Washington U. Men’s Track & Field Wins I55 Triangular, Women Finish Second
Bloomington, Ill., Jan. 19, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s track & field team finished first and the women finished second at the I55 Triangular Saturday at Illinois Wesleyan University.
The WUSTL men won five of the 16 events contested and scored 123 points to win the team trophy for the second year in a row. The University of Chicago finished second with 107 points, while host Illinois Wesleyan was third with 93. On the women’s side, IWU won the team title with 119 points. Washington U. scored 98 points, edging Chicago by three points for second place.
Sophomore Zach Lonneman led a first- through third-place sweep for the WUSTL men in the shot put. Lonneman recorded a toss of 13.91 meters to win the event by exactly one meter over senior Tom Arnold (12.91m). Sophomore Ian Montague finished third with a throw of 11.25m.
On the track, junior Arthur Townsend led a 1-2 finish in the men’s 400 with a winning time of 51.19. Freshman James Fitzhugh placed second with a time of 51.67. Sophomore Brendan Stone won the 800 for the second week in a row with a time of 1:59.42, nearly three seconds faster than his previous season best. Junior Kevin Sparks added a first-place finish for the Washington U. men in the 3,000. He clocked a winning time of 8:44.59.
The fifth event title for the Bears on the men’s side came in the distance medley relay. The team of freshman Josh Clark, freshman Britt Henderson, sophomore Kyle O’Malley and freshman Vince Stephen posted a winning time of 10:42.75.
Senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia led the way for the WUSTL women, winning the long jump with a career-best leap of 5.59m. The mark was more than 40 centimeters better than her previous indoor best, and ranks second all-time on Washington University’s women’s indoor long jump list.
Freshman Natasha Tillett led a first- through fifth-place sweep for the Washington U. women in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.55m. Diaz-Arrastia also cleared 1.55m and placed second. Junior Jasmine Williams and freshman Maisie Mahoney both cleared 1.50m to finish third and fourth, respectively, and senior Lauren Mardis followed in fifth with a clearance of 1.45m.
Freshman Emily Warner won the 200 with a time of 26.59, and added a second-place finish in the 400 with a time of 59.42. The final event win for the Washington U. women came in the pole vault. Junior Anna Etherington won the event with a season-best clearance of 3.73m.
The Washington University track & field teams return to action at the Engineer Invitational Saturday, Jan. 26, in Terre Haute, Ind.