Multiple Pios earn career bests at L&C Spring Break Open

Multiple Pios earn career bests at L&C Spring Break Open

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers hosted their first of two meets this season attracting squads from multiple NCAA Division I schools such as Portland State, University of Portland and Oregon State. 

Both the men's and women's teams finished the meet in fourth place with over 35 athletes scoring points for the Pioneers. Rachelle Locey was the only Pioneer to finish on top of the leaderboard in her respective event. Locey finished first in the long jump with a distance of 5.19 meters, while also earning a third-place place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 10.25 meters and a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.03.

The women also found some success in the high jump placing four athletes in the top-eight spots. Morgan Taylor led the Pioneers in the high jump with a height of 1.53 meters, good enough for third place while Shannon Perry and Madison Thomas finished fourth and fifth respectively with matching heights of 1.43 meters. Emily Tash continues to be the Pioneers top finisher in the 100 meters earning a fifth-place finish today with a time of 13.32, a new career best. Kennie Beighlie finished one spot behind Tash with a time of 13.57. Genevieve Serna was the top finisher for the Pioneers in the 5000 meters with a career-best time of 19:16.39.  

The men's team finished on top of the leaderboard in the 4x100 relay, crossing the finish line in 43.40 seconds. Isam Tahir, Aidan Verba-Hamilton, Anakin Mares and Xavier Tharpe were part of the winning team. Tahir and Verba-Hamilton were also members of the 4x400 team, along with Benji Bromberg and Matthew Weston, who took second in the 4x400 relay. 

Andrew Werst scored points for the Pioneers in both events in which he was entered, earning seventh in the discus with a throw of 40.29 meters and eighth in the shot put with a heave of 13.22 meters. Logan Kyle continues to be near the top of the leaderboard in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.42 meters to earn him a second place finish in the event. Miguel Haro-Ruiz earned a new career best in the 1500 meter with a time of 3:59.37 to put him in fourth place for the event.

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Key Moments

Rachelle Locey earned her first victory of the year in the long jump after previously earning an event victory earlier in the season in the triple jump.

The men's team continues to place multiple runners in the top-eight spots on the 100-meter dash. Tahir finished third for the Pioneers in the event with a time of 11.33 while Mares crossed the finish line in fifth with a time of 11.46 and Verba-Hamilton finished in seventh. Verba-Hamilton and Tahir also earned points for the Pioneers in the 200-meter dash. 

Logan Kyle finished second for the Pioneers in the pole vault. His second, second-place finish in the event in as many meets. 

Deeper Look

  • Freshman Jessica Cerne made her collegiate debut in the javelin with a distance of 32.22 meters to put her in fifth place overall
  • Tash had a career-best time in the 100-meter dash by .04 seconds
  • Serna had a career-best time in the 5000 meters by over 16 seconds
  • Kyle earned a new career best in the pole vault beating his previous record by .18 meters
  • Haro-Ruiz beat his previous career best in 1500 meter by fractions of a second

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers kick off spring break with the Willamette Invitational on Saturday, Mar. 23 at 10 a.m.