by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
TACOMA, Wash. – Whitworth track and field opened its outdoor season with men's and women's team victories and several impressive individual performances at the Ed Boitano Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to their team wins, the Pirates finished the meet with 13 event victories and several additional strong finishes.
On the women's side, Kayla Leland won her first outdoor event of the season season in the 1,500-meter run. Leland's 4:40.63 time edged Puget Sound's Emery Bradlina who finished second. Leland followed that performance with another victory in the 800-meter run with a 2:17.69 mark.
Kameha Medallada picked up an individual victory in the 200-meter dash and ran the first leg of the Bucs first-place effort in the 4x100 meter relay. Medallada, Sarah Cool, Taylor Currin, and Sarah Martinez combined to win the event in 49.42. Currin also finished third in the 200-meter dash.
In the field events, Kayla Brase was the lone Pirate winner on the women's side. The returning women's conference field athlete of the year flew 37' 4 ½" to earn the win in the triple jump, and won the long jump with a 16' 9 ¾" mark.
The Whitworth women also had an excellent team finish in the 100-meter hurdles. The Bucs owned third through sixth place with strong performances from Isabel Clark, Brase, Marisol Delcid, and Cool. The four runners combined to earn the Pirates 18 points in just that event.
Martinez and Clark added second and third place finishes in the 400-meter hurdles and Kathryn Jentz augmented the team's strong day with third-place finish in the 400-meter dash.
The final women's team results were: 1) Whitworth - 180, 2) Western Washington – 134, 3) Saint Martin's – 90, 4) Seattle Pacific - 72.50, 4) Lewis & Clark - 72.50, 6) Puget Sound – 48, 7) Central Washington - 30
On the men's side, Jalen Robinson-McClure picked up the Bucs first victory of the day the 400-meter dash. The senior ran a 51.52, defeating runners from Seattle Pacific and Pacific (Ore). to earn the win.
Jacob Sturtevant grabbed Whitworth's second win in the 100-meter dash. His 11.51 time was .09 seconds better than Isam Tamir of Lewis & Clark, who finished second. Sturtevant also won the 200-meter dash with a 22.50 mark, edging Robinson-McClure by .30 seconds. The pair also combined with Daniel Harper and John-Robert Woolley to win the 4x400 meter relay.
Andrew Bloom took home first place in the Javelin with a 220' 11" mark. Bloom was an All-American in the Javelin last season. Jacob Hubbard placed second in the shot put and third in the discus, capping a strong day for men's throwers.
Come Nzibarega opened the meet with a second-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. Nzibarega ran the event in 31:31.05 and was joined in the top-five by Grant Bingham, who placed fifth. Edward Kioblas of Western Washington won the event in 31:57.70.
William Glick continued a strong day for men's distance runners by placing second in the 800-meter run. He nearly won the race, finishing just .54 seconds behind Isaac Fournier of Puget Sound. Glick also added fourth-place result in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:05.38.
The final men's team results were: 1) Whitworth - 203, 2) Western Washington - 134.50, 3) Puget Sound – 100, 4) Lewis & Clark - 82.50, 5) Seattle Pacific – 52, 6) Saint Martin's – 34, 7) Central Washington - 25
Up next, the Indoor track & field season finishes with the Division III Indoor National Championships next weekend and the outdoor season continues with the Buc Scoring Invite on March 17.