Pios claim 19 top 10 finishes at Boyman Invitational

Pios claim 19 top 10 finishes at Boyman Invitational

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- In the third-to-last competition prior to the Lewis & Clark-hosted Northwest Conference Championships on Apr. 22-23, the Pioneers finished 10th or better in 19 different events on Saturday at the Boyman Invitational.

Seniors Jeanie Mullins and Emily Thompson earned top 10 marks in more than one event. Mullins took seventh in the 100 meters at 13.21 and eighth in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 3 inches (4.95 meters). Meanwhile, Thompson placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.44 and third in the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:04.86 mark. She was four-hundredths of a second behind Pacific's Kelsey Lee for second place.

Sarah Bucknovitz was a multiple-event, top 10 finisher as well. Her discus throw of 111 feet, 3 inches (33.91 meters) was eighth-best before she took third in the hammer throw at 147 feet, 7 inches (44.98 meters).

"We continue to add to our list of conference qualifiers and continue to have athletes climb the L&C all-time lists," said Director of Cross Country/Track and Field Keith Woodard. "It was a good first meet back from spring break. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do leading up to the conference championships in three weeks."

Kori Groenveld was one of two first place finishers for the Pios. The sophomore won the 3,000-meter steeplechase by more than 10 seconds with a 11:36.95 mark. Aviva Browning was top 10 also, placing fifth at 12:01.77. Senior teammate Angie Epifano was the top women's placer in the mixed 10,000 meters. She crossed first at 40:10.69. 

Colin Brown led the men's team with a pair of top 10 finishes in the 200 and 400 meters. He placed eighth in the shorter race at 22.73 and ninth in the 400 with a 50.58 time.

Deion Mock placed second in the pole vault for the men's best overall finish. He cleared 14 feet, 10.25 inches (4.53 meters). George Shoemaker took sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after a 10:21.22 time, while David Lovitz and Erich Roepke each had a seventh place finish. Lovitz placed there in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 7.25 inches (1.71 meters), while Roepke took his in the javelin at 175 feet, 6 inches (53.49 meters). Jeff Mullins added a 10th place result in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:10.11.

Finishing out the women's top 10 finishes, Alaina King took seventh in the 400 meters after a 59.08 run. Kara Marler placed eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 33 feet, 0.50 inches (10.07 meters). In the pole vault, Rachel Seagren cleared 9 feet, 3.25 inches (2.83 meters) for eighth place.

Lewis & Clark competes next on Apr. 9 at the George Fox Invite.