Lewis & Clark sets 11 new season bests at Pacific Open

Lewis & Clark sets 11 new season bests at Pacific Open

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers sent a small contingent of student-athletes to the Pacific Open over last weekend's spring break at Hanson Stadium.


Freshman McKenzie Wingard, who already holds a top-six mark in the Northwest Conference for the 100 meters, posted the eighth-best time in the 200 meters with a 26.01 mark in her first time competing in the event. She finished first with teammate Sarah Howard placing fourth in 28.32.

Rachelle Locey jumped 17 feet, 3.25 inches (5.26m) in the long jump for her best-ever mark. The effort moved her to fourth among NWC qualifiers this season and won her the event. Syrah Starnes placed second overall and threw her best javelin throw all-time with a mark of 90 feet, 7 inches (27.61m).

"Kenzie and Rachelle each made nice improvements as we head into the last half of the season," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Keith Woodard. "We are looking forward to having the rest of the team back from break and getting back into full competition."

Howard placed second in the 100 meters (13.60), while Sam Seagren was runner-up in the pole vault with a mark of 10 feet (3.05m). In the high jump, Lauren Keegan was second with a jump of 4 feet, 6 inches (1.37m). Ty Marshall took third in the triple jump after an effort of 14 feet, 9.75 inches (4.51m).


The Pioneers 4x100-meter team moved to second all-time in school history after a time of 42.24. In winning the race, Xavier Tharpe, Matthew Weston, Deriontae Green and Isam Tahir moved one-tenth of a second behind record holders Jeff Smith, Lee Hart, Vince Woods and Paul Howard from 1977. It is the third-fastest time in the NWC this season. Tharpe, who also placed second in the 200 meters, and Alex Hart set personal bests in the 100 meters.

"It was exciting to see the 4x100 team put it together with their huge improvement," said Woodard. "This puts them right in the thick of competition in the conference."

Weston ran the team's fastest time this season to win the 400 meters (51.02) for a new personal best that qualifies him for the NWC Championships. Tahir, who was third overall, and Nabil Khan were also their fastest this season in the race. Khan later ran his best time of the year in the 110-meter hurdles (17.58) to place second. In the javelin, Sean Yamamoto set a new personal best at 107 feet, 6 inches (32.77m).

Jake La Grand was second in the javelin at 165 feet, 10 inches (50.56m).