The Whitworthian Male Athlete of the Year: Carter Comito

As a thrower whose career had only just began his senior year at Mead High School, Carter Comito rapidly earned his way to record-breaking successes. Comito has been selected by The Whitworthian sports staff as The Whitworthian Male Athlete of the Year. Comito, a senior, throws shot put and discus and has dominated the field in both events. He chose Whitworth because of an academic scholarship. He had not originally intended to participate in track and field, Comito said.

“The coaches told me that I had a lot of potential, but my technique was really bad when I first started,” Comito said. “There was a lot of room for improvement.”

Comito has taken the initiative to improve in giant strides, head coach Toby Schwarz said.

“You don’t get as big as he is, as strong as he is, as good as he is just by natural ability,” Schwarz said. “He’s put in a lot of time and effort in the weight room and that speaks to his work ethic.”

The improvement Comito has accomplished shows in his time at Whitworth. Comito has set new records in both discus and shot put and broken his own records as well.

“His only competition is himself, honestly,” Schwarz said. “When you become really good, what do you do now? That’s a good challenge; those are challenges you want to have as a coach.”

Comito holds the No. 1 spot in the Northwest Conference for shot put, with a throwing distance of 58-9 1/4, just over eight feet further than the second place competitor. His first place ranking in discus was secured as well when he won  with a distance of 203-5. The nearest competitor trailed Comito by nearly 50 feet.

“He’s one of the best in the world,” Schwarz said. “Past athletes have done great things to pave the way for Carter and he’s paving the way for future athletes. Carter keeps raising the bar and setting a new challenge.”

In national NCAA Division III rankings, Comito holds second place in shot put, with the No. 1 distance edging Comito by less than a foot. Comito ranks first in discus with a lead of nearly 20 feet.

Comito is hoping to take his third consecutive national championship title in the discus competition later this month, he said. In addition to his national rankings, Comito stands at 24th in the world for collegiate discus throwers, Schwarz said.

Comito’s personal accomplishments and his response to them have affected many people, Schwarz said. Teammates have been impressed by Comito’s ability to maintain humility and approachability through his incredible success, junior thrower Keegan Shea said.

“It puts a human side to those elite athletes,” Shea said. “We tend to idolize these people and put them on a pedestal. He is that elite athlete, but he’s Carter; that’s all we know him as.”

Comito’s personality within competition and outside of it makes him a leader worth following, sophomore runner Brianne Wright said.

“Obviously everyone is going to look up to him because he’s really talented,” Wright said. “That’s natural. But he also works really hard, he’s a nice guy, he’s really humble; that makes people look up to him even more.”

Comito set school records in the discus and shot put this year.  The senior’s career may not be over, as he hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics.

Aside from being well-known for his success, Comito is known by teammates of all events simply because he is friendly and down-to-earth, Wright said.

“Everyone does group off [with athletes of their own events], but Carter actively seeks hanging out with other team members,” Wright said. “He’s unique in the sense that he seems to branch out the most.”

As a team captain, Comito has been a leader among throwers and set an example for team bonding across the span of various event groups, Shea said.

“From the get-go, [Comito] was a leader within the throwing unit, but as we’ve gone along he’s really connected well with kids in other event groups,” Shea said. “He’s just a really personable guy and downright friendly. He’s made himself available to everyone on the team.”

Although Comito’s time at Whitworth is coming to a close, his name will be one which is recognized for decades to come, Shea said. Comito said he plans to continue throwing beyond college in order to make it to the Olympics.

“Ideally, I’d like to be at Rio De Janeiro in 2016,” Comito said. “I have three years and I definitely need to improve, so hopefully I can do that.”

His journey through the Whitworth athletic program has helped him to grow in many ways beyond those of physical accomplishment, Comito said.

“I’ve become a better thrower, but I’ve also definitely grown up a little bit,” Comito said. “The coaches have taught me about life, not just about sports. It’s definitely been a great experience, definitely four of the best years of my life. I’d like to say thank you to the team and the coaches; I couldn’t have done any of it without them.”

Comito’s legacy will stretch far beyond his short time at Whitworth, Schwarz said.

“I wish I could have him for ten more years,” Schwarz said. “We’re blessed to have Carter and Carter is blessed to have a university that supports him.”

Comito competed this past weekend at the Vandal Jamboree in Moscow, ID, contending with 56-4.75 and 192-07, respectively. Comito will throw at the NCAA Division III Championships on May 23-25 in Lacrosse, Wis.  The Pirate men are hoping to overcome the odds and win the national championship as a team.

Miranda Cloyd

Staff Writer

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Track resurfacing to take place over summer

In culmination of a long-awaited project, Vandervert Construction will be heading up the resurfacing of Whitworth’s track in the Pine Bowl. The current track has been in use for about 19 years, said Director of Capital Projects Steve Thompson.

Planning and preparation for the project has been taking place for the past year, Thompson said.

