Washington U. Sweeps Team Titles at Mini Meet to Open Outdoor Season

Washington U. Sweeps Team Titles at Mini Meet to Open Outdoor Season

St. Louis, Mo., March 21, 2014 - The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams opened their outdoor seasons by sweeping the team titles at the WUSTL Mini Meet Friday evening at Bushyhead Track.

The Washington U. women scored 267 team points to win the five-team meet by more than 100 points over runner-up Wheaton College (156). The WUSTL men also finished first in the team standings with 223 points, topping runner-up Wheaton by 73 points.

Junior James Hallwood had a pair of career-best times for the Washington U. men on the day. Hallwood won the 100 in a career-best time of 10.86. He followed that by finished second in the 200 with a time of 21.79. Hallwood's time in the 200 was a career-best and also ranks third all-time at Washington University.

Seniors Katie Sandson and Jasmine Williams were each part of three first-place finishes to lead the WUSTL women on the day. Sandson won the 100 in 12.59, before posting a career-best time of 25.82 to win the 200. Williams took first in both the high jump (1.66m) and long jump (5.51m). Sandson, Williams, and seniors Ahkianne Wanliss and Liz Godar also teamed up to win the 400 relay in a time of 50.07.

Four other individuals won events for the Washington U. men at the meet – junior Troy Makous (pole vault, 4.55m), sophomores Alex Arteaga (110 hurdles, 15.65) and Mitchell Styczynski (high jump, 1.75m), and freshmen Dillon Williams (3,000 steeplechase, 9:54.87) all posted first-place finishes for the Bears.

The Washington U. women had seven other first-place finishes at the meet. In the field events, senior Anna Etherington led a first- through third-place sweep for WUSTL in the pole vault (3.90m), and junior Melissa Gilkey won the javelin with a throw of 38.08m. Washington U. had six of the top-seven finishers in the women's 1,500, led by freshman Sarah Curci's first-place finish in a time of 4:50.56. Junior Julie Mulvaney-Kemp won the 3,000 steeplechase (12:24.39), freshman Daisy Ogede (100 hurdles, 15.72) and senior Kathleen Valadez (5,000, 18:52.94) all won individuals titles, while the 1,600 relay team of seniors Nkele Davis and Allison Cesarz and freshmen Ashley Knudson and Rebecca Ridderhoff clocked a winning time of 4:12.44.

Washington University returns to action hosting the WU Invite Friday-Saturday, March 28-29. Events are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday, with Saturday's action getting underway at 10 a.m.