Washington U.’s Erica Jackey Breaks 800 School Record to Highlight Day Two of NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships
Claremont, Calif., May 25, 2012 – Senior Erica Jackey advanced to the women’s 800 meter final with a school record in the prelims to highlight day two of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the Washington University in St. Louis track & field teams on Friday at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges.
Jackey broke her own school record in the women’s 800 with a preliminary-round time of 2:09.36. It was the fifth-fastest time in the prelims, earning her a spot in Saturday’s final. The time was nearly a second faster than Jackey’s previous school record of 2:10.29 set earlier this season.
Three other athletes were in action on Friday for Washington U. Senior Justin Pieper finished 14th in the men’s high jump with a clearance of 1.99 meters. His mark was just four centimeters shy of earning All-America honors. Sophomore Jasmine Williams cleared a height of 1.59m to finish tied for 16th in the women’s high jump. Senior Tyler Jackson fought through an injury to finish his prelim of the men’s 110 hurdles in a time of 16.95.
Six Washington U. athletes will try to earn All-America honors on the final day of the NCAA Championships on Saturday. On the track, Jackey will race in three event finals – 1,500 with senior Elizabeth Phillips at 2:50; 800 at 4:20; and 5,000 with freshman Lucy Cheadle at 5:30. Cheadle and senior Molly Wawrzyniak are also scheduled to compete in the 3,000 steeplechase final at 1:45. Sophomore Anna Etherington and junior Anne Diaz-Arrastia will both compete in field events, with Etherington in the women’s pole vault at 12:30 p.m. (PT) and Diaz-Arrastia in the women’s triple jump at 3.