Many parts of the track are visibly worn down to the point of black tar appearing through the red track surface. Since events cannot be hosted without NCAA approval, many events have been moved elsewhere due to the low quality of the current track, Thompson said. “People who know about track surfaces come here and say, ‘No, we’ll go somewhere else’,” Thompson said.

The multi-faceted project will not only include resurfacing the track, but will also involve  relocating the shot put area, replacement of the steeplechase jump, some minor reconfigurations of the track and the football field and implementation of a new drainage system, Thompson said. While there is a drainage system currently in place, it is to be replaced with one that will better serve the purpose of keeping large amounts of water off the track.

When project planning began, the committee’s goal was also to include replacing the grass football field with synthetic turf, Thompson said. This plan was dependent on some donations that did not come through, but Thompson said that this resurfacing project will make future plans for a synthetic turf much more feasible.

While there are many pieces that will go together to make up the complete product, the most high-tech part is that of the track surface, Thompson said.

The track resurfacing project is estimated to cost between $900,000 and $950,000.

“To the casual viewer, it’s not going to be significantly different,” Thompson said. “But for the track coaches and athletes, it’s going to make a big difference.”

The athletes who use the track on a daily basis will definitely experience a noticeable change,  head coach Toby Schwarz said. Coaches and athletes alike are eagerly anticipating the completion of this project for a few reasons. It will be very helpful for the sake of consistency across various tracks, Schwarz said. The team will be able to train effectively for a variety of tracks, not just their own.

“When you look at it, it doesn’t look bad,” Schwarz said. “When you get on it, it’s horrible.”

The current state of the track is far from ideal because of the injuries it causes, Schwarz said. Tracks consist of an asphalt layer covered with the track layer; layers come in a variety of thickness levels and the original was constructed very thinly. Over time, weather and use have worn the track down to the point of asphalt coming through.

Running on such a thin layer of track is hard on the athletes’ bodies. Schwarz said that the situation often causes injuries like shin splints; this project will make a significant difference.

“Hopefully we’ll keep our athletes healthier so that we can be better,” Schwarz said.

This kind of track generally has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, Schwarz said, and the current track is long overdue for a makeover.

The funds for this project are coming from some bond financing that was done for the Hixson Union Building and for the new Rec center. There was money included for maintenance, which is the category under which this project falls. This project alone will come to somewhere between $900,000 and $950,000, Thompson said.

“We’re very blessed,” Schwarz said. “We feel very thankful.”

The project will officially get underway within days of students leaving campus for the summer. Vandervert will work through the summer to complete the project by the second week in August, when the football players arrive for training.

Miranda Cloyd

Staff Writer

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Spotted from the Crow's Nest: Chibron Tomeo

Senior captain Chibron Tomeo found a new family at Whitworth having transferred after his sophomore year at Spokane Community College. At age 26, Tomeo became a part of the track and field team as a pole vaulter where he continued his career after a four-year break from school and competitive sports.

Tomeo originates from Spokane but grew up in Glenwood, Wash., which is about 300 miles south of Whitworth. He went to kindergarten through 10th grade at Glenwood and then moved back to transfer to Mead High School in Spokane, Wash. for his junior year of high school.

“In Glenwood, there are a lot of really good pole vaulters,” Tomeo said. “My coach wanted me to try it and I just fell in love with [the event]. I continued vaulting in high school for all four years.”

Tomeo decided to take a break from school after graduated from Mead in 2005 to solely focus on work. He worked for Neighborhood Fence during his time away from school and built fences for a living.

“I knew I didn’t want to build fences for the rest of my life,” Tomeo said. “My mom and my girlfriend at the time, who is now my wife, encouraged me to go back to school. They thought I was beating myself up working as hard as I did. Although I didn’t mind working, going back to school was a great decision.”

During his time off, Tomeo took part in city basketball and flag football leagues.

After returning from a break from school, Tomeo went on to set school records.

 

 

“I stayed in decent shape but not in good enough shape for track,” Tomeo said.

Tomeo returned to school in 2009 at Spokane Community College where he took part in the track and field program offered there. His high school coach, Gary Baskett, was the one who encouraged and inspired him to go to Whitworth.

“He always came up and talked to me about going to Whitworth,” Tomeo said. “He was at almost every meet and told me that Whitworth is where I should be.”

In high school, Tomeo was also a sprinter. He ran the 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 4x400 relay, and pole vaulted. He decided to focus on pole vaulting after struggling with consistent hamstring injuries.

He contacted head track and field coach Toby Schwarz and talked to him about making the decision to come to Whitworth. He attended his first team meeting in the fall of 2011 and confirmed his transfer.

“The coaches are great and everyone was super supportive,” Tomeo said. “It felt like family on the track team and that made it an easy decision. It was a lot of fun getting to know everybody.”

Those words were echoed by Schwarz.

