TACOMA, Wash. – Despite Spring Break, the Whitworth track and field team had enough available bodies to make a strong showing at the Shotwell Invitational hosted by the University of Puget Sound on Saturday afternoon. The Pirates won three events, setting one meet record, as the men finished in fourth place and the women in sixth place in the final team standings.
Whitworth's women won two events. Sarah Martinez broke the meet record while winning the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.53. That mark now leads the Northwest Conference and ranks fourth on the NCAA Division III list. Martinez also finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.00.
Chloe Quinnett won the shot put with a toss of 40 feet, four inches, which is a lifetime PR and now ranks fourth in the NWC.
The Pirate women's 4x100-meter relay finished second to NCAA DII Seattle Pacific with a time of 49.22, which is a season-best mark and now the top time in the NWC. That relay was comprised of Kameha Medallada, Sarah Cool, Paige Wolter and Maggie Callan.
Cool and Medallada finished third and fourth, respectively in the 400-meter dash. Cool went 58.94 and Medallada finished in 1:00.31. The pair also took fifth (Cool in 26.26) and sixth (Medallada in 26.27) in the 200-meter dash.
Lori Sandy added a fourth place finish in the triple jump.
The Pirate women finished in sixth place out of 13 teams with 68 points. Central Washington won the women's meet with 127 points.
Andrew Bloom, the defending NCAA Division III champion in the men's javelin throw, won that event at the Shotwell meet with a distance of 207'-3", which is 11 feet short of his season-best mark in 2017.
John-Robert Woolley was the runner-up in the 400 hurdles with a season-best mark of 55.73, which now is atop the NWC list. He also finished sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.93.
Jalen Robinson-McClure posted a pair of season-best marks. His time of 22.86 in the 200 dash took fourth place, while his time of 50.49 in the 400 dash got seventh place.
Nicholas McGill posted a season-best distance in the long jump (21'-2.75"), finishing fourth. He also took third in the triple jump in 40'-8.75".
Whitworth scored 66 points in the men's meet to take fourth place. The Community Colleges of Spokane won the men's competition with 109 points, just ahead of Western Washington (101).
There were also a handful of Pirates at the Jenn Boylan Memorial Invitational at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon on Saturday. Daniel Harper was the runner-up in the men's 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:03.55, which is a season-best mark. He also took sixth in the 800 meters in 1:57.74. Jacob Hubbard finished fourth in the hammer throw with a distance of 164'-10".
Whitworth will compete this coming week in the World War #9 at Spokane Falls Community College.