Leland, Bloom Shine at T&F World War Meet

Leland, Bloom Shine at T&F World War Meet

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University's Kayla Leland won twice and Andrew Bloom bettered his nation-leading mark in the javelin on Saturday afternoon at the World War #10 hosted by the Community Colleges of Spokane.

Bloom won the men's javelin with a throw of 218'-7".  His mark is six inches further than his previous season-best, which was already the top mark in NCAA Division III this season.  Bloom is the defending NCAA Division III champion in the event.

The Pirate men's team finished 8th out of 17 schools.

Leland led Whitworth's women by winning both the 1,500-meter run and the 800-meter run.  Leland edged Gonzaga's Jessica Mildres by one one-hundredth of a second to win the 1,500.  Leland finished in 4:33.73, which is now the top time in the Northwest Conference and the third-best mark in Division III.  She also won the 800 meters in 2:17.72, just ahead of Seattle's Siobhan Rubio.

Sarah Cool was the third Pirate winner for the women's team.  She took first place in the 400-meter dash in 59.58 and she was also sixth in the 200-meter dash in 26.32.

Allison Wood established a season-best mark while taking fourth place in the 5,000 meter run in 17:59.60.

Lori Sandy was the runner-up in the women's triple jump with a distance of 35'-11.25".  Alexandra McConnell finished third in the women's shot put with a toss of 38'-4.75", which is her best mark of the season.

The Whitworth women finished in fourth place out of 14 schools.

The Pirates will be busy next week.  Several individuals will compete at the Northwest Conference Combined Events Championships on Monday and Tuesday.  Then Whitworth will host its own twilight meet on Thursday afternoon.