WUSTL Men Win Fifth-Straight UAA Outdoor Track Title, Women Finish Second
New York, N.Y., April 28, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s track & field team won its fifth-straight outdoor conference title, while the WUSTL women’s team finished as the runner-up at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championships held Saturday and Sunday at Icahn Stadium.
The Washington University men scored 191 points to win the UAA title over runner-up Carnegie Mellon University who finished with 177 points. On the women’s side, Emory University won with 209 points, while the Washington U. women scored 186 to finish second for the third year in a row.
Three school records and seven UAA champions highlighted day two for Washington U. Freshman Emily Warner crushed the school record on her way to winning the UAA title in the women’s 400. Warner clocked a time of 55.99 seconds, which ranks fifth in NCAA Division III this season, to win the race by more than a second. Her time also bettered the previous school record of 57.29 set by Valerie Lasko in 2003. Junior Nkele Davis finished sixth in the event with a time of 1:00.71.
Warner clocked a season-best to finish as the runner-up in the 200 in a time of 25.50. Senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia placed fourth in 26.39, while junior Katie Sandson finished seventh in a time of 26.76. Warner also anchored a pair of relays to runner-up finishes. Sandson, sophomore Claire Simons, junior Liz Godar and Warner finished second in the 400 relay with a time of 49.86. In the 1,600 relay, Davis, junior Jasmine Williams, freshman Lane Porter and Warner clocked a time of 3:58.83 to place second. Diaz-Arrastia added a first-place finish in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 11.55m. It was her third UAA outdoor triple jump title of her career, and the mark ranks 14th in NCAA Division III this season.
Williams tied the school record in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.72m to win the event. Williams’ mark is tied for third in NCAA Division III this season and improved her previous career-best by four centimeters. Freshman Maisie Mahoney also earned all-UAA honors, finishing third with a clearance of 1.56m, while freshman Natasha Tillett cleared 1.51m to finish eighth. Tillett (16.80) and Simons (17.16) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100 hurdles.
Sophomore Melissa Gilkey broke her own school record to win the women’s javelin championship. Her winning mark of 42.72 meters ranks seventh in NCAA Division III this season, and bettered her previous record by more than a meter. Mahoney placed seventh with a throw of 29.30m.
The Washington University men had three first-place finishes during Sunday’s competition. Junior Kevin Sparks raced to a season-best time of 14:36.18 to claim the UAA title in the 5,000. His time ranks 16th in NCAA Division III. Sophomore Drew Padgett (14:39.17) finished third to earn all-UAA honors, while junior Michael Ellenberger (15:07.91) finished eighth. Sophomore Connor Duermit won his first conference title, placing first in the javelin with a throw of 57.10m.
The men’s 400 relay team of sophomores Troy Makous, James Hallwood and Nick Alaniva and senior Ryan Doll ran away with the UAA title, clocking a time of 42.28 to finish more than 1.3 seconds ahead of the runner-up team. Doll added all-UAA honors with third-place finishes in both the 100 (11.03) and 200 (22.41), while Hallwood finished fourth in both (11.04, 22.44). Freshman James Fitzhugh finished sixth in the 200 in 22.94, and picked up all-UAA honors with a runner-up finish in the 400 (49.75), while junior Arthur Townsend placed eighth in the 400.
Sophomore Brendan Stone ran a season-best time of 54.93 to finish as the runner-up in the men’s 400 hurdles. Freshman Britt Henderson placed third in the men’s 800 in 1:54.83, while freshman Alex Bastian finished fifth (1:56.22) and senior Michael Benjamin was seventh (1:59.48). Fitzhugh, Bastian, Stone and Townsend also teamed up for a time of 3:19.68 to finish as the runner-up in the 1,600 relay. Freshman Joshua Clark was the final all-UAA finisher for the Washington U. men, placing third in the 1,500 in a season-best time of 3:57.59.
The WUSTL women had two other individuals earn all-UAA honors. Sandson clocked a season-best time of 12.54 to tie for second in the 100. Diaz-Arrastia finished fourth in the event with a time of 12.70. Freshman Bri Tiffany claimed all-UAA honors with a third-place finish in the 800 in a time of 2:17.97. Junior Elizabeth Worley ran a season-best time of 4:39.69 to finish fifth in the 1,500, while junior Madison Cannon also posted a fifth-place finish in the discus with a season-best toss of 32.80m. Porter posted a season-best of 1:07.07 to place fifth in the 400 hurdles, and junior Alison Cesarz finished eighth in 1:07.47.
Freshman Alex Arteaga, who won the men’s long jump title Saturday, posted three more top-five finishes Sunday. Arteaga (13.08m) and senior Justin Rackley (12.70m) both recorded season-best marks to finish fourth and sixth, respectively, in the triple jump. Arteaga also clocked a season-best to finish fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.83), while freshman Mitchell Styczynski finished eighth. In the high jump, Arteaga and sophomore Patrick Mannon both cleared 1.73m to tie for fifth. Styczynski finished eighth with a clearance of 1.68m. The final points for the Washington U. men came from sophomore Zach Lonneman, who recorded a season-best throw of 41.00m to finish eighth in the discus.
The Washington University men’s and women’s track & field teams are scheduled to return to action at the Monmouth Fighting Scot Open Saturday, May 4, at Monmouth, Ill.