by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Whitworth women's track and field team broke four school records in an excellent performance at the UW Husky Open on Sunday.
Three Pirates individuals and one relay team set a new team records in the second-to-last indoor meet before the Indoor National Championships.
Kayla Leland broke her own school record in the 3,000-meter run. She ran a 9.49.99, nearly 25 seconds better than the 10:14.25 she set the record at earlier in the year. The senior followed that effort by breaking a 20-year-old record in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:00.74.
Leland's excellent day ended with a third place finish in the mile. She also missed her own school record in the event by just over two seconds, finishing behind Erin Hagen of Idaho and Julia Stepanova, who ran unattached.
Sarah Martinez broke a school record in the 400-meter dash on the way to placing 11th. The senior ran a 57.78, breaking a nine-year-old record set by Elizabeth Mattila in 2009.
Kameha Medallada nearly broke another school record in the 200-meter dash. Medellada finished in 26.47, just .32 seconds behind Kristen Shields 26.15, which she posted in 2003.
Though the men's team had no new school records, several Pirates posted strong finishes on Sunday.
Jacob Sturtevant was the second-best Division III finisher in the men's 200-meter dash. He ran a 23.00, which placed him 22nd overall. Sturtevant, Woolley, Harper, and Glick also combined to finish 3rd in the 4x400 meter relay.
Nick McGill was the top Division III jumper at the meet. McGill flew 20' 6 ¼" in the long jump, posted a 6' 2" mark in the high jump, and added a 42' ½" result in the triple jump. McGill's effort in the high jump earned him a win in his flight.
Up next, the Pirates return to Seattle to compete in the SPU Final Qualifier on Feb. 24.