McGill and Clark Break School Records at WSU

Photo by Naji Saker
Photo by Naji Saker

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

PULLMAN, Wash. – Nick McGill and Izzy Clark set new school records in the heptathlon and pentathlon, leading a day of strong performances for Whitworth at the Cougar Indoor. 

McGill's school record 4,829 points earned second place at the meet and was keyed by a victory in the shot put and a second place effort in the pole vault. When results are entered, the junior will have the 6th-best point total in the nation. 

Clark's 3,261 points earned fifth at the meet and snapped the school record by 3 points. The senior's strong performance was keyed by a career-best 38' 3.25" throw in the shot put, which earned first place. Clark was the top Division III competitor in the pentathlon.   

The school records were two of seven top-ten performances for the Pirates, including several school and career-best marks. 

Kameha Medallada nearly set a new school record with a preliminary time of 7.90 seconds in the 60-meter dash, just missing Kristin Shields' 2003 time by .02 seconds. She also added a pair of top-ten results in the 60 and 200-meter dash. The senior placed third in the 200-meter and 6th in the 60-meter.

Olivia Lytle earned her first top-ten result of the season with a seventh-place finish in the high jump. The senior's 5' 1" jump was just a quarter-inch off her career-best and was the top Division III mark at the meet. 

On the men's side, Jacob Hubbard set a new career-high in the weight throw with a 53' 4 ½" toss, earning fourth place. His previous best was a foot shorter at 52' 4 ½". 

Xavier Betancourt provided a seventh-place finish in his first collegiate meet. The freshman ran the 400-meter dash in 52.86 seconds.

Whitworth is back in action for the Crimson vs. Black Intrasquad meet in the Pine Bowl on Friday, February. 22. The Pirates' next indoor meet is Saturday, February 23, when they travel to Seattle for the SPU Final Qualifier.