Lincoln, Neb., March 15, 2014 – Juniors Lucy Cheadle and Drew Padgett both broke their own school records on their way to All-America finishes in the women's and men's 3,000 meters for the Washington University in St. Louis track & field teams Saturday on the final day of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Cheadle earned her second All-America honor of the meet by placing seventh in the women's 3,000. Just six-tenths of a second separated the fifth- through seventh-place finishers in the race. Cheadle's time of 9:46.91 was more than four seconds better than her previous school record of 9:51.11 set at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships two weeks ago. With her fourth-place finish in the 5,000 Friday evening, Cheadle is just the second women's athlete in school history to earn All-America honors in more than one individual event at the NCAA Indoor Championships, joining Anne Diaz-Arrastia, who did so in the pentathlon and triple jump in 2013.
Padgett raced to his first-career All-America honor in the men's 3,000. He also finished seventh in the race, clocking a time of 8:19.94. Padgett's time was more than two seconds faster than his school record of 8:21.99 that he also set at the 2014 UAA Championships. He is just the 13th men's indoor All-American in Washington University school history.
The Washington University women scored 11 team points at the NCAA Indoor Championships to finish 20th in the team standings. It marks the eighth top-20 finish in school history for the Washington U. women. Padgett's two points placed Washington U. in a tie for 58th in the men's team standings, which is the ninth time in school history the WUSTL men have scored at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Overall, Washington U. had five All-America finishes at the meet. In addition to the two by Cheadle and one for Padgett, seniors Anna Etherington (women's pole vault) and Jasmine Williams (women's long jump) also earned All-America honors with seventh-place finishes during Friday's action.