Davis and Jackson Set Automatic Qualifying Times in 110-Hurdles at Illinois College
Jacksonville, Ill., April 30, 2011 — Washington University in St. Louis men’s outdoor track & field juniors Dan Davis and Tyler Jackson each set 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship automatic qualifying standards, with Davis setting a new school record, to highlight the Bears’ performances at the Illinois College True Blue Open on Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville, Ill.
The Washington University women’s team finished in first place out of 13 schools to win the team title with 137 points while the men’s team placed fifth out of 14 squads with a team score of 67 points.
Davis won the 110-hurdles with an automatic qualifying mark of 14.18, breaking his old school record of 14.33, which was Jackson’s second-place time on Saturday afternoon. Davis’ previous season-best was 14.34, which ranked second in Division III heading into this weekend’s competition. His time from Saturday’s action leads Division III while Jackson’s automatic time ranks third in the country.
The women’s team also featured an impressive performance from the True Blue Invitational with freshman Ahkianne Wanliss winning the 100-meter dash with an NCAA provision time of 11.56. Her performance leads all Division III marks submitted so far this season.
Junior Amanda Matheson won the 100-meter hurdles with a mark of 15.27 and freshman Shannon Howell came in first in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 1:03.59.
The Bears also posted first-place performances in three field events with freshman Jasmine Williams winning the high jump (1.60 meters), freshman Anna Etherington clearing 3.43 meters to take the pole vault, and sophomore Anne Diaz-Arrastia leaping 10.92 meters in the triple jump.
Other top performers on the men’s side came from senior Chris Malaya, who won the 400-meter dash (48.80) and senior Scott Pettit, who cleared 4.35 meters to take first in the pole vault.
The Washington University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams return to action on Saturday, May 7, for the Monmouth College Invitational in Monmouth, Ill., starting at 12 p.m.