Numerous career bests move for Pioneers at Willamette Invitational

Numerous career bests move for Pioneers at Willamette Invitational

SALEM, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark had six top-10 finishers as the Pioneers wrapped up their final weekend competition of March on Saturday at the Willamette Invitational.

Sophomore Bryce Johnson won his heat and surpassed his career- and season-best in the 400 meters with a 50.31 mark, good enough for a sixth-place finish. His time was slightly better than the 50.70 he posted at the Pacific Preview earlier this month. He also added a 17th-place result in the 200 meters at 23.02.

Samantha Bowen had the best women's track result with a time of 2:23.67 for seventh in the 800 meters, which was fifth in her heat. Frances Swanson was near a top-five finish, placing sixth in the 1,500 meters at 4:45.76, her all-time fastest result. 

Jeff Mullins was in the faster heat of two in the 1,500 meters, posting an eighth-place finish in his section. At 4:05.77, Mullins was three seconds off his all-time best mark, but posted his fastest result of the year. He was ninth overall.

Miguel Haro Ruiz was 10th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.53, which was second-best in his heat and set a new career-best by seven-hundredths of a second. 

On the field side, Rachel Seagren cleared 10 feet, 10 inches (3.30m) in the pole vault to finish fourth and exceed her previous career best, 10 feet, 4.25 inches, set at last year's Northwest Conference Championships. Ty Marshall placed 16th at 32 feet (9.75m) in the triple jump on her final two attempts. Ellery Creighton took 19th in the hammer with a throw of 120 feet, 5.25 inches (36.70m), and Syrah Starnes threw 98 feet, 9 inches (30.09m). Creighton was fifth in her flight.

Lewis & Clark's multi-event competitors are expected to compete in Monday and Tuesday's Pacific Multi. The next full team event, the Boymann Invitational, is on Apr. 1.