by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
PULLMAN, Wash. – Kayla Leland took first in the mile for the second time this season at Washington State's Indoor Open in Pullman, Wash. Whitworth track & field competed at the two day event and had three top 10 finishes. Many other Pirates topped their heats or flights, but were unable to find top finishes in a tough field of competitors from all ranks of NCAA and NAIA.
In section one of the women's open 200-meter dash, Sarah Cool took first in 27.55 and Mary Claire Shaffer finished third with a time of 30.38. Cool's final time gave her a ninth place overall finish after 11 heats. Central Washington's Madison Garcia won it all in 26.26. Later on in the women's mile, Kayla Leland showed her speed by finishing first overall once again with a time of 5:16.35.
Sarah Martinez posted personal-bests in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet 9 inches and the 60-meter hurdles in 9.78.
On the men's side, Lucas McGill rounded out the top 10 with a 6 foot 4.75 inch clear in the high jump. With that height, McGill climbs to 33rd nationally for Div. III.
The Whitworth University track & field team will take a two-week break and return to Pullman, Wash. for the Cougar Indoor hosted by Washington State University on February 3-4.