TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers saw strong performances in their first meets of the season, splitting up the throwers from the runners and jumpers to compete at two different events. The runners and jumpers traveled up to Tacoma to the Ed Boitano Invitational, finishing with the women's team in fourth overall with 72 points and the men in fifth overall with 55.50 points. Andrew Werst and Syrah Starnes competed in the throwing events for the Pios in McMinnville at the Linfield Icebreaker.
In Tacoma, the Pioneers finished in the top three in eight events with standout performances from Rachelle Locey, who placed first in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump, and Miguel Haro-Ruiz, who placed first in the Men's 800m. Emily Tash and Bryce Johnson both took third in the 100m dash, with Tash just missing out on a third place finish in the following 200m dash event. Genevieve Serna placed second in the Women's 10000m, while the Women's 4x100m Relay team beat out Puget Sound's team by .15 seconds to take second place. Benji Bromberg beat out a Whitworth competitor by .5 seconds to take second in the 400m hurdles, followed by a second place finish from the men's 4x400m relay team made up of Isam Tahir, Bryce Johnson, Aidan Verba-Hamilton, and Matthew Weston.
In McMinville, Werst finished in third place in the men's shot put and eighth in discus, while Syrah Starnes took seventh in the women's hammer and 14th in javelin.
Rachelle Locey was one of the Pios' top finishers of the day, taking first in the Triple Jump with a jump of 10.58m, .4 meters off her career best. In the Long Jump, Locey took fifth with a distance of 4.80m and in the High Jump took eleventh, earning a new career best with a 1.37m jump.
Miguel Haro-Ruiz finished on top for the men, taking first in the 800m in a time of 1:58.60, just two seconds off his career best.
Werst's performance in the in the shot put earned him a third place finish with a distance of 13.27m, just .2 meters off his career best.
- The Pioneers had nine freshman women and six freshman men compete in the first meet of their collegiate careers
- Senior Bryce Johnson took second in the 4x400m relay and set a new career best in the 100m Dash
- In the 10000m race, Genevieve Cerna was only one second off her career best time set at the Ed Boitano Invitational last year, while Etta Moen set a new career best with a time of 42:11.64
- One of the top performing freshman for the men, Aidan Verba-Hamilton earned points for the Pios in all four events he competed in
- Morgan Taylor set two new career best times in the Long Jump and the 100 Heptahalon
- Freshman Jessica Cerne and Kennie Beighle both finished in the top eight in the 100m dash to earn points for the Pios
The Pioneers compete again on Sat., Mar. 9 at the Pacific Preview in Forest Grove, Ore. The meet starts at 10am.