“He’s a perfect fit for our team,” Schwarz said. “He’s a captain this year and being a captain after only being here for two years; it shows how [perfect] of a fit this really is. He is very relational, he’s very respectful with coaches and very interested in his teammates. He watches people do other events, he’s concerned about injuries; that’s why he’s such a great captain. He’s not an ‘I’ person he’s an ‘others’ person.”

Tomeo was concerned with how he would fit in being an older student-athlete who is married with a child, but Schwarz was not.

“You look at him and he doesn’t look any different and he acts like a typical student. He looks like a mature leader, but not an older student,” Schwarz said. “But that’s ‘Bron’, you wouldn’t know he’s one of the top competitors in the nation.”

Senior Shannon Winant was one of the first men on the track team to get to know Tomeo and he agrees. There are no negative thoughts on the team for Tomeo being a college athlete with a wife and child according to Winant.

“People just respect him more; he knows more about life,” Winant said. “He’s an amazing dad and husband and he’s just really humble. Everyone loves his entire family and when they see him interact with his wife and kid, everybody falls in love with him.”

As a captain, Winant explains him to be their silent leader.

“He’s not a vocal leader but he’s very approachable,” Winant said. “Everybody looks up to him and respects him; some people call him dad. He has a lot of wisdom and knowledge that not a lot of people have. He already has such a great personality so as soon as we saw him pole vault we were sold. He’s a huge part of our team.”

Tomeo contributed to the team right away already being a two-time conference champion. He recently broke the school record in the pole vault after clearing 16-1 3/4 at the 2013 Northwest Conference Championships. He currently ranks third at the Division III national level.

Tomeo clears 16-3 3/4 to become the NWC Men's Pole Vault champion and #3 in the NCAA Division III rankings

“Last year was his first year at nationals because it was his first opportunity,” Schwarz said. “He finished 10th and has the potential to be in the top eight this year.”

A goal for Tomeo at nationals is to be an All-American, help score points for the team, and break into the top three, if not win it Schwarz said.

Other than his goals in track and field, Tomeo dreams of future things. Tomeo originally studied occupational therapy when he transferred to Whitworth but changed his major in the fall of 2012 to elementary education. He hopes to teach fourth grade and also coach pole vaulting at his alma mater, Mead High School.

“I’m already talking to Mead coaches about positions there,” Tomeo said. “They want me to start working there next year.”

Winant believes this is what he’s meant to do.

“Seeing him interact with his little boy is proof enough that he’ll be an amazing teacher,” Winant said. “Whenever he talks about it he has a huge smile on his face; he’s very passionate and he really wants to be a great teacher just like he is a great dad and a great husband.”

Tiara Pajimola

Staff Writer

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Pirates continue strong performances at Vandal Jamboree

The Pirates opened up their postseason with numerous personal records at the Vandal Jamboree hosted by the University of Idaho last Saturday.

Sophomore Christina Dobbins led the women’s team taking second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.92. Dobbins took third in the high jump clearing 5-03 and third in the long jump with a distance of 17-08. Dobbins currently ranks tenth in the Division III national rankings for high jump.

Freshman Kerry Wright took second in the javelin throw with a distance of 142-01 while sophomore Rachel Palmquist took second in the triple jump with a mark of 37-05 1/4.

Now that the teams are in their postseason, there are less people, less intensity, and less chances to qualify Wright said.

“Postseason is a smaller group of kids who are either trying to qualify for nationals, already qualified for nationals, or kids who are just trying to get better,” Wright said.

Wright is currently ranked second in the Division III national rankings for the javelin.

On the men’s team, senior Carter Comito had two victories in the shot put and discus throwing 56-04 ¾ and 192-07, respectively. Comito ranks second in the shot put and first in the discus in the Division III national rankings.

Juniors Will Wren and Andrew Ryder crossed for the 800-meter in first and second place, respectively. Wren ran 1:56.64 while Ryder followed at 1:58.25.

Wren and Ryder have been going back and forth all season but according to Wren, it’s all part of a plan.

“We plan out the race tactically so I would take the first 400, he would take the next 200 and then we try to finish as fast as we can,” Wren said. “He had a faster time than me all season so it was definitely a great asset to run with him.”

The postseason has been less intense than the regular season Wren said.

“It’s more relaxing,” Wren said. “You are kind of doing it for fun.”

The 4x100 relay team took first crossing at 42.89. Junior Keegan Shea grabbed second place in the hammer throw with a distance of 183-00. Shea ranks fifth in the overall Division III national rankings for the hammer throw.

Senior John McCormack took third in the javelin throwing 193-09 which puts him at ninth in the nation. Junior Casey Monahan took a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles crossing with a personal record of 14.81 improving him to 18th in the nation. Sophomore Trent Aslin took third in the 200-meter, crossing at 22.50.

