More Track & Field Records Fall at Linfield Open

Photo by Naji Saker
Photo by Naji Saker

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – After setting a new school record in the steeplechase Friday evening, Kayla Leland broke her own Pirate record in the 5,000 meter run to highlight Whitworth's performance at the Linfield Open on Saturday.

Leland's 16:52.03 time outclassed her 16:54.40 mark from the 2017 campaign and will likely be the ninth-best time in the nation when results are entered. The eight-time All-American now holds five Pirate track and field records, three of which were set this season. 

Leland's excellent mark was the highlight in a meet full of highlights for the Pirates. Six Bucs put together year or career-best performances at the Linfield Open and Whitworth won four events. 

Whitworth dominated the sprints, winning all three. Kameha Medallada picked up a pair of victories for the Bucs, winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes while Sarah Martinez notched another win in the 400-meter dash. Martinez also added a victory in the 400-meter hurdles with her best time of the year. 

Chloe Quinnett equaled her best shot put of the year with a 43' 2 ½" throw. The mark, which ranks 23rd in the nation, earned 5th at the Linfield Open. 

Danielle Openiano placed 6th in the shot put with a 42' 4" throw, her longest of the year. The senior also recorded a 132' 9" mark in the discus, which was another year-best throw. 

On the men's side John-Robert Woolley set a new career-best and moved up the national rankings with a 400-meter hurdles time of 53.41. The mark beat his previous best time by .07 seconds.

Jacob Hubbard added a runner-up performance with his longest hammer throw of the 2018 campaign. Hubbard's 166' 9" toss was just 3' shorter than his furthest of his career. 

Looking Ahead: Whitworth's throwers and distance runners compete at the Sasquatch Thrower and Distance Carnival on Wednesday, May 9 before returning to the Portland-area for the Portland Invite on May 11-12.