by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
MOSCOW, Idaho – Wins in the mile and 3,000-meter race by Kayla Leland highlighted the opening weekend of the Whitworth track and field season at the Vandal Indoor Invitational.
Whitworth accumulated thirteen top-10 finishes from individuals and teams, and five Pirates finished in the top-5.
In addition to the hosting University of Idaho, the Pirates competed against Eastern Washington University, Spokane Community College, Portland State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Linfield College, and Multnomah University.
Leland led the Pirates with a pair of close wins in the mile and 3,000-meter races. In the mile, Leland crossed the line in 5:04.25, less than a second in front of Portland State's Kaila Gibson, who finished in 5:04.55. Her finish in the 3,000-meter run was even more dramatic. Leland crossed the line in 10:14.25, just .08 seconds ahead of Carli Corpus of Eastern Washington, who had to settle for second with a time of 10:14.33.
Isabel Clark and Nicholas McGill were the next best finishers. Clark placed third in the pentathlon behind Kendra Hamm of Eastern Washington and Kristen O'Handley of Portland State. Her strong performace was keyed by second-place results in the long jump, shot put, and 60-meter hurdles. McGill took home third in the hepathlon behind Portland State's Donte Robinson and Lewis-Clark State's Owen Lanning. His best event result came in the high jump, where he placed second.
Daniel Harper picked up a top-five finish for the Pirates as well. The senior distance runner finished fourth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:02.17. He also finished tenth in the mile with a 4:35.48.
John-Robert Woolley also started the indoor season strong by earning a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash. He combined with Jacob Sturtevant, William Glick, and Harper to earn second-place in the 4x400 meter relay as well. The team finished just three seconds behind the group from the hosting Vandals, finishing in 3:27.54
Marissa Mount picked up a second top-10 finish for Whitworth in the 3,000-meter. She finished sixth with a time of 10:45.49.
Grant Bingham placed eighth in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 9:18.09. Jacob Sturtevant ran the 200-meter dash in 23.00 seconds to finish ninth.
Jacob Hubbard placed ninth in the weight throw with a toss of 44.09 meters. Kameha Medallada ran the 200-meter dash in 26.61 to earn ninth-place.
Up next, the Pirates travel back to the Palouse to compete in the WSU Indoor Open. The meet begins Friday, January 19 and continues through Saturday, January 20.