Strong First Day Puts Pirate Men in the Driver's Seat

Strong First Day Puts Pirate Men in the Driver's Seat

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

TACOMA, Wash. – The Whitworth men's track and field team won two events en route to earning the lead after the first day of the Northwest Conference Championships. 

The Pirate women won one event, but finished as runners-up on two occasions. The Bucs will enter the second day of the NWC Championships in second place. 

Nathaniel Drotts picked up the first win of the day for the Whitworth men, emerging from the pole vault with a victory after leaping 15-feet and 1-inch. Travis Herrera picked up an eighth place finish in the event as well.  

Whitworth added another victory in the hammer throw, which Jacob Hubbard won with a toss of 167-feet and 4-inches. Matt Naccarato added a fourth place finish and Stephen Haughland placed seventh. 

Nick McGill produced a podium-worthy performance in the long jump, finishing third with a career-long leap of 21-feet ¼-inches. 

The Pirates added third and fourth place finishes in the 10,000-meter run, where Joel Mott earned third and Aidan Smith placed fourth. Both times were career-bests.   

Reed Hurst and Hubbard picked up points for the Bucs in the shot put. Hurst placed fourth and Hubbard finished eighth.

Gabe Morales added a seventh place finish in the steeplechase with a 10:21.30 time. 

The men's scores after day one are: 1) Whitworth 52.5, 2) George Fox 50.5, 3) Pacific Lutheran 40, 4) Willamette 24, 5) Pacific (Ore.) 21, 6) Linfield 18, 7) Lewis & Clark 16, 8) Puget Sound 12 

The Pirate women opened the day by finishing 1-2 in the women's steeplechase. Marissa Mount won the event for the second straight year with a 10:51.77 time and Ellie Shoop placed second in 11:35.37. Shoop finished just .53 seconds in from of Emily Evans of Willamette.

Mount added another strong finish in the 10,000 meter run. The senior placed second in 39:48.54, just ahead of teammate and third place finisher Krystal Roberts

Olivia Lytle contributed a second place finish in the high jump with a personal record leap of 5-feet 3 ¼-inches.

Abbie Jo Carlson added a fourth place finish in the hammer throw, setting a new career-high with a 138-foot ¼-inch toss.

The women's scores after day one are: 1) George Fox 60, 2) Whitworth 46, 3) Pacific (Ore.) 41, 4) Pacific Lutheran 38.5, 5) Willamette 23, 6) Linfield 15, 7) Lewis & Clark 8.5, 8) Puget Sound 2

The Northwest Conference Championships continue at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.