Track & Field Continues Momentum at SFCC

Photo by Naji Saker
Photo by Naji Saker

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

SPOKANE, Wash. – Chloe Quinnett and Isabel Clark highlighted Whitworth's day at the Sasquatch Carnival by using career-best marks to climb up national leaderboards on Wednesday afternoon. 

Clark's 143' 10" toss won the javelin by 4 feet and pushed her to 7th in the country in the event, while Quinnett's 43' 5" throw in the shot put moved her up to 25th. Including Clark and Quinnett, five Pirates set personal records on Wednesday and three more finished the day with a new year-best. 

Kameha Medallada was among those who set a new personal record with a 25.33 time in the 200-meter dash. The junior owns the indoor school record in the event and finished just .28 seconds behind the outdoor record.

Danielle Openiano continued a strong string of performances with her best discus throw of the year, a 139' toss. The Sasquatch Carnival is the third consecutive meet where Openiano has set a new year-best in the discus and the senior currently owns the 34th-longest toss in the nation.   

Kayla Leland also added a year-best time. The senior's 800-meter run tiem of 2:14.71 won the event, in addition to being her fastest mark of the year. 

On the men's side, Nathaniel Drotts put together a personal record with a 15' mark in the pole vault, earning a runner-up finish. Drotts' result from Wednesday afternoon edged out his previous best by just 0.25 inches.

Andrew Bloom and John-Robert Woolley added victories for the Pirate men. Bloom's 220' 4" toss in the javelin was among his best of the season, while Woolley's 54.33 time in the 400-meter hurdles won the event by 0.58 seconds. 

In addition to their outstanding individual marks, the Pirates set a new school record in Wednesday's meet. The co-ed 4x100-meter dash team of Medallada, Kathryn Jentz, Jonathan Backous, and Jacob Sturtevant ran a 45.96 time in the event. 

Looking Ahead: The Bucs travel to George Fox and Lewis & Clark to compete in the Portland Invitational on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.