Whitworth captures NWC title
Pirates post second-largest winning margin in league history
PARKLAND, Wash. -- Posting one of the largest margins of victory in Northwest Conference history, Whitworth rolled to its third consecutive NWC championship on Saturday on the campus of Pacific Lutheran.
The Pirates posted 270 points to defeat runner up Willamette (132 points) by a 138-point margin. Ironically it was Willamette in 2005 that had a larger margin of victory (140). Toby Schwarz was voted by his colleagues as the NWC Men's Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career and third year in a row. Carter Comito was voted by NWC coaches as the NWC Men's Field Athlete of the Year.
The Pirate men won five more individual events on Saturday for a total of nine individual victories out of the 20 contested on the weekend.
Matthew Landon won the 100-meter dash in 11.14 and finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.44.
Casey Monahan earned Whitworth's second running title of the day by outsprinting his own teammate in the 110-meter hurdles. Monahan won with a time of 15.42 while Jonathan Hoff was second in 15.45.
Chibron Tomeo won the pole vault by clearing 14'-11.5" with fewer misses than any other competitor. He also finished fourth in the 100-yard dash with a time of 11.31.
Comito won his second event of the meet by reaching 52'-8.25" in the shot put. Samuel Wright was fourth in the shot (49'-2.25").
The Whitworth men's 4x100-meter relay won for the second year in a row. Wesley Sitser, Landon, Tyler Guinn and Trent Alsin posted a winning time of 42.29. The Pirates' 4x400 relay was fourth in a tightly-contested heat with a time of 3:21.97.
Steven Acosta had a pair of runner-up finishes for the Bucs. He finished second in both the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.75 and the 1,500-meter run in 3:57.60. He lost both races by less than a second. Taylor Steele was third in the 1,500 with a time of 4:00.62.
Tyler Dudley, the runner-up in the 3,000 Steeplechase on Saturday, was third in the 5,000 with a time of 15:30.82. William Wren finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.48.
Joseph Green finished third in the pole vault behind Tomeo, but he also cleared 14-11.5 but the final place was based on the number of misses.
Whitworth went 4-5-6 in the triple jump. Frank Lima was fourth (44'-2.5"), Shannon Winant was fifth (43-11.75) and Luke Mathews was sixth (43-8.5).
Richard Aley took fifth in the hammer throw with a distance of 170'-8" and Keegan Shea was seventh (158-9).