Bears continue record-breaking season at Rose-Hulman

| Sports Reporter

Two more runners posted school records to help the Washington University men’s track & field team capture second place at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Engineer Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Dan Davis and senior Dave Spandorfer set new school marks in the 55-meter hurdles and mile run, respectively.

The women’s team also placed second at the 12-school meet, with both teams falling to Monmouth College.

“One of the highlights [of the meet] was definitely [Davis],” said Spandorfer, a co-captain. “The fact that he was able to break hurdle record is a pretty incredible accomplishment, and we’re all really happy for him.”

Davis and classmate Tyler Jackson both had impressive performances in the 55-meter hurdles, posting times of 7.50 and 7.62 seconds, respectively. In addition to breaking the school record in the event by 0.03 seconds, Davis automatically qualified for the NCAA Division III National Indoor Championships on Mar. 11. Jackson provisionally qualified for the championships with his time.

In addition to setting a new school record in the mile at 4:15.20, Spandorfer also met the provisional qualifying time by 0.60 for the NCAA meet in March.

In the 3,000-meter run, Spandorfer continued his strong meet and finished second with a time of 8:48.49, while junior teammate Michael Burnstein took first with a time of 8:47.75.

“This is our second time going to Rose-Hulman in three weeks, and we’re already seeing great progress,” Spandorfer said. “A lot of guys are running their personal bests, and these meets only help us get closer to our goal at running well at the conference meet.”

Other highlights from the men’s side included senior Ben Harmon, who won the long jump with a distance of 6.92 meters; senior Chris Brennan, who finished as the runner-up in the 800-meter run (1:59.78); and senior co-captain Chris Malaya, who placed third in the 400-meter run (50.81).

On the women’s side, sophomore co-captain Anne Diaz-Arrastia won the triple jump with a distance of 10.86 meters and placed second in the long jump at 5.16 meters.

“All the success we’ve had this season has been great,” Diaz-Arrastia said. “Everyone is running really well so far, and it’s great to see that kind of momentum so early in the season….It’s going to be really exciting to see the development of our team as the season continues.”

Freshman Anna Etherington won the pole vault by clearing 3.20 meters, and senior Sangeeta Hardy won the 800-meter run with a season-best 2:19.53. Teammate Erica Jackey finished right behind her in second place with a time of 2:19.75.

Co-captain Liz Phillips continued her dominant season, placing second in the 3,000-meter run (10:42.11), and senior Jessica Londeree finished as the runner-up in the mile with a time of 5:13.92.

“This is one of the best meets we’ve had all season,” head coach Jeff Stiles said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but we are getting better each week. We are a really motivated team, and I think both [the men’s and women’s teams] have a great shot to win the [conference].”

The teams continue their season this weekend at a two-day competition at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. The Bob Keck Pentathalon begins at 4 p.m. Friday, and the Bob Keck Invitational follows at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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