WUSTL Men’s and Women’s Track Second After Day One of UAA Outdoor Championships
New York, N.Y., April 27, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track & field teams both sit in second place after the first day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor Championships held Saturday at Icahn Stadium.
The Washington University women scored 68 points on the first day to sit four points behind team leader University of Chicago (72). Emory University was in third with 43 points. On the men’s side, Carnegie Mellon University held a 66-64 lead over Washington U., while Case Western Reserve University was third with 57.
The Washington U. women got a first- through third-place sweep in the pole vault to highlight day one. Junior Anna Etherington cleared a height of 3.95 meters to win her third-straight UAA title in the event. Sophomore Claire Simons and junior Moira Killoran both cleared 3.34m to finish second and third, respectively.
The Washington University men also had one individual champion on day one. Freshman Alex Arteaga recorded a season-best leap of 6.76m to win the long jump. The mark was nearly 60 centimeters better than Arteaga’s previous season best of 6.20m. Senior Justin Rackley also earned all-UAA honors, finishing third with a jump of 6.52m to edge sophomore Nick Alaniva who was fourth with a mark of 6.51m.
Alaniva was also one of three WUSTL athletes to score in the men’s pole vault, as he finished fourth with a clearance of 4.55m. Sophomore Troy Makous also cleared 4.55m to tie for second, while senior Kevin Lind finished seventh with a height of 4.40m. The Washington U. men also had three athletes finish in the top eight in the 10,000. Junior Michael Ellenberger clocked a career-best time of 30:37.21 to finish as the UAA runner-up in the event. Senior David Hamm (30:52.19) and sophomore Ryan Senci (31:41.47) finished fourth and sixth, respectively. The men’s 3,200 relay also earned all-UAA honors with a third-place finish in a time of 7:50.43.
Junior Jasmine Williams placed second in the women’s long jump with a season-best mark of 5.58m, while senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia finished third with a leap of 5.35m. Freshman Natasha Tillett recorded a jump of 5.02m to place fifth. In the women’s 10,000, juniors Lizzy Handschy (38:45.32) and Kathleen Valadez (38:57.67) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while sophomore Beatrice Gantzer was eighth with a time of 39:40.77.
Junior Madison Cannon added a fourth-place finish in the women’s shot put with a mark of 11.13m. In the 3,000 steeplechase, senior Lexy Millett place fifth in 11:43.53, while sophomore Julie Mulvaney-Kemp (11:50.52) and freshman Tori Cooke (11:59.46) finished seventh and eighth, respectively. The women’s 3,200 relay finished fifth in a time of 9:39.86 to round out Washington U.’s scoring for the first day.
Sophomore Zach Lonneman finished sixth in the men’s shot put (12.97m) and sophomore Ian Montague placed eighth in the hammer throw (43.02m). The Washington U. men also scored points in the 3,000 steeplechase as sophomores Andrew Catanese (9:44.14) and Brett Baker (9:44.67) placed seventh and eighth, respectively.
The UAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships conclude Sunday, April 28, with field events getting underway at 9 a.m. (ET) and running events beginning at 10:20 a.m. (ET).