Both track teams shine at invitational

Led by a pair of standout performances in the decathlon and heptathlon, the women’s and men’s outdoor track and field teams finished first and second, respectively, at the Washington University Invitational April 3 and 4.

The women placed first out of 21 schools with 144 points, while the men were second out of 22 with 104 points, just four points behind meet winner University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Sophomore Ben Harmon won the decathlon with a new personal best point total of 6,650, which automatically qualified him to compete in the 2009 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.

For the women, senior Alli Alberts placed second in the heptathlon with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 4,498.

Sophomore Taryn Surtees also met an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, winning the 5,000-meter run with a new personal best time of 17:15.65.

Senior Danielle Wadlington also stood out, placing second in three events, the 100-meter hurdles (14.34), the triple jump (11.26 meters) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.07).

The next meet for both teams is Saturday, April 11, at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougar Classic in Edwardsville, Ill.

Baseball posts 3-1 week to move to 15-8

WUSTL split a doubleheader with Illinois College April 1 and swept a pair of games with the University of Dubuque on April 4 to complete a 3-1 week.

Highlights include senior Brian Williams pitching a complete game and striking out 10 in the Bears’ 3-2 win over Illinois College.

In the first game of the doubleheader sweep of Dubuque, WUSTL rode a six-run second inning to a 12-3 win.

WUSTL held on for a 2-1 win in the second game. Sophomore Bryce Hrovat improved to 3-0 on the hill, lasting 6 innings and allowing just one run on five hits.