Drew Padgett’s School Record Highlights Gregory Invite for Washington U. Track Teams
Naperville, Ill., May 17, 2013 - Sophomore Drew Padgett broke the Washington University in St. Louis school record in winning the men’s 5,000 meters to highlight 15 top-eight finishes for WUSTL at the Gregory Invitational hosted by North Central College Thursday-Friday.
Padgett took more than 12 seconds off his previous career-best time to win the men’s 5,000 in 14:25.47. The time broke the Washington University school record of 14:27.76 set by Dave Spandorfer in 2011, and also ranks 13th in NCAA Division III this season. Sophomore Ryan Senci placed fifth in the event with a time of 14:54.35.
Junior Anna Etherington also won an individual title at the meet, claiming the top spot in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 3.91 meters. Sophomore Claire Simons (3.56m) and junior Moira Killoran (3.26m) finished second and eighth, respectively. Freshman Emily Warner (800-2:13.66) and sophomore Melissa Gilkey (javelin-39.10m) posted fourth-place finishes for the Washington U. women at the meet.
Freshman Britt Henderson clocked a season-best time of 1:53.48 to finish eighth in the men’s 800. His time ranks third all-time at Washington University. Junior Evan Miller recorded a career-best time of 32:24.02 to place fifth in the 10,000. The 400 relay team of sophomores Troy Makous, James Hallwood and Nick Alaniva and senior Ryan Doll placed sixth with a time of 42.81. Doll (22.51) and Hallwood (22.57) added sixth- and seventh-place finishes, respectively, in the 200.
The WUSTL men also had three top-eight finishes in field events. Sophomore Connor Duermit finished second in the javelin with a throw of 57.72m. Makous (4.53m) and Alaniva (4.38m) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the pole vault.
The Washington University men’s and women’s track & field teams close the season at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25, in LaCrosse, Wis. The official qualifiers will be announced at 9 a.m. (ET) in a press release on NCAA.com. The top-16 relays, along with the top-20 individual men and the top-22 individual women in each event will qualify for the national championships.