Bears wins third UAA title in a row
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Washington (Mo.) accomplished something on Saturday afternoon it had not done in 20 years by winning its third consecutive University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor championship on the campus of Emory in Atlanta, Ga. The Washington U. women’s team finished in second overall for the second year in a row.
With a team score of 216 points, the WUSTL men’s squad finished 54 points ahead of second place University of Chicago. The women’s team held the championship lead through Friday’s events and into the first part of Saturday’s competition, but Emory swept the top three spots in the 200-meter final to grab the lead and the host Eagles held on for a 202.50-183-.50 win over Washington U.
For the men’s team it is just the second time in school history it has won three-straight UAA Outdoor Championships and the first time since a stretch of four-straight outdoor conference titles for the Bears from 1988-91. Having won the UAA Indoor Championship earlier this year, the Red and Green swept the conference indoor and outdoor crowns for the second year in a row.
To look at Washington University’s track and field success in 2010-11 one more way, with its 2010 cross country conference championship, Washington U. won the men’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field titles during the same academic year for the first time in program history.
Junior Dan Davis made his presence felt the strongest for Washington University onSaturday, winning three conference titles while garnering all-UAA accolades in four events.
Davis won the 110-hurdles (14.64) in addition to running as a member of the Bears’ first-place 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. He teamed with senior Tom Gulyas, freshman Jake Willen and sophomore Ryan Doll to win the 4x100 (42.92) and ran with freshman Arthur Townsend, senior Ben Harmon and senior Chris Malaya on the 4x400-relay team (3:18.77).
Davis was the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles with an NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship provisional qualifying mark of 54.00.
Doll and Malaya also captured multiple all-UAA finishes for the Washington University men’s team on Saturday. Malaya was the runner-up in the 400-meter (49.49) with Doll finishing third in the 100-meter (11.12) and 200-meter (22.57) races.
Junior Liz Phillips wrapped up her impressive UAA Outdoor Championship meet with two more championships by winning the 1,500-meter (4:44.53) and the 800-meter (2:16.24) on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Anne Diaz-Arrastia won the women’s other individual title by taking first in the triple jump with a distance of 11.33 meters. For the men’s team freshman Justin Pieper won the high jump by clearing a new personal best 1.93 meters and senior Alden Black wrapped up his second distance championship in as many days by finishing first in the 5,000-meter (15:15.46).
Rounding out the Bears’ top performers, women’s freshman Shannon Howell came in second in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best NCAA provisional time of 1:02.96, and was also a member of the second-place 4x100-meter relay team (49.38) along with freshman Ahkianne Wanliss, freshman Katie Sandson and freshman Liz Godar.
Senior Moji Hassan finished third in the women’s discuss (37.71 meters), junior Ben Cutting was the runner-up in the men’s javelin (52.40 meters) and senior Dave Spandorfer finished third in the men’s 5,000 (15:23.33).
The Washington University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams return to action next Saturday, April 30, for the Illinois College Twilight Open in Jacksonville, Ill.