The Bucs will continue their post season at the Sasquatch Thrower/Distance Carnival at Spokane Falls Community College May 8 starting at 3 p.m.

Tiara Pajimola

Staff Writer

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Pirate men capture team track and field title

The men’s track and field team won its fourth straight Northwest Conference title last week at Willamette with 287 points. Senior Carter Comito was named Northwest Conference Field Athlete of the meet for the second year in a row while head track and field coach Toby Schwarz was honored Northwest Conference Coach of the Year for the seventh time.

Comito came away with gold in the shot put and discus.

“It feels great,” Comito said. “It’s pretty crazy that my class went through our whole career winning the conference title each year. It was an awesome meet.”

Comito broke his own school record again in the shot put throwing 59-2 for first place. He moved back into second place in the Division III rankings for the event while he remains the No. 1 competitor in the discus with a comfortable lead of almost 20 feet.

“I’m a little better at discus and I have more fun with it,” Comito said. “My focus now is to switch things up in my weight training and start being more explosive.”

Comito was part of a three-man sweep in the discus along with junior Sam Wright (149-4 3/4) and freshman Corey Burt (148-3) taking second and third, respectively. Burt also took third in the shot put throwing 50-5 1/4.

Senior Chibron Tomeo earned his second consecutive conference title in the pole vault clearing 16-1 3/4. The mark moved him up to third in the national rankings and broke the school record in the event.

“We did very well as a team,” Tomeo said. “We beat everyone by a large margin and the team supported everybody very well.”

Sophomore Joseph Green followed Tomeo with second place clearing 15-0 1/4 in the event.

The Bucs were well-represented in the javelin throw where six out of the top eight competitors were Bucs. Junior Joseph Ingham won the event (212-9) followed by sophomore Chase Wright (204-9) and freshman Tyler Coopman (203-2 3/4) taking second and third, respectively. Ingham is positioned at the fifth best javelin thrower in the Division III national rankings.

Freshman Nick Gosselin claimed his first conference title in the 400-meter dash crossing at 49.59. Junior Tyler Guinn won the long jump with a mark of 23-2 1/2 while junior Casey Monahan took first in the 110-meter hurdles crossing at 14.94. Junior Keegan Shea won the hammer throw with a distance of 191-11 which ties him at eighth place in the Division III national rankings.

Senior Frank Lima set a personal record to win the high jump clearing 6-9 1/2 for his third consecutive conference title.

Sophomores Matthew Edwards and Trent Dudley took first and third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with times of 9:36.62 and 9:42.78, respectively.

Junior Will Wren took home silver in the 800-meter crossing at 1:56.18. Sophomore Matthew Landon took bronze in both the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.06 and 200-meter dash with a time of 22.54. Freshman Nathan Stenson took third in the triple jump with a mark of 44-3 1/4. The men’s 4x400 team crossed in time for gold at 3:20.35 while the 4x100 team got silver with a time of 42.54.

The men will continue competition at Spokane Falls Community College May 8 in the Sasquatch Thrower/Distance Carnival starting at 3 p.m.

Tiara Pajimola

Staff Writer

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Whitworth men qualify additional athletes for conference championships

Whitworth qualified seventeen more men’s athletes for the Northwest Conference Championships after last Thursday’s second annual Twilight Meet. Among the qualified are five individuals who made their way up into the Division III national rankings.

Senior Chilbron Tomeo and sophomore Joseph Green both qualified in the pole vault clearing 15-11 1/4 and 15-5 1/2, respectively. Their performance moved them to first and second in the Northwest Conference and No. 7 and No. 14 nationally. Green also qualified for conference in the high jump clearing 5-9 3/4. Junior Jeff Krieger also qualified in the pole vault clearing 14-5 1/2 and moved up to fourth in the conference standings.

Junior Sam Wright qualified in the hammer throw with a distance of 182-8, moving him into the No. 14 position nationally. Senior Frank Lima and freshman Nate Stenson both cleared 6-8 3/4 in the high jump making them tied for first in the conference and No. 10 in the nation.

Junior Jonathan Hoff advanced in the long jump with a distance of 22-10 and now leads the conference.

Hoff was confident about Whitworth coming away with the conference title for the fourth consecutive year.

“We are hoping to score 340 points as a team,” Hoff said. “I definitely think we are capable of winning and we have a chance if we just perform our abilities.”

Forty-nine of the 54 men on the team have advanced in time for conference. Head track and field coach Toby Schwarz was excited about the large amount of last-minute qualifiers.

“We had a great meet; better than expected,” Schwarz said. “We were trying to get some athletes qualified for the Northwest Conference meet that weren't qualified and we ended up getting almost everyone qualified, with some surprises.”

The Bucs will now prepare to make the trip to Salem Ore., where Willamette University will host the Northwest Conference Meet starting Friday April 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Multi-Event recap:

Junior Peter Delap was the only one to make the trip to Parkland, Wash. for the Northwest Conference Multi-Event Championships. Delap placed third after all 10 events in the decathlon with a score of 5,949 points. He scored six points for the Bucs’ team score in the Northwest Conference Championships this Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

Tiara Pajimola

Staff Writer

Contact Tiara Pajimola at tpajimola16@my.whitworth.edu

Men's track takes first at Spokane Falls

The men’s track and field team beat out 15 teams including Gonzaga and Washington State to win World War #5 last Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College with 113 points.

Senior Carter Comito won the shot put with a throw of 17-91 meters and the discus with a throw of 55-3 meter.

“Discus didn’t go as well as I was hoping coming off of a personal record from last week,” Comito said. “But I was happy with my performance in shot.”

Junior Jonathan Hoff won the long jump with a distance of 6-62 meters and added a third place finish in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.35.

“It was actually pretty funny because I finished long jump about a minute before my [110 meter] hurdles race,” Hoff said. “I was warming up [for the hurdles] in between jumps so that was interesting.”

Adding to Comito’s observation about the weather, Hoff admitted the wind did impact his jumps despite his long jump win.

“It made it difficult to jump on the board,” Hoff said. “I either scratched or was really far behind the board.”

Sophomore Joseph Green and senior Chibron Tomeo finished first and second in the pole vault clearing 4-6 and 4-45 meters, respectively. Senior Frank Lima finished second in the high jump clearing 2-0 meters. Keegan Shea took second in the hammer throw with a distance of 56-03 meters. Freshman Corey Burt took third in the shot put with a distance of 46-72 meters.

Even though the weather wasn’t the best, the men remained the same as far as coming together as a team, Hoff said.

“I think we performed well,” Hoff said. “As a team we are all really supportive and encouraged by each other which helps when competing.”

As far as conference, the men are still at the top in the team rankings and head track and field coach Toby Schwarz hopes to tack on another consecutive title.

“The men remain undefeated,” Schwarz said. “So that is looking good for conference.”

The Bucs will continue at the Whitworth Twilight Meet on Thursday, April 18 at the Pine Bowl starting at 2 p.m.

Tiara Pajimola Staff Writer Contact Tiara Pajimola at tapajimola16@my.whitworth.edu

Spring break recaps

 

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team competed in The West Cup in Jurupa Valley, Calif., over spring break at the Goose Creek Golf Club. Whitworth placed third out of 15 teams. As a team, the Pirates shot a 34 over par and freshman Oliver Rudnicki shot a one under par to lead Whitworth. Junior Jesse Salzwedel placed second for the Pirates with an eight over par.

 

Women’s Golf

The Whitworth women’s golf team finished tied for second at the Ohana Classic in Hawaii over spring break, finishing just behind Northwest Conference foe Willamette. The Pirates were led by senior Emily Guthrie and freshman Chelsea Bayley, who both earned points for Whitworth in match play.

 

Men’s Track and Field

Over the break the men competed in the Buc Scoring Invite and junior Keegan Shea broke the school record in the hammer with a throw of 186-10 and senior Carter Comito tied the track record for discus with a throw of 193-1. They continued the following week to compete at the Peyton Scoring Meet and a handful of the men’s team broke nine meet records including Comito’s two wins in the shot put (55-9) and discus (186-8).

 

Women’s Track and Field

The women competed in the Buc Scoring Invite over Spring Break where freshman Kellyn Roiko’s 18:21.63 5000-meter run was the second fastest time in the Northwest Conference so far this year. The team competed in the Peyton Scoring Meet, in which Roiko set a new meet record in the 3000- meter steeplechase with a time of 11:39.98. Senior Rebekah Daniels broke another meet record in the hammer with a throw of 156-3.

 

Baseball

The Bucs baseball team played a pair of three-game series against Linfield and George Fox over spring break and suffered a six-game losing streak. The Bucs scored just 16 runs over the two series after plating 18 runs in the previous two games prior to spring break. In the final game against George Fox, the Pirates nearly broke the winning streak but lost 5-4 with a walk-off home run by George Fox in extra innings.

 

Softball

The Whitworth softball team went 6-4 over spring break, taking three of four against Lewis & Clark and going 3-3 in National Training Center Spring Games in Florida. Senior Jamie Brunner accounted for 16 hits and 17 RBIs through the 10 games.

 

Men’s tennis

The men’s tennis team spent spring break in California and had three matches against non-conference teams. The men started out strong with a 7-2 win over Caltech. The following two matches ended in defeat, with the Bucs losing to College of the Desert 7-2 and to Occidental 9-0.

 

Women’s tennis

Over spring break, the women’s tennis team traveled to California to compete with three schools outside the Northwest Conference. The Bucs were swept by MIT 9-0, but followed it up with a 5-4 win over Caltech. The women ended the week with a 6-3 loss against Westmont.

