NWC Student-Athletes of the Week

NWC Student-Athletes of the Week

Week of March 9-15

SPOKANE, Wash. - Whitworth had five student-athletes recognized as a Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of March 9-15.

Sophomore Makayla Lefever was named the NWC Softball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week while junior Taylor Peña was named the NWC Women’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week. Junior Oliver Rudnicki earned NWC Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Week. Sophomore Danielle Openiano was recognized as the NWC Women’s Field Student-Athlete of the Week and junior Scott Mayfield was named the NWC Men’s Field Student-Athlete of the Week.


Makayla Lefever
Sophomore, Pitcher
Woodland, Wash.  / Woodland High School

Lefever's three-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday was her
sixth complete game of the season. She scattered three singles, struck out five,
and walked none to give Whitworth a doubleheader sweep of the Boxers while
lowering her season earned run average to 1.39.

Women’s Tennis

Taylor Peña
Medford, Ore. / Cascade Christian High School

Peña was the top player for the Pirates during the week, picking up a pair of
wins at No. 1 singles and another at No 1 doubles. In an 8-1 win over Puget
Sound, she posted a 6-2, 6-1 win in singles and did not play doubles. In a 7-2
win over Pacific Lutheran, she triumphed 7-5, 6-1 in singles and 8-3 in doubles
as Whitworth moved into fourth place in the NWC standings.

Men’s Golf

Oliver Rudnicki
Redmond, Wash. / Redmond High School

Rudnicki earned medalist honors with the only sub-par round in the rain-shortened
Lewis & Clark Pioneer Invitational on Saturday at the Heron Lakes
Great Blue course in Portland, Ore. He carded a 69 on the par y2, 6,819-yard
course to win by four strokes. His efforts also led Whitworth to a six-shot
team victory with a 308. He is the first two-time winner of the NWC’s men’s
golf weekly award this season.

Women’s Field

Danielle Openiano
Sophomore, Throws
Lynnwood, Wash. / Mariner High School

Openiano won two events at the Whitworth vs. Lewis-Clark State Dual Meet
on Tuesday with national-ranking marks. She placed first with a toss of 41' 1
3/4" in the shot put, and won the discus throw with a toss of 141' 1". Her
discus throw mark ranks second nationally while her shot put distance ranks

Men’s Field

Scott Mayfield
Junior, Throws
Richland, Wash. / Richland High School

Mayfield posted three NWC-qualifying marks at the Whitworth vs. Lewis-
Clark State Dual Meet on Tuesday. He finished second in the discus throw
(147' 1") and second in the hammer throw (154' 7"). He also placed second in
the shot put with a toss of 48' 1 1/4". All three marks rank in the top 10
nationally; his discus throw mark ranks third while his shot put distance is
seventh and hammer throw mark is eighth.