Women’s Track & Field Claims Team Title at Engineer Invite, Men Finish Fourth
Terre Haute, Ind., Feb. 1, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis women’s track & field team had six individual champions and 14 top-three finishes as the Bears won the team title at the Engineer Invitational hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Saturday. The WUSTL men had one individual champion and finished fourth as a team.
The Washington U. women scored 177 team points to take the team title over NCAA Division II Bellarmine University, who finished second with 136. Thomas More College was a distant third in the eight-team field with 68 points. The Washington U. men scored 72 points to edge Millikin University (70.5) for fourth place in the nine-team field. Host Rose-Hulman took the men’s team title with 185.5 points, while Wabash College (121) and Bellarmine (93.5) followed in second and third, respectively.
Senior Jasmine Williams led the way for the Washington U. women, finishing first in three events. She won the high jump with a clearance of 1.61 meters, while sophomore Maisie Mahoney was third with a clearance of 1.46m. Williams also took first in the long jump for the fourth meet in a row with a leap of 5.24m. She then anchored the winning 1,600 relay, joining seniors Nkele Davis and Alison Cesarz and freshman Ashley Knudson to win in a time of 4:07.59. Knudson added a runner-up finish in the 400 in a time of 1:01.84.
Senior Katie Sandson added two first-place finishes for the WUSTL women. She won the 60 in a time of 8.12, while senior Liz Godar finished second in a career-best time of 8.17. Sandson added a third-place finish in the 200 in 27.44. She also led off the winning 800 relay. Sandson, freshman Daisy Ogede, Davis and freshman Kelli Hancock won with a time of 1:51.20.
The final event-winner for the Washington U. women was senior Anna Etherington who took first in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.66m. Junior Claire Simons cleared 3.50m to place second, and added a third-place finish in the 60 hurdles in 10.13. Freshman Rebecca Ridderhoff was second in the 60 hurdles in 10.09, while Ogede was fourth in 10.20. Sophomore Tori Cooke also posted a top-three finish for the Bears, placing second in the 3,000 in 11:06.86.
The lone event-winner for the WUSTL men was freshman Ethan Brodeur, who won the 3,000 with a time of 8:36.69. His time was just more than a second behind the third-fastest time in school history. Senior Alan Komorowski also had a good day for the Bears, placing second in the 200 in 22.99 and third in the 60 in 7.21. Sophomore Josh Clark added a runner-up finish in the mile in 4:22.58 for the Washington U. men.
The Washington University men’s and women’s track & field teams travel to Bloomington, Ill., to compete in the IWU Keck Invitational hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8.