Washington U. Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season with Sweep of WUSTL Mini Meet
St. Louis, Mo., March 24, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track & field teams combined to win nine events as they opened the outdoor season by sweeping the team titles at the WUSTL mini meet in rainy conditions on Friday evening.
The Washington U. women scored 171.5 points in the meet, to win the team title over runner-up Wheaton College who had 142 points. The WUSTL men won with 190 points, while Ohio Northern University finished second with 171.
The four event champions for the Washington U. women all had performances ranking in the top five in NCAA Division III. Sophomore Sarah Fisher, freshman Lucy Cheadle and senior Lacey Vogel swept the top three spots in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with times of 11:05.19, 11:05.86 and 11:44.28, respectively. The times turned in by Fisher and Cheadle rank third and fourth, respectively, on the Division III performance list this season.
In the women’s javelin, freshman Melissa Gilkey won with a throw of 38.69 meters, which ranks second all-time at Washington U. and fourth on the Division III list this season. Senior Alison Andrews placed third in the event with a career-best mark of 35.40m, which ranks third on the Washington U. all-time list.
Senior Elizabeth Phillips ran a career-best time of 17:15.50 to win the women’s 5,000. Her time ranks second in Division III this season. Sophomore Shannon Howell was the fourth event-winner for the Washington U. women, clocking a time of 1:045.80 to win the 400 hurdles. Her time was the fifth-fastest posted in Division III. Howell also added a runner-up finish in the 100 hurdles in 15.52.
Senior Tyler Jackson was one of five event champions for the Washington U men, clocking a time of 15.10 to win the 110 hurdles. His time ranks second in Division III this season. Junior David Hamm also won a running event for WU, clocking a time of 15:26.98 to win the 5,000.
Freshmen Timothy Elliott and Nicholas Alaniva finished first and second in the men’s pole vault, respectively. Both cleared a height of 4.11m. Senior Ben Cutting won the men’s javelin with a toss of 54.25m and senior Justin Pieper cleared 1.85m to win the men’s high jump.
Overall, Washington U. had 23 top-three finishes at the meet. Washington U. hosts the second of three home track & field meets on Friday-Saturday, March 30-31. The Washington U. Invitational is scheduled to get underway at Noon on Friday, March 30, with events beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31.