Track & Field to Host Buc Scoring Invite on Saturday

Photo by Naji Saker
Photo by Naji Saker

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. –  Whitworth track and field continues its outdoor season this weekend when it hosts its first home meet of the year, the Buc Scoring Invite, on Saturday. 

The meet, which will be held in the Pine Bowl, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the women's discus. Running events start at 11:30 a.m. with the women's 5-kilometer run. A full meet schedule is available here. 

Last Time Out: Nick McGill was the lone Pirate to compete last weekend when he traveled to the Division III Indoor National Championships in Boston, Mass. The junior placed ninth in the heptathlon, missing out on All-America honors by one spot but stlll breaking his own school record with 4,900 points.

Coaches Poll: Northwest Conference coaches foresee both Pirate teams remaining among the best in the NWC in 2019. Both the men's and women's teams were picked to finish second in the conference coaches poll and the men earned one of the nine first place votes.

Regional Recognition: Eleven Pirates earned USTFCCCA Indoor All-West Region honors, which are awarded to the top-five finishers and top-three relays in each event from each region. The Northwest Conference earned the more regional honors than any other conference in the nation - 125 in total.

The Pirate women to earn all-region honors are Amy Blyckert (pole vault, 4x400 relay), Lexi Caniglia (4x400 relay), Izzy Clark (pentathlon, shot put, 60-meter hurdles, 4x400 relay), Olivia Lytle (high jump), Kameha Medallada (200 meters, 4x400 relay), and Kayla Rambo (shot put).

The Whitworth men who are all-region recipients are Xavier Betancourt (400 meters), William Glick (800 meters), Travis Herrera (pole vault), Jacob Hubbard (weight throw), and Nick McGill (heptathlon, high jump).

Up Next: The Pirates host the Sam Adams / Combined Event Invite March 21 and 22 in the Pine Bowl.

The Coach: Now in his 21st season as the head Track & Field coach at Whitworth, Dr. Toby Schwarz has transformed the Whitworth Track & Field team into one of the top programs in the nation.

Since the 2008 season 95 student-athletes earned a spot in the the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships and come home with 48 All-America (top-8) performances.  Schwarz has coached Pirate athletes to eight individual national titles over the same time frame (nine outdoor and one indoor).  The Whitworth men have finished among the top 20 teams in the nation six times since 2008, including a third place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, a third place finish at the 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships and a sixth place finish at the 2009 outdoor meet.

Schwarz has earned 31 Coach of the Year awards, including the 2016 NCAA West Region men's outdoor award and 2016 Northwest Conference honors (men and women). In 2009 Schwarz was selected as the NCAA Division III Men's Coach of the Year. Members of Schwarz's coaching staff have also won the NCAA DIII West Region Assistant Coach of the Year awards for the past six years including the 2015 outdoor men's assistant coach of the year (Joe VanHoomissen).