Washington U.’s Anna Etherington Sets Pole Vault Record at WUSTL Mini Meet to Open Outdoor Season
St. Louis, Mo., March 22, 2012 – Junior Anna Etherington broke her own school record in the women’s pole vault to highlight several strong performances by the Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track & field teams in the first outdoor meet of the season at the WUSTL Mini Meet Friday.
Behind four first-place finishes, the Washington University women placed first in the team standings with 150 points, edging runner-up Wheaton College (Ill.) who finished with 147. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville won the men’s team title with 265.16 points. Washington U. scored 125.5 points to finish second, while Loras College was third with 120.33.
Etherington opened the outdoor season with a record-setting mark in winning the pole vault. She cleared a height of 4.02 meters, which improved her own school record in the event by one centimeter. The mark was also six centimeters higher than the previous stadium record set in 2005 by Amanda Haines of Siena Heights University. Sophomore Claire Simons finished second in the event with an outdoor career-best height of 3.45m.
Sophomore Connor Duermit turned in one of the top performances for the Washington U. men, finishing second in the javelin. Duermit recorded a throw of 58.58m, which was more than six meters better than his previous career long. The throw also moved Duermit into second on Washington University’s all-time career leaderboard, behind school record-holder Keith England (61.00m).
The Washington U. men had one first-place finish on the day, sweeping first through fourth in the 10,000 meters. Senior David Hamm won the event with a career-best time of 30:44.70, nearly 18 seconds faster than his previous best. Junior Michael Ellenberger also posted a career-best (30:51.16) to finish second, while junior Kevin Sparks (30:59.67) and sophomore Garrett Patrick (31:36.66) followed in third and fourth, respectively.
Freshman Bri Tiffany had two top-two finishes for the Washington U. women. She won the 800 with a time of 2:22.32, and placed second in the 1,500 in 4:49.70. Sophomore Melissa Gilkey also earned an individual title, winning the women’s javelin with a toss of 39.68m. The final event champion for the WUSTL women was the 1,600 relay team of junior Alison Cesarz, junior Nkele Davis, freshman Emily Warner and junior Jasmine Williams, who clocked a winning time of 4:10.91 in the event.
Sophomore Andrew Catanese (3,000 steeplechase – 9:51.22) and freshman Joshua Clark (1,500 – 4:03.93) also had runner-up finishes for the Washington U. men. Junior Madison Cannon (shot put – 11.31m) and junior Lizzy Handschy (5,000 – 18:40.58) each posted runner-up finishes for the WUSTL women, while sophomore Julie Mulvaney-Kemp (12:11.62) and freshman Tori Cooke (12:18.51) finished second and third in the 3,000 steeplechase, respectively.
The Washington University track & field teams return to action with the second of three home outdoor meets next weekend. The WUSTL Invitational is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 29-30, at Bushyhead Track.