Normal, Ill., May 3, 2014 – A pair of school-record performances highlighted the day for the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams at the Redbird Invitational hosted by Illinois State University Saturday.
Junior James Hallwood broke a 26-year-old school record to finish second in the men's 200 with a time of 21.41. The time was more than more than two-tenths of a second faster than his previous career-best, and bettered the previous Washington University record of 21.50 set by Marvin Williams in 1988. Hallwood ranks ninth in NCAA Division III with the time. Hallwood added a fourth-place finish in the 100 in a time of 10.87. Senior Alan Komorowski also clocked season-best times to finish fourth in the 200 (21.84) and sixth in the 100 (10.95).
Hallwood and Komorowski also teamed with juniors Troy Makous and Nick Alaniva to set the school record in the 400 relay. The WUSTL team clocked a time of 41.71, which easily broke the previous record of 41.92 set in 2009, and ranks 19th in NCAA Division III this season. Makous equaled his career-best to finish third in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.75 meters.
Junior Melissa Gilkey and senior Anna Etherington each won individual events to lead the Washington U. women at the meet. Gilkey recorded a season-best throw of 42.27m to win the javelin. The mark is tied for 11th in NCAA Division III this season. Etherington won the pole vault with a clearance of 3.90m. Senior Jasmine Williams added a pair of top-three finishes for the WUSTL women, placing second in the high jump (1.55m) and third in the long jump (5.08m).
Freshman Deko Ricketts placed third in the men's 800 with a season-best time of 1:52.69, which is the second-fastest time in Washington University history and ranks 20th in NCAA Division III. Sophomores Britt Henderson (1:53.90) and Alex Bastian (1:54.19) both posted season-best times to finish fourth and sixth, respectively. Ricketts and Bastian also joined sophomore James Fitzhugh and senior Arthur Townsend to finish second in the 1,600 relay. The team's time of 3:16.42 ranks second in Washington U. school history and 19th in NCAA Division III this season. Freshman Jack MacCarthy provided the only first-place finish for the Washington U. men, taking first in the 110 hurdles in 15.57.
The Washington University men's and women's track & field teams return to action at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College Thursday-Friday, May 8-9 in Naperville, Ill.