Pirate men capture team track and field title

by Tiara Pajimola

The men’s track and field team won its fourth straight Northwest Conference title last week at Willamette with 287 points. Senior Carter Comito was named Northwest Conference Field Athlete of the meet for the second year in a row while head track and field coach Toby Schwarz was honored Northwest Conference Coach of the Year for the seventh time.

Comito came away with gold in the shot put and discus.

“It feels great,” Comito said. “It’s pretty crazy that my class went through our whole career winning the conference title each year. It was an awesome meet.”

Comito broke his own school record again in the shot put throwing 59-2 for first place. He moved back into second place in the Division III rankings for the event while he remains the No. 1 competitor in the discus with a comfortable lead of almost 20 feet.

“I’m a little better at discus and I have more fun with it,” Comito said. “My focus now is to switch things up in my weight training and start being more explosive.”

Comito was part of a three-man sweep in the discus along with junior Sam Wright (149-4 3/4) and freshman Corey Burt (148-3) taking second and third, respectively. Burt also took third in the shot put throwing 50-5 1/4.

Senior Chibron Tomeo earned his second consecutive conference title in the pole vault clearing 16-1 3/4. The mark moved him up to third in the national rankings and broke the school record in the event.

“We did very well as a team,” Tomeo said. “We beat everyone by a large margin and the team supported everybody very well.”

Sophomore Joseph Green followed Tomeo with second place clearing 15-0 1/4 in the event.

The Bucs were well-represented in the javelin throw where six out of the top eight competitors were Bucs. Junior Joseph Ingham won the event (212-9) followed by sophomore Chase Wright (204-9) and freshman Tyler Coopman (203-2 3/4) taking second and third, respectively. Ingham is positioned at the fifth best javelin thrower in the Division III national rankings.

Freshman Nick Gosselin claimed his first conference title in the 400-meter dash crossing at 49.59. Junior Tyler Guinn won the long jump with a mark of 23-2 1/2 while junior Casey Monahan took first in the 110-meter hurdles crossing at 14.94. Junior Keegan Shea won the hammer throw with a distance of 191-11 which ties him at eighth place in the Division III national rankings.

Senior Frank Lima set a personal record to win the high jump clearing 6-9 1/2 for his third consecutive conference title.

Sophomores Matthew Edwards and Trent Dudley took first and third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with times of 9:36.62 and 9:42.78, respectively.

Junior Will Wren took home silver in the 800-meter crossing at 1:56.18. Sophomore Matthew Landon took bronze in both the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.06 and 200-meter dash with a time of 22.54. Freshman Nathan Stenson took third in the triple jump with a mark of 44-3 1/4. The men’s 4×400 team crossed in time for gold at 3:20.35 while the 4×100 team got silver with a time of 42.54.

The men will continue competition at Spokane Falls Community College May 8 in the Sasquatch Thrower/Distance Carnival starting at 3 p.m.

Contact Tiara Pajimola at tpajimola16@my.whitworth.edu

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