Erica Jackey Leads Four Washington U. All-Americans on Final Day of NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships
Claremont, Calif., May 26, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis senior Erica Jackey earned All-America honors in three events on Saturday during the final day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges.
The Washington U. women had four athletes earn six All-America honors on Saturday, scoring 22 points to finish tied for sixth in the team standings. It was the second-highest finish in program history and marked the third top-10 finish at the outdoor championships all-time. With senior Michael Burnstein’s eighth-place finish in the men’s 10,000 meters on Thursday, the Washington U. men finished tied for 77th with one point.
Jackey, who broke her own school record in the women’s 800 on Friday, recorded three top-seven finishes within three hours during Saturday’s competition. She raced to a third-place finish in the 1,500 with a time of 4:27.81, which was just .08 off her career best in the event. Fewer than 90 minutes later, Jackey just missed breaking her own school record in the 800 again, finishing seventh in 2:09.73. Just more than an hour later, she earned her third All-America honors of the day with a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 with a time of 17:07.11. Jackey is the first athlete in school history to earn All-America honors in more than two events at the same championship.
Senior Elizabeth Phillips finished her career by earning All-America honors in the 1,500. She finished sixth in the event for the second year in a row with a time of 4:29.58. Phillips became the most decorated athlete in track & field history, finishing as a seven-time All-American.
Sophomore Anna Etherington earned All-America honors by clearing 4.00m to finish fourth in the women’s pole vault. The mark was just one centimeter shy of her own school record in the event. Etherington also finished fourth in the pole vault at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Freshman Lucy Cheadle became Washington U.’s first All-American of the day, racing to a seventh-place finish in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase. She clocked a season-best time of 10:41.84, which ranks second in the event in WU history. Senior Molly Wawrzyniak finished in a time of 11:08.68 for 14th place in the steeplechase.
Junior Anne Diaz-Arrastia also competed for Washington U. on Saturday, recording a leap of 11.53m to finish in 16th place in the women’s triple jump.