State and Saint Martins.

On the women's side, Emily Thompson placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, ending the race in 15.69. She won her heat with the same mark. In the 400-meter hurdles, Thompson was seventh in a time of 1:05.86.

The Pioneers placed second in the women's 4x100-meter relay at 50.58. Western Washington was first at 48.49. Lewis & Clark was third in the 4x400-meter relay, finishing behind Seattle Pacific and Pacific in 4:09.69.

The men finished eighth out of 22 teams in the field, while the Pioneers women's team was 10th of 21 squads.

"Just to see the magnitude of all the amazing runners and to know it was happening at our home track was really cool," said Thompson, who ran her best times of the season in both of her individual races. "Having amazing athletes here was a lot of fun and it helps you push yourself."

"We always like having home meets because it is a great venue to run at, a fast track, and people love to come here. We generate a lot of interest," said Lewis & Clark Director of Cross Country/Track and Field Keith Woodard. "We haven't had this big of a meet for a while though. The crew, the staff, the officials and even some of our visitors helped out today."

Among the top 10 finishes of the meet was Colin Brown's performance in the men's 100 meters. The junior crossed in 11.12 to place ninth after finishing fourth in his heat. He followed that up with a 22.44 mark in the 200 meters, placing eighth. George Shoemaker took eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in just over 10 minutes at 10:02.66.

In the men's field events, David Lovitz gave the Pios an eighth-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches (1.78 meters). Teammate Deion Mock claimed fifth in the pole vault after clearing 14 feet, 8.25 inches (4.48 meters). On Friday, the javelin and hammer competitions were held at Clackamas Community College, and Lewis & Clark's Erich Roepke won his flight and then threw 171 feet, 10.5 inches (52.38 meters) in the finals to take ninth place.

Kori Groenveld placed seventh in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at 11:48.08. Jeanie Mullins was also top 10, setting a mark of 32 feet, 11.75 inches (10.05 meters) in the triple jump, while placing 12th in the long jump (15 feet, 11.75 inches; 4.87 meters). Kara Marler was 11th in the triple jump at 32 feet, 5 inches (9.88 meters), while Ty Marshal took 15th overall after a mark of 30 feet, 5 inches (9.27 meters).

Other top 15 finishes for the women's team included Renee D'Espyne's 13th place finish in the 100 meters at 13.08. Alaina King placed 15th in the 400 meters with a mark of 1:00.94 in her first Spring Break Open. In the 800 meters, Amelia Jackson ended in 13th at 2:27.19. Rachel Stone ran to a 15th place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:09.94.

Freshman Chrislyn DeMattos was 15th in the high jump after clearing 4 feet, 7.5 inches (1.41 meters). Tatyana Benko took 13th in the pole vault with a vault of 8 feet, 11.75 inches (2.74 meters). On Friday, Sarah Bucknovitz was 15th in the hammer throw at 129 feet, 7.5 inches (39.5 meters).

Lewis & Clark is expecting some of its student-athletes to compete at the Pacific Multi on Monday and Tuesday before next weekend's Willamette Invite.