by Whitworthian sports staff
The men’s golf team competed in The West Cup in Jurupa Valley, Calif., over spring break at the Goose Creek Golf Club. Whitworth placed third out of 15 teams. As a team, the Pirates shot a 34 over par and freshman Oliver Rudnicki shot a one under par to lead Whitworth. Junior Jesse Salzwedel placed second for the Pirates with an eight over par.
The Whitworth women’s golf team finished tied for second at the Ohana Classic in Hawaii over spring break, finishing just behind Northwest Conference foe Willamette. The Pirates were led by senior Emily Guthrie and freshman Chelsea Bayley, who both earned points for Whitworth in match play.
Men’s Track and Field
Over the break the men competed in the Buc Scoring Invite and junior Keegan Shea broke the school record in the hammer with a throw of 186-10 and senior Carter Comito tied the track record for discus with a throw of 193-1. They continued the following week to compete at the Peyton Scoring Meet and a handful of the men’s team broke nine meet records including Comito’s two wins in the shot put (55-9) and discus (186-8).
Women’s Track and Field
The women competed in the Buc Scoring Invite over Spring Break where freshman Kellyn Roiko’s 18:21.63 5000-meter run was the second fastest time in the Northwest Conference so far this year. The team competed in the Peyton Scoring Meet, in which Roiko set a new meet record in the 3000- meter steeplechase with a time of 11:39.98. Senior Rebekah Daniels broke another meet record in the hammer with a throw of 156-3.
The Bucs baseball team played a pair of three-game series against Linfield and George Fox over spring break and suffered a six-game losing streak. The Bucs scored just 16 runs over the two series after plating 18 runs in the previous two games prior to spring break. In the final game against George Fox, the Pirates nearly broke the winning streak but lost 5-4 with a walk-off home run by George Fox in extra innings.
The Whitworth softball team went 6-4 over spring break, taking three of four against Lewis & Clark and going 3-3 in National Training Center Spring Games in Florida. Senior Jamie Brunner accounted for 16 hits and 17 RBIs through the 10 games.
The men’s tennis team spent spring break in California and had three matches against non-conference teams. The men started out strong with a 7-2 win over Caltech. The following two matches ended in defeat, with the Bucs losing to College of the Desert 7-2 and to Occidental 9-0.
Over spring break, the women’s tennis team traveled to California to compete with three schools outside the Northwest Conference. The Bucs were swept by MIT 9-0, but followed it up with a 5-4 win over Caltech. The women ended the week with a 6-3 loss against Westmont.