Spring Sports Recap
The 2012–13 season was one of growth and progress for Lewis & Clark golf. The Pioneer men put together their best team score in recent history at the Northwest Conference Championship Tournament, finishing with a 307 for a two-day total of 629. The overall score was also the Pioneers’ best tournament score in years.
Track and Field
Last season, the women’s track and field team finished fourth at the Northwest Conference Championships, while the men’s side finished sixth. Four Lewis & Clark athletes earned NWC Champion honors, with senior Emily Thomas leading the way with two, while senior Heather Spurling, junior Jarrod Nixon, and first-year Kodie Artner each earned one. Between the two squads, the Pioneers earned nine NWC First-Team honors, while Thomas was named NWC Women’s Track Athlete of the Meet.
Last season, the men’s team finished third at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championship, while the women’s squad finished fourth. Following the season, senior Sarah Poggi was named to the 2013 CRCA All-America Second Team. Poggi and teammates Laura Nash, senior, and Leah Weston, junior, were also named to the CRCA Scholar-Athlete list.
The softball team had its best season since 2001, finishing with an overall record of 16-22 and a 10-18 conference record. The Pioneers also beat each NWC opponent, except George Fox and Linfield, at least once during the season. During the course of the season, the team broke the single-season record for number of hits by pitches, with 26. The Pioneers nearly broke the single-season home run record, finishing the season with 24, one shy of the record. Hannah Dal Pra, a first-year student, smashed the single-season RBI record (which dated back to 1975) with 43 RBIs. Dal Pra also broke the single-season home run record, finishing with 10 homers.
Last season, the Pioneers finished 9-31 overall (6-18 NWC) and won back-to-back conference series for the first time in recent years. A young squad, the Pioneers had two players named to the Northwest Conference Second Team: sophomore Eric Hyun and first-year Michael Kinkenon.
Four Pioneers earned All-Northwest Conference tennis honors. On the women’s side, first-year students Aurora Garrison and Olivia Cornell were named to the All-NWC First Team, while Claudia Lew was named to the All-NWC Second Team. For the men, first-year Kevin Ross was named to the All-NWC Second Team.
The women’s team ended the season with a 16-4 overall record and 12-1 conference record. The Pioneers made the NWC tournament, falling to Whitman in the championship match. The men’s team narrowly missed the NWC tournament after ending the year 7-10 overall and 5-7 in conference play.
Following the season, the women’s tennis team received its first national ranking since the college transitioned from NAIA to NCAA Division III, ranking 30th in the nation according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.