by Andrew Goodwin | Sports Editor
Whitworth track and field hosted a record-breaking Sam Adams Classic on Thursday and Friday at the Pine Bowl.
Junior distance runner Kayla Leland broke the school record in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:07.11, finishing nearly 45 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Leland also finished third in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:44.56.
Andrew Bloom, ‘17, highlighted the weekend on the men’s side. Bloom won the javelin with a throw of 216’ 11” for his third straight first place finish. Danielle Openiano finished out a solid weekend for the throwers with a first place finish in the women’s shot put and a third place finish in discus.
Sprinters had a nice weekend as well. Freshman Sarah Cool won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.01 and finished second in the 100 meters with a time of 12.73. Jacob Sturtevant, ‘17, won the 200 meters on the men’s side. He finished with a time of 22.51.
Nick McGill, ‘20, scored 5,407 points on his way to a second place finish in the Decathlon. Junior Kayla Brase scored third on the women’s side with her 4,130 points.
Pirate relays totaled up a victory and a pair of runner-up finishes on the day as well. The men’s 4×400 team led the way with a winning time of 3:25.91. The women’s 4×400 team and 4×100 finished in second with times of 4:13.06 and 49.48 respectively. The 4×100 time was a season record for the Bucs.
Track and field will be back in action on April 1. The team travels to both the Shotwell Invitational at Puget Sound and the Linfield Invite. Both meets begin at 10 a.m. The Bucs’ next home meet will be April 13 at the Whitworth Twilight Invite.