Track and field teams end last home meet on high note with pair of second place finishes
The women’s team placed second out of eight and scored 110 points, falling behind first-place North Central College (114). The men’s team placed second out of five and scored 147 points, losing to first-place Central College (164).
“It was definitely an impressive meet for us,” head coach Jeff Stiles said. “We competed well, and there were improvements in certain areas that we were working [on] this past week. I’m pleased with how we did.”
Sophomore Anna Etherington led the women’s team in the pole vault as she posted a height of 3.87 meters on her finals attempt, beating her personal-best by 12 centimeters and breaking the school record of 3.76 meters, which Morgen Leonard-Fleckman set four years ago. Etherington’s school record of 3.87 meters is fourth in NCAA Division III for this season.
“I thought she was really impressive,” senior Tucker Hartley said. “It was exciting to see her break that record and we’re proud of her accomplishment. I think she definitely showed the potential for this team to perform well for the rest of the season.”
Sophomore Jasmine Williams reached a personal-best height of 1.62 meters in the women’s high jump, finishing first in the event. In the long jump, Williams also had a third-place finish, posting a height of 5.01 meters.
Senior Amanda Matheson won the 100-meter hurdles event, finishing with a time of 16.01, her season best. Sophomore Shannon Howell came in second place behind Matheson (16.24).
In the women’s 3,000 meters, Wash. U. had a 1-2-3 finish. Freshman Beatrice Gantzer placed first with a time of 10:43.29, and sophomores Gabby Reuveni (10:53.65) and Ariana Montanez (10:55.51) finished second and third, respectively.
The men’s team also had an impressive day with four individual event champions. In the high jump, senior Justin Pieper posted a season-best of 2.00 meters, one centimeter short of his personal best, to win the event. Freshman Tyler Frank finished first in the 400-meter hurdles, recording a season-best time of 56.75 while freshman Jake Bruemmer took third-place (57.94).
Senior Tyler Jackson won the men’s 110 hurdles, recording a time of 14.91. In the 3,000-meters, the men’s team impressively swept the event with first through fifth place finishes. Senior Michael Burnstein led the way with a time of 8:42.34 while freshman Garret Patrick (8:43.22), sophomore Elliott Petterson (8:43.37), Hartley (8:46.11) and sophomore Justin Rodriguez (8:49.49) placed second through fifth, respectively.
With this meet being the final home tune-up opportunity, the team as a whole feels confident that its successes will continue through the end of May.
“I think we’re ready to get into serious competition,” Hartley said. “Throughout these first few meets, the team has bonded very well together, and it’s helped us become better. We’re excited to see how we do when we get to the UAA championship meet.”
The Bears will return to action on April 13 and 14 as they take on Division I Saint Louis University.