Juniors Dan Davis and Liz Phillips Earn UAA Athlete of the Week Honors
St. Louis, Mo., May 31, 2011 – Junior Dan Davis of the Washington University in St. Louis men’s outdoor track and field team and junior Liz Phillips of the women’s outdoor track and field team earned University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honors, it was announced Tuesday by the conference office.
Davis and Phillips each garnered All-America accolades at the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held May 26-28, on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
Davis captured the 110-meter hurdle national championship with a race winning time of 14.40 on May 28, becoming just the third student-athlete in program history to win a men’s individual track & field national championship. He was the first to do so since 1988, when Marvin Williams won the 200-meter dash.
The first-place finish in the 110-hurdles helped propel Washington University to a fourth-place finish in the team standings, marking the first time in school history the Bears finished in the top-10 at either the NCAA indoor or outdoor championships. With 34 team points Washington University eclipsed the old school record of 23 points, set in 1988 when it placed 11th overall.
Davis is now a three-time All-American, having finished as the runner-up in the 55-meter hurdles at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships and coming in fifth in the 55-hurdles at the 2010 NCAA indoor meet.
Phillips picked up a pair of All-America finishes by completing a tough double on Saturday afternoon. She started the day by placing sixth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:28.92, earning individual All-America accolades for the first time in her career. Just 90 minutes later Phillips ran in the 800-meter final, surging to towards the finish line to place sixth once again, with a mark of 2:13.03; her qualifying time of 2:11.05 in the 800-meter on Friday night set a new school record.
With the six points from Phillips’ pair of sixth-place finishes, the Washington University women’s team finished in a tie for 37th place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.