Haro Ruiz places in top three twice as Pios compete at NWC Championships

Haro Ruiz places in top three twice as Pios compete at NWC Championships

TACOMA, Wash. -- Miguel Haro Ruiz took a lead on the back stretch before falling to second over the final 150 meters to place second in the 1,500-meter race at Saturday's Northwest Conference Championships. The junior also placed third in the 800 meters at PLU Track.

Ayla Kumano took sixth place in the 400-meter hurdles for one of the best women's finishes. Rachelle Locey, Emily Tash and Morgan Taylor each had an eighth-place finish. Taylor took hers in the 100-meter hurdles where she set an all-time best effort.

Bryce Johnson placed fourth in the 400 meters after a personal-record time of 49.69. He also placed sixth in the high jump at 1.89m, also a new career best.

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Key Moments

Haro Ruiz pulled ahead of the eventual 1,500-meter winner, Michael Montague of Willamette, on the final lap's back stretch. He crossed in 4:03.06 just behind Montague's time of 4:01.20. Haro Ruiz was third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.88.

Kumano cleared the final hurdle in eighth place and outraced two others in the final moments to move up two spots. The senior finished in 1:07.54 and eclipsed her personal record by .25 seconds. Taylor's time of 16.12 in the 100-meter hurdles set a new all-time best for the junior. Locey was short of her all-time best in the triple jump at 10.64m.

The Pioneers had three of the top-eight finishers in the 100 meters with Matthew Weston leading the way in fifth place. He set an all-time best at 11.15, while Anakin Mares placed seventh and set a personal record at 11.31. Isam Tahir, who came into the NWC Championships with the seventh-fastest time in the conference, placed eighth after walking the race because of an injury, scoring a point for the team.

Weston also set a career-best time in the 200 meters at 22.37 and placed sixth, two spots ahead of Johnson (24.49).

Deeper Look

  • Andrew Werst placed fifth in the men's discus with a throw of 40.18m on his second-to-last attempt
  • Tash placed eighth in the 400 meters with a time of 1:02.62
  • Benji Bromberg took eighth in his first-ever NWC Championships with a time of 59.951
  • Matthew White (16:08.10) and Sean Richardson (16:11.10) placed 10th and 11th, respectively, in the men's 5,000 meters
  • Syrah Starnes was 12th in the women's hammer with a best mark of 36.88m
  • Jessica Cerne placed eight in the women's javelin on her first attempt of 34.80m
  • Lewis & Clark placed seventh in both team scores with the men scoring 64 points and the women totaling 29

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers will look to improve marks over a handful of events leading into the NCAA Division III Championships on May 23-25. Lewis & Clark hosts the Portland Twilight on Friday at Eldon Fix Track.

Day 1

Logan Kyle made the award stand after taking third in the the pole vault, while Sean Richardson took fifth and Genevieve Serna placed eighth in the 10,000 meters, as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers opened up the first day of the Northwest Conference Championships at PLU Track on Friday.

Morgan Taylor set a career best to place fifth in the high jump (1.56m) and Rachelle Locey placed sixth with her best jump of the season in the long jump. On the men's side, Andrew Werst claimed fifth in the shot put and Sam Johnson finished sixth in the long jump. Johnson set a new personal best (6.40m), a large margin over his prior best, 5.92m.

Numerous Pioneers advanced in the track-event preliminaries, including Bryce Johnson who had the second-fastest time in the men's 400 meters (50.44). The finals will be ran on Saturday.

Key Moments

Richardson ran his best time of the season (33:10.71) to place fifth by over 10 seconds. Serna had a similar margin in her race, taking eighth with a mark of 41:30.38. Locey had her best effort of the season and nearly matched her career best with a mark of 5.23m.

Miguel Haro Ruiz was fourth in the men's 800 meters during prelims with a time of 1:59.32. Lewis & Clark had the final three qualifiers in the men's 100 meters led by Isam Tahir who was sixth in the preliminaries at 11.27, one-hundredth of a second off his all-time best. Matthew Weston was seventh with a personal record of 11.32 and Anakin Mares was eighth (11.41). Weston and Johnson later qualified in the 200 meters (22.55 and 22.70, respectively). Weston's mark was an all-time best. Benji Bromberg placed seventh (58.36) and qualified in the 400-meter hurdles.

Ayla Kumano used a personal-best performance of 1:07.54 to place seventh in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries and advance to the finals. Emily Tash made the finals in the 400 meters with a time of 1:02.13 to edge out Anna Belle Schweiger of Whitworth (1:02.13) for eighth. In addition to scoring points in the high jump, Taylor qualified for Saturday's final in the 100-meter hurdles (15.98) with an eighth-place finish, while Locey just missed the field in ninth (16.16).

In her final conference championships, Katie Hull crushed her personal best with a time of 12:47.72 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The senior's last PR came at the 2017 NWC Championships (13:10.04).

Deeper Look

  • With a throw of 13.30m, Werst had his second throw of that distance or better this season season in the shot put
  • With a personal-best effort, Will Hoard nearly scored a point for the Pioneers in the 3,000-meter steeplechase when he finished less than three seconds out of eighth place (10:24.18)
  • Aidan Verba-Hamilton narrowly missed both the 100- and 200-meter finals with a ninth-place finish in both (11.43 and 22.73, respectively)
  • Lewis & Clark is in seventh place in both the men's and women's team scores