Lincoln, Neb., March 14, 2014 – Junior Lucy Cheadle smashed her own school record en route to a fourth-place finish in the women's 5,000 meter run to highlight three All-America performances for the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams Friday at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Cheadle raced to her third straight All-America honor in the 5,000 with a time of 16:47.46 to finish in fourth place. She was just .25 of a second behind the third-place finisher. University of La Verne senior Lenore Moreno set a meet record to win the event in 16:39.16. Cheadle's time was nearly 17 seconds better than her previous school-record time of 17:04.20 set at the 2013 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships.
Seniors Anna Etherington and Jasmine Williams also earned spots on the podium for the Washington U. women Friday. Etherington cleared a height of 3.80 meters to finish seventh in the pole vault. It marks the third straight All-America finish in the event for Etherington, who placed fourth each of the past two years. Williams picked up the first indoor All-America honor of her career with a seventh-place finish in the women's long jump. She recorded a leap of 5.52m, which was just seven centimeters off her career-best in the event.
Juniors Claire Simons and Troy Makous each posted 10th-place finishes on the day. Simons was 10th in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 3.70m, while Makous finished 10th in the men's pole vault with a height of 4.60m. The men's distance medley relay team of sophomore Josh Clark, freshman Deko Ricketts, and juniors Brendan Stone and Drew Padgett raced to a 10th-place finish with a time of 10:04.21, just three seconds off their school-record time set a week ago. Sophomore Emily Warner competed in the women's 800 Friday, finishing 15th with a time of 2:17.77.
The Washington U. women sit in 11th place in the team standings with nine points. Cheadle and Padgett are each scheduled to compete during the final day of competition Saturday. Padgett is set to compete in the men's 3,000 at 4:25 p.m., while Cheadle will try to earn her second All-America honor of the meet when she runs the women's 3,000 at 4:40.