 

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Track and field sweeps Sam Adams Classic

Women’s track Sophomore Christina Dobbins helped lead Whitworth to an overall win at the eighth annual Sam Adams Meet last Saturday with a team score of 73.5. Dobbins won the long jump with a distance of 17-5 1/4, the high jump with a clearance of 5-2 1/2, and was part of the winning 4x400 relay team crossing at 4:15.80.

Dobbins felt good about her performances and those of her team despite the weather they encountered.

“For the most part I actually felt we got pretty lucky because right when the meet ended it started to rain a lot harder,” Dobbins said. “Everyone did really well and stepped up and competed regardless of the weather.”

Dobbins remains fifth in the national rankings for the high jump.

Freshman Kerry Wright was among the four individuals who won their  respective events. Wright threw a 137-11 to win the javelin.

“It was a little windy so it didn’t help when throwing the javelin,” Wright said. “For the most part it was decent compared to what we thought it was going to be so it was good.”

When it came to the overall team performance, Wright was pleased with their effort.

“We came out to compete and I think we are all ready for conference,” Wright said.

Wright remains at the No. 1 position in the national ranking for javelin at the Division III level.

Freshman Maddye Dinsmore was also a part of the winning 4x400 relay.

Sophomore Christina Dobbins hand the baton off to freshman Joey Hope during 4x400 relay last Saturday at Boppell Track. Whitworth won the race with a time of 4:15.80 to edge Gonzaga. Juliana Zajicek | Photographer

“I feel like [our performance] was a big step in the right direction,” Dinsmore said. “We all went out very powerful against Gonzaga and we had good splits.”

Dinsmore was also content with her own performances as well as her team’s overall performance.

“I think we did a great job given the weather,” Dinsmore said. “We got a lot of [personal records] and school records and national marks so it was awesome.”

The women will continue this Saturday, April 13, at World War #5 hosted by Spokane Falls Community College.

 

Men’s track

Senior Carter Comito broke his own school records at the eighth annual Sam Adams Classic last Saturday leading Whitworth to an overall win with 87 points. Comito competed in the opening field events while the sun was out and before the sideways rain, hail, wind began.

“I threw early in the day and it was really sunny so it wasn’t too bad when I competed,” Comito said. “I felt really good.”

Comito’s previous record in discus was set at the Buc Scoring Invite with a throw of 193-1. He broke that by more than 10 feet throwing 203-5.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve had a [personal record] in discus so I was very happy,” Comito said.

Comito took first place in both shot put (58-6 3/4) and discus. He holds both school and track records and remains first in the national rankings. He hopes to build upon his early success later in the season when it counts, he said.

Also contributing to the team success were the five other individuals who won their events. Freshman Nate Stenson cleared 6-6 in high jump, sophomore Joseph Green cleared 15-1 in pole vault, and sophomore Chase Wright threw 207-5 in the javelin. Junior Keegan Shea  won the hammer event and senior Steve Acosta claimed Whitworth’s sole track win in the 800-meter race.

Shea competed in the hammer and not only won the event, but broke his previous record set earlier this month at the Buc Scoring Invite. Shea threw 195-7 and is now positioned in third place in the Division III national rankings.

“It felt great,” Shea said. “It’s something that I’ve been working on for a while.”

Shea said he competed in one of the few opportunities while the sun was out.

“There was about a 10-minute window of sun and that was when I had my good throw,” Shea said.

Weather conditions the team endured didn’t have a major impact on their performance and drive.

“I think that’s one thing we do really well as a team; we control the things we can control and the rest is whatever,” Shea said. “I thought everybody did really well not letting [the weather] get to them.”

Acosta crossed the finish line in first for the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.36.

“I felt good under the conditions,” Acosta said. “I’m usually a pretty strong finisher but I had a bigger kick than usual in that race because I had a slower first half. However the weather didn’t change how I prepared for it.”

Whitworth will compete in World War #5 at Spokane Falls Community College this Saturday, April 13.

Tiara Pajimola Staff Writer

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Men's track takes top honors at Spokane Falls

The men’s track and field team won its first official outdoor meet at the Dusty Lane open last Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College. The overall scoring as a team was 186.83 which placed first at the meet. There were 6 individual wins for Whitworth including senior Frank Lima in high jump (2.0m), junior Tyler Guinn in long jump (6.78m), senior Carter Comito in shot put (18.07m), senior John McCormack in javelin (65.95m) and both the 4x100 relay team (42.4) and the 4x400 relay team (3:29.10).

It was a personal best for Guinn in the long jump.

“I’ve been injured so I was happy I could pull that off,” Guinn said. “I hope to get 23 feet by the end of the season.”

Guinn not only won the long jump but contributed in the winning 4x100 relay team.

Junior Frank Lima competes in the high jump at Spokane Falls. Tanner Scholten | Photographer

“We also have some missing pieces right now with injuries for the relay,” Guinn said. “We ran a 42.4 and hope to get 41 or lower. Our goal is to make it to nationals and be All-Americans.”

