Sports update April 9: Sophomore sets new WUSTL pole vault record

Sophomore Anna Etherington set a school record in the pole vault as one of eight event champions for the WUSTL track & field team April 7 at the WU Select Meet.

Both the men’s and women’s teams finished second in the team standings. The women scored 110 points as the Bears were edged out by North Central College (114) for the team title. Illinois Wesleyan University finished third with 107.5 points.

On the men’s side, WUSTL scored 147 points to finish second behind Central College with 164.

A week after clearing a career-best height of 3.75 meters, Etherington added another 12 centimeters to her personal-best to shatter the school record en route to winning the women’s pole vault. She cleared 3.87m on her first attempt to win the event and break the four-year-old school record of 3.76m set by Morgen Leonard-Fleckman.

In the past two weeks, Etherington has now bettered her outdoor career-best in the event by 31 centimeters. Her mark from Saturday’s meet ranks fourth in NCAA Division III this season.

The men’s and women’s track & field teams had eight
individual champions as both teams finished second at the final home
meet of the season, the WU Select Meet, on April 7. Sophomore Anna
Etherington set a school record in winning the women’s pole vault at the

Other event champions for Washington U. at the meet
included: senior Michael Burnstein (men’s 3,000), freshman Tyler Frank
(men’s 400 hurdles), freshman Beatrice Gantzer (women’s 3,000), senior
Tyler Jackson (men’s 110 hurdles), senior Amanda Matheson (women’s 100
hurdles), senior Justin Pieper (men’s high jump), and sophomore Jasmine
Williams (women’s high jump).

The track & field teams
will be back in action Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at the Billiken Invitational
hosted by Saint Louis University.

Women’s tennis wins three of four at Midwest Invitational

The No. 13-ranked women’s tennis team posted a 3-1 record at the Midwest Invitational in Madison, Wis., April 6 and 7.

WUSTL defeated No. 22 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and No. 17 Denison University both by scores of 5-4 April 6. The next day, the Bears lost to No. 6 University of Chicago 5-0, before earning a hard-fought 5-4 win over No. 10 DePauw University. DePauw had defeated WU 7-2 on March 4, but the Bears avenged the loss at the Midwest Invitational.

In the deciding match at No. 3 singles, sophomore Theresa Petraskova trailed 5-2 in the first set before rallying for the 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win to clinch the match for the Bears.

WUSTL (10-4) improved to 6-0 in matches decided by a score of 5-4 this season. The Bears host McKendree University at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the Tao Tennis Center.

Softball wins tournament title at Grinnell

The softball team recorded 28 hits and short-gamed two opponents as the Bears captured the Grinnell College Tournament Championship April 7 in Grinnell, Iowa.

WUSTL had 12 hits in a 12-2 win in five innings over host Grinnell College in the final round-robin game, and then recorded 16 hits in a 13-2 six-inning victory over Nebraska Wesleyan University in the championship.

WUSTL defeated Westminster College 5-2 and dropped a 7-5 decision to Nebraska Wesleyan in 11 innings in round robin play April 6.

Senior Olivia Cook and junior Ashley Janssen each were named to the eight-person all-tournament team. Cook was 2-1 with a 1.40 earned run average in 20.0 innings pitched on the mound and hit .500 (7-for-14) with a double and three RBIs in the four games. Janssen also hit .500 (6-for-12) with two RBIs, a triple and four walks and had an on-base percentage of .588 from her leadoff spot.

WUSTL hit .366 as a team in the four-game tournament, and the pitching staff recorded a 1.45 ERA allowing just six earned runs in 29 innings pitched.

The Bears opened their six-game trip to Iowa with a doubleheader sweep at No. 8 Central College, 3-0 and 4-1, April 5. WUSTL (18-10) continues its 12-game road trip against Principia College at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 10.

Men’s tennis defeats McKendree

The No. 17 men’s tennis team won its third straight match with a 7-2 victory over NCAA Division II McKendree University April 5 at the Tao Tennis Center.

WUSTL has now won 14-straight home matches, and improved its record at home to 98-8 (.925) under head coach Roger Follmer in 11 seasons.

Junior Gary Parizher has won nine straight singles matches and improved his singles record to 19-2 with a three-set win against McKendree.

The Bears (9-5) return to action at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at NCAA Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Baseball posts 3-1 record

The baseball team, ranked No. 25 in the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Poll, defeated Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 7-0 April 4 before winning two of three games against Hendrix College April 6 and 7.

The Bears defeated Hendrix 6-4 April 6 and 7-2 in the first of two games April 7, before suffering a 5-2 loss in the series finale.

In the win over Rose-Hulman, junior Stephen Bonser earned his second shutout win of the season, while pitching his fourth complete game.

Senior Brandon Rogalski led the Bears offensively for the week, batting .563 (9-for-16) with a home run, seven RBIs and five runs scored. Rogalski continues to climb the WUSTL career leaderboards, now standing just seven hits shy of becoming the all-time career hits leader in school history.

The Bears (23-7) have the week off before returning to action against Webster University Tuesday, April 17.