by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
PULLMAN, Wash. – A pair of victories from Kayla Leland and six top-three finishes keyed a strong team performance from Whitworth track and field at the WSU Indoor open.
Including the top-three finishes, the Pirates totaled up seventeen top-10 performances competing against Division I, II, and III opponents.
In addition to the hosting Cougars, Whitworth squared off with athletes from Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Trinity Western, Central Washington, Puget Sound, Linfield, Lewis-Clark State, Multnomah, and Spokane Community College
Leland's victories highlighted the day for the Pirates. She edged Puget Sound's Emery Bradlina in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.34, and defeated Central Washington's Alexa Shindruk with a 10:21.41 time in the 3,000-meter race. This week was the second straight win in the 3,000-meter for Leland, who broke a school record at the University of Idaho last weekend.
Sarah Martinez picked up her first top-three finish of the season in the 400-meter dash. It was also almost her first win. Washington State's Adreonia Bradley edged Martinez by just .02 seconds to relegate her to second. Isabel Clark grabbed a top-10 performance in the 400-meter as well, finishing 7th.
John-Robert Woolley also picked up a second-place result. Woolley's time of 37.02 was good enough for runner-up in the 300-meter dash. He also ran the first leg of the Pirates' 4x400 meter relay, which placed second. Woolley was joined on the team by Jacob Sturtevant, Jalen Robinson-McClure, and Nicholas McGill.
Sturtevant and Robinson-McClure both placed in the top-five of the 200-meter dash as well. Sturtevant placed fourth, edging Robinson-McClure by .02 seconds with a time of 23.42.
The women's 4x400 meter relay had a strong performance as well. The team of Kameha Medallada, Kathryn Jentz, Isabel Clark, and Martinez ran a 4:08.78, squeaking into third place ahead of Central Washington's 'B' team, which ran a 4:08.80.
In addition to her contribution to the 4x400 relay, Medallada placed eighth in the 200-meter dash. Clark's strong all-around day included a 10th place result in the 60-meter hurdles.
Jacob Hubbard had a pair of top-ten results in the shot put (9th) and weight throw (10th). McGill grabbed ninth in the high jump.
Next up, the Pirates have a weekend off before returning to Washington State for the Cougar Indoor on Feb. 2-3.