Pioneers wrap up first home meet

Photos by Robert Garcia-Magdaleno
Photos by Robert Garcia-Magdaleno

By Myles Boyns for

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The second day of the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open consisted of more events and more hype. Even though the weather fluctuated from overcast to sun, to hail, down to rain, the meet still went on at Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium. To kick off the meet, the teams started with field events.


The Pioneers finished strong in the pole vault. Sam Seagren placed second with a jump of 10 feet, 8.25 inches, Tatyana Benko placed third with a mark of 10 feet, 2.5 inches and Annie Austrian finished in fifth place with a mark of 8 feet, 2.75 inches.

In the triple jump, both Ty Marshall and Chrislyn DeMattos advanced to the finals. Marshall placed fifth with a jump of 33 feet, 0.25 inches, while DeMattos finished in seventh place with a jump of 31 feet, 3.25 inches. Not only did Lewis & Clark perform well in the field events, but the Pios also did well in the running portion of the meet.

For the 100 meters, McKenzie Wingard finished third overall with a time of 12.69. The 800 meters favored the Pios as Amelia Jackson won the event with a time 2:18.26, earning 10 points for the team total. The Pioneers also placed in one other event, the 5,000 meters, as Kori Groenveld placed fourth overall with a time of 18:00.80.


Logan Kyle provided points for the Pios through pole vault after he cleared 13 feet, 8.25 inches to place fourth in the event.

More points for the Pios came during the 4x100-meter relay. The Pioneers finished seventh overall with a time of 44.18. Nabil Khan also finished in seventh place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 18.12.

In the 100 meters, Isam Tahir placed ninth overall with a time of 11.44. He also placed ninth in the 200 meters with a time of 23.16. Tahir was the only runner from Lewis & Clark to finish in the top 10 of both races. To conclude the men's event, the Pios finished sixth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:32.00.

The Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open is in the books. The Pios next meet is the Willamette Invitational in Salem, Ore. on Mar. 24.


Day 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers hosted the first day of one of the first collegiate outdoor track & field meets of the year, the L&C Spring Break Open, at Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium and offsite at Clackamas Community College. Several field events took place at the two sites, including schools from various divisions of the NCAA. 


The first event held was the women's long jump, where Lewis & Clark had three athletes represent the Pios: Rachelle Locey, Ty Marshall and Morgan Taylor. Unofficially, Locey jumped 16 feet 4.5 inches (4.99m) in the prelims, which was enough for her to advance to the finals. On her second attempt in the finals, Locey jumped 16 feet, 5 inches (5.00m), which was her best for the day. Taylor peeked on her first attempts in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 2 inches (4.62m). It wasn't enough for her to get into the finals.

After the long jump portion was finished, the women competed in the high jump. Morgan Taylor had the highest mark at 4 feet, 10.75 inches (1.49m). Lauren Keegan and Chrislyn DeMattos had strong performances as they recorded jumps of 4 feet, 6.75 inches (1.39m) and 4 feet, 8.75 inches (1.44m), respectively. Annie Austrian set a personal best with jumps of 4 feet, 2.75 inches (1.29m) and 4 feet, 4.75 inches (1.34m).

In the hammer, Syrah Starnes and Ellery Creighton had two of the top-three marks in their heat.


For Lewis & Clark, the men only competed in the long jump. Noah Riley had the best jump on Friday with at 17 feet, 11.75 inches (5.48m), while Sam Mason was close behind with a mark of 17 feet, 11.5 inches (5.47m). Eric Hawkins had a jump of 16 feet, 5.75 inches (5.02m). 

At the javelin competition, Jake La Grand had the second-best mark of the day, unofficially.

The second day of the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday.