Women’s Pole Vault Dominates Day One of Billiken Invite

Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos

St. Louis, Mo., April 6, 2018 – Freshman Julia Dannenbaum's first place finish in the women's pole vault highlighted day one of the Billiken Invitational for the Washington University in St. Louis track & field program Friday evening.

The No. 4-ranked WashU women have 34 points and trail Division I host Saint Lous University by eight points. The Bears men have six points and head into Saturday's events in seventh place out of nine teams competing.

Dannenbaum and junior Heidi Nassos posted the same heights on their pole vaults, clearing 3.49m but Dannenbaum took first on misses.

The Bears pole vaulters took five of the six placements as junior Dominique Meyer (3.34m), freshman Karina Marin (2.74m) and sophomore Anika Boyd (2.74m) placed three through five.

Freshman Eka Jose also earned a point for the WashU women as she placed eighth overall in the long jump with a mark of 4.79m. Freshman Randal Walker was 14th in the hammer throw with a distance of 36.81m. Sophomore Rachel Kershner placed fourth in javelin with a throw of 32.12m.

Senior Ezugo Onejeme earned five points for the WashU men by placing fifth with a jump of 6.32m. Sophomore Brandon Hutchison placed ninth overall to earn a point for the Bears in the long jump as well, 5.86m. Meanwhile, Quin Preston launched the hammer a season-best 44.00m to place ninth overall.

Top Finishes




9. Quin Preston – 44.00m


14. Randal Walker – 36.81m

11. Jacob Rother – 20.30m


4. Rachel Kershner – 32.12m

5. Ezugo Onejeme – 6.32m

Long Jump

8. Eka Jose – 4.79m

Saturday 12:30 p.m.

Pole Vault

1. Julia Dannenbaum – 3.49m

5. Justin Hurley – 2:08.06

800m (Prelims)


Saturday's action begins at 10 a.m. in field events while track is set to start at 12 p.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.