Liz Phillips Sets Provisional Mile Mark at Monmouth College Invitational
Monmouth, Ill., February 12, 2011 — Junior Liz Phillips of the Washington University in St. Louis women’s indoor track and field team provisionally qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in the mile run as the Bears’ men’s and women’s indoor teams were in competition at the Monmouth College Fighting Scot Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 12, in Monmouth, Ill.
Phillips was one of two first-place finishers for the WUSTL women’s team at the Fighting Scot Invite. She won the mile with a time of 5:00.01, which ranks seventh in Division III based on the top performances of the season heading into this weekend’s competition.
Freshman Gabby Reuveni won the 5,000-meter with a time of 19:25.56, freshman Jasmine Williams was the runner-up in the high jump (1.58 meters) and freshman Anna Etherington placed second in the pole vault (3.45 meters). Senior Jessica Londeree rounded out the women’s top performers, finishing third in the mile with a time of 5:07.32.
For the men’s team, junior Dan Davis found himself in a familiar position at the top of the 55-hurdle finishers. His time of 7.51 in the final was just 0.01 seconds off his school-record breaking pace set earlier this season.
The men’s distance duo of senior Alden Black and junior Michael Burnstein finished first and second respectively in the 3,000-meter, with times of 8:47.00 and 8:48.20. Junior Paul Garcia added another distance win for the WUSTL men, finishing first in the 5,000-meter (15:06.25).
Senior Chris Malaya was the runner-up in the 200-meter (23.04) and the 400-meter (50.78), senior Chris Brennan was second in the 800-meter (1:57.07) and senior Ben Harmon placed third in the pole vault by clearing a season-best height of 4.65 meters.
The Washington University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams return to action next weekend for the North Central College Cardinal Classic on Saturday, Feb. 19, in Naperville, Ill., starting at 5 p.m.
The Cardinal Classic is the final warm-up for the Bears before the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Track & Field Championships, to be held Friday-Saturday, Feb. 26-27, in Chicago, Ill.