ESTACADA, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers, who debuted in the national men's poll last week, were the top men's team among Northwest Conference schools at Saturday's L&C Invite at McIver Park. The Pios edged Pacific Lutheran, 115-117, to finish third overall.
Amelia Jackson was the top women's finisher, taking 36th with a time of 23:30.5, which was another new personal best for her. The Lewis & Clark women were ninth in the 12-team field.
Overall, the Pios put four men in the top 50, led by Jeff Mullins with a 10th-place finish. The senior had a time of 25:33.4, giving him the ninth-best scoring time in the field and his third-straight week with a new personal best. Sean Richardson was five spots back at 25:47.9 and Blake Slattengren posted a 17th-place finish with a mark of 25:56.9. Matthew White was 36th at 26:41.4, followed by Ryan Nguyen's 56th-place total of 27:19.1. Miguel Haro Ruiz was the final Pioneers counted score with a 60th-place result. He had a time of 27.28.5.
"The men got things rolling by squeaking by PLU for third place overall," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Keith Woodard. "Ryan had his all-time best race as the fifth team finisher in 56th." Nguyen's previous personal best was 28:02.6 in September 2016.
"The women showed improvement throughout as they closed the gap to the two conference competitors in front of them, Whitman and Pacific," said Woodard. "Amelia continues her terrific senior season and Sam Bowen was resurgent.
"It has taken awhile but the women are finally starting to put things together. We are all looking forward to a focused, competitive race at the NWC Championships in two weeks," added Woodard.
Etta Moen was 66th with a 24:48.4, Alexandra Coons placed 90th at 25:39.6 and Morgan Taylor came in 99th with a mark of 26:14.8. Keira Crabtree went in at 26:17.6 for a 101st-place effort, while Kara Wood was 106th at 26:30.7. Nicole Godbout finished in 27:02.1 for 111th followed by Marcella Chavez's 27:38.5.
Lewis & Clark's next competition is the NWC Championships on Oct. 28.