Bears Compete at UAA Indoor Championships in Waltham, Mass.
Waltham, Mass., March 5, 2010 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s track and field team is in first place and the women’s team ranks second after one day of action at the 2010 University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships on Friday, March 5, in Waltham, Mass.
The WU men’s team tallied a first-day team score of 36 points, edging second-place Emory University by one point. The WUSTL women have a team score of 23, trailing first-place Chicago by 37 points.
The teams combined to capture three UAA Championships and set four NCAA Division III Indoor Championship provisional qualifying marks. The women’s distance medley relay team of senior Molly Schlamb, senior Allison Lee, junior Sangeeta Hardy and sophomore Liz Phillips took one UAA title with a conference record-breaking time of 12:11.67.
Junior Ben Harmon and sophomore Katie Hered represented Friday’s other UAA Championships for the Bears. Harmon won the long jump with an NCAA ‘B’ cut distance of 6.94 meters, while Hered cleared 3.4 meters in the pole vault to win her second-straight UAA indoor title.
Harmon earned a second All-UAA finish in the high jump, where he finished second with a height of 1.96 meters. Sophomore Michael Burnstein had the team’s other All-UAA performance of the day, placing third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:45.69, an NCAA provisional mark. Junior Dave Spandorfer also submitted a ‘B’ cut in the 5,000-meter, finishing fourth in 14:46.90.
In Friday’s preliminary action, senior Pierre Hoppenot advanced to a final in a pair of races. He ranked first overall in the 200-meter preliminaries with a school-record breaking time of 22.41, which eclipsed the record of 22.50 he set earlier this season. He was the third qualifier in the 55-meter with a time of 6.59.
Sophomore Dan Davis also qualified for a pair of Saturday afternoon finals. He was 0.02 behind Hoppenot to grab fourth in the 55-meter prelims, and his time of 7.61 in the 55-meter hurdle preliminaries registered as the top-time of the day. Harmon was fourth in the 55-hurdles with a time of 7.87.
Senior Chris Malaya advanced to the 400-meter dash final with a preliminary time of 51.03, and junior Chris Brennan will compete in the men’s 800-meter final on Saturday, after posting a mark of 1:57.97 in the prelims.
In women’s preliminary action, the Bears saw three student-athletes qualify for the women’s 800-meter final. Hardy led the way with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 2:15.89, which ranked first overall. Junior Kelli Blake (2:16.88) and sophomore Erica Jackey also advanced to Saturday’s 800 final. The other WU qualifier was in the 400-meter, where sophomore Elisabeth Stocking posted a time of 1:01.23, which stood as the fourth-best mark overall.
The Washington U. men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will conclude competition in the 2010 UAA Indoor Championships on Saturday, March 6, in Waltham, Mass.