Lima grabbed first in the high jump clearing 2 meters.

“Being the second outdoor meet, there wasn’t too much pressure,” Lima said. “We just wanted to win as a team. It’s still a long season and I know there’s much room for improvement.”

The team’s goal was achieved.

“Our goal was to score 160 points and we did that so our team’s performance was really good,” Lima said. “I think this early in the season our efforts were good despite the weather. We had a couple national qualifying marks so our season started off really well.”

Despite an injury, junior Joseph Ingman took second in the javelin behind senior teammate McCormack.

“It was a personal record for me so I was quite happy,” Ingman said. “Last year I was stuck under 200 feet so it was nice to break into the 200’s.”

He also was happy with the team effort last Saturday.

“We have a lot of depth in throws, jumps, and sprints,” Ingman said. “We were competing against [Division I] schools and we came out on top. Collectively we did that and it showed how good we are and our ability to compete with the top teams in the Northwest.”

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Dobbins and Comito named All-Americans at national meet

Senior captain Carter Comito and sophomore Christina Dobbins earned All-American honors after traveling to Naperville, Ill. last Thursday to compete at the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. Both athletes placed in the top five places in their events.

Vertical jumps coach Bob Omlin and throws coach Joey VanHoomissen made the trip with the two athletes along with head coach Toby Schwarz. Schwarz spoke about how much of an accomplishment it is to make an appearance at this meet.

Sophomore Christina Dobbins earned All-American high jump honors last weekend. Photographer | Tanner Scholten

“We don’t have an indoor conference championship so it’s tough for us to qualify for nationals,” Schwarz said.

Both athletes were ranked nationally in the top ten coming into the meet. Comito was ranked third in shot put and Dobbins ranked tenth in the high jump. Comito set the school record in March of last year with a throw in shot of 55-11 1/4. He improved that mark this year with a throw just shy of 60 feet at 59-3 1/2. Comito earned his second All-American honor taking fifth place at this year’s indoor national meet with a throw of 56-8 1/2.

“I felt pretty good,” Comito said. “I didn’t place as high as I wanted so it wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad.”

Comito now has motivation and a new goal for the outdoor season.

Senior Carter Comito earned All-American shot put honors last weekend. Photographer | Tanner Scholten

“I didn’t do as well as I should have here,” Comito said. “It makes me want to be at outdoor nationals. I would love to throw over 60 feet and I can and I should.”

Comito’s performance and work ethic are some of the things Schwarz admires the most about the senior captain.

“He works hard, Schwarz said. “He does everything that guys need to do to get to this level and perform on this stage.”

Dobbins earned her first indoor All-American Honor tying for third place with a personal best of 5-6 1/2.

“This is her first time [at nationals],” Schwarz said. “She PR’d to get here and she deserved to get here.”

As a newcomer in the national meet, Dobbins was excited with the things she got to experience along the way.

“It was definitely an experience with the traveling and getting to see the facilities because they were really neat,” Dobbins said. “It was fun to see the athletes who got [to nationals] because everybody was there to compete.”

Taking her first All-American honor as a sophomore, Dobbins was content with her performance.

“I’m happy with it,” Dobbins said. “Going in, the starting height was a little higher than I usually come in at so I was nervous and I was competing against athletes at the top of D3. Once I was in there it all went away and I jumped a half an inch over my PR so it went well.”

With Dobbins’ latest achievements, Schwarz sees good things in the future.

“There are a lot of things she can accomplish over the next three years.” Schwarz said.

Dobbins still sees room for improvement not only for her next national meet but for the rest of the 2013 season.

“My goal is just to start being more consistent around my PR.” Dobbins said. “It definitely motivated me and now I know that this is something I can do.”

The Bucs track and field teams will compete Saturday, March 16 in the Dusty Lane Open at Spokane Falls Community College starting at 9 a.m.

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Comito shines for Whitworth at Willamette Open

The men’s track and field team had its first official outdoor meet at the Willamette Opener last Friday in Salem, Oregon.

Senior captain Carter Comito continued his dominance winning both shot put and discus. Despite his two wins, Comito still sees room for improvement.

“Discus didn’t go as well as I was hoping, but it’s early in the season so hopefully I can fix some things,” Comito said. “I’d like to throw over 190’ next outdoor meet and over 200’ by the end of the season.”

Sophomore Chase Wright took first in the javelin with a throw of 208' 2.25". Senior Chibron Tomeo won pole vault with a 14’11” clearance. Junior Keegan Shea won hammer marked at 179' 7.75". Junior Jonathan Hoff won the long jump with a jump of 21' 6.75”.

Despite straining his quad last week at the inter squad meet, senior captain Shannon Winant took fourth in the long jump with a qualifying mark of 20’7.25’’ and then first place in the triple with a jump of 44’3.25’’.

