August 11, 2006
The Pioneer women’s varsity eight crew team was unranked in the preseason polls but with early season success cracked the top 15 in the first week of spring polls. The Pioneers climbed as high as seventh in the Division III USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association polls–the highest the team had ever been ranked–after victories over Puget Sound and Division II Western Washington. In May, the women’s varsity eight earned its first invitational to the NCAA Division III championships in West Windsor, New Jersey, and won the petite final, finishing seventh overall.
Track and Field
Carla McHattie ‘06, the Pioneers’ first-ever female cross country champion, added two more titles to her resume, becoming conference champion in the 800- and 1500-meter runs. She went on to set school records in both the 800 meters (2:14.12) and the 1500 meters (4:44.56). Alex Henry ‘06 had a stunning come-from-behind victory to win the 3000-meter steeplechase conference title. Tamara Moores ‘09 was named All-Conference in the 400-meter hurdles.
The most impressive performance at the northwest Conference championships, however, was that of Kate Ross ‘06. Ross broke both the Northwest Conference and Lewis & Clark records in the long jump with her mark of 19 feet, 2.75 inches, winning the first of her two conference championships. Ross also won the triple jump with a school-record jump of 38 feet, 9.75 inches. Ross was named the Female Athlete of the Meet, the conference track and field equivalent of an MVP award. At the NCAA III Track and Field National Championships, Ross finished second in the long jump with her mark of 19 feet, 0.5 inch, just 0.25 behind the national champion. Her second-place finish qualified her as an All-American in the event. She finished 17th in the triple jump at 36 feet, 9.75 inches.
Lewis & Clark’s baseball team ended the season on a high note, winning its final three series of the season, including upsets over Linfield and Whitworth. Three Pioneers were named Second Team All-Conference: pitcher Jordon Smiley ‘08, shortstop Jordan Shibata ‘08, and center fielder Greg Williams ‘07.