Pioneers race nine athletes at the NCAA Division III West Region Championships

Pioneers race nine athletes at the NCAA Division III West Region Championships

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers women's team finished seventh in the Northwest Conference and 16th overall while Sean Richardson and Ryan Nguyen raced for the men at the NCAA Division III West Region Championships at the Veterans Memorial Golf Course Saturday morning.

Richardson finished 28th overall, running the course in a time of 25:50.9, matching his placement at last year's West Region Championships and earning him his second All West Region Award. Of his performance, Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Keith Woodard said, "From the first mile on, Sean was always in the top 35 and slowly worked his way up and positioned himself to out kick a couple of runners over the last 100 meters. It was a good way for Sean to wrap up his season."

Senior Ryan Nguyen also put in a solid race for the men, coming back from an injury that kept him from racing at the conference championships, to finish 95th overall with a time of 28:06.

On the women's side, Coach Woodard said, "The women put together their most complete team effort with a couple of PRs and seasonal bests." Junior Samantha Bowen led the charge for the Pios finishing 62nd overall with a time of 24:04.7, with her best race and 6k time of the year. Sophomore Genevieve Serna was hot on Bowen's heels, finishing only 30.4 seconds behind her at 24.34.3 and 81st overall.

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Key Moments

Alexandra Coons finished just before sophomore Adalynn Greisser with a time of 25:54.6 in 106th place. Greisser placed 108th, racing her career fastest time. Senior Katie Hull and sophomore Kara Wood made their debut performances at the West Region Championships with Hull clocking a career best time and Wood clocking a season best time.

Deeper Look

  • Adalynn Griesser hit a career best with a finishing time of 25:55.2
  • Samantha Bowen ran a season best time with her 24:04.7 finish
  • Etta Moen beat her time at the West Region Championships in 2017 by one minute and one second
  • Katie Hull ran a career best time with a finish of 26.25.9
  • Kara Wood ran a seasonal best time finishing in 27:29.6

Looking Ahead

The Region meets are qualifiers to go to nationals. The top two teams from each region automatically qualify for nationals and an additional 16 teams are selected from the eight regions by committee to go to nationals as well. The top seven individuals in each of the eight regions who are not on a qualifying team go to nationals as individuals. The fields will be announced by noon on Sunday.