Pirates Battle D-I Competition at Vandal Indoor

Courtesy of Spalding College athletics
Courtesy of Spalding College athletics

by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant

Moscow, Idaho – Whitworth track & field Opened the 2017 season at the University of Idaho's Vandal Indoor meet. Kayla Leland continues her success from cross country, leading the nation in both the 800 and the mile races. "There is a lot of potential for this team, the first meet is never the prettiest, but we we have a high ceiling." said head coach Toby Schwarz.

 Leland finished second in the 800 meter behind Madeline Hamilton from Mountain West with a time of 2:17.23 and earned her first victory of the year in the mile, finishing ahead of the pack in 5:06.07 in a field riddled with Division I runners. Kathryn Jentz took home an eighth place finish in the women's 200 meter dash in 27.27 and Maggie Callan opened up the hurdles with a sixth place finish in the 60-meter event with a time of 10.16. 

With a height of 4 feet 9 inches, Elaina Thomsen finished tied for seventh with two others in the women's high jump. Amy Blyckert added another top 10 finish to the Pirates opening meet, finishing eighth in the women's pole vault at 10 feet 5.5 inches and Olivia Lytle also finished eighth, but in the long jump reaching a distance of 15 feet 11.5 inches. 

In the throwing events, Ally McConnell finished seventh behind Division I and II competition with a final distance of 34 feet 11.25 inches in the shot put. 

In the men's 3000 meter run, Grant Bingham finished in 9:08.93, good enough for fifth place in a competitive field. Lucas McGill and Jackson Hope finished ninth and tenth in the 60 meter hurdles with times of 9.50 and 9.67, respectively. 

McGill added another top 10 finish, jumping 6 feet 0.75 inches for third place in the men's high jump. In the long jump, Dane Larson finished seventh launching 20 feet 5.75 inches. 

The men's shot put gave McGill his third top 10 finish in tenth place with a final distance of 40 feet 2 inches and Kolton Carlson finished ninth in the men's weight throw at 47 feet 11.75 inches for his first top 10 finish of the season. 

The Pirates will travel to Pullman, Wash. to compete in the WSU Indoor Open hosted by Washington State next Friday and Saturday, January 20-21.