by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
PULLMAN, Wash. – Whitworth runners showed their skill, bringing home a plethora of top 10 finishes at the Cougar Indoor hosted by Washington State on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4. Leading the Pirates was Lucas McGill and Kayla Leland. McGill finished second in the heptathlon and Leland brought home a first place finish in the 800 as well as a second place finish in the mile.
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On Friday in the women's pentathlon, Sarah Martinez (2:25.93) finished third in the 800-meter event, just two seconds behind Central Washington's Ali Anderson who won it all in 2:23.29. Martinez followed her 800 performance with a sixth place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.55 for a new personal-best. Liz Harper from Washington State took first in 8.62. In the high jump, Martinez tied Lewis & Clark's Jenny Sapp in fourth place at a height of 4 feet 10.5 inches. Finishing out the pentathlon, Martinez posted a pair of seventh place finishes in the long jump (15 feet 0 inches) and in the shot put clearing 25 feet. Martinez finished sixth overall in the pentathlon with a personal-best 2987 points.
Jacob Hubbard posted a ninth place and personal-best finish in the weight throw with a distance of 49 feet 7.75 inches and Kolton Carlson posted another personal-record and finished tenth with a final distance of 48 feet 8 inches.
Through the first four events in the men's heptathlon on Friday night, Lucas McGill had 2525 points. He started off in the 60-meter dash with a seventh place finish in 7.72. He followed that up with a third place finish in the high jump clearing 6 feet 1.25 inches and seventh place finish in the long jump at 19 feet 2.5 inches. McGill topped the boards in the shot put, firing 42 feet 2.75 inches for a new personal-best and a three feet victory over second place Ray Littles from Washington State. In the pole vault on Saturday, he brought home his second top mark with a height of 12 feet 3.50 inches. McGill ended the heptathlon in second place behind Littles with 4315 points.
Saturday, on day two of the Cougar Indoor, Kathryn Jentz and Maggie Callan started the Pirates off with a sixth and seventh place finish in the 200 meter, crossing the finish line at 26.94 and 26.99, respectively. Kayla Leland continued her success in the mid distance events, finishing first in the 800 meter (2:17.40) ahead of Division I, II, and III competition. She followed that event with a second place mark in the mile with a personal-record at 5:03.35. The pack of Sarah Cool, Paige Wolter, Taylor Currin, and Ally McConnell earned tenth place in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 4:27.77.
Kayla Brase leaped her way to a fifth place finish in the triple jump with a final distance of 37 feet 3.75 inches.
Ally McConnell followed up her tenth place finish in the 4x400 with another top 10 finish in the shot put with a final mark at 36 feet 9.75 inches followed by Danielle Openiano in eleventh at 36 feet 7 inches.
Jalen Robinson-McClure sprinted his way to a new personal-record in addition to a second place finish in the 200-meter dash in 23.11, less than a second behind Calgary runner Jared Brown (22.69). Jacob Sturtevant finished less than a second behind Robinson-McClure with a final time of 23.60 for eighth place. Grant Bingham, with a time of 9:27.77, finished seventh in the 3000-meter. Sturtevant, Robinson-McClure, Daniel Harper, and Jackson Hope brought home the Pirates first top five finish in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:41.08.
Coming Up; The Pirates will head across the state to Seattle, Wash. to compete in the UW Husky Open hosted by the University of Washington on Sunday, Feb. 12.