Men's Track and Field First, Women Second, After First Day of UAA Indoors
Chicago, Ill., February 26, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis men’s indoor track and field team sits in first place while the women are second after the first day of competition at the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 26, in Chicago, Ill.
With 58 points after the first day, the WUSTL men’s team is 29 points clear of second place University of Chicago, while the women’s team tallied a single-day score of 36 points, 5.5 behind Chicago’s first-place tally of 41.5.
The two Washington University teams combined to win five UAA individual titles on Saturday and had a total of 15 student-athletes earn All-UAA accolades in 10 different events.
Senior Ben Harmon capped an impressive day with first-place finishes in the men’s high jump and long jump. He won the high jump by clearing 1.97 meters, and his first-place distance of 7.14 meters in the long jump is an NCAA provisional qualifier.
Freshman Anna Etherington won the other individual title, clearing personal best height of 3.55 meters in the pole vault, which also equaled the NCAA provisional standard.
The Bears swept first place in the men’s and women’s distance medley relay races. The women’s team of senior Jessica Londeree, freshman Allison Cesarz, junior Elisabeth Stocking and junior Liz Phillips turned in an impressive time of 12:20.01, while the men’s foursome of junior Matt Schwab, sophomore Byron Neuhaus, freshman Caleb Ford and senior Dave Spandorfer finished in 10:12.86.
Rounding out Saturday’s all-UAA performers, senior Taryn Surtees placed third in the women’s 5,000-meter run (17:56.38) and junior Michael Burnstein came in second in the men’s 5,000 race (14:53.33). Junior Justin Pieper finished third in the men’s high jump (1.92 meters) and senior Andrew McClelland was the runner-up in the weight throw with a toss of 15.08 meters.
The 2011 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 27, in Chicago, Ill. Action is scheduled to commence with the shot put at 10 a.m., while the first track event will be the running of the men’s and women’s mile beginning at 12:15 p.m.