Both Pios finish in top 150 at NCAA Cross Country Championships

Both Pios finish in top 150 at NCAA Cross Country Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- On a windy and cold day, two Lewis & Clark Pioneers men's cross country runners competed at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Liam Monheim and junior Blake Slattengren followed All-West Region performances by finishing in under 26 minutes at the national race.

Monheim placed 113th with a mark of 25:28.2, unofficially, and Slattengren was 143rd after clocking in at 25:41.3. Both runners picked up ground from their final splits. Monheim was at 19:53.8 and in 131st while Slattengren ran in 166th place at 20:02.7 at the final checkpoint of the race.

"The race was huge with over 300 runners," said Monheim. "It was hard to race in such a big field because I would constantly be passing people or being passed by people. Blake and I did really well and were very lucky to be able to go to nationals."

Monheim's time was his second-fastest 8K time of the year behind his 25:25.1 at the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational in October.

Lewis & Clark was one of three Northwest Conference teams with student-athletes in the field.