Washington U. Men’s Track & Field Wins WUSTL Select Meet, Women Finish Second
St. Louis, Mo., April 7, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track & field teams combined to win 11 events as the men finished first and the women placed second at the WUSTL Select Meet Saturday.
The Washington University men scored 145 points to win the team title over runner-up Central College (136). Illinois Wesleyan University (133) won the women’s team title, edging Washington U. who finished second with 128 points.
Junior Kevin Sparks finished first in the men’s 1,500 in 4:02.69, and placed second in the 3,000 with a time of 8:54.67. Sophomore Drew Padgett won the 3,000 in 8:36.13. Freshman James Fitzhugh (50.04) and junior Arthur Townsend (50.63) posted a 1-2 finish for the WUSTL men in the 400. Fitzhugh and Townsend also teamed up with freshmen Connor Furlong and Alex Bastian to win the 1,600 relay in a time of 3:23.07.
The final win on the track for the Washington U. men was in the 400 relay. Sophomores Troy Makous, James Hallwood and Nick Alaniva, and senior Ryan Doll raced to first place in the event with a time of 43.00. Doll also placed second in the 200, clocking the third-fastest time in Washington University school history (21.83).
The Washington U. women had three event winners in the field events, including a top-three sweep in the pole vault. Junior Anna Etherington won the event with a clearance of 3.55m, while sophomore Claire Simons and junior Moira Killoran tied for second with a height of 3.35m.
Senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia and junior Jasmine Williams finished first and second in the women’s long jump with marks of 5.58m and 5.41m, respectively. Diaz-Arrastia also finished third in the 200 with a time of 25.30, which ranks third all-time at Washington U. Williams added a first-place finish in the high jump, equaling her career-best with a clearance of 1.68m, which ranks second at WUSTL all-time.
Three individuals also won field events for the Washington U. men. Freshman Mitchell Styczynski cleared 1.80m to win the high jump. Senior Justin Rackley won the triple jump with a career-best mark (12.58m) and sophomore Connor Duermit finished first in the javelin (56.17m).
Washington U. returns to action at the SLU Invitational hosted by Saint Louis University Friday-Saturday, April 12-13.