Leland and McGill Lead Track and Field at WSU

Leland and McGill Lead Track and Field at WSU

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

PULLMAN, Wash. – Victories from Nick McGill and Kayla Leland highlighted a strong meet for Whitworth Track & Field at the Cougar Indoor.

The duo led an excellent team performance that featured eight top-3 performances and 18 top-10 finishes against Division I, II, III, and NAIA opponents.

In addition to the hosting Cougars, Whitworth squared off with athletes from Portland State, Idaho, Trinity Western, Central Washington, Warner Pacific, University of Calgary, Pacific (Ore.), Puget Sound, Lewis-Clark State, Multnomah, and Spokane Community College.

Leland and McGill combined to win three events for the Pirates. Leland picked up victories in the mile and 3,000-meter run, while McGill won the Heptathlon. McGill's 4707 points were just 50 under the school record.

Jacob Sturtevant snagged his best finish of the year in the 200-meter dash, placing second with a time of 23.06. He also ran the second leg of the Pirates 4x400 relay, which finished third. John-Robert Woolley, Daniel Harper, and Jalen Robinson-McClure joined Sturtevant on the relay.

Harper and Robinson McClure snagged another pair of third place finishes for the Bucs. Harper's 1:59.47 time earned him third in the 800-meter run, and Robinson-McClure ran a 52.27 in the 400-meter dash. Woolley finished fifth in the 400-meter with a 52.80. 

Kameha Medallada narrowly missed a school record in the 200-meter dash. The junior sprinter finished third with a time of 26.68, just .53 seconds behind the best indoor time in school history. 

Thais Pedro-Trujillo gave Whitworth two top-5 finishes in the 3,000 meter run. The senior finished in 10:44.20 to earn fifth in the 3,000-meter run.

Kathryn Jentz placed seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.89. Jentz also ran the third leg of Whitworth's 4x400 meter relay that finished sixth.

Kayla Brase took home seventh in the Triple Jump, and Come Nzibarega picked up seventh in the men's 3,000 meter run in the return to competition for both athletes.

Ryan Adams added a pair of top-10 performances, finishing seventh in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump.

Up next, the Bucs travel to the University of Washington for the Husky Invite on Sunday, Feb. 11.