Quinnett, Leland Pace Pirates at Twilight

Quinnett, Leland Pace Pirates at Twilight

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth track and field picked up ten event victories and added multiple marks to a long list of national qualifying times in a successful Whitworth Twilight meet. 

In addition to the event victories, several Pirates posted personal-best times at the Twilight meet, which is one of the final tune-ups before the Northwest Conference Championships April 20-21. As a team, both the men and women defeated Spokane Community College in dual meet scoring and both also fell to Lewis-Clark State. 

Kayla Leland led the way by running the best 3,000-meter steeplechase in the country, finishing in 10:42.92. Leland's time beat the previous best time in the country, which was held by Annie Rodenfels of Centre College, by four seconds. Leland's mark was also a Boppell track record. 

Chloe Quinnett also put up a top national mark in the shot put. The senior's 43' 2 ½" throw earned second place in the meet and was the 15th-best mark in the nation. 

Alecia Longsine added a win in the pole vault. The sophomore won on judge's decision, narrowly beating out Madison Carson of Lewis-Clark State and Amy Blyckert of Whitworth. 

Olivia Lytle continued a strong day for field athletes with a personal-record in the long jump. Her 16' 8 ¾" leap earned second place. 

Danielle Openiano placed second in the discus with a 128' throw, her best mark of the season. 

Kameha Medallada added two more event victories for the Pirates in the 100 and 200-meter dash. The sophomore won both races by just over .5 seconds.

Travis Herrera posted his best mark of the season in the pole vault, clearing 14' 6" to earn first in the event. Nathaniel Drotts placed second with his best vault of the year, 14'. Drotts also picked up a win in the triple jump with a 40' 8 ¼" mark.

Looking Ahead: The Pirates compete in the Pelluer Invitational at Eastern Washington University on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. More information is available here.