by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth track and field team set career-best after career-best and qualified several student-athletes for the Northwest Conference Championships at Thursday afternoon's Whitworth Twilight meet.
The Whitworth men turned in their best performance of the day at the discus, where a trio of throwers turned in personal records. Reed Hurst tossed 143-feet 5-inches, Luke Davis threw 133-feet 5-inches, and Matt Naccarato tossed 131-feet 7-inches. All three are qualified for the Northwest Conference Championships, with Hurst now holding the third-best throw in the conference.
The strong day for Pirate throwers continued at the hammer, where three more Bucs set new personal-bests. Jacob Hubbard already held the NWC lead in the event and extended it with a 175-foot 9-inch throw. Naccarato edged out his previous best by one inch with a 149-foot 2-inch toss. Haugland rounded out the day with a personal record of 145-feet 10-inches.
Nathaniel Drotts wrapped up the excellent day in the field by vaulting to a new career-high of 15-feet 5-inches. The junior already held the top vault in the conference entering the Twilight meet.
Whitworth's day was almost as good for the runners as the throwers. Rhett Streeter kicked off the day with a new best time of 10.93 seconds in the 100-meter dash. The mark ranks second in the NWC. Xavier Betancourt (11.40) and Jalen Robinson-McClure (11.41) also raced to qualifying marks as both inched under the qualifying time of 11.41 seconds. Robinson-McClure and Streeter also set new best times in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 22.52 and 22.56 seconds, respectively.
Tyler Rohrman added another personal record in the 100-meter hurdles, which he ran in 15.52 seconds. He also set a career-best and qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:00.32. Mason Velasquez also posted a qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles, inching under the required time by .05 seconds with a 1:03.42.
William Glick qualified for the NWC championships in the 800-meter run, where his 1:55.31 time just missed his personal-best.
Kayla Rambo highlighted the meet for the Whitworth women with a 146-foot 2-inch throw in the discus, which is a new personal-best and ranks 7th in the nation.
Kameha Medallada posted a career-best mark in the 100-meter dash, timing in at 12.34. The senior also added a season-best time in the 200-meter dash, which she ran in 25.75 seconds.
Amy Blyckert lept to a career-high in the pole vault with an 11-foot 2 ½-inch vault. The senior also qualified for the NWC championships in the 800-meter run, racing to a 2:22.89 time in her first time running the event at Whitworth.
Olivia Lytle added another conference qualifying mark in the long jump, where she lept 16-feet 8-inches. The jump was just a quarter-inch under Lytle's personal-best.
The Pirates return to action on April 26 and 27 when they look to regain the conference crown at the Northwest Conference Championships, which are hosted by Pacific Lutheran.