Times shaved as Pios host L&C Invite

Photo by Ben Ritter
Photo by Ben Ritter

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Isam Tahir, Benji Bromberg and Logan Kyle won events and improved their marks as did several of the Lewis & Clark Pioneers during their home meet, the L&C Invite, on Saturday at Eldon Fix Track.

Rachelle Locey reduced her season-best time in the 100-meter hurdles and placed second, while Kennie Beighle improved and placed third in the 200 meters. Andrew Werst placed first in the discus and Bryce Johnson won the 200 meters.

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Key Moments

Tahir eclipsed his personal best in the 100 meters with a time of 11.26 to beat out his prior mark of 11.33. Bromberg won the 400 meters in 59.25, his second-ever sub-minute time, both of which have come at Eldon Fix Track. He's now ranked fifth in the Northwest Conference. Kyle cleared 15 feet, 2.75 inches (4.64m), set a new personal record and won the pole vault by half a foot. He has the second-highest mark in the NWC.

Beighle's third-place finish in the 200 meters lowered her time to 27.75, a personal best and her fastest since running the event in 27.79 at the Pacific Preview on Mar. 9. Syrah Starnes significantly surpassed her all-time best in the shot put at 29 feet, 10 inches (9.09m), her first time clearing nine meters and an improvement to her all-time high by 1 foot, 9 inches. The junior also moved her career best in the hammer to 126 feet, 9 inches (38.64m). Maddie Thomas set a personal record in the long jump at 14 feet, 8.5 inches (4.48m).

Locey ticked down to 15.83 in the 100-meter hurdles, an improvement of .07 seconds that now has her ranked sixth in the Northwest Conference. Etta Moen ran her fastest-ever 1,500 meters in an 11th-place showing (5:16.09). On the men's side, Connor Robertson ran his in 4:21.60 for a new personal best by over six seconds.

Johnson won the men's 200 meters (22.47), while Matthew Weston was runner-up with a new all-time best of 22.66. Johnson also set a personal best in the high jump. Tahir and Mares were top five in the race. Werst was short of his all-time and season best, but won the discus with a toss of 139 feet, 6 inches (42.52m), clearing the field by over six inches. He placed second in the shot put (43 feet, 9 inches; 13.33m).

In a personal best-setting performance, Ryan Nguyen placed third with a time of 16:20.76 in the 5,000 meters.

Deeper Look

  • Katie Hull and Alexandra Coons set new all-time bests with marks of 5:25.64 and 5:26.16, respectively, in the 1,500 meters
  • In her second career 400 meters, Emily Tash was second with a time of 1:02.67; she ran .17 faster at last week's Pacific Luau Invitational
  • Ayla Kumano trimmed nearly a second off her all-time best with a 28.34 time for fifth place in the 200 meters
  • Setting personal records, Mares (11.36) and Weston (11.37) followed Tahir in the 100 meters with fourth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively
  • Aidan Verba-Hamilton was also top 10 in the race, placing eighth (11.73), while taking seventh in the 200 meters (23.30)
  • Justin Seidel was sixth in the 5,000 meters (16:51.50)
  • In the triple jump, Chrislyn DeMattos took fourth place and improved her season best (33 feet, 1.75 inches; 10.10m), while Sam Johnson was sixth with a best effort of 39 feet, 8.5 inches (12.47m)
  • Morgan Taylor, Lauren Keegan, Shannon Perry, Thomas and DeMattos all competed in the high jump

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers will compete at the Northwest Conference Championships in Tacoma, Wash. next weekend.