Women's Indoor Track Wins Engineer Invite, Men Place Fourth
Terre Haute, Ind., January 28, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis women’s track & field team scored 149 points to win the women’s team title, while the WUSTL men finished fourth in the team standings with 76 points at the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational on Saturday at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Sports & Recreation Center.
On the women’s side, Washington U. scored 149 points to out-distance runner-up Monmouth College who scored 127. The Washington U. men scored 76 points in the meet to finish fourth behind Rose-Hulman (152.33), Monmouth (113.33) and Wabash College (103.83).
Senior Erica Jackey and sophomore Jasmine Williams each set meet records to lead the Washington U. women. Jackey set an Engineer Invitational meet record in winning the women’s mile with a time of 4:59.21, bettering the previous record of 5:08.90 set by senior teammate Elizabeth Phillips in 2009. Jackey’s time was also the second-fastest women’s mile time in school history, and ranks third on the NCAA Division III performance list this season. Senior Molly Wawrzyniak finished second behind Jackey with a time of 5:16.00.
Williams recorded a season-best leap of 5.32 meters to win the women’s long jump and break the five-year-old meet record of 5.24 meters set by Julia Goss of Rhodes College. Williams also added a pair of runner-up finishes at the meet, placing second in the high jump with a clearance of 1.63m and second in the 200 with a time of 27.15. Junior Anne Diaz-Arrastia, who finished fourth in the long jump (4.96m), won the triple jump with a mark of 10.57m, edging out Monmouth’s Bailey Jackson by one centimeter.
Freshman Lucy Cheadle and sophomore Anna Etherington were also event-winners for the Washington U. women. Cheadle clocked a time of 10:16.47 to win the 3,000 by more than 30 seconds. Etherington led a 1-2 finish for the Bears in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 3.50m. Freshman Claire Simons finished second behind Etherington by clearing a season-best height of 3.20m.
The Washington U. men had a pair of event winners at the meet as well. Senior Justin Pieper won the high jump for the fourth-straight meet this season with a height of 1.95m. Freshman Andrew Padgett and sophomore Austin Vanbastelaer finished first and second in the 3,000 with times of 8:45.22 and 8:55.73, respectively.
Senior Tyler Jackson clocked a season-best time of 8.21 to finish second in the 60 hurdles, which ranks fourth on the Division III performance list this season. Freshman Ryan Senci also had a runner-up finish for Washington U., placing second in the men’s mile in 4:25.05. In the men’s pole vault, freshmen Troy Makous, Kyle Engelken and Nicholas Alaniva all recorded season-bests by clearing 4.45m. Makous finished fourth, while Engelken and Alaniva tied for fifth.
The Washington U. track and field teams return to action on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Bob Keck Invitational in Bloomington, Ill. The Bob Keck Pentathlon will be held on Friday, Feb. 3.