Four Individuals Win Titles to Lead WUSTL Track & Field Teams at Monmouth
Monmouth, Ill., May 5, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track & field teams had four individual champions to highlight a pair of fourth-place team finishes at the Fighting Scot Invitational on Saturday at Monmouth College.
The Washington U. women finished fourth out of nine teams with 55 points, while the WUSTL men placed fourth out of 12 teams with 54 points at the meet. Monmouth won the women’s team title, and Central College was crowned the men’s team champion.
Freshman Melissa Gilkey and sophomore Anna Etherington led the Washington U. women by winning the javelin and pole vault, respectively. Gilkey recorded a throw of 37.00 meters to win the javelin by more than three meters. Etherington won the pole vault with a clearance of 3.86m, just one centimeter shy of her school record and career best. Sophomore Moira Killoran finished second with a season-best mark of 3.27m. Freshman Claire Simons and sophomore Lizzie Diemer both cleared 3.12m to tie for sixth place.
Seniors Tyler Jackson and Justin Pieper each won one event for the Washington U. men. Jackson clocked a time of 14.78 to win the men’s 110-meter hurdles by nearly one-tenth of a second. Pieper cleared a height of 2.02m to win the men’s high jump. Senior Ben Cutting just missed winning an event title as he was edged by just three centimeters to finish second in the men’s javelin (52.85m).
Sophomore Jasmine Williams posted a career best to finish second in the women’s high jump. Her clearance of 1.68m was one centimeter higher than her previous career best, and moved her into second on the Washington U. all-time list. Sophomore Katy Barron shaved more than 15 seconds off her previous season best to finish third in the 1,500 with a time of 4:59.02.
Freshmen Nick Alaniva and Kyle Engelken place third and fourth in the men’s pole vault, respectively. Alaniva cleared a season-best height of 4.43m to finish third in the event. His mark was 17 centimeters better than his previous best this season. Engelken placed fourth with a clearance of 4.28m.
The Washington University track & field teams return to action at the Dr. Keeler Invitational on Thursday-Friday, May 10-11, and North Central College in Naperville, Ill.