by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
TACOMA, Wash. - The Pirates posted 14 first place finishes in their first outdoor track & field meet of the season at the Ed Boitano Invitational hosted by Puget Sound on Saturday, March 3. Andrew Bloom, the defending Division III national champion in the javelin, started off with the national leading mark in that event.
The men's team won the event with 225 points, scoring over 100 more points than second place Western Washington (106). With 194.5 points, the women edged Saint Martins (171) for a Whitworth sweep.
Bloom kicked off his outdoor season with a throw of 218 feet 1 for first in that event and set a nation-leading mark. Bloom's throw is the best by 14 feet at this point in the season.
Daniel Harper took first place in the 800-meter run with a final time of 1:58.34 and In the sprints, Jacob Sturtevant added a pair of top marks in the 100 and 200-meter dashes with final times of 11.50 and 22.91, respectively. Jalen Robinson-McClure added another first place finish in the 400 -meter the Bucs with a time of 50.96. The team of Robinson-McClure, John-Robert Woolley, Nick McGill, and Jonathon Backous added a relay win in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:28.48. The 4x100-meter relay team of Cameron Kissick, McGill, Robinson-McClure, and Sturtevant finished just behind Saint Martin's foursome in 43.28 for second place.
In the 100 hurdles, Woolley gave the Pirates a third place finish in 16.07, followed by fellow Whitworth runners in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth. Woolley added to the Pirates first place total in the 400-meter with a time of 57.60. Woolley also finished third in the 100 hurdles in 16.07.
In the distnace and mid-distance events, Daniel Harper took first in the 800-meter run with a final time of 1:58.34, while Nathaniel Anderson finished second in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a final time of 10:36.49, less than 10 seconds behind first place Andrew Langtry from Puget Sound.
Lucas McGill topped the high jump with a height of 5'10.75". Nick McGill (19'11'), Ryan Adams (19' 8.25"), and Dane Larson (19' 8") finished third, fourth, and fifth in the long jump. N. McGill finished second in the triple jump behind Western Washington's Jacob Ringold with a distance of 40'4.75".
Sarah Cool started the women off with a first place finish in the 100 dash in 13.12 and second in the 200 in 26.49. She was followed closely by Kameha Medallada in the 100 who finished in 13.13. Kathryn Jentz finished third in the 400 with a time of 1:00.70 seconds.
Kayla Leland won 800 run for her first win of the outdoor season in 2:17.82. Allison Wood won the 10000 run with a seven second win over Western Washington's Alexandra Laiblin in 38:24.98.
Sarah Martinez posted a pair of second place finishes in the 100 and 400 hurdles with times of 16.11 and 1:05.86, respectively.
Cool, Jentz, Maggie Callan, and Martinez finished first in the 4x400 relay in 4:05.74. Callan, Jentz, Medallada, and Cool finished second in the 4x100 relay with a final time of 49.57.
Whitworth athletes took places four through eight in the high jump with a team-best finish from Karna Terpstra, who cleared 4 feet 9 inches for fourth place. Amy Blyckert added a sixth place finish for the Bucs in the pole vault with a final clearance of 10 feet. Kayla Brase posted two first place finishes in the long jump and the triple jump with distances of 17 feet and 36 feet 7 inches, respectively.
Danielle Openiano finished second in the shot put and the discus for Whitworth with distances of 29 feet 4 inches and 133 feet 6 inches. Taya Defrance added a ninth place finish for the women in the javelin, throwing 115 feet 8 inches.
Next Up: Whitworth is scheduled to host Lewis & Clark State in a dual meet on Tuesday, March 7, but that could change depending on the weather.