Distance Track adds four more NWC qualifying times


SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitman College distance track teams recorded four more Northwestern Conference Championship qualifying scores to highlight successful competition at the Whitworth Peace Invite hosted by Whitworth University at Boppell Track.

Three new qualifiers have arrived in the men’s 5K. Grant Martin ranked 14th (15:53.56), Reilly McVay 15th (15:55.37) and Troy Peternel came in 18th (15:59.32) all with times putting them into the next NWC meet. The fourth came when Matt Masking won the 400-meter sprint (51.64), but will not compete in the sprint event at the conference meet.

The best female performance came from Dori Buttleman in the women’s 5K where she finished second with a time of 19:22.52. Four other Whitman riders cracked the Top 20 with Samantha Crumbaugh (20:54.59), Piper Brown (21:49.46) and Christian Roche (20:16.10) posting NWC qualifying times.

Other impressive performances from the men’s side were Scott MacDonald and Grant Martin ranking 16th and 18th respectively in the 1500 meters, and James Klinman finish 17th in the 800 meters.

On the women’s side, Maleda Sims 14th in the 400 meters and Jade Greenberg does the same in the 1500 meters.

The Blues have one more tune-up and a chance for more qualifying when they take to the track next Thursday, April 14, for the Whitman Twilight Meet.



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