Washington U. Women's Track & Field Finishes Second, Men Third at UAA Indoor Championships
Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 24, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis women’s track & field team had a pair of individual champions Sunday to finish as the University Athletic Association (UAA) runner-up, while the WUSTL men had one individual champion on its way to a third-place finish at the UAA Indoor Track & Field Championships held Friday-Saturday at Case Western Reserve University.
The Washington U. women held a one-point lead in the team standings heading into the meet’s final event, but finished second in the 1,600 relay behind Emory University as the Eagles claimed the UAA team title 132-131 over the Bears. In the men’s team standings, Washington U. moved up to third place on the second day of competition, finishing with 78 points. Carnegie Mellon University won the men’s team title with 139 points, while the University of Chicago was second with 87.
Sophomore Lucy Cheadle and senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia each won individual titles for the Washington U. women during Sunday’s events. Cheadle claimed her second UAA title of the weekend by racing to first place in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:08.56. Diaz-Arrastia equaled her career-best in the triple jump to win the UAA title for the second time in three years with a leap of 11.60 meters.
Junior Kevin Sparks produced the lone individual title for the Washington U. men, finishing first in the 3,000 with a season-best time of 8:39.33. Sophomore Garrett Patrick clocked an indoor career-best time of 8:45.05 to place fifth.
Freshman Emily Warner shaved nearly a second off her own school record in the women’s 400 to finish as the UAA runner-up in the event. After breaking the school record during Saturday’s prelims (58.47), Warner clocked a time of 57.51 to place second in the event final Sunday. She also added a third-place finish in the 200 with a time of 26.36. Warner teamed up with juniors Nkele Davis, Jasmine Williams and Alison Cesarz to finish second in the 1,600 relay with a time of 4:01.42.
Williams added a second-place finish in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.61m, while freshman Natasha Tillett cleared 1.56m to place third. Tillett also placed fourth in the 55 hurdles in a time of 9.16. Junior Madison Cannon recorded a season-best throw of 11.63m to finish second in the women’s shot put.
The men’s 1,600 relay team of freshmen James Fitzhugh, Alex Bastian, Connor Furlong, and junior Arthur Townsend also posted a runner-up finish, clocking a time of 3:25.85. Townsend also earned all-UAA honors with a runner-up finish in the 400, clocking an indoor career-best time of 50.39. Fitzhugh also posted a season-best time in the event, finishing fourth in 50.44.
Sophomore Nick Alaniva (4.63m) and senior Kevin Lind (4.18m) both cleared career-best heights to place second and fifth, respectively, in the men’s pole vault. Alaniva also tied for fourth in the 55 with a time of 6.62. Senior Ryan Doll also earned all-UAA honors for the WUSTL men with a third-place finish in the 200 (22.99).
Juniors Ahkianne Wanliss (7.41) and Katie Sandson (7.51) placed third and fifth, respectively, in the women’s 55. Freshmen Bri Tiffany (2:18.26) and Lane Porter (2:20.15) both ran season-best times to finish fourth and fifth, respectively, in the women’ 800 to round out the scoring for the WUSTL women. Sophomore Brendan Stone (1:59.13) finished fourth in the 800, while sophomore Zach Lonneman (13.88m) and senior Tom Arnold (13.84m) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the men’s shot put to finish the scoring for the Washington U. men.
Members of the Washington University men’s and women’s track & field teams will compete in the UW-Stevens Point Last Chance Meet Saturday, March 2, in Stevens Point, Wis.