Nick Alaniva's Record-Breaking Day Leads WUSTL Track & Field Teams at IWU Dual
IWU RESULTS | EASTBAY RESULTS
Bloomington, Ill., Feb. 22, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis junior Nick Alaniva set a school record in one event and posted the second-best mark in school history in another to highlight 17 first-place finishes for the WUSTL track & field teams at the Illinois Wesleyan University dual meet Saturday.
Alaniva clocked a winning time of 7.03 in the men’s 60 to win the event and break Marvin Williams’ school record of 7.04 set in 1988. In the pole vault, Alaniva led a first- through sixth-place sweep for the Bears, clearing a career-best height of 4.76 meters to win the event. His mark ranks second on Washington University’s all-time indoor performances and is 11th in NCAA Division III this season. Alaniva added a season-best mark of 6.53m to finish second in the long jump behind sophomore Alex Arteaga, who won the event with a career-best leap of 6.67m. Arteaga also raced to a first-place finish in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.80.
Washington U. claimed first and second in the women’s pole vault. Senior Anna Etherington won with a clearance of 3.90m, which was just one centimeter off her season-best. Junior Claire Simons cleared a career-best height of 3.74m to place second. Simons’ mark ranks third on the WUSTL all-time list and is the eighth-best mark posted in NCAA Division III this season.
The men’s distance medley relay competed at the Eastbay Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Saturday. WUSTL’s team of sophomores Josh Clark, James Fitzhugh and Alex Bastian, and freshman Ethan Brodeur finished seventh in the race with a time of 10:05.82. It was the third-fastest time in Washington U. school history in the event, and ranks 16th in NCAA Division III this season.
Senior Katie Sandson won a pair of events at the IWU Dual for the Washington University women. She raced to first in both the 60 and 200 in times of 8.04 and 26.95, respectively. Four other WUSTL women earned first-place finishes at the meet: senior Elizabeth Worley (mile – 5:15.21), sophomore Emily Warner (400 – 59.16), and freshmen Ashley Knudson (800 – 2:23.12) and Betsy Wiener (weight throw – 10.99m).
The Washington U. men also had five other individual champions at the IWU Dual: senior Elliott Petterson (3,000 – 8:41.15), juniors James Hallwood (200 – 23.05) and Brendan Stone (400 – 51.29), sophomore Adam Streicher (5,000 – 15:32.84) and freshman Michael Sullivan (mile – 4:27.35).
The Washington University men’s and women’s track & field teams return to action at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships hosted by Brandeis University Friday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1, in Waltham, Mass. The WUSTL men finished as the runner-up at the 2013 UAA Indoor Championships, while the Washington U. women placed third in the team standings.