HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Senior Jeff Mullins won the 1,500 meters at last weekend's Pacific Preview, and in the process, was named Northwest Conference Track Student-Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Off a career-best cross country season last fall, Mullins has started the outdoor track season strongly by qualifying for the conference meet in the 10,000 meters during the opening event two weekends ago, the Ed Boitano Invitational, before making it in the 1,500 meters last Saturday. He ran an all-time best 4:01.48 to win the race and move atop the results by any NWC competitor this season.
Mullins' mark is also among the top 30 all-time in Lewis & Clark history.
Last summer, Mullins did research at Lewis & Clark through the Rogers Science Research program. Along with teammate Sean Richardson, the Computer Science and Mathematics double major studied machine learning applications for environmental science with professor Peter Drake. Entering the academic year, Mullins had planned to work with robotics in the Physics department and hoped to design and build a robotic arm from scratch.
During the cross country season, Mullins was named All-NWC First Team and earned All-West Region honors as well after a 23rd-place finish.
Lewis & Clark hosts the L&C Spring Break Open on Friday and Saturday.
2017-18 Lewis & Clark NWC Student-Athletes of the Week
Sept. 25 - Pete Lahti (Football)
Oct. 5 - Obed Eriza (Football)
Nov. 8 - Hannah Osmundson (Women's Soccer)
Feb. 5 - Raed Attia (Men's Tennis)
Feb. 12 - Christine Eliazo (Women's Tennis)
Feb. 19 - Jackson Powell (Men's Tennis)