Washington U. Track & Field Teams Open Indoor Season at IWU First Chance Meet
Bloomington, Ill., December 2, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track and field teams won 12 events to open their indoor seasons on Friday at the Illinois Wesleyan First Chance Meet at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill.
Sophomore Jasmine Williams led the Washington U. women with a pair of individual titles, winning both the high jump and long jump. Williams cleared a height of 1.65 meters to win the high jump, which is the second-best mark in NCAA Division III this season and moved her into a tie for second all-time at Washington U. She also won the long jump with a leap of 5.02m.
Sophomore Anna Etherington posted the fourth-best mark in the pole vault this season with a clearance of 3.35m to win the event at the First Chance Meet. Senior Tyler Jackson recorded a winning time of 7.73 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles, which converts to rank second on the Division III performance list. Also on the men's side, senior Justin Pieper cleared a height of 1.95m to win the high jump. Pieper's mark is fourth on this season's performance list.
Sophomore Shannon Howell and junior Ann Diaz-Arrastia were the other two event-winners for the Washington U. women. Howell won the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.79, while Diaz-Arrastia recorded a jump of 10.84m to win the triple jump.
The Washington U. men had six other event winners at the meet, led by sophomore Arthur Townsend, who won the 300 with a time of 36.48, and also added a second-place finish in the 200 in a time of 23.28. Junior Ryan Doll clocked a time of 23.21 to win the 200. Washington U. also won the 1,600 relay in a time of 3:25.12, along with three field events. Freshman Troy Makous won the pole vault with a clearance of 4.27m. Junior Tom Arnold led a 1-2-3 sweep in the shot put for Washington U. Arnold won the event with a toss of 12.97m, while freshmen Ian Montague and Zach Lonneman placed second and third with throws of 12.76m and 12.58m, respectively.
The Washington U. track and field teams will return to action on Jan. 14 at the Illinois Wesleyan Double Dual, which is scheduled to start at noon in Bloomington, Ill.