Track & Field Notebook: More NWC top marks, victories at halfway point of season

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

PALATINE HILL -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers saw numerous student-athletes accomplish Northwest Conference-qualifying marks through an event win, season bests and, in one event, a top mark in the conference this season.

Women

Amelia Jackson continued her career year with a win in the 800 meters last Saturday at the L&C Spring Break Open. In her third career track and field event win, Jackson set the third-fastest time in the NWC this year and a career best at 2:18.26. The senior has achieved back-to-back career-best times in the event. She won the 800 meters at the Puget Sound Invitational in 2016 and the 2015 L&C Spring Break Open. Nicole Godbout improved her career-best time from 2:24.74 to 2:23.87 last Saturday.

Fellow senior Kori Groenveld qualified for her third NWC Championships event with a fourth-place finish in the 5,000 meters. She also qualified in the 10,000 meters and 3,000-meter Steeplechase. Groenveld's time of 18:28.90 was a few seconds off her all-time best in the event, set in 2016 at the Willamette Invitational (18:26.19). Last weekend's time is the seventh fastest in the NWC this year.

McKenzie Wingard move down her career-best time in the 100 meters with a mark of 12.69 to finish third. The freshman was the top NCAA Division III racer in the field and is fourth in the NWC for the event this year.

In the high jump, junior Morgan Taylor set an all-time best with a mark of 4 feet, 10.5 inches (1.49m), the seventh-best jump in the conference this season. Taylor finished fourth with the personal best and has now qualified in two events for the NWC Championships. She locked in the 400-meter hurdles qualifying time last weekend. Chrislyn DeMattos also hit a career best in the event last Saturday after clearing 4 feet, 8.75 inches (1.44m).

Sam Seagren and Tatyana Benko vaulted to the NWC's third- and fifth-best marks this season, respectively, in the pole vault. Seagren's was the best by any Pioneers vaulter this season at 10 feet, 8.25 inches (3.26m) and 1.75 inches shy of her all-time best from the 2017 Willamette Invitational. Benko, who cleared 10 feet, 2.5 inches in the event, has an all-time best of 10 feet, 6 inches (3.20m).

Ellery Creighton, who qualified for the hammer at the Pacific Preview on Mar. 10, was top in her flight in the event at the L&C Spring Break Open. Creighton finished 1-2 in the flight with Syrah Starnes.

List of NWC Qualifiers - Women

Tatyana Benko - Pole vault
Ellery Creighton - Hammer
Nicole Godbout - 800 meters
Kori Groenveld - 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters, 3,000-meter Steeplechase
Amelia Jackson - 800 meters, 1,500 meters
Rachelle Locey - Long jump, Triple jump
Etta Moen - 10,000 meters
Sam Seagren - Pole vault
Genevieve Serna - 10,000 meters
Morgan Taylor - 100-meter hurdles, High jump
McKenzie Wingard - 100 meters
4x100-meter relay team - 7th in NWC
4x400-meter relay team - 8th in NWC

Men

Miguel Haro Ruiz's time of 3:59.61 in the 1,500 meters set a new career best for the sophomore and the fastest time in the Northwest Conference this season. According to the Track and Field Results Reporting System, last Saturday was his first time competing in the event. Haro Ruiz has also qualified in the 800 meters this season and has the ninth-fastest time in the event this season.

Jake La Grand placed second and posted the conference's second-best mark in the javelin (183 feet, 6.25 inches/55.94m) last Friday during the first day of the L&C Spring Break Open. La Grand also threw a career-best in the shot put the following day.

Sean Richardson took fifth in the 5,000 meters and moved to fifth this season among conference racers. His all-time best in the event was at the 2017 L&C Spring Break Open (15:07.25).

Andrew Werst qualified for the NWC Championships in the shot put with a ninth-place finish. His mark of 43 feet, 5.5 inches (13.25m) is the NWC's sixth best this season.

List of NWC Qualifiers - Men

Noah Avery - High jump
Derionate Green - 100 meters, 200 meters
Miguel Haro Ruiz - 800 meters, 1,500 meters
Logan Kyle - Pole vault
Jake La Grand - Javelin
Jeff Mullins - 1,500 meters, 10,000 meters
Sean Richardson - 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters
George Shoemaker - 3,000-meter Steeplechase
Blake Slattengren - 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters
Isam Tahir - 200 meters
Andrew Werst - Shot put, Discus
Matthew Weston - 200 meters
4x100-meter Relay - 5th in NWC
4x400-meter Relay - 6th in NWC