Washington U. Women’s Track & Field Finishes Second, Men Third at WUSTL Invitational
St. Louis, Mo., March 30, 2013 – Three first-place finishes and a school record highlighted the performances by the Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track & field teams at the Washington University Invitational held Friday-Saturday at Bushyhead Track.
The Washington University women scored 81.5 points to finish second in the team standings, just .5 of a point behind team champion NCAA Division I Saint Louis University. NCAA Division II Truman State University finished third with 59 points. On the men’s side, NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist University scored 86 points to win the meet, while NAIA William Woods University finished second with 69 and Washington U. came in third with 61.5. Thirty-six teams scored points on the women’s side of the meet, while 33 teams scored in the men’s standings.
Sophomore Connor Duermit had another big day for Washington U. in the men’s javelin. He won the event with a career-best throw of 59.10 meters, which also ranks second all-time at Washington University.
The Washington U. women had two individual champions in the meet. Junior Anna Etherington won the pole vault with a clearance of 3.80m, while sophomore Claire Simons finished third at 3.45m. Freshmen Emily Warner and Bri Tiffany swept the top two spots in the women’s 800 for WUSTL. Warner won the event with a time of 2:13.59, while Tiffany was second in 2:17.91.
Sophomore Melissa Gilkey recorded a throw of 41.46m to place third in the women’s javelin. The mark was more than one meter better than Gilkey’s previous career-best, and broke the Washington University school record of 41.21m set in 2009 by Alli Alberts.
Washington U. had three other runner-up finishes at the meet. Senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia place second in the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.40m, while freshman Natasha Tillett finished fourth with a leap of 4.97m. Diaz-Arrastia, junior Nkele Davis, junior Jasmine Williams and Warner raced to a runner-up finish in the 1,600 relay in a time of 3:59.59. Williams also placed fourth in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.58m. Sophomore Drew Padgett placed second in the 1,500 for the Washington U. men, clocking a career-best time of 4:01.55.
Sophomore Nick Alaniva placed third in the men’s pole vault with a clearance of 4.45m, while sophomore Troy Makous cleared 4.30m to finish seventh. The men’s 1,600 relay team of freshmen James Fitzhugh, Alex Bastian and Connor Furlong, and junior Arthur Townsend finished third in 3:23.01. Fitzhugh added a fifth-place finish in the 400 in 49.72, and Bastian placed sixth in the 800 in a time of 1:56.26. Makous, sophomore James Hallwood, Alaniva and senior Ryan Doll teamed up to place seventh in the 400 relay in 42.92.
Sophomores Brendan Stone and Andrew Catanese also posted fifth-place finishes for the Washington U. men. Catanese finished fifth in the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:39.90, and Stone clocked a career-best time of 56.88 to place fifth in the 400 hurdles. Senior Lexy Millett (11:57.95) and sophomore Julie Mulvaney-Kemp (12:00.02) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 3,000 steeplechase for the WUSTL women. Freshman Lane Porter placed eighth in the women’s 400 hurdles in a time of 1:08.03.
The Washington University track & field teams return to action at the WUSTL Select Meet scheduled for Saturday, April 6. The hammer, discus and shot put are scheduled to be held at Lindenwood University beginning at Noon, while the rest of the events will be held at Saint Louis University beginning at 11 a.m.