Men's Track & Field Repeats as UAA Indoor Champions for First Time Since 2007
Chicago, Ill., February 27, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis men’s indoor track and field team repeated as University Athletic Association (UAA) champions for the first time since 2007 as the Bears captured the 2011 UAA Indoor title with a commanding performance on Sunday, Feb. 27, in Chicago, Ill.
The Washington University men’s team tallied a final score of 161 points finishing 61 points ahead of second place University of Chicago. The WUSTL women’s team was edged by Emory University for the conference crown, finishing with 109.5 points, just 10 points behind the Eagles’ two-day haul of 119.50.
It is the 12th UAA indoor championship for the Washington U. men’s team while the women’s squad improved on a third-place showing a year ago.
Senior Ben Harmon and Dan Davis were critical to the Bears’ championship performance on Sunday, combining to garner all-UAA accolades in five events winning a pair of individual titles.
Davis captured the 55-hurdle crown with a time of 7.63 in the finals, a mark that eclipses NCAA Division III championship provisional qualifying standards but was shy of his school-record breaking mark of 7.50 from earlier this year. Davis was also the runner-up in the 200-meter dash (22.73) and finished third in the 55-meter dash (6.68).
Harmon took first place in the pole vault by clearing 4.68 meters, and he finished second in the triple jump with an impressive final distance of 14.10 meters. He concluded the meet with three UAA individual titles.
In women’s action, juniors Liz Phillips and Erica Jackey both captured all-UAA finishes in two events. Phillips won the mile run with a time of 5:06.37 and was also the runner-up in the 800-meter (2:17.79). Jackey finished third in the 800-meter (2:17.91) and teamed with freshman Allison Cesarz, freshman Liz Godar and freshman Shannon Howell to take third place in the 4x400-relay (4:07.82).
Senior Sangeeta Hardy won the women’s 800-meter with a time of 2:17.23 and sophomore Anne Diaz-Arrastia won the women’s third UAA Championship of the day, leaping 11.21 in the triple jump. Senior Moji Hassan also garnered all-UAA honors by finishing third in the shot put (11.30 meters).
Senior Andrew McClelland made it three individual titles for the men’s team as well, throwing for 14.08 meters in the shot put finals. Senior Tom Arnold placed third in the shot with a distance of 14.01 meters.
Rounding out the men’s all-UAA performers, senior Chris Malaya came in third in the 400-meter (50.94), senior Chris Brennan finished third in the 800-meter (1:56.34) and senior Scott Pettit placed third in the pole vault (4.38 meters).
The Washington University men’s and women indoor track and field teams will have one more shot at NCAA qualification when they compete at the North Central College Last Chance Qualifier on Friday, March 4, in Naperville, Ill.