Dan Davis Sets 60-Meter Hurdle Record as Bears Prevail at Snowbird Open
Jacksonville, Ill., January 22, 2011 — The Washington University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams each picked up first place finishes at the Illinois College Snowbird Open held Saturday, Jan. 22, in Jacksonville, Ill.
The Washington University women’s team turned in a dominating performance, placing first out of 20 teams with a score of 148 points, more than double the 77.5 points accrued by second place Ashford University. The WUSTL men’s squad tallied a team score of 118.5 points to edge second place Ashford by 5.5 points.
Junior Dan Davis highlighted the day’s performances by becoming the second runner in as many weeks to set a school record in the 60-meter hurdles. Davis submitted a time of 8.32 in Saturday’s 60-hurdle preliminaries, matching the school record set just last week by classmate Tyler Jackson. The record-breaking time is also a 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship provisional qualifier.
The Washington University men’s team placed first in four events at the Snowbird. Senior Ben Harmon won the pole vault by clearing a height of 4.57 meters and senior Chris Malaya won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.29.
Freshman Caleb Ford finished first in the 800-meter run (1:59.42) and the Bears swept the top three spots in the men’s mile, with sophomore Michael Richardson placing first (4:40.15), freshman Paul Johnson second (4:40.63) and freshman Elliott Petterson third (4:42.57).
For the women’s team, senior Sangeeta Hardy won the 800-meter run in 2:24.33 and freshman Anna Etherington cleared 3.05 meters in the pole vault to grab another event win.
Freshman Shannon Howell turned in an impressive second-place time of 9.65 in the 60-meter hurdle finals and freshman Lizzy Handschy was the runner-up in the mile, finishing in 5:39.30. Sophomore Anne Diaz-Arrastia finished third in the long jump (5.50 meters) and the triple jump (10.23 meters).
The Washington U. men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will both be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 29 , for the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Engineer Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., beginning at 12:30 p.m.