WUSTL Women’s Track & Field Finishes First, Men Second at IC Alumni Classic
Jacksonville, Ill., Feb. 15, 2013 – The Washington University men’s and women’s track & field team combined to win seven events as the WUSTL women won the team title and the men finished second at the Illinois College Alumni Classic Friday night.
The Washington U. women finished first in the team standings with 159 points, while NCAA Division II Maryville University was second with 137. On the men’s side, host Illinois College edged Washington U. for the team title with 134 points to the Bears’ 133.
Junior Anna Etherington highlighted four first-place finishes for the Washington U. women, improving her own school record to win the pole vault. Etherington cleared 3.96 meters, which bettered her school record of 3.87m set last week. Her new mark ranks second on the NCAA Division III performance list this season. Junior Moira Killoran finished second with a season-best of 3.40m, while sophomore Claire Simons placed third with 3.10m.
Junior Jasmine Williams won the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.62m, while freshman Natasha Tillett (1.57m) and senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia (1.52m) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Williams also recorded a season-best mark of 5.31m to finish second in the long jump, while Tillett (4.82m) placed third. Diaz-Arrastia added a runner-up finish in the triple jump with a leap of 11.54m.
Freshman James Fitzhugh and junior Arthur Townsend swept the top-two spots in the men’s 400. Fitzhugh clocked a season-best 50.84 to win the event, while Townsend followed in second with a career-best time of 51.10. Fitzhugh also posted a season-best time of 23.27 to finish third in the 200, while Townsend raced to a career-best time of 23.35 to place fourth.
Washington U. swept first through third in the women’s 1,000. Freshman Lane Porter (3:12.88) won the event, while senior Lexy Millett (3:13.91) and freshman Kerrin Sunshine (3:14.99) followed in second and third, respectively. Millett added a runner-up finish in the mile with a season-best time of 5:17.90.
Sophomore Zach Lonneman (13.41m) and senior Tom Arnold (13.27m) placed first and second, respectively, in the men’s shot put. Freshman Alex Bastian was the final individual winner for Washington U. He finished first in the men’s 1,000 with a season-best time of 2:37.98. The WUSTL women also picked up a first-place finish in the 1,600 relay (4:11.02).
Sophomore Nick Alaniva posted three top-three finishes for the Washington U. men. He cleared a season-best height of 4.47m to finish second in the pole vault, and added third-place finishes in the long jump (6.10m) and 60 (7.14). Sophomore Troy Makous also cleared a season-best of 4.47m to finish third in the pole vault.
The Washington University track & field teams return to action at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships-Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.