Cheadle, Etherington, Padgett Named UAA Track & Field Athletes of the Week

Cheadle, Etherington, Padgett Named UAA Track & Field Athletes of the Week

St. Louis, Mo., March 31, 2014 – Three members of the Washington University in St. Louis track & field teams were selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week after their outstanding performances at the WU Invitational Friday-Saturday in St. Louis.

Junior Lucy Cheadle was named the UAA Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week for the first time this season and second time in her career, while senior Anna Etherington earned UAA Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week honors for the sixth time in her career and first time this season. Junior Drew Padgett was tabbed as the UAA Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week for the first time this season and third time in his career.

Cheadle set Washington University stadium and school records on her way to winning the women's 3,000 steeplechase at the WU Invitational Saturday. She finished the race in 10:29.58, which was nearly 45 seconds ahead of the runner-up from NCAA Division II Truman State University. Cheadle's time was more than 12 seconds faster than her previous career-best and broke the school record of 10:40.00 set by Sarah Fisher in 2012. It also set a Bushyhead Track stadium record, bettering the previous time of 10:42.14 set in 2009. Cheadle ranks first in NCAA Division III in the event, and is nearly 15 seconds faster than the second-ranked time this season.

Etherington finished first out of 41 athletes in the women's pole vault at the WU Invitational Friday evening. She won the event with a season-best mark of 3.95m, clearing it on her first attempt before just brushing the bar off on her third attempt at a school-record height of 4.06m. Etherington's mark ranks first in NCAA Division III this season.

Padgett broke the stadium and school records in winning the men's 5,000 at the WU Invitational Friday night. He crossed the finish line in 14:10.80, which was nearly five seconds faster than the runner-up finisher in the field of 160 runners from all collegiate divisions. Padgett bettered his own school record in the event by nearly 15 seconds and also broke the 26-year-old stadium record of 14:21.54 set in 1988 by Craig Virgin. Padgett's time is the fastest in NCAA Division III this season by nearly 12 seconds.