Whitworth’s Carter Comito successfully defended his discus title with a winning throw of 189 feet, 10 inches on the opening night of the NCAA Division III track and field championships Thursday at Claremont, Calif.
Comito, a junior from Mead, finished far out in front of the 182-1 thrown by runner-up Tyler Genovese of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Comito fouled on two of his first three tries before advancing to the finals. His winning throw came on his first attempt of the finals.
Teammate Samuel Wright, battling illness, fouled on all three of attempts in the prelims.
• University of Idaho thrower Mike Marshall, a walk-on junior, finished 12th in the men’s javelin at the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas, to qualify for the national championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 4-6. Marshall’s qualifying toss was 222-11.
• Three WSU athletes qualified out of the Austin meet. Junior Stephan Scott-Ellis qualified in the long jump (25-2¾, 12th). Freshman Anna Adamko (159-7, 10th) and senior Courtney Kirkwood Simmons (159-2, 12th) qualified in the women’s javelin.
• Emily Thomas, the first Gonzaga University athlete to advance to an NCAA track event, finished 24th in the women’s 10,000 in 35:55.98 and did not advance.
BYU (32-22, 12-10) scored a run in the seventh and two in the eighth to overtake Gonzaga (22-25, 10-12) 6-4 in a West Coast Conference game in Provo, Utah.
Steven Halcomb went 4 for 5 for GU, including two doubles.
Tyler Olson (5-4) went the distance for the Bulldogs, but gave up 14 hits and a walk while striking out eight batters.