Terre Haute, Ind., April 18, 2014 – Six first-place finishes highlighted the day for the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams as they both finished second in the team standings at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Twilight Meet Friday evening.
The Washington U. men scored 136 points to finish second behind host Rose-Hulman, who won the team title with 159 points. Illinois Wesleyan University won the women's team title with 204.33 points, while Washington U. scored 162.33 to finish second.
Freshman Jimmy Qiao led a first- through third-place sweep for Washington U. in the men's 3,000. He set a stadium record with his winning time of 8:42.97. Freshman Ben Rosenkranz finished second in 8:50.20, while junior Ryan Senci was third in 8:50.84.
Sophomore Emily Warner led five top-six finishers for the Washington U. women in the 800. She clocked a winning time of 2:12.28, which was just .01 of a second off her career-best, and ranks eighth in NCAA Division III this season. Sophomore Ellen Toennies (2:16.59), and seniors Elizabeth Worley (2:19.50), Kylie Ziolkowski (2:20.19) and Katy Barron (2:22.40) followed in third through sixth, respectively. The times for Toennies and Ziolkowski were both career-bests.
Junior James Hallwood was the other event-winner for the WUSTL men at the meet, racing to first in the 100 with a time of 10.99. Senior Alan Komorowski finished third in the event with a time of 11.22. Hallwood (22.18) and Komorowski (22.25) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200, and teamed with juniors Troy Makous and Nick Alaniva to place second in the 400 relay. Their relay time of 41.95 was just .03 of a second off the five-year-old school record, and ranks 13th in NCAA Division III this season. Komorowski added a fifth-place finish in the javelin with a career-best throw of 47.36 meters.
Senior Anna Etherington won the women's pole vault with a clearance of 3.80m, while junior Claire Simons and senior Moira Killoran each cleared 3.35m to finish second and fourth, respectively. Senior Jasmine Williams won the high jump with a clearance of 1.66m, and added a third-place finish in the long jump (5.32m). Junior Melissa Gilkey was the final event-winner for the Washington U. women, taking first in the javelin with a throw of 37.84m.
Freshman Daisy Ogede had a busy day for the WUSTL women, placing in the top three in four different events. She finished second in the 200 with a time of 25.77, while senior Katie Sandson was third in 26.27. Ogede added third-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (15.49) and 100 (12.67), and Sandson was fourth in the 100 in 12.84. Sandson and Ogede also teamed with senior Liz Godar and freshman Rebecca Ridderhoff to finish second in the 400 relay in 49.49.
The Washington U. men had four other runner-up finishes at the meet. Sophomore Alex Arteaga clocked a career-best time of 15.55 to finish second in the 110 hurdles, and added a third-place finish in the long jump (6.47m). Freshman Deko Ricketts took second in the 400 in a season-best time of 49.67, and sophomore Josh Clark posted a career-best time of 1:54.40 to finish second in the 800. Freshman Conor Cashner was seventh in the 800 in a season-best time of 1:57.75. Junior Will Strauss added a runner-up finish in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 10:19.58.
Freshman Annie Marggraff (10:35.51), sophomore Emily Blagg (10:45.72) and freshman Carlye Chaney (11:10.62) finished second, fourth and eighth, respectively, in the women's 3,000. Senior Nkele Davis, freshman Ashley Knudson, senior Alison Cesarz and Warner teamed up to finish second in the 1,600 relay in a time of 4:01.52.
Freshman Mark Terng posted a season-best leap of 12.71m to finish third in the men's triple jump. Alaniva, freshman Ben Horowitz and Makous each cleared 4.42m in the men's pole vault to place third, fifth and seventh, respectively. Senior Caleb Ford added a fourth-place finish in the 1,500 for the WUSTL men with a time of 4:01.89.
The Washington University track & field teams return to action at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships hosted by the University of Chicago Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27. The Washington U. men have won the last five UAA Outdoor Championships, while the WUSTL women have finished third in each of the last three seasons.