Washington U. Sweeps UAA Indoor Track & Field Team Championships
New York, N.Y., February 26, 2012 – Five Washington University in St. Louis student-athletes earned individual University Athletic Association (UAA) titles to lead the Bears to a sweep of the men’s and women’s team conference championships on Sunday at the New Balance Track & Field Center in New York.
The Washington University women scored 149 points to win its 11th UAA indoor team title in school history over runner-up Emory University who scored 136. On the men’s side, Washington U. finished with 117 team points to win over Emory and Carnegie Mellon University who finished tied for second with 90 points each. It marked the third-straight UAA indoor championship for Washington U., and the 12th in school history. The two team titles also gave the Washington University Department of Athletics 150 total conference championships in the 25-year history of the UAA.
Senior Erica Jackey led the Washington U. women with a pair of individual championships on Sunday. She won the 800 meters with a UAA-record time of 2:12.60, while also earning gold in the mile with a time of 5:00.22. Senior Elizabeth Phillips finished second in the mile in 5:03.38 and added a third-place finish in the 800 in 2:15.09. Senior Elisabeth Stocking raced to sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:23.31, and sophomore Claire Tourjee ran a season-best time of 5:09.45 to finish fifth in the mile.
Freshman Lucy Cheadle and sophomore Sarah Fisher ran two of the three fastest times in school history to finish second and fourth in the women’s 3,000. Cheadle broke the 13-year-old school record in the event with a time of 9:58.16 to place second. Her time eclipsed the previous record set by Emily Richard in 1999 by 1.04 seconds. Fisher finished fourth in the event in 10:00.58 to move into third on Washington U.’s all-time list.
A day after breaking the school record in the 200, junior Ryan Doll improved on that time to finish as the UAA runner-up in the event. He clocked a time of 22.27 in Sunday’s final to better his record of 22.33 from Saturday’s prelims. Doll was edged at the finish line by New York University's Dan McKinney, who also posted an official time of 22.27. Doll and freshman Nick Alaniva also finished fourth and fifth in the 60 with times of 7.20 and 7.22, respectively.
Sophomore Madison Cannon also earned a UAA title for the Washington U. women, claiming first in the shot put with a toss of 12.38 meters. Cannon’s mark ranks third all-time at Washington U. in the event.
The Washington U. men had two event winners during Sunday’s competition. Senior Tyler Jackson ran a season-best time of 8.14 to win the UAA title in the 60 hurdles. His time ranks fourth in NCAA Division III this season. Freshman Tyler Frank finished fourth in the event with a season-best time of 8.86. Washington U. picked up a 1-2-5 finish in the men’s pole vault. Freshman Troy Makous won by clearing 4.45m on a jump-off against Alaniva who finished second with a clearance of 4.40m. Freshman Kyle Engelken cleared 4.10m to place fifth.
Sophomore Jasmine Williams and junior Anne Diaz-Arrastia each earned second-place finishes for the Washington U. women. Williams cleared a height of 1.65m to finish as the runner-up in the high jump, while Diaz-Arrastia earned second in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 11.18m. Williams also teamed up with Phillips and sophomores Nkele Davis and Shannon Howell to earn second in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:59.28.
Junior Mike Boughdiri and freshman Brendan Stone each picked up all-UAA honors by finishing second and third in the men’s 800 with times of 1:57.39 and 1:57.66, respectively. Sophomore Arthur Townsend also earned all-UAA honors with a third-place finish in the men’s 400 (50.67). Sophomore Kevin Sparks and senior Michael Burnstein clocked season-best times of 8:36.69 and 8:38.50 to place third and fourth, respectively, in the men’s 3,000.
The Washington U. track & field teams will compete at the North Central Last Chance Meet in Naperville, Ill., on Friday, March 2, to try to improve their standings on the Division III performance lists. The qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championships will be officially announced on Monday, March 5.