“I’ve been struggling with hamstring injuries so I can’t go hard in long jump which is frustrating, but I jumped two feet further [Friday] than I did at this meet last year,” Winant said about his triple jump win. “I saw a lot of things that were very encouraging at Willamette so I was pleased with my performance.”

The same success was spread in the high jump with a Whitworth claiming the top four spots as each athlete cleared 6’5’’. Junior Peter Delap took first with the least amount of scratches.

“It was great to high jump with three of my teammates and see everybody jumping well.” Delap said. “Three of us had big pr’s [personal records] in the event.”

On the track, the 4x100 relay team consisting of sophomore Matt Landon, Hoff, junior Tyler Guinn, and freshman Alex Harlund came away with a win with a time of 43.34. In the 10,000 meter run the Bucs took first and second place with senior Tim Hill at 33:53.27 and sophomore Trent Dudley at 34:30.52.

Many of the competitors seemed pleased with their performances and excited to compete in  their first outdoor meet of the 2013 season.

“It feels great to get outdoors,” Winant said. “It was a long indoor season and it’s just good to get outside with good weather.” The outdoor season will continue at their next meet where the whole team will be able to compete.

“During indoor we don’t see as many teammates competing,” Winant said. “Now we get to show the newcomers our philosophy and make a statement to the rest of the conference.”

Only senior Chibron Tomeo and senior Frank Lima traveled to UW for the Last Chance Meet. Tomeo competed in pole vault tying for ninth having cleared 15’4.25”. Lima competed in high jump and also took ninth place with a jump of 6’7”.

Whitworth will now prepare for the next meet at Spokane Falls Community College for the Dusty Lane Open on March 16. Comito will travel to Naperville, Illinois this Friday for the NCAA Division III Indoor Nationals.

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Weather hampers Crimson vs. Black meet

The women’s team came away with the overall win against the men in the annual intersquad Crimson vs. Black track meet last Friday. The teams had a late start at the Pine Bowl due to the harsh weather conditions that the Bucs endured. Head Coach Toby Schwarz shoveled and swept snow and puddles of water off of the track so the meet could begin. Despite the cold air, freezing wind and sideways rain, encouragement and support was still at a high.

“We usually have a ton of encouragement across the board, but this meet the ladies were especially working their tails off to beat the guys,” senior captain Stephanie Barrong said.

The weather wasn’t ideal for an outdoor meet but it didn’t affect the effort.

“I am very proud of our team for this,” said Barrong. “With this mentality, we can lean on each other for our training and together take home a conference championship.”

For the women’s team, the season holds high standards.

“Our expectation is to be better than we were last year,” Schwarz said. “Our goal is to win conference and we are completely capable of that with the talent we have.”

The Crimson vs. Black Meet is different in that it’s an intersquad competition between the men and the women. It’s a different atmosphere and they depend on volunteers to support this meet. There was a teammate at the start who took the competitor’s layers that they stripped down and carried it to them at the finish line. There was a group of student volunteers serving as the official timers and Schwarz took the role of the starter. This kind of involvement serves as a factor in the purpose of the annual Crimson vs. Black Meet.

“This meet helps with team building,” Schwarz said. “It also gives an opportunity for those who haven’t competed yet to get times or marks.”

The event was only a partial meet so only those who were competing in certain events got their marks. It would have been tougher to run an entire meet with the small group that  they had and the daylight that they were running out of. The events that were included were the 800, 100, 400 hurdles, 1,500, 200, 5K, 4x200 relay, triple jump, discus, hammer and javelin.

Senior Captain Shannon Winant talked highly of his teammate’s performances last Friday.

“We had some huge marks in throws,” Winant said. “Chase Wright threw 211 feet in the javelin, which could be top 10 in the nation if the marks counted.”

The goals of the men’s team are set high seeing as they are the three-time defending conference champions. With marks like Wright’s this early in the season, it’s natural to consider the possibility of another conference title. Schwarz readily says that it is an expectation for the men.

“We’ve won three years in a row,” Schwarz said. “Our goal is to do better in nationals.”

Taking fifteenth at nationals last year, this season the Bucs are trying to break into the top four teams. In order to do this it’s going to take hard work.

“It’s not just about going to practice everyday and just going through the motions,” Schwarz said.

Schwarz reflected on the fact that although this meet is for the team to become closer and get season marks, it is still business.

“This meet evaluates athletes kind of like a tryout for who is traveling to Seattle [this] weekend.” Schwarz said.

Each meet stands as a platform for personal bests and marks that could be good enough to make an impact at conference as well as nationals. 58 competitors will head over to Salem, Oregon to compete in the Willamette Open this Saturday, March 1, to represent the Pirates. Other competitors will travel to Seattle for the UW Last Chance Indoor Meet starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday hosted by the University of Washington for a last opportunity to qualify for nationals.

Tiara Pajimola

Staff Writer

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