Five First-Place Finishes Highlight Strong WUSTL Track & Field Performances at SLU Invite
St. Louis, Mo., April 13, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track & field teams combined to win five events, and posted several season-best performances as the men finished first and the women second at the Saint Louis University Invitational Friday-Saturday.
The Washington U. men scored 118 points to finish first in the 17-team field, ahead of runner-up NCAA Division II McKendree University (110.5). The WUSTL women placed third in the team standings with 94 points. NCAA Division II Lincoln University (Mo.) won the meet with 195 points, while host NCAA Division I SLU finished second with 131.5.
The WUSTL men picked up a large chunk of team points by sweeping the top five spots in the 5,000. Sophomore Drew Padgett posted a facility-record and season-best time of 14:37.82 to win the race. The time also ranks 14th in NCAA Division III this season. Sophomore Ryan Senci finished second in 14:53.38, while junior Michael Ellenberger (14:54.34), senior David Hamm (14:54.99) and sophomore Garrett Patrick (14:56.63) each posted season bests to place third through fifth, respectively.
Sophomores Nick Alaniva and Connor Duermit each won field events for the Washington U. men. Alaniva cleared an outdoor career-best mark of 4.58m to win the pole vault, while sophomore Troy Makous (4.48m) and senior Kevin Lind (4.18m) also posted career bests to finish third and fourth, respectively. Duermit improved his career best to win the javelin with a throw of 59.53m, which ranks second all-time at Washington U.
Junior Anna Etherington and sophomore Melissa Gilkey each posted first-place finishes for the Washington U. women. Etherington cleared a height of 3.68m to win the pole vault, while sophomore Claire Simons finished second with a career-best clearance of 3.53m. Gilkey won the javelin with a toss of 39.63m.
Freshman Emily Warner clocked the sixth-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season (2:12.36) to place second in the women’s 800. Junior Jasmine Williams posted a runner-up finish in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.64m. Sophomore Julie Mulvaney-Kemp finished third in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase with a career-best time of 11:48.92. Freshman Britt Henderson added a fourth-place finish in the men’s 800 with a season-best time of 1:54.00, which was just 0.1 of a second off the top-three all-time performance list at Washington U. in the event.
The Washington U. track & field teams travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to compete in the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet that begins at 4:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, April 19.