Men finish in top 10, Groenveld leads women at Charles Bowles Invitational

Men finish in top 10, Groenveld leads women at Charles Bowles Invitational

SALEM, Ore. -- Liam Monheim was the second-highest NCAA Division III finisher at Saturday's Charles Bowles Invitational to help the Lewis & Clark Pioneers men's team to a top-10 finish at Bush Park.

Kori Groenveld and Frances Swanson were both top-50 finishers for the women's team at the event hosted by Willamette.

Men's Cross Country

Monheim posted a 25:25.1 mark to place 13th in the men's 8K race. Among NCAA Div. III entrants, Monheim, a freshman from Southborough, Mass., was second to only Pacific Lutheran's Brad Hodkinson, who finished fourth overall. Only runners from Portland, which had four of the top five finishers, Portland State, Concordia, Western Oregon and New Mexico State finished ahead of Monheim.

"The conditions were less than perfect, and there was a strong field," said Monheim. "Everyone who raced today did really well and we more than deserved to get second as a team for our conference."

The day was cold and windy in Salem and the race was on a damp course because of occasional showers.

Blake Slattengren, who led the Pioneers in Lewis & Clark's prior two races, was 18th with a time of 25:28.4 and Jeffrey Mullins finished in 29th place at 25:47.5. Monheim, Slattengren and Mullins have been Lewis & Clark's top-three finishers in every meet so far.

The Pios finished eighth as a team, one spot ahead of Concordia. Lewis & Clark was the second NWC finisher behind Willamette, which finished third.

Kurt Barbara came in with a time of 27:18.4 and Laurence Seabrook had a mark of 27:46.8. Both runners had times that put them in the top-100 of eligible scorers. Miguel Haro-Ruiz was the next Pios finisher in 28:01.9 before Ryan Nguyen's 28:36.2. Will Hoard put in a 28:49.2 mark followed by Sean Richardson's 29:47.4 and Ivan Ramos-King's 29:47.4.

Women's Cross Country

Groenveld placed 35th and was the seventh-best NWC finisher with a time of 18:52.1 in the 5K race. Swanson wasn't far behind at 18:59.5, finishing in 43rd.

Freshman Samantha Bowen (pictured right) placed 74th in 19:37.6 to give the Pioneers three top-100 finishers. Amelia Jackson almost made it four after placing 108th and 101st among scorers. The junior had a mark of 20:11.6.

Lewis & Clark placed 13th, which was third out of the eight NWC teams in the field. The Pioneers were behind Whitworth and Willamette and six points ahead of Pacific and 15 above Linfield.

Morgan Taylor ran a time of 20:46.6 followed by Keira Crabtree (20:55.3), Korina Waring-Enriquez (20:55.4) and Elisabeth Kirkwood (20:58.8). Madison Sullivan was four spots back of Kirkwood at 21:11.7.

Freshman Dawn Mist Movich-Fields ran the course in 21:43.6 and Katie Hull crossed in 22:14.2.

Lewis & Clark hosts the L&C Invite on Oct. 15, a home meet for the Pioneers at McIver Park.