by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Three event victories and a near-record breaking start to the season in the Heptathlon helped Whitworth track and field to a strong team performance at the 13th Annual Sam Adams Invite on Thursday and Friday evening.
After dual meet scoring was completed, the Pirate men emerged from having defeated eight visiting schools and fell to just two others. The Whitworth women won seven of their dual pairings and dropped three.
Both Whitworth teams defeated Washington State, Gonzaga, Central Washington, Puget Sound, College of Idaho, Providence, and Spokane Community College. Eastern Washington and Idaho defeated the men and women, while the Pirates split with Lewis-Clark State with the men defeating the Warriors while the women dropped the dual.
In addition to the strong team showings, several Pirates put together strong individual performances in their second home meet of the year.
Marissa Mount opened a strong day from the women's distance runners with a win in the steeplechase. Mount's 11:09.22 time is currently the third-best mark nationally and she was followed closely by Bailey Scott, who finished second.
Kayla Leland followed Mount's win in the steeplechase with one of her own in the 10,000 meter run. Leland finished in 36:03.02, which was just 14 seconds behind Joy Shufeldt's school record and is the top national time in the event.
Andrew Bloom rounded out the Whitworth winners with a 204' 11" toss in the javelin. The Sam Adams Invite victory was Bloom's third straight victory of the season in the javelin.
Whitworth also got a strong start to its season in the Heptathlon from Isabel Clark. Clark's 4,703 points were just 84 behind the school record in the event. Her second place performance was keyed by a 14.82 time in the 110-meter hurdles, which is the 7th-best time nationally.
Sarah Cool continued a strong day in the event with fourth place finish, including the day's second-best performance in the 800-meters.
Kameha Medallada kept her early season momentum going with the 14th-best performance in the country in the 100-meter dash. Her 12.49 time earned a second place finish at the meet behind Eastern Washington's Alexis Rolan.
Up next, the Bucs travel to Puget Sound to compete in the Shotwell Invitational on March 31.