Leland Breaks Whitworth 3K Record at Cougar Invite

Leland Breaks Whitworth 3K Record at Cougar Invite

by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant

PULLMAN, Wash. - After running a 2:11.38 in the 800 to improve her season-best, Kayla Leland stepped in late to the 3000m run and ran a new school-record, finishing first at Washington State's Cougar Track & Field Invite in 9:47.27. 

Women's Top Results: 

In the 3000-meter run, Leland beat Gonzaga's Amelia Evans by 34 seconds. She beat the old Whitworth school-record of 4:48.32 that has been untouched since 1992.

Kameha Medallada pulled out a first place finish in the 200-meter dash in 25.73, beating Gonzaga's Brianna Vasquez (26.82) by over a second. Sarah Cool added a top finish in the 400, running a 58.21. Leland's finish in the 800-meter pushed her past Natalie Deacon from Lynchburg for the fifth fastest time in the country.

Sarah Martinez ran a 1:01.17 for a top finish in the 400 hurdles. She cracked the national top five for Division III with a .01 lead over fifth place Meredith Porter from Wisconsin-Whitewater. 

Medallada and Cool led a first-place finish in the 4x400 and a second place finish in the 4x100 relay in 48.75 and 3:53.07, respectively. 

In the triple jump, Kayla Brase finished second with a final distance of 12.01m (39' 5"). 

Men's Top Results: 

The foursome of Jacob Sturtevant, Daniel Harper, Nicholas McGill and John-Robert Woolley ran a 3:22.46 for first place in the 4x400 relay. 

With a final distance of 51.54m (169' 1"), Jacob Hubbard finished fifth in the hammer throw behind four throwers for Washington State.

Next Up: The Pirates will compete across the Northwest in three different events, traveling to the CWU / GNAC Final Qualifier in Ellensburg, Wash., the Oregon Twilight in Eugene, Ore., and the Ken Shannon Invitational in Seattle, Wash. on Friday, May 5.