Anne Diaz-Arrastia’s Record-Breaking Day Leads Washington U. Track & Field Teams at Bob Keck Invite
Bloomington, Ill., Feb. 2, 2013 – Senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia posted the top mark in NCAA Division III this season while setting a Washington University in St. Louis school record in the women’s indoor pentathlon to lead WUSTL’s track & field teams at the Bob Keck Invite Friday and Saturday at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Diaz-Arrastia accumulated 3,341 points to win the pentathlon by 114 points over runner-up Megan Stringer of Illinois College. Her winning mark included personal bests in both the 60-meter hurdles (9.35) and the 800 (2:28.68). Diaz-Arrastia’s pentathlon score bettered the previous Washington U. school record of 3,245 by Alli Alberts set in 2009, and moved to the top of the Division III leaderboard in the event.
Junior Jasmine Williams won a pair of individual titles for the WUSTL women. She posted season-best marks to win both the long jump (5.27m) and the high jump (1.65m). Williams’ long jump mark also ranks 11th in Division III this season. Freshman Maisie Mahoney finished fifth in the high jump with a season-best clearance of 1.55m, while freshman Natasha Tillett placed fifth in the long jump with a season-best mark of 5.10m.
Freshman Emily Warner was WUSTL’s only other individual winner, racing to first in the 800 with a time of 2:18.65. She also teamed with Diaz-Arrastia, junior Nkele Davis and junior Alison Cesarz to place first in the 1,600 relay with a time of 4:07.09. Warner picked up her third first-place finish of the day, joining freshman Bri Tiffany, Davis and sophomore Lucy Cheadle to win the distance medley relay in a time of 12:08.13, the fifth-fastest time in Division III this season.
The Washington U. men were led by senior David Hamm and sophomore Andrew Catanese, who finished second and third in the 3,000, respectively. Hamm placed third in 8:47.03, while Catanese was fourth in 8:47.23.
The men’s 1,600 relay team of freshman James Fitzhugh, sophomore Brendan Stone, freshman Connor Furlong and junior Arthur Townsend placed third in a time of 3:27.85. Sophomore Kyle O’Malley, Furlong, senior Michael Benjamin and senior Victor Pinedo added a third-place finish in the distance medley relay with a time of 10:55.39.
The Washington University track & field teams return to action at the Fighting Scots Invitational hosted by Monmouth College Saturday, Feb. 9, in Monmouth, Ill.