WUSTL’s Anna Etherington, Anne Diaz-Arrastia Earn All-America Honors on Day One of NCAA Outdoor Championships
La Crosse, Wis., May 23, 2013 – Junior Anna Etherington and senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia each captured All-America honors for the Washington University in St. Louis women’s track & field team on the opening day of the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The Washington University women scored 11 points and sit in third place in the team standings after the first day of the competition. Ramapo College leads the women’s team standings with 27 points, while University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is second with 16.
Etherington earned the fourth All-America honors of her career with a runner-up finish in the women’s pole vault. She broke her own school record in the event with a clearance of 4.05 meters on her first attempt at the height. Etherington’s previous record was 4.02m set in the first meet of the outdoor season. She placed fourth in the event at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and also had fourth-place finishes at the 2012 and 2013 Indoor Championships.
Diaz-Arrastia also broke her own school record in the women’s long jump, finishing sixth with a mark of 5.78m. The jump was two centimeters better than her previous record set two weeks ago. It marks Diaz-Arrastia’s first outdoor All-America honors and third overall after placing fourth in the pentathlon and sixth in the triple jump at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Junior Kevin Sparks just missed earning All-America honors for the Washington U. men in the 10,000. He improved his career-best time to 30:16.94 to finish ninth, seven seconds behind the eighth-place finisher. Sparks’ time ranks second in school history in the event and was nearly two seconds better than his previous best.
Sophomore Claire Simons and junior Michael Ellenberger also competed Thursday in the women’s pole vault and men’s 10,000, respectively. A pair of Washington U. women will be in action Friday. Junior Jasmine Williams competes in the high jump at 2:15 p.m., while freshman Emily Warner races in the prelims of the 400 at 5:50 p.m.