McGill to Compete in Indoor Nationals

Photo by Naji Saker
Photo by Naji Saker

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

SPOKANE, Wash. –  After earning the 11th-best point total in the nation at the Cougar Indoor in early February, Nick McGill will be one of twenty competitors in the heptathlon at the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships in Boston, Mass.

McGill's weekend begins Friday at 7 a.m. (PST) with the 60-meter dash. More information about the Indoor National Championships, including a full meet schedule, is available here. Fans can follow results at this link. 

McGill earned outdoor All-America honors last season after finishing fifth in the decathlon at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships. The junior will be looking to continue a three-year run of Pirates who earned indoor All-America honors.   

Regional Recognition: Eleven Pirates earned USTFCCCA Indoor All-West Region honors, which are awarded to the top-five finishers and top-three relays in each event from each region. The Northwest Conference earned the more regional honors than any other conference in the nation - 125 in total. 

The Pirate women to earn all-region honors are Amy Blyckert (pole vault, 4x400 relay), Lexi Caniglia (4x400 relay), Izzy Clark (pentathlon, shot put, 60-meter hurdles, 4x400 relay), Olivia Lytle (high jump), Kameha Medallada (200 meters, 4x400 relay), and Kayla Rambo (shot put). 

The Whitworth men who are all-region recipients are Xavier Betancourt (400 meters), William Glick (800 meters), Travis Herrera (pole vault), Jacob Hubbard (weight throw), and Nick McGill (heptathlon, high jump). 

Coaches Poll: Northwest Conference coaches foresee both Pirate teams remaining among the best in the NWC in 2019. Both the men's and women's teams were picked to finish second in the conference coaches poll and the men earned one of the nine first place votes. 

Recent Indoor Championship History: The Pirates have a proud history of competing at the indoor national championships that includes having eight All-Americans since 2012. Whitworth has qualified a student-athlete for the indoor national championships in six of the last seven indoor seasons. 

2018 – Kayla Leland placed fifth in the 5,000-meter run to earn All-America honors for the second straight season. 

2017 – Leland earned All-America honors in the mile and 800-meter run, finishing fourth in the mile and eighth in the 800-meters. Kayla Brase just missed an All-America mark in the triple jump, finishing ninth. 

2016 – Katie McKay earned All-America honors in the 800-meter run, finishing sixth. 

2014 - Casey Monahan represented Whitworth at the indoor national championships, finishing sixth in the 60 meter hurdles and earning All-American recognition. 

2013 - Christina Dobbins and Carter Comito qualified and each earned top-five finishes. Both took home All-American honors, as Dobbins finished third in the high jump and Comito placed fifth in the shot put.

2012 - Carter Comito, Frank Lima and Jheri Gates represented the Pirates at the national championships. Lima placed 10th in the men's high jump while Gates finished 11th in the women's high jump. Comito finished seventh in the shot put to earn All-America honors. 

Outdoor Up Next: The Pirates host the Buc Scoring Invite on Saturday, March 16. 

The Coach: Now in his 21st season as the head Track & Field coach at Whitworth, Dr. Toby Schwarz has transformed the Whitworth Track & Field team into one of the top programs in the nation. 

Since the 2008 season 95 student-athletes earned a spot in the the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships and come home with 48 All-America (top-8) performances.  Schwarz has coached Pirate athletes to eight individual national titles over the same time frame (nine outdoor and one indoor).  The Whitworth men have finished among the top 20 teams in the nation six times since 2008, including a third place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, a third place finish at the 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships and a sixth place finish at the 2009 outdoor meet. 

Schwarz has earned 31 Coach of the Year awards, including the 2016 NCAA West Region men's outdoor award and 2016 Northwest Conference honors (men and women). In 2009 Schwarz was selected as the NCAA Division III Men's Coach of the Year. Members of Schwarz's coaching staff have also won the NCAA DIII West Region Assistant Coach of the Year awards for the past six years including the 2015 outdoor men's assistant coach of the year (Joe VanHoomissen).