by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. - Whitworth track & field will go separate ways to start off April sending individuals to both the Shotwell Invitational hosted by Puget Sound and the Linfield Invite hosted by Linfield. Due to Spring break travels, the athletes will participate in the two different meets.
Check the online Whitworth track & field schedule for full results after the conclusion of the meets.
The Pirates: At the 12th annual Sam Adams Classic, Kayla Leland shattered the 5000-meter school-record with a time of 17:07.11, more than 21 seconds faster than the previous Whitworth-best. Danielle Openiano (12.17m, 43' 2.5") and Sarah Cool (26.01) added first-place finishes for the women in the shot put and the 200-meter dash, respectively. On the men's side, Andrew Bloom won his third-straight meet in the javelin with a throw of 66.13m (216' 11") and Jacob Sturtevant won the 200 dash in 22.51.
Bloom still holds the top mark in the Javelin with his throw of 66.48 (218' 1") from Puget Sound's Ed Boitano Invitational on March 4.
Leland ranks second in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:36.52 and fourth in the 5000-meter with her school-record time of 17:07.11.
Openiano cracked the top five in the shot put with her winning throw from the Sam Adams Classic of 12.17m, putting her in fourth place and just two feet behind the best throw of 13.88m (Monique Newton, Oberlin).
The Coach: Entering his 20th season as head coach, Toby Schwarz has earned 29 Coach of the Year awards. Since 2008, Schwarz has sent 84 athletes to the Division III National Championships where 43 earned All-America honors in addition to leading the men to six straight NWC crowns and the women to back-to-back titles.
Looking Ahead: Whitworth will travel to nearby Spokane Falls Community College to compete in the World War #9 meet on Friday and Saturday, April 7-8.