Stevens Point, Wis., March 8, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's distance medley relay team set the school record to highlight strong performances by the men's and women's track & field teams Saturday at the Point National Qualifier.
The men's distance medley relay team of sophomore Josh Clark, junior Brendan Stone, freshman Deko Ricketts and junior Drew Padgett won the event with a school-record time of 10:01.07. The time bettered the previous record of 10:02.69 set in 2005, and ranks 13th in NCAA Division III this season.
Junior Troy Makous tied for first in the men's pole vault with a career-best clearance of 4.82 meters. His mark ranks second in Washington University history and is 12th in NCAA Division III this season. Junior Nick Alaniva tied for third with a height 4.67m.
In the women's pole vault senior Anna Etherington equaled her season-best with a clearance of 3.91m, which is the second-best mark in NCAA Division III this season. Junior Claire Simons tied for third with a clearance of 3.56m. Sophomore Emily Warner placed third in the women's 800 with a time of 2:13.40, which ranks eighth in NCAA Division III this season.
Sophomores James Fitzhugh, Alex Bastian and Vince Stephen also competed at the meet for the Washington U. men. Fitzhugh finished 16th in the 400 with a time of 50.76, while Bastian finished 29th with a season-best of 52.14. Stephen placed 22nd in the mile with a time of 4:31.93.
The official qualifiers for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled to be announced via a press release on NCAA.com Monday, March 10. The NCAA Division III Indoor Championships are scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, in Lincoln, Neb.