Track & Field Sweeps Team Titles at Billiken Invitational

Track & Field Sweeps Team Titles at Billiken Invitational

St. Louis, Mo., April 12, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams combined for seven first-place finishes as they both finished first in the team standings at the Billiken Invitational hosted by Saint Louis University Friday and Saturday.

The Washington University women scored 173.5 points to take first over NCAA Division I University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who scored 158. The Washington U. men also won the team title, scoring 172.5 points to edge Wisconsin-Milwaukee by 5.5 points.

Senior Anna Etherington posted a season-best with a clearance of 4.00 meters to win the women's pole vault. The mark ranks second in NCAA Division III this season and also equaled her own facility record in the event. Junior Claire Simons placed second with a mark of 3.55m, while senior Moira Killoran tied for fifth (3.25m). In the men's pole vault, junior Nick Alaniva tied the facility record with a vault of 4.70m to win the event. Freshman Dominic Maley finished third with a season-best mark of 4.10m.

Seniors Kevin Sparks and Michael Ellenberger finished first and second in the men's 10,000. Sparks set a facility record with his winning time of 30:27.05, which ranks eighth in NCAA Division III this season. Ellenberger was second in a time of 30:38.38, which is 11th on the NCAA Division III performance list.

In the men's 200, Washington U. had three of the top-five finishers in the unseeded race. Sophomore James Fitzhugh won with a time of 22.62, while junior Tim Elliott (23.02) and senior Arthur Townsend (23.12) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Junior James Hallwood placed fifth in the seeded 200 with a career-best time of 21.77, which ranks third in Washington U. history.

Junior Melissa Gilkey won the women's javelin with a throw of 38.60m. Sophomore Emily Warner was the third event-winner of the meet for the Washington U. women, taking first in the unseeded 200 with a time of 25.71.

Junior Ryan Senci was the final event-winner of the meet for the WUSTL men, taking first in the unseeded 1,500 with a time of 4:10.85. Sophomore Billy Tucker placed fifth in the event with a time of 4:19.19. Sophomore Josh Clark placed fourth in the seeded 1,500 with a time of 3:58.28.

Junior Lucy Cheadle posted a pair of runner-up finishes at the meet. She was second in the 1,500 with a time of 4:36.72, which ranks ninth in NCAA Division III this season. Cheadle also placed second in the seeded 800 in a time of 2:19.08. Sophomore Ellen Toennies also placed in both events, finishing fourth in the 1,500 (4:47.82) and in the 800 (2:21.11).

Freshman Daisy Ogede finished in the top-four with season-bests in three different events. She was third in the seeded 200 (25.37) and placed fourth in the 100 (12.57) and 100 hurdles (15.43). Senior Jasmine Williams equaled her career-best in the long jump with a mark of 5.58m to finish second. She added a third-place finish in the high jump with a clearance of 1.62m.

Sophomore Britt Henderson finished as the runner-up in the men's 800 in a time of 1:55.01, while sophomore Alex Bastian placed fourth in 1:57.24. Freshman Jimmy Qiao clocked a season-best time of 15:08.59 to place third in the men's 5,000.

The Washington U. track & field teams return to action at the Rose-Hulman Twilight meet Friday, April 18 in Terre Haute, Ind.