Women outstanding at invitational

by Alex Blade

Several Whitworth Track and Field athletes competed in the Pel­luer Invitational on Friday, April 29 at Eastern Washington University.

The Pirates got victories in two women’s events from seniors Elizabeth Mattila and Tonya Turner.

Mattila beat a field of runners from EWU, Uni­versity of Montana and Montana State University in the 400m hurdles. She ran a time of 1:02.02, im­proving on her already NCAA Di­vision III qualifying time for this season.

Mattila also finished fourth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.65.

Turner’s victory came in the 1500m run, in which she ran a time of 4:45.88, which was more than 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Senior Dana Misterek turned in a solid per­formance in the 800m run, taking fourth place with a time of 2:14.41. Unfortunately, while the time was Misterek’s best of the season, it was one one-hundredth of a second away from qualifying for the NCAA DIII Championships. The provi­sional qualifying time for the 800m in DIII is 2:14.40.

The men were well rep­resented by freshman Sam Wright, who took second in the discus (155’-8”) and third in the shot put (50’-6.75”). Sophomore Carter Comito took fourth in the shot put (50’-5.25”), and senior Alex Couette placed fourth in the ham­mer throw (177’-6”).

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