Five Event-Winners Highlight Washington U. Indoor Track Finishes at Monmouth
Monmouth, Ill., February 11, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams had five individuals win their respective events to lead the Bears at the Fighting Scot Invitational hosted by Monmout College on Saturday.
Senior Elizabeth Phillips, freshman Lucy Cheadle, and sophomores Jasmine Williams and Anna Etherington each won events for the Washington U. women, while sophomore Kevin Sparks was the lone event champion for the WU men.
Phillips posted the third-fastest time in NCAA Division III to win the women’s mile by 19 seconds. Phillips’ time of 4:57.90 was a season-best and just two seconds shy of her own school record in the event. Sophomores Claire Tourjee and Katy Barron placed third and fifth in the event with times of 5:19.45 and 5:30.31, respectively.
Cheadle made her mark in the Washington U. record books by winning the 5,000 with a time of 17:22.79, the third-fastest time in school history. Cheadle’s time was nearly 18 seconds faster than the runner-up, and moved her into ninth on the Division III performance list this season. Senior Molly Wawrzyniak clocked a time of 17:43.03 to finish third.
Washington U. posted a first- through fourth-place sweep in the men’s 5,000, led by Sparks with a time of 14:49.47. Freshman Ryan Senci (15:02.54), junior David Hamm (15:03.86), and sophomore Elliott Petterson (15:04.26) followed in second, third and fourth, respectively.
The WUSTL women also had two field-event champions at the meet. Williams cleared a career-best height of 1.68 meters to win the high jump. Williams’ mark moved her into second all-time at Washington U. and a tie for sixth in Division III this season. Williams also added a sixth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.15m. Sophomore Alison Tune finished fourth in the high jump with a season-best clearance of 1.53m. Etherington was the fifth individual champion for Washington U., winning the pole vault with a mark of 3.69m, while freshman Claire Simons cleared a season-best height of 3.24m to tie for fourth.
The Washington U. men added three runners-up as well. Senior Tyler Jackson clocked a time of 8.22, just one one-hundredth of a second off his season-best, to finish second in the 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore Arthur Townsend ran a season-best 50.75 to earn second-place in the 400. Freshman Brendan Stone and junior Mike Boughdiri raced to season-best times of 1:58.23 and 1:58.99 to finish second and sixth, respectively, in the 800.
Freshman Andrew Padgett and sophomore Caleb Ford both clocked times nearly four seconds faster than their previous season bests in the men’s mile. Padgett finished third with a time of 4:20.31, while Ford was fourth in 4:20.75. Freshmen Nicholas Alaniva and Troy Makous both cleared 4.27m to finish third and tied for fourth in the men’s pole vault. Alaniva also added an eighth-place finish in the long jump with a season-best mark of 6.38m.
Senior Amanda Matheson and freshman Zach Lonneman also had season-best performances at the meet. Matheson clocked a time of 9.33, nearly a quarter of a second faster than her previous best, to finish fourth in the women’s 60 hurdles. Lonneman improved his previous best in the men’s shot put by 0.88 of a meter to finish seventh in the event with a mark of 14.16m.
The Washington University track & field teams will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Illinois College Alumni Classic in Jacksonville, Ill.