Records Fall as Bucs Position Themselves for Nationals

Photo by Naji Saker
Photo by Naji Saker

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Whitworth Pirates broke two school records and placed multiple athletes in national championship qualifying positions this weekend at the Portland Twilight meet. 

The Twilight meet opened on Thursday with the heptathlon and decathlon, continued on Friday with field events, and finished on Saturday with track events.

Nick McGill and Sarah Cool highlighted Thursday for the Pirates with top-15 finishes in the decathlon and heptathlon. McGill's 6,415-point effort is the 10th-best decathlon in the nation, and Cool's 4477-point day places her in 13th. McGill's effort was aided by personal records in the 100-meter dash, 1,500-meter run, and pole vault, while Cool posted career-bests in the 800 meters and shot put. 

Chloe Quinnett took the spotlight for Friday's events. The senior broke the school record in the shot put with a 44' 3" throw that also inched her into a national championship qualifying spot. Quinnett's mark ranks 21st in the country.

Kayla Leland followed up Quinnett's performance by breaking her own school record on Saturday in the 5,000-meter run. Leland's 16:38.80 mark is the fourth-best in the nation and out-performed the previous record by over 15 seconds. 

John-Robert Woolley continued the Bucs' success on Saturday by setting a new personal record in the 400-meter hurdles with a 53.16 time, the 14th-fastest mark in the nation. The time is .25 seconds faster than Woolley's previous best, which was set a week ago at the Linfield Open. 

Looking Ahead: Qualifying Pirates travel to LaCrosse, Wis. To compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships from May 24-26.