Pioneers compete at Pacific Invitational

Pioneers compete at Pacific Invitational

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers competed in the sunshine at the Pacific Invitational with 16 athletes placing in the top-5 of their respective events. The men's team dominated the short distance sprints earning five of the top eight spots in the 100-meter dash and three of the top four spots in the 200-meter dash. 

The men's team also found success in the 4x100 relay with Anakin Mares, Isam Tahir, Aidan Verba-Hamilton and Matthew Weston recording a time of 43.08 to finish in second, only .2 second behind first-place Northwest Christian. Ryan Nguyen earned points for the Pioneers in the Men's 5000m, finishing third with a time of 16:25.35. Benji Bromberg also scored points for the Pioneers in the hurdle events. Bromberg recorded a time of 16.52 in the 110-meter hurdles to finish in eighth and placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.67.

In the field events, Logan Kyle earned eight points for the Pioneers with a second place finish in the pole vault with a height of 4.24 meters. Andrew Werst threw a distance of 13.14 meters in the shot put to earn him fourth in the event while Sam Johnson recorded a distance of 12.40 meters in the triple jump to earn points for the Pioneers. 

On the women's side, Emily Tash and Kennie Beighle finished seventh and eighth in the 100-meter dash respectively with Tash also earning a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.48. Tash and Beighle also competed, along with Jessica Cerne and Maddie Thomas, in the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, finishing second in both events. Rachelle Locey competed in the 100 meter hurdles for the first time in her collegiate career, finishing in fifth place with a time of 16.17. Locey also finished in the top-eight in the long jump with a leap of 4.68m. 

Key Moments

Tahir led the men in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.40 putting him in second. Weston finished .14 second behind Tahir while Mares, Verba-Hamilton and Xavier Tharpe also earned points for the Pioneers in the event.   

Tahir also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.10 with Verba-Hamiton finishing just .01 seconds behind and Matthew Weston coming in with a time of 23.23.  

Logan Kyle placed second in the pole vault with a height of 4.24 meters, just 0.01 meters from his career-best. 

Deeper Look

  • The men's team earned a combined 41 points in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash 
  • Tahir's second-place finishes in the 100 meter and 200-meter dash are his best ever finishes in these events
  • Kyle was .01 meters away from a career-best on the pole vault
  • Tash had a career-best time in the 200-meter dash by almost .2 seconds and a career-best time in the 100 meters by .04 seconds 

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers host the L&C Spring Break Open next weekend with hammer and javelin events on Friday at 2 p.m. with the main event on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.