PORTLAND, Ore. – The Lewis & Clark women's cross country team continued their domination at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13th where they took first place. Emily Thomas and Kaitlyn Throgmorton finished one-two for the Pioneers, respectively.
On the men's side, the team was second to Puget Sound. Pioneers Sam Smith and Jarrod Nixon had the best times for Lewis & Clark, finishing seventh and eighth.
Thomas finished with a time of 22:23.68, while Throgmorton came in not far behind her teammate, with a time of 22:52.45. Also top five finishers for the Pioneers were Melissa Newton-Mora, coming in 6th with a time of 23:31.48, Emily Fagan, coming in 8th with a time of 23:35.05, and Susan Heinselman, coming in 13th with a time of 23:41.85.
"On the women's side, it's always nice to win, especially at your home invitational. The women raced well with Emily [Thomas] winning once again and Kaitlyn [Throgmorton] stepping up and pulling second place," said head coach Keith Woodard. "When we're ready to put Illana [Livstrom] and Heather [Spurling] back in the lineup we should be a very competitive team. In the meantime, everyone on the team has been stepping up to fill in for those two and doing an excellent job."
For the men, Smith finished with a time of 26:31.04, and Nixon with a time of 26:34.03. Other top five finishers for Lewis & Clark were Andrew LeDonne, coming in 19th with a time of 27:33.63, Brendy Hale, coming in 20th with a time of 27:34.53, and Marc Steiner, coming in 27th with a time of 27:52.26.
"It was a good meet, getting second place on the men's side without running Daniel Shaver shows we can be a competitive team at the conference championships," said Woodard.
The Pioneers race again on Saturday, Oct. 27th at 11 a.m. for the Northwest Conference Championship, hosted by Pacific.