SPOKANE, Wash. - (from WU athletics) C
The host Pirate men hold a significant lead after the first day, at this point more-than-doubling the score of second place Linfield 105-48.5. Defending champion Willamette (45) is currently in third place.
In the women's meet, George Fox (60) leads Whitworth and Linfield (53) after the opening day. Eight-time defending champion Willamette is currently fourth (32).
However, nothing has been decided as only one-third of the meet's total points have been determined so far.
The Whitworth men have been strong in the throwing events all season and Friday was no different. The Pirates finished 1-2-3 in the discus and 1-2 in the javelin to grab an early lead. All three Whitworth discus throwers posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks as Ron Whitley won (166-2), Carter Comito took second (157-7) and Jeff Kintner was third (156-10). Alex Hymel won the javelin with a mark of 198-3, with Joseph Ingman (192-3) taking second.
Whitworth's Cody Stelzer won the high jump for the fourth straight season, clearing 6-9. Fellow Pirate Frank Lima (6-7) took second and Kai Ojala of George Fox (6-5) was third.
Jake Weber of George Fox won the long jump with a mark of 22-7.75 with Jeremy Lovell of Linfield (22-6.5) coming in second. Stelzer (21-11.75) led a 3-4-5 finish for Whitworth.
Ben Donovan and Nicholas Rebol of Willamette went 1-2 in the 3,000 steeplechase with times of 9:24.70 and 9:27.22, respectively. Cameron Eberhart of George Fox (9:27.35) was third.
In the meet's final event, Francis Reynolds of Puget Sound pulled away halfway through the 10,000 to win in an NCAA provisional and Boppell record time of 30:53.88. Chris McIsaac of Linfield was second (31:20.81) and Nick Gallagher of Whitworth was third (31:33.25).
The George Fox women dominated the long jump, finishing 1-2-4-6. Angie Miller won with a mark of 18-9.25, while Cindy Walsh was second (18-7). Both are NCAA provisional marks. Pacific Lutheran's Chelsea Putnam was third (17-10.75).
Linfield got a 1-2-5 finish in the pole vault. Catherine Street defended her title while setting a new track and Northwest Conference record after clearing 12-8. Misty Corwin (10-8.25) was second and PLU's Nicole Jones (9-8.5) was third.
Beth Stam gave GFU its second win of the day when she threw the javelin 143-3. Linfield's Kelly Marineau took second place (138-7) and PLU's Ayla Mull was third (129-4). All three were provisional NCAA marks.
Whitworth's Erica Cox won the discus by more than 13 feet with an NCAA provisional mark of 138-5. Kaycee Hallstrom of Linfield was second (125-1) and George Fox's Marlee Zakrevsky took third (115-11).
Willamette's Kimber Mattox defended her title in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 11:36.44. Whitworth's Emily Morehouse was second (12:02.37) and Pacific's Samantha Lee took third (12:10.02).
Whitworth runners finished 1-2 in the 10,000 meter run with Joy Shufeldt crossing first in a track record time of 36:45.89 and Tonya Turner (38:05.62) taking second. Puget Sound's Hayley Walker ran to third place (38:41.92).
The meet will conclude on Saturday with 14 more events to be decided. Field events begin at 10:30 a.m. and running events start at noon.