Chicago, Ill., April 26, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams combined for four individual first-place finishes as both teams sit second in the team standings after the first day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor Championships Saturday.
The Washington U. men scored 62 points in seven events Saturday to sit seven points behind Carnegie Mellon University (69). The WUSTL women are also second in the team standings, tallying 67.5 points to be 10.5 points behind the University of Chicago.
Senior Anna Etherington won her fourth straight UAA title in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 3.80 meters. Junior Claire Simons also earned all-UAA recognition by finishing second with a mark of 3.36m, and senior Moira Killoran tied for fifth with a mark of 3.06m.
Senior Jasmine Williams claimer her first-career UAA Outdoor title in the women's long jump with a mark of 5.54m. Junior Lucy Cheadle was the third event-winner for the Washington U. women, taking first in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 11:00.96. Junior Julie Mulvaney-Kemp placed seventh in 11:52.55, while sophomore Tori Cooke ran a career-best time of 11:54.00 to finish eighth.
Junior Troy Makous posted the only first-place finish of the day for the WUSTL men, taking first in the pole vault with a mark of 4.57m. Junior Nick Alaniva also earned all-UAA honors by finishing third with a clearance of 4.42m. Alaniva added a runner-up finish in the men's long jump with a career-best mark of 6.73m.
The men's 3,200 relay team of freshman Conor Cashner, junior Drew Padgett, freshman Deko Ricketts and sophomore Josh Clark took second place with a time of 7:46.84. Senior Kylie Ziolkowski, sophomore Courtney Cleveland and seniors Katy Barron and Elizabeth Worley earned all-UAA honors by placing third with a time of 9:30.78.
Senior Madison Cannon placed sixth in the women's shot put with a mark of 10.12m, while freshman Betsy Weiner finished eighth with a toss of 9.64m. Juniors Ian Montague and Zach Lonneman both placed in the throwing events for the Washington U. men. Montague placed fifth in the hammer throw with a mark of 44.29m, while Lonneman took seventh in both the shot put (12.80m) and hammer throw (40.12m).
The Washington University track & field teams also had several runners advance to the finals in their respective events during Saturday's prelims. The final day of the 2014 UAA Outdoor Championships is scheduled to get underway with field events at 10 a.m. and running events beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.