Leland Sets New School Record at Oregon Twilight

Photo by Naji Saker
Photo by Naji Saker

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

EUGENE, Ore. – Just two weeks after Marissa Mount set a school record and posted the best mark in the nation in the steeplechase, Kayla Leland outpaced her teammate to highlight Whitworth track and field's performance at the Oregon Twilight meet.

Leland's 10:20.97 time in the steeplechase earned first place in the meet and the nation in addition to breaking Mount's school record. Mount finished second at the meet with a 10:27.68 mark and her 10:25.78 time from the Northwest Conference Championships remains in second place in the country by just under 15 seconds. 

Leland's performance was the high point of the meet for Whitworth, but several other Pirates posted impressive marks as well with six top-five performances and multiple career or year-best results. 

Kayla Brase was among those who posted a new year-best mark. Her 38' 7" triple jump beat her previous best by 3 ½" and would have been the seventh-longest jump in the country entering Friday. 

Bailey Scott ran her best steeplechase of her Pirate career with a 10:46.00 time. Scott entered the day ranked 12th in the country in the event, and may move up after her personal-best performance. 

Kameha Medallada added another top-five result for Whitworth with a 12.60 time in the 100-meter dash. 

Only four Pirate men competed on Friday, pulling in two runner-up results. John-Robert Woolley placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.31, his second best mark of the year in the event. Andrew Bloom finished second in the javelin with a 219' 7" toss.

Looking Ahead: Whitworth competes on Saturday at the Linfield Open, which begins at 10:00 a.m. Live results will be available here.