Ada, Ohio, March 5, 2016 – Washington University in St. Louis senior Alex Arteaga broke his own school record in the heptathlon at the Polar Bear Final Qualifier hosted by Ohio Northern University Friday-Saturday.
Arteaga finished second in the event with a score of 4,767, which was 32 points better than his previous record set last season. The score moved Arteaga into eighth on the NCAA Division III leaderboard this season. He equaled his career-best with a clearance of 1.90 meters in the high jump and posted the best mark in the pole vault (4.23m). Arteaga finished the heptathlon by taking nearly three seconds off his career-best to finish the 1,000 in 2:51.87.
Three pole vaulters also competed at the meet for WashU. Senior Melanie Ehrenberg and freshman Heidi Nassos both cleared 3.46m to finish ninth and 10th, respectively, in the women's pole vault, while sophomore Jacob Rother was unable to clear his opening height in the men's event.
The WashU track & field teams will finish their indoor seasons at the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships March 11-12 in Grinnell, Iowa. Official qualifiers are scheduled to be released Monday, March 7.