by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
MOSCOW, Idaho – Nick McGill's victory in the heptathlon highlighted Whitworth's season-opening performance at the Lauren McCloskey Memorial Open.
The senior's win was one of four top-five performances and eight top-ten performances from Pirates at the McCloskey Memorial, which was hosted by the University of Idaho.
Whitworth competed with NCAA Division I, II, and III teams at the meet, as well as one NAIA squad. Other teams at the McCloskey Memorial included Linfield, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Portland State, Central Washington, Saint Martin's, Lewis-Clark State, and Spokane Community College.
Kameha Medallada was one of the Pirates' top performers. The senior placed fifth in both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Her time in the 60-meter (7.98) was just 0.05 seconds behind her personal best.
Izzy Clark added another top-five finish for the Bucs in the pentathlon. The returning outdoor track All-American placed fifth with strong performances in the shot put, where she placed third among pentathletes, and 60-meter hurdles, where she placed fourth among pentathletes.
Amy Blyckert added a top-ten performance in the 400-meter dash. Her time of 1:02.62 was just behind her career-best mark of 1:01.72.
Though McGill's victory was their only top-five performance, the Pirate men did earn five top-ten results at the McCluskey Memorial.
William Glick built on his momentum from a strong cross country season into indoor track, placing sixth in the 800-meter run.
Rhett Streeter earned tenth place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.21.
Whitworth returns to action next weekend when it travels to the WSU Indoor Open on January 18-19.