Indoor Track & Field Shines at North Central College Last Chance Qualifier
Naperville, Ill., March 4, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams both had school record breaking and NCAA automatic qualifying performances at the North Central College Last Chance Qualifier on Friday in Naperville, Ill.
Washington University had three school records fall at Friday’s final regular season indoor meet of the year and the Bears had two NCAA automatic qualifying runs.
Senior Chris Malaya was involved in two strong performances at North Central. Malaya easily surpassed the Washington University record in the 400-meter dash and automatically qualified for next week’s NCAA Championship in the process. He submitted a time of 48.68 on Friday, eclipsing the old WUSTL record of 49.45. Malaya’s 400-meter time ranks fifth in Division III through Friday’s competition.
The women’s distance medley relay team turned in not only the best performance in school history, but also the fastest run in Division III so far this year. Senior Jessica Londeree, freshman Shannon Howell, junior Erica Jackey and junior Liz Phillips posted a time of 11:48.98 in the DMR, which broke the old school record of 11:51.31 and ranks first in Division III in 2011.
Junior Dan Davis continued his season-long assault on the Washington University record books, once again improving on a school record he set earlier in the year. Davis ran an 8.20 60-meter hurdle race on Friday, shaving 0.08 off the school record he set on Jan. 29.
The men’s distance medley relay team met NCAA provisional qualifying standards on Friday. Senior Dave Spandorfer, Malaya, senior Chris Brennan and junior Paul Garcia posted a provisional time of 10:05.34, which ranks 15th in Division III.
Washington University will find out its selections for the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday, March 6, when the official heat sheets are posted on www.ncaa.com. This year’s indoor national championships will be held from Friday-Saturday, March 11-12, on the campus of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.