Jan. 17, 2009


Courtesy of Washington-St. Louis

Terre Haute, Ind., January 16, 2009 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s track and field team scored 135 points to grab first place out of four teams at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Double-Dual Meet in Terre Haute, Ind., on Friday night. The Washington U. women fell to defending NCAA Division III national champion Illinois Wesleyan University, 78-66, at Rose-Hulman, in what was the 2009 indoor track and field season opener for both WU squads.

Both the Washington U. men and women took first place in four events on Friday night, and both teams featured 17 top-three performances and several student-athletes who approached provisional NCAA Championship qualifying standards in just their first action of the season.

The WU men swept the top-three positions in the 55-meter dash, with senior Pierre Hoppenot, who was also a member of the Washington U. men’s soccer team, leading the way with a first-place run of 6.71 in the first track and field action of his career. Sophomore Tom Gulyas (6.85) and senior Todd Mowry (6.86) were second and third in the sprint event.

Sophomore Ben Harmon had a pair of first-place finishes on Friday, one in the long jump, which he took with a distance of 6.44 meters, and another in the 1,600-meter relay. Harmon teamed with senior Nate Koslof, freshman Dan Davis and senior Iby Umana to win the 4x400-relay (3:30.51), and he added another top-three finish in the pole vault, finishing second and clearing a height of 4.08 meters.

Sophomore Dave Spandorfer was the fourth Bear to grab a first-place finish, winning the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:50.69. Davis and freshman Stephen Jackson turned in strong performances in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing second and third with times of 7.89 and 7.92 respectively. Koslof had a strong-finish in the 800-meter run, placing second in 2:00.75, and sophomore Skyler Moots grabbed third in the 400-meter (52.42).

The Washington U. women earned first-place finishes in a pair of field and running events. Senior Jessica Lane was the top-performer in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.15 meters, and freshman Emily Babiss won the triple jump with a distance of 9.82 meters. Senior Erika Wade won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.94, and freshman Elizabeth Phillips edged teammate Taryn Surtees in the 3,000-meter run, with a winning time of 10:25.73.

Two senior All-Americans, Alli Alberts and Danielle Wadlington, turned in strong marks at Rose-Hulman, Alberts was second in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.51 meters, just 0.15 meters shy of meeting NCAA provisional standards, and Wadlington was the runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.26, 0.15 shy of the NCAA provisional mark.

Other strong finishes for the Washington U. women came from freshman Imari Mason, who was second in the long jump (4.80 meters) and the 60-meter hurdles (10.80), sophomore Sangeeta Hardy, who was the runner-up in the 800-meter run (2:29.39) and senior Aubrey Edwards, who was second in the weight throw (14.45 meters) and the shot put (10.85 meter).

The Bears will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Illinois College Snowbird Open in Jacksonville, Ill. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.