Anna Etherington’s School Record Highlights Washington U. Track & Field Performances at WU Select Meet
St. Louis, Mo., April 7, 2012 - Sophomore Anna Etherington set a Washington University in St. Louis school record in the pole vault as one of eight event champions for the WUSTL track & field teams on Saturday at the WU Select Meet.
The Washington U. men’s and women’s teams both finished second in the team standings at the meet. The WU women scored 110 points as the Bears were edged out by North Central College (114) for the team title. Illinois Wesleyan University finished third with 107.5 points. On the men’s side, Washington U. scored 147 points to finish second behind Central College with 164.
A week after clearing a career-best height of 3.75 meters, Etherington added another 12 centimeters to her personal-best to shatter the school record en route to winning the women’s pole vault on Saturday. She cleared 3.87m on her first attempt to win the event and break the four-year-old school record of 3.76m set by Morgen Leonard-Fleckman. In the past two weeks, Etherington has now bettered her outdoor career-best in the event by 31 centimeters. Her mark from Saturday’s meet ranks fourth in NCAA Division III this season.
Senior Justin Pieper was one of four individual champions for the Washington U. men. He cleared a season-best height of 2.00m to win the men’s high jump. The mark was just one centimeter shy of Pieper’s career best height. In the women’s high jump, sophomore Jasmine Williams equaled her outdoor personal-best by clearing 1.62m to win the event. Williams also added a third-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.01m.
Freshman Tyler Frank clocked a season-best time of 56.75 to win the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Freshman teammate Jake Bruemmer finished third with a season-best time of 57.94. Meanwhile, in the men’s 110 hurdles, senior Tyler Jackson won with a time of 14.91. Senior Amanda Matheson led a 1-2 finish for the WU women in the 100 hurdles. Matheson won the race in a season-best time of 16.01, while sophomore Shannon Howell finished second in 16.24.
The final two event winners for Washington U. came in the men’s and women’s 3,000 meters. The Washington U. men swept the top five places in the race, led by senior Michael Burnstein who won the event in 8:42.34. Freshman Garrett Patrick (8:43.22), sophomore Elliott Petterson (8:43.37), senior Tucker Hartley (8:46.11), and sophomore Justin Rodriguez (8:49.49) finished second through fifth, respectively. Freshman Beatrice Gantzer won the women’s 3,000 in 10:43.29, while sophomores Gabby Reuveni (10:53.65) and Ariana Montanez (10:55.51) followed in second and third, respectively.
The Washington University track & field teams will next compete at the Saint Louis University Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14.