St. Louis, Mo., March 11, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams had 10 individuals qualify to compete in eight events at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, in Lincoln, Neb.
Five individuals from the Washington U. women's team will compete at the NCAA Championships – seniors Anna Etherington and Jasmine Williams; juniors Lucy Cheadle and Claire Simons; and sophomore Emily Warner. The Washington U. men will be represented by juniors Troy Makous, Drew Padgett and Brendan Stone; sophomore Josh Clark; and freshman Deko Ricketts. In addition, sophomore Alex Bastian will travel as an alternate for the WUSTL men's distance medley relay.
Cheadle qualified in a pair of individual events. She had the sixth-fastest qualifying time in the women's 5,000 and the eighth-best time in the 3,000. This is the third year in a row Cheadle will compete in the 5,000 at the NCAA Indoor Championships, after earning All-America each of the past two seasons by finishing sixth in 2012 and fifth in 2013. The 5,000 is scheduled for 5:50 p.m. Friday, while the 3,000 is set for 4:40 p.m. Saturday.
Padgett will compete in two events for the Washington U. men. He qualified with the 14th-fastest time in the 3,000. Padgett will also join Clark, Stone and Ricketts in competing in the distance medley relay, which qualified in 11th place. The men's 3,000 is scheduled to be run at 4:25 p.m. Saturday, and the distance medley relay races at 6:10 p.m. Friday.
Three student-athletes are scheduled to compete in the pole vault. Etherington is looking for All-America honors for the third year in a row in the women's pole vault. She finished fourth in 2012 and tied for fourth in 2013. Etherington posted the second-best mark in NCAA Division III this season. Simons will join her in the women's pole vault after qualifying with the ninth-best clearance this season. Makous will represent the WUSTL men in the pole vault after qualifying in 12th place. The men's pole vault is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Friday, followed by the women's at 3:30 p.m.
Williams and Warner are also scheduled to compete Friday. Williams qualified 11th in the women's long jump, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday. Warner posted the seventh-best qualifying time in the women's 800. She will race in the prelims at 4:20 p.m. Friday, looking to earn a spot in Saturday's finals set for 3:55 p.m. Warner placed fifth in the 800 at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships to earn her first career All-America honors.