White, Richardson and Swanberg lead way for Pios at Ash Creek Invitational

White, Richardson and Swanberg lead way for Pios at Ash Creek Invitational

MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Madeline Swanberg, Matthew White and Sean Richardson were the Lewis & Clark Pioneers' top finishers in Friday's races at the Ash Creek Invitational. 

In the women's 4K, Swanberg was the top NCAA Division II or III competitor and crossed with a time (15:37.2) in the top 10 overall. White and Richardson had identical 18:55.8 marks for spots in the top 20 of the men's 6K. 

The Pioneers had a transportation issue that kept them from arriving at Ask Creek Preserve until an hour after they planned. Lewis & Clark was racing for the second straight week.

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Key Moments

Samantha Bowen followed Swanberg and joined Alexandra Coons as a top-three finisher for Lewis & Clark. Bowen placed 29th with a mark of 16:30.5. 

"The start stood out," Bowen said. "I got out pretty solidly. We started out in the front of the pack and squeezed through. A lot of us did a good job moving forward and being smart as we raced."

Coons was among the top 50 and ended the race in 16:54.8, an improvement of over 30 seconds from her first race of the season. Swanberg dropped nearly 40 seconds from her 16:16.8 last week.

"I didn't even see [Madeline] go by," head coach Matthew Barreau said. "When I missed her on the first lap, I found her on the second in a pack of very talented runners."

"It was a fun chase pack with a bunch of Oregon girls who I tucked behind," Swanberg said. "I'm grateful for them to pull me along. I felt like it was a pretty strategic race for me."

White and Richardson were pack running with Owen Deffner, who kept with the upperclassmen for the first half of the race. Deffner crossed in 19:52.8, nearly a full minute faster than in his first collegiate race last Friday.

"It's been great," Deffner said of his first three collegiate weeks. "I'm trying to learn how to race at the collegiate level, and today was a nice step in the right direction. It's something to take to the next race for the rest of the season."

"Going in, we were planning on us three staying together, and we did so nicely for the first 3K," White said. 

Deeper Look

  • Coach Barreau spotlighted Etta Moen in the race, who he says had a knee that bothered her during the first week
  • Moen finished in the top 60 at 17:24.1
  • Hanna Callinan ran her first collegiate race and placed 87th (18:56.5)
  • Gillan Pifer was nearly a full minute faster (18:08.2) than in her initial race last week (19:06.2)
  • Because of the bus trouble, the Pioneers were limited to the number of student-athletes they could bring; Jack Hyde, Kalevi Paavola, Connor Robertson, Marcella Chavez and Adalynn Griesser did not race
  • Genevieve Serna finished in 17:50.0 and Kara Wood clocked in at 18:41.6
  • Much like White, Richardson and Deffner, Miguel Haro Ruiz and Justin Seidel's race plan was to stay in a pack
  • Haro Ruiz was 49th in his first race of the year (20:28.5), while Seidel (20:46.1) shaved nearly 90 seconds from his first cross country time last week

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark has a week off before starting 8K and 6K races at the PLU Invitational on Oct. 5.