Seven WUSTL Track & Field Athletes Qualify for NCAA Division III Indoor Championships
St. Louis, Mo., March 6, 2012 – Seven student-athletes from Washington University in St. Louis will be among the participants at the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships, which are scheduled for March 9-10 at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
The top 15 women’s individuals and top 13 men’s individuals, as well as the top 10 relay teams, were accepted into the competition. Washington University’s qualifiers for the championships include: seniors Erica Jackey, Tyler Jackson, and Elizabeth Phillips; sophomores Anna Etherington, Shannon Howell, and Jasmine Williams; and freshman Lucy Cheadle.
Jackson is the lone qualifier for the Washington University men, earning a spot in the field for the men’s 60-meter hurdles. He posted the fourth-fastest time of 8.14 seconds in the event in Division III this season. Prelims for the men’s 60 hurdles are scheduled for 5:35 p.m. on Friday, with the finals set for 3:55 p.m. on Saturday.
Phillips and Jackey posted the third- and fourth-fastest qualifying times in the women’s mile run. Phillips ran a time of 4:54.15 this season, while Jackey was right behind her in 4:54.16. The women’s mile prelims are scheduled to be run at 5:15 p.m., with the final at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday.
Cheadle will also compete individually, running the women’s 5,000 meters at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday. Cheadle qualified in the event in 14th with a season-best time of 17:22.79. Howell, Jackey, Phillips and Cheadle will team up to compete in the women’s distance medley relay at 7:20 p.m. on Friday. The WU relay team posted the second-fastest time in the event this season (11:46.38).
Etherington and Williams will each compete in field events for the Washington U. women. Etherington qualified in fifth place in the pole vault with a career-best height of 3.81 meters, while Williams qualified in 14th in the high jump with a clearance of 1.68m. The women’s pole vault is scheduled to begin at Noon on Friday, and the women’s high jump is set for 4:30 on Friday afternoon.