ESTACADA, Ore. -- Freshman Liam Monheim came in second overall to headline the Lewis & Clark Pioneers third-place team performance at the L&C Invite on Saturday morning.
With a time of 25:32.0, Monheim finished four seconds behind Southern Oregon's Connor Cushman in the men's 8K race through wet conditions, although the weather was not as bad as originally thought. The races were moved up 30-45 minutes on Friday after continuous downpours and heavy wind were expected.
Lewis & Clark, which is ranked fifth in the NCAA Division III West Region, finished third overall behind Southern Oregon and Colorado College. The Pios were the top Northwest Conference finisher.
Blake Slattengren crossed in 26:00 even for 12th place and was the second Lewis & Clark runner across the line. Slattengren and Monheim have been the team's top finisher in all four races this season.
"I stuck with Blake for about two miles and then a guy passed me and I wanted to go get him," said Monheim. "I really wanted to chase the number one guy, so I broke out of the pack I was in and tried to chase him down. I scared him off and he broke away from me."
Mullins has also been a top-three competitor for the Pios this season, continuing the trend on Saturday at McIver Park. He posted a 23rd-place finish with a mark of 26:41. Freshman Kurt Barbara was about 20 seconds off his best mark this season in an 8K race, crossing in 27:27 for 43rd. Miguel Haro-Ruiz clocked in at 27:50.0, finishing four spots back of Barbara.
Freshman William Hoard finished with his best time of the year (28:13) to place 60th of the 97 runners in the field. Laurence Seabrook (28:31), Ryan Nguyen (29:45) and Ivan Ramos-King (30:32) rounded out the Pios runners in the field.
Women's Cross Country
Women's captain Frances Swanson was the top Lewis & Clark finisher in the women's 6K. The senior earned 12th place after a 23:31.6 mark. Kori Groenveld, who had finished first among Lewis & Clark runners in the team's first three races, was 20th at 23:57.7.
Freshman Samantha Bowen was close behind at 24:00.2. Bowen has been a top-three finisher with Swanson and Groenveld all season.
"It's been going really well. It's a really supportive team," said Bowen after the race. "This race I struggled a little bit. Franny does this thing where she slaps her hip and then I know to push myself and catch up to her. I rely a lot on my team."
Morgan Taylor nearly finished in the top 50 with a 51st place time of 25:23.6. She was the lead runner in a cluster of Pios who took four of the next six spots. Korina Waring-Enriquez, Ameila Jackson and Keira Crabtree ran within 20 seconds of each other. Waring-Enriquez led that pack with a mark of 25:39.4, about 13 seconds ahead of Jackson and Crabtree. Elisabeth Kirkwood was 57th at 26:08.4.
Dawn Mist Movich-Fields, Madison Sullivan and Katie Hull also competed for Lewis & Clark, which finished fifth overall as a team.
The Pioneers race at the Northwest Conference Championships on Oct. 29.