by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Kayla Leland shattered a school record in the 10,000 meter run to highlight Whitworth track and field's day at World War XI, which was hosted by Spokane Falls Community College.
As a team, the Whitworth women took home fourth at the meet with 59.5 points. Only Central Washington, Eastern Washington, and Montana finished in front of the Bucs. The Pirate men placed eighth with 30.5 points, edging Lewis-Clark State by 3 points.
Leland led the way for the women with a record-breaking 35:33.62 mark, which was nearly 16 seconds better than Joy Shufeldt's school record from 2010. The time is also the fourth-best mark in the nation in the event. Leland also finished third in the 1,500 meters with a 4:49.73 time.
Marissa Mount picked up Whitworth's second event victory on the day with a 13-second win in the steeplechase. Mount's 11:03.38 time was her best of the season, beating out an 11:09.22 mark from the Sam Adams Classic.
Sarah Martinez also had a strong day. The senior ran a 58.17 in the 400-meter dash to take home second in the event. The time will qualify for 16th in the nation when entered.
Olivia Lytle led women's field athletes by placing third in the high jump. Lytle cleared 5'1" to tie with three other athletes for third.
Chloe Quinnett's 40' ¾" mark in the shot put was her best of the season and earned fourth place at War XI.
On the men's side, Andrew Bloom won the javelin at his fifth consecutive meet with his best toss of the season. Bloom threw 226' 2", beating his previous best of 220' 11", which was already the top mark in the nation.
John-Robert Woolley also improved on an excellent time in the 400-meter hurdles. Woolley's 53.66 mark in the event is his personal record and will be the seventh-best time In the country when entered. Woolley also finished fifth in the 110-hurdles with a 15.47 time.
Daniel Harper added a top-five finish in the 800 meters with a 1:53.92 time. That result will also be a top-10 national time, edging out Tucker Cargile of Redlands by .05 for 10th.
Nathaniel Drotts was the Pirates final top-five finisher with a 42' 2 ¾" mark in the triple jump.
Looking Ahead: The Pirates decathletes and heptathletes compete in the Northwest Conference Multi-Event Championships, which are held at the Pine Bowl on Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10. The full team competes next at the Whitworth Twilight meet on April 12.