Richardson leads pack of six Pios across the line

Richardson leads pack of six Pios across the line

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark sophomore Sean Richardson was the first of six-straight Pios to cross the finish line in Friday's season opening Westmoreland Dual with Pacific at Westmoreland Park.

Richardson completed the course in 20:49 to finish ahead of senior Blake Slattengren's 20:58. Overall, eight of the top-10 finishers were Pioneers.

Similarly, Kori Groenveld finished third to lead the women's team, going ahead of six other consecutive teammates to finish in the top 10. Groenveld completed the 5K in 20:25, followed by classmate Amelia Jackson at 20:33.

Lewis & Clark won both team totals, 25-36 on the women's side and 15-49 for the men.

Richardson's time was an improvement of nearly 40 seconds from last year's edition, his first collegiate meet. After Slattengren, freshman Matthew White came in third at 21:18. Liam Monheim, the reigning Northwest Conference Freshman of the Year, was fourth in 21:57, followed by Jeff Mullins in 21:59.

Laurence Seabrook was sixth, Ryan Nguyen placed eighth and Miguel Haro-Ruiz finished 10th. Quinn Vinlove and George Shoemaker were 13th and 14th, respectively.

Samantha Bowen clocked in fifth in the women's race. With a time of 20:50, she led freshman Brooke Hansen by six seconds. Genevieve Serna completed her first collegiate race in 21:06, followed by classmates Alexandra Coons (21:10) and Etta Moen (21:15). Morgan Taylor, Kara Wood and Marcella Chavez were top-15 finishers, while Nicole Godbout, a sophomore competing in her first year of collegiate cross country, placed 18th at 24:21.

Pacific's Stephenie Spencer won the women's race in 19:13.

Lewis & Clark has next week off before competing at the Sundodger Invitational on Sept. 16 in Seattle.