Naperville, Ill., May 10, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams set two school records and had eight performances that rank in the top-25 in NCAA Division III this season to highlight the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College Thursday and Friday.
Juniors Nick Alaniva and Troy Makous both cleared a career-best height of 4.91 meters to set the school record in the men's pole vault Thursday evening. Alaniva finished second in the event, while Makous was tied for third. The mark was more than 15 centimeters better than Makous' previous career-best and more than 20 cm better than Alaniva's, and it broke the previous record of 4.85m set by Ryker Jones in 2004. The two WUSTL athletes are now tied for fourth on the NCAA Division III leaderboard this season. Alaniva and Makous also joined junior James Hallwood and senior Alan Komorowski to finish sixth in the 400 relay in a time of 41.85.
Freshman Deko Ricketts moved into seventh on the NCAA Division III leaderboard in the men's 800, finishing third in a time of 1:51.04. He also teamed with Hallwood, sophomore James Fitzhugh and senior Arthur Townsend to break the school record in the 1,600 relay in a time of 3:14.38 to finish fourth in the event. The time was nearly two seconds better than the previous record of 3:16.24 set in 2007, and ranks ninth in NCAA Division III this season.
In the women's 800, sophomore Emily Warner raced to a first-place time in the field of 63 runners with a career-best time of 2:10.13. It is the second-fastest time in Washington U. school history and ranks third in NCAA Division III this season. Junior Melissa Gilkey recorded a season-best throw of 42.71m to win the women's javelin at the meet. Her mark moved her up to 12th on the NCAA Division III leaderboard for the season.
Sophomore Josh Clark placed fifth in the men's 1,500 with a career-best time of 3:51.60, which ranks second in Washington U. school history. The time also puts Clark 24th on the NCAA Division III leaderboard. Junior Drew Padgett placed eighth in the event with a career-best time of 3:52.56. Junior Lucy Cheadle also posted a career-best time in the women's 1,500, placing fifth in 4:33.32. Her time ranks ninth in NCAA Division III this season.
Senior Anna Etherington won the women's pole vault with a clearance of 3.92m, while junior Claire Simons was fifth with a mark of 3.52m. The WUSTL men had two other individuals finish third at the meet. Freshman Jack MacCarthy was third in the triple jump (12.80m) and junior Brendan Stone took third in the 400 hurdles (53.88).
The Washington University track & field teams finish the regular season by competing at the Gregory Invitational hosted by North Central College Thursday-Friday, May 15-16, in Naperville, Ill.