Swanson wins NWC championship in steeplechase

Swanson wins NWC championship in steeplechase

SPOKANE, Wash. -- In the first women's track event of the Northwest Conference Championships, Lewis & Clark senior Frances Swanson won the 3,000-meter steeplechase ahead of two runners from Willamette.

Swanson, who entered the event with the conference's second-best time, led the rest of the race after moving ahead in the first few laps at Whitworth's Boppell Track. Her time was 11:30.99, a new career best. Teammates Kiera Crabtree and Katie Hull placed sixth and eighth, respectively.

Chase Hagar won her flight and took eighth overall in the women's long jump to score points for the Pios. Hagar's best result was 16 feet, 10.5 inches (5.14m), which surpassed her career best of 16 feet, 2.5 inches (4.94m). Sarah Bucknovitz, who had the second-best throw of the season in the hammer entering Friday, didn't register a mark, while Ellery Creighton ended with a 10th-place result.

Noah Avery and David Lovitz, who both placed in last week's NWC Championships Multi-Events decathlon, tied for fifth in the pole vault with marks of 13 feet, 0.75 inches (3.98m).

Miguel Haro Ruiz was seventh in the men's 800-meter trials and will race in Saturday's final. The freshman placed third in his heat at 1:58.94.

Bryce Johnson advanced in two events. There were no 400-meter trials, so the sophomore will bring the conference's fourth-best time into Saturday's final. Johnson was seventh overall in the 200 meters with a time of 22.85.

The NWC Championships resume at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.