Five First-Place Finishes Highlight IWU Keck Invite for WUSTL Track & Field Teams
Bloomington, Ill., Feb. 8, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track & field teams posted five first-place and 17 top-three finishes at the Keck Invitational hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University Friday-Saturday. The WUSTL women finished third in the team standings, while the men placed fourth.
The Washington University women scored 91.25 points to finish third in the 14-team field at the Keck Invite. The Bears were edged by host Illinois Wesleyan (92) for second, while Monmouth College won the team title with 132.25 points. Monmouth also won the men’s team title with 100 points, and NCAA Division I Illinois State University finished second with 72.5 points. Loras College placed third with 65.5 points, while Washington U. finished fourth with 61.5.
Sophomore Alex Arteaga was one of three first-place finishes for the Washington U. men. Competing in his first-career heptathlon, Arteaga posted career-best marks in five out of seven events to finish in first place with a score of 4,709, which ranks 15th in NCAA Division III this season. His career-best performances were in the 60 (7.56), high jump (1.85m), pole vault (4.15m), long jump (6.58m) and shot put (10.92m), while he also posted times of 8.90 in the 60 hurdles and 3:00.37 in the 1,000 during the two-day heptathlon.
Sophomore Josh Clark raced to first in the men’s mile in a career-best time of 4:19.88, while senior Elliott Petterson (4:23.67), sophomore Vince Stephen (4:26.24) and senior Kevin Sparks (4:26.39) placed fourth through sixth, respectively. Sophomores Adam Streicher, Connor Furlong and Alex Goldberg teamed with freshman Mike Sullivan to win the distance-medley relay in a time of 10:45.33.
Sophomore Emily Warner won the women’s 800 by nearly six seconds with a time of 2:16.36, while sophomore Ellen Toennies finished third in 2:23.00. Warner also anchored the 1,600 relay to a runner-up finish, joining senior Alison Cesarz and freshmen Ashley Knudson and Kelli Hancock to finish second in 4:06.85. The second event-winner for the Washington U. women was senior Anna Etherington, who cleared a height of 3.82m to win the pole vault. Junior Claire Simons placed third with a clearance of 3.47m.
Senior Jasmine Williams added a pair of runner-up finishes for the WUSTL women, placing second in the long jump (5.46m) and high jump (1.60m). Freshman Sarah Curci was second in the 3,000 in 10:37.52, while senior Elizabeth Worley, Cesarz, Toennies and sophomore Emily Blagg posted a second-place finish in the distance-medley relay in 13:01.45.
Freshman Jack MacCarthy just missed out on an individual title in the men’s 60 hurdles. MacCarthy clocked a time of 8.708, but finished second in the race by .003 of a second. Junior Nick Alaniva added a runner-up finish in the men’s pole vault with a mark of 4.55m.
The Washington University men’s and women’s track & field teams return to action with a pair of meets next weekend. The Bears are scheduled to compete at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet Friday, Feb. 14 in Allendale, Mich., and the Fighting Scot Invitational in Monmouth, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 15.