by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – After an excellent performance to open the outdoor track and field season at the Ed Boitano Invitational, the Whitworth Pirates host the Buc Scoring Invite on Saturday, March 17 in the Pine Bowl.
The Buc Scoring Invite is the first of four home meets for the Pirates this season. A schedule of events is available on the meet's information page.
Last Time Out: Victories in 13 events paced the Bucs to team wins on both the women's and men's sides of the Ed Boitano Invitational. For the women, Kayla Leland and Kayla Brase highlighted the day with two victories each. Leland picked up wins in the 1,500 and 800-meter runs, while Brase won the triple jump and long jump. Kameha Medallada added a victory in the 200-meter dash and contributed to another in the 4x100 meter relay. Marissa Mount and Bailey Scott cemented the excellent day by finishing in first and second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
On the men's side, Jacob Sturtevant's victories in the 100 and 200-meter dashes paced the Whitworth runners. Jalen Robinson-McClure added another win in the 400-meter dash and combined with Sturtevant, Daniel Harper, and John-Robert Woolley to bring home another title in the 4x400 meter relay, rounding out a great day for men's runners. In the field events, the Bucs brought in another two wins when Travis Herrera and Nathaniel Drotts tied for first in the pole vault and Andrew Bloom emerged victorious in the javelin.
Buc Scoring Opponents: The Pirates will be competing against athletes from Washington State, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Central Washington, Lewis-Clark State, Treasure Valley Community College, and the Community Colleges of Spokane.
Outdoor National Championships: The NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships take place May 24-26 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Looking Ahead: The Pirates host their second meet of the season, the Sam Adams Invite on March 22 and 23.
The Coach: Now in his 22nd season as the head Track & Field coach at Whitworth, Dr. Toby Schwarz has transformed the Whitworth Track & Field team into one of the top programs in the nation.
Since the 2008 season Whitworth has sent 84 student-athletes to the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships and come home with 43 All-America (top-8) performances. Schwarz has coached Pirate athletes to eight individual national titles over the same time frame (seven outdoor and one indoor). The Whitworth men have finished among the top 20 teams in the nation six times since 2008, including a third place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, a third place finish at the 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships and a sixth place finish at the 2009 outdoor meet.
Schwarz has earned 29 Coach of the Year awards, including the 2015 NCAA West Region men's outdoor award and 2015 Northwest Conference honors (men and women). In 2009 Schwarz was selected as the NCAA Division III Men's Coach of the Year. Members of Schwarz's coaching staff have also won the NCAA DIII West Region Assistant Coach of the Year awards for the past six years including the 2015 outdoor men's assistant coach of the year (Joe VanHoomissen).