ESTACADA, Ore. -- Nine different Lewis & Clark Pioneers hit personal records, and Sean Richardson and Madeline Swanberg were the top finishers, at Saturday's L&C Invite at McIver State Park. The meet was hosted by Lewis & Clark and featured a new course layout.
Richardson spent the first two-thirds of the race in the top two and was a second off the winner, Colin Monaghan of Puget Sound. Richardson nearly set a personal best with his mark of 24:57.4, which was one second out of second place. Haro Ruiz was the Pios' next-best finisher in 26th with a time of 26:09.2. Overall the men's team placed fifth among the 12 teams.
"Today was an incredibly successful day for the program," head coach Matthew Barreau said. "It's beyond what our runners did. We were able to get several former athletes, coaches and administrators out to the course, in addition to parents who came from all over the country. Helping build connections will help us grow more so than just having good results."
The women were eighth in the 13-team field with Swanberg clocking in at 23:17.4, about 20 seconds behind her best time this season. Samantha Bowen had her fourth top-30 performance of the year at 23:32.9, while Genevieve Serna took a second off her PR at 24:04.2 and placed 46th. Griesser was 49th at 24:10.4.
At 24:13.9, Pifer took 55th before Etta Moen crossed in 57th place with a new personal record of 24:16.3, over 30 seconds faster than her previous. Alexandra Coons' time of 24:49.0 surpassed her prior PR by 50 seconds.
"As a team, we did well," Serna said. "We had a big pack of people near the middle and we made sure we were progressively getting other teams. We were trying to work together and stay consistent.
"A lot of people PRed today, which was cool to see. When you work together and do well together, it is a good team dynamic."
- Matthew White had one of his slowest times of the season (26:43.1), but still placed in the top 50
- Hanna Callinan (26:31.7) and Isabel Jaimeson (26:54.8) hadn't raced in a 6K prior to Saturday
- Marcella Chavez's time of 27:23.9 was her best time of the season, which was also the case for Kara Wood (26:28.2)
- Both Kalevi Paavola (28:20.9) and Connor Robertson (28:35.5) ran similarly to ther last race two weeks ago and both placed among the top 100
Saturday's race was the last for the Pioneers before the Northwest Conference Championships on Nov. 2. The conference meet will take place at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Wash.