Mullins, Bucknovitz highlight Pios day at Pacific Open

Mullins, Bucknovitz highlight Pios day at Pacific Open

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers finished their final tune-up before Friday's start of the Northwest Conference Track & Field Championships with a trip to the Pacific Open on Saturday.

Among the Pios' best results included Jeff Mullins men's 1,500-meter runner-up finish and Sarah Bucknovitz win in the women's hammer. Mullins missed the lead by five-tenths of a second behind Oregon State's Evan Talan to finish in 4:02.72. Meanwhile, Bucknovitz threw a season-best 151 feet, 2 inches (46.07 meters) to win the women's hammer to go with her fourth place finish in the discus. Her throw of 114 feet, 7 inches (34.92 meters) was three inches shy of her best this season.

Noah Avery followed up his third place finish in the decathlon at the NWC Multi earlier in the week with the same finish in the pole vault on Saturday. The freshman vaulted 12 feet, 3.5 inches (3.75 meters). David Lovitz ended the long jump in fifth place with a mark of 21 feet, 1.25 inches (6.43 meters).

On the women's side, Jeanie Mullins was second in the triple jump (33 feet, 11.25 inches; 10.34 meters) and fifth in the long jump (16 feet, 1.75 inches; 4.92 meters). Rachelle Locey had her best career mark in the long jump, placing third with an effort of 16 feet, 3 inches (4.95 meters). Kara Marler was also top 10 with a 15 feet, 6.75 inches (4.74 meters) mark.

Renee D'Espyne was fourth in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 12.96, a new season best. Sara Schoville was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a 16.48 mark, followed by Rachel Stone's 16.95. Stone was fourth in the 400-meter hurldes at 1:08.05. Both marks were the best of the season for Stone, who qualified for the NWC Championships in the 100-meter hurdles with the performance.

Katherine Kowal ended the 200 meters in ninth place with a time of 27.30. Boo Kirkwood had her best time of the season in the 800 meters at 2:27.39, good for a fifth place finish. Frances Swanson took ninth in the 1,500 meters at 4:51.84, followed by Aviva Browning in 10th with a 4:55.22 mark.

Chrislyn DeMattos placed eighth in the high jump with a mark of 4 feet, 5 inches (1.35 meters). Tatyana Benko and Rachel Seagren each vaulted 10 feet (3.05 meters). Taylor Hudson placed eighth in the javelin with a throw of 106 feet, 6.5 inches (32.47 meters).

The NWC Championships start Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Clackamas Community College for the men's and women's hammer and javelin. At 2 p.m., teams start competition at Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium on the Lewis & Clark campus, with the rest of the events beginning Saturday at 10:30 a.m. More information on the conference meet can be found at