by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
ESCATADA, Ore. – Marissa Mount was the individual women's champion and led the Whitworth Pirates to a third place finish at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
The Pirate women were the top Division III team in the race, accumulating 45 fewer points than their closest competition. Whitworth's men finished fifth overall and third amongst Division III competitors.
Mount won the 6-kilometer women's race with a 20:59.4 time, a personal record in the 6K. Krystal Roberts was the second Buc across the finish line (12th overall) with a 22:05.4 mark. Ellie Shoop rounded out Pirates in the top-20 with a 22:31.8 mark, good for 18th place.
On the men's side, Joel Mott set a new personal record in the 8-kilometer race with a 25:03 time. Mott beat his previous best time by more than a minute to earn 21st place. Mott was followed closely by Aidan Smith, who finished 38th with a 25:33 mark.
A trio of sophomores rounded out the Pirate scorers. Gabriel Meek finished 1.2 seconds behind Smith to earn 41st place, and William Glick's 25:43.1 mark was good enough for 44th place. Jacob Clark finished 62nd to close out the day for Whitworth.
The Pirates will look to build on Saturday's success when they head back to the same course for the Northwest Conference Championships Saturday, Oct. 27. The women's race will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the men's following at 12:00 p.m.