Greenville, Ill., April 5, 2014 – Three first-place finishes highlighted the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams' performances at the Greenville Select Meet Saturday. The Washington U. men finished third out of 10 teams in the standings, while the WUSTL women were fourth out of 11 teams.
The Washington U. men scored 94.5 points to finish third overall, and the WUSTL women scored 89 points to place fourth. NCAA Division II Lindenwood University won both team titles, scoring 143 points on the men's side and 133.5 on the women's.
Junior Troy Makous was the lone event-winner for the Washington U. men. He cleared a height of 4.75 meters to take first in the pole vault. The mark was an outdoor career-best for Makous, and is tied with Ben Harmon for the third-highest outdoor mark in school history. Freshman Ben Horowitz also cleared a career-best height, finishing fourth with a mark of 4.45m, while freshman Dominic Maley finished sixth with a clearance of 4.00m.
Senior Anna Etherington and junior Claire Simons took the top-two spots in the women's pole vault for Washington U. Etherington cleared a winning height of 3.80m, while Simons finished second with a mark of 3.65m, which was just three centimeters shy of her outdoor career-best.
Sophomore Ellen Toennies raced to first place in the women's 1,500 with a career-best time of 4:43.03 to edge Maryville University's Elizabeth Kiblinger, who finished just .03 behind Toennies. Sophomore Emily Warner placed third with a time of 4:46.86, while sophomore Courtney Cleveland (4:47.27) and senior Katy Barron (4:47.46) both ran career-best times to place fifth and sixth, respectively. Warner added a third-place finish in the 200 with a time of 25.95.
Freshman Daisy Ogede finished fifth behind Warner in the 200 with a season-best time of 26.09. Ogede added third-place finishes in the 100 (12.87) and the 100 hurdles (16.06). Freshman Rebecca Ridderhoff finished fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.20.
Freshman Dillon Williams ran a season-best time of 9:46.30 to finish second in the men's 3,000 steeplechase. Sophomore Josh Clark added a runner-up finish in the 1,500 in 4:00.91, while sophomore Vince Stephen placed fourth with a career-best time of 4:04.79. Sophomore Alex Arteaga placed second in the long jump (6.45m) and junior Nick Alaniva finished fourth (6.35m). Arteaga also finished fourth in the 110 hurdles in 16.03, while freshman Jack MacCarthy placed third in a season-best time of 15.83.
The men's 1,600 relay team of senior Arthur Townsend, sophomore Alex Bastian, freshman Deko Ricketts and junior Brendan Stone finished second in a time of 3:18.95. Ricketts also placed third in the 400 in a time of 50.10, and sophomore James Fitzhugh was fifth in 50.67. Stone added a third-place finish in the 400 hurdles (57.44), and freshman Phillip DeRenzo followed in fourth place in the event (57.51).
Junior Melissa Gilkey recorded a throw of 37.91m to finish as the runner-up in the women's javelin. The women's 1,600 relay finished third in 4:05.10. In the 800, senior Kylie Ziolkowski ran an outdoor career-best time of 2:21.66 to finish fourth, and sophomore Nicole Migotsky was fifth in 2:22.13.
The Washington University track & field teams return to action at the Saint Louis University Invitational Friday-Saturday, April 11-12. Events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday, while Saturday's events get underway at 10 a.m.