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Three more NCAA qualifiers for Whitworth

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Whitworth University men and the Community Colleges of Spokane women won the team titles on Saturday at the Buc Scoring Invitational at Whitworth's Boppell Track. The Pirates posted three more NCAA Division III qualifying marks and a new school record.

As they have much of the season, the throwers led the Pirate men. Ron Whitley won the hammer throw with a distance of 178'-4". But his second place performance in the discus was more important as he reached 161'-11" to post a strong NCAA provisional qualifying mark. He was second only to Pirate assistant coach Drew Ulrick, who threw 189-11 while competing unattached.

Michael Nahl improved his own provisional national mark in the shot put while winning the event with a toss of 54'-9.25".

Emmanuel Bofa, fresh off of his national-best 800 meters last week in California, won the 1,500 meters in 3:59.46. Dusty Caseria posted a season-best while winning the 800 meters in 1:54.16. Those two were joined by Tyler Alsin and Steven Acosta in the 4x400 relay and won with a season-best time of 3:20.14.

Nick Gallagher raced away with the 5,000 meters in a time of 15:25.52.

There were no multiple individual event winners in the men's meet.

The final men's team scores were: Whitworth 98, CC of Spokane 74, Idaho 49, Big Foot TC 34, Gonzaga 21.

Previously on Thursday and Friday Cody Stelzer (5111), Evan Staley (5101) and Josh Klute (5020) qualified for the NWC Championships in the decathlon.

Eric Cox led the Whitworth women by winning the hammer throw with a distance of 158'-10", earning a provisional national qualifying mark and breaking her own school record that she established last season. Her throw is the best in the Northwest Conference so far this season.

Tonya Turner finished second in the 5,000 (17:55.39) with a time that was just off her best of the season. Kayla Hughes cleared 4-11 in the high jump for a season-best mark.

Chanel James of CCS was the only two-event winner in the women's meet. She raced to an 11.81 to win the 100 meter dash and jumped 17'-4" to win the long jump.

The final women's team scores were: CC of Spokane 91, Whitworth 45, Idaho 43, Gonzaga 39, Big Foot TC 16, Eastern Washington 10.

On Thursday and Friday Tera Prosser (3511) and Ashley LaFayette (3033) posted NWC-qualifying marks in the heptathlon.

This coming week Whitworth will stay at home while hosting the annual Sam Adams Classic meet on Saturday.

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