Men's and Women's Outdoor Track Competes at Monmouth Invitational
Monmouth, Ill., May 9, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams turned in a number of impressive performances at the Monmouth College Invitational, held Saturday, May 7, in Monmouth, Ill.
The WUSTL women’s squad placed second out of 11 schools with a team score of 133.7 points, while the men’s team placed fourth with 67 points. Monmouth College swept the men’s and women’s team titles.
Junior Liz Phillips highlighted several strong runs with a first-place finish in the 1,500-meter. Her winning time of 4:34.39 represented a new season-best and eclipsed NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship provisional qualifying standards, ranking 11th in Division III through last weekend’s competition.
Junior Molly Wawrzyniak turned in the other NCAA provisional mark for the women’s team, winning the 3,000-steeplechase with a time of 11:06.39.
Junior Erica Jackey finished first in the 800-meter with a time of 2:19.25 and freshman Shannon Howell was the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.29) to round out the women’s top performers.
On the men’s side, junior Dan Davis won the 110-meter hurdles (15.01) but posted a provisional qualifying mark of 14.88 in the preliminaries.
The Bears swept the top two spots in the 1,500-meter, with senior Alden Black finishing first (3:57.16) and senior Dave Spandorfer coming in just 1.08 behind him to grab second.
Junior Ben Cutting posted a personal best 53.50 meters in the javelin to win the event and freshman Justin Pieper cleared 2.01 meters in the high jump, which earned him a fourth-place finish and fell just 0.02 shy of the Washington University school record.
The Washington U. men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams return to action for the North Central College Dr. Keeler Invitational, held Thursday-Friday, May 12-13, in Naperville, Ill.