Phillips Sets School Record, WU Track & Field Teams Win Six Events at Titan Opener
Bloomington, Ill., January 14, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams combined to win six events, and senior Elizabeth Phillips set a school record in the women’s 600 meters, on Saturday at the Titan Opener hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill.
Phillips clocked a school-record time of 1:35.78 to finish second in the 600 for the Washington U. women, who had three individual event champions at the meet. Sophomore Anna Etherington cleared a season-best height of 3.51m to lead a first- through fourth-place sweep for the Bears in the pole vault. Etherington’s mark bettered her previous season-best of 3.35m, and moved her into fourth on the NCAA Division III performance list this season.
On the men’s side, senior Tyler Jackson won the 55-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 7.66 seconds. Jackson’s time converted to 8.25 seconds for the 60 hurdles, which is the third-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season. Fellow senior Justin Pieper cleared a height of 2.00m to tie for first in the high jump, narrowly missing on his attempts to tie the school record of 2.03. Pieper’s mark ranks fourth on the Division III performance list.
The Washington U. women had two other event winners - freshman Lucy Cheadle and senior Erica Jackey. Cheadle won the mile with a time of 5:13.20, which ranks ninth on the Division III list, while Jackey won the 3,000 in 10:21.36. Sophomore Arthur Townsend was also an individual winner for the WUSTL men, racing to first in the 400 with a time of 50.83.
In addition to Etherington’s first-place finish, the Washington U. women also claimed second- through fourth-place in the pole vault. Freshman Claire Simons finished second with a clearance of 3.05m, while sophomores Moira Killoran (2.90m) and Lizzie Diemer (2.75m) placed third and fourth, respectively. Freshmen Troy Makous (4.27m), Nicholas Alaniva (4.27m), and Kyle Engelken (4.12m) each posted season-best heights to sweep second- through fourth-place in the pole vault for the WU men.
Sophomore Katy Barron finished second behind Cheadle in the women’s mile with a time of 5:27.96, while freshman Andrew Padgett (4:26.87) and sophomore Kevin Sparks (4:28.05) finished second and third in the men’s mile. In addition to his individual title in the 400, Townsend also finished third in the 200 with a time of 23.40. Junior Ryan Doll crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 23.19 to finish just ahead of Townsend in second in the 200. Sophomores Shannon Howell and Nkele Davis posted a 2-3 finish for the WU women in the 400 with times of 1:03.71 and 1:04.30, respectively, while senior Amanda Matheson came in third in the 55 hurdles in 9.22.
The Washington U. track and field teams will return to Bloomington, Ill., for their next meet on Jan. 21. The Bears will take on Illinois Wesleyan and University of Chicago in a scored triangular set to begin at noon at the Shirk Center.