St. Louis, Mo., March 22, 2012 – Junior Anna Etherington broke her own school record in the women’s pole vault to highlight several strong performances by the Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track & field teams in the first outdoor meet of the season at the WUSTL Mini Meet Friday.
Behind four first-place finishes, the Washington University women placed first in the team standings with 150 points, edging runner-up Wheaton College (Ill.) who finished with 147. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville won the men’s team title with 265.16 points. Washington U. scored 125.5 points to finish second, while Loras College was third with 120.33.
Etherington opened the outdoor season with a record-setting mark in winning the pole vault. She cleared a height of 4.02 meters, which improved her own school record in the event by one centimeter. The mark was also six centimeters higher than the previous stadium record set in 2005 by Amanda Haines of Siena Heights University. Sophomore Claire Simons finished second in the event with an outdoor career-best height of 3.45m.