Six individual champions helped Community Colleges of Spokane open narrow leads in the team chases as the NWAACC track and field championships began at Spokane Falls Community College on Thursday.
The men, on the strength of distance dominance, had 106 points to lead Lane by 10. Five Sasquatch scored in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with winner Sean Coyle timing 9 minutes, 39.38 seconds, and Dak Risk (32:06.91) led a 1-2 finish in the 10,000.
CCS’ Herschel Sanchey finished 9 seconds behind Coyle in the steeplechase, and Rigoberto Jimenez of the Sasquatch came in 12 seconds behind Risk in the 10,000, but more than 70 seconds clear of third place.
The third men’s win came courtesy of Griffon Jones in the discus (149 feet, 5 inches).
The women scored 69 points to lead Mt. Hood by 1½.
CCS’ Ashley Hutchinson had a season best by 37 inches in winning the shot put (44-10¾) by 38 inches. Teammate Sasha Reuben won the high jump based on misses after clearing a season-best 5-2¼. Karen Owens made it a CCS sweep of the steeplechase (11:49.12), winning by 13 seconds.
The meet resumes at 10 a.m. today, with the final event going off at 2 p.m.
•NCAA Division III: Two Whitworth javelin throwers placed at the national championships. Sophomore Alex Hymel finished fifth and senior Joey VanHoomissen eighth. Hymel, eighth as a freshman, threw exactly 200 feet on his first throw. VanHoomissen’s best throw was also his first, going 193-7. Neither Pirate was seeded in the top 10, but they picked up five points. The winning throw was 208-5. … Colville grad Caitlin McGrane, a junior at Puget Sound, is 12th after the first day of the heptathlon. McGrane, who placed 10th last year, scored 2,594 points, 24 shy of where she sat after the first day of the Northwest Conference championship when she set a school record of 4,409 points.