Junior Tyler Jackson Breaks School Record in 60-Meter Hurdles at Rose-Hulman
Terre Haute, Ind., January 15, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams each got their 2011 season off to a strong start on Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Double Dual Meet in Terre Haute, Ind.
Both teams placed second overall out of three teams in the Division III competition at the double dual. The WUSTL men’s team tallied 90 points, finishing 14 points behind first place Rose-Hulman while the Bears’ women’s team compiled 98 points, with Illinois Wesleyan University finishing first at 121 points.
Individually, both teams had a student-athlete submit an NCAA Division III championship provisional performance in just the first competition of the season, and for the men’s squad, junior hurdler Tyler Jackson opened the year with an all-time great run in the 60-meter hurdles.
Jackson finished first in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.32, eclipsing the 2011 NCAA provisional qualifying standard and the Washington University school record in the process.
Sophomore Anne Diaz-Arrastia highlighted a number of impressive performances for the WUSTL women’s team, finishing first in the triple jump with an NCAA Championship provisional distance of 11.34 meters. She was also the runner-up in the long jump, clearing 5.06 meters.
Junior Liz Phillips nearly submitted a second NCAA qualifying time for Washington University, placing first in the women’s mile run with a time of 5:08.00, finishing four seconds shy of the provisional standard. Men’s senior Dave Spandorfer also posted a strong showing in the mile race, placing second with a time of 4:20.92.
Senior Ben Harmon finished first in both the men’s long jump and high jump as he prepares to take aim at qualifying for the men’s pentathlon later this year. He cleared 1.88 meters in the high jump and leapt 6.68 meters in the long jump.
Other top performances for the Washington Univeristy men’s team came from junior Dan Davis, who was second in the 200-meter dash (23.26) and senior Tom Gulyas, who was the runner-up in the men’s 60-meter dash (7.27).
On the women’s side, freshman Shannon Howell placed first in the 60-meter hurdles (9.60), freshman Ana Etherington won the pole vault (3.20 meters), senior Kelli Blake was the runner-up in the 400-meter (1:02.66) and senior Moji Hassan was the runner-up in the weight throw (13.20 meters).
The Washington U. men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will both be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 22, for the Illinois College Snow Bird Open in Jacksonville, Ill., beginning at 11 a.m.