ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis track and field completed a highly successful inaugural Billiken Invitational Saturday at the SLU Medical Center Stadium, achieving numerous personal and seasonal bests as well as a school record.
The two-day event was the first ever home meet for the Billikens at their new on-campus facility, which opened last fall on the SLU Medical Campus.
Kita Alvares' performance in the 400-meter hurdles was one of the many highlights on the track for the Billikens Saturday. She finished the event in a school-record time of 1:00.72, which was good for first. Brittney Cloudy, who won the long jump last night, posted a season-best mark of 40-11 in the triple to finish first. Both Alvares and Cloudy's marks should be good enough to qualify them for the NCAA West Prelims, which are scheduled for late May in Austin, Texas.
Other strong performances for the Bills included a quartet of athletes in the 400 meters. Allison Walter, Ashley Roche, Mallory Dugger and Caitlyn Brinkmann were the top four finishers in the event. Megan Nigbur finished second in the 100 meters, while Naya Owusu finished first in the high jump. Hannah Kuenzel finished first in the shot put.
On the men's side, Michael Scolarici won the 1,500 meters with a season-best time of 3:58.06. William Whitehead finished fourth in the 100 meters, while Sean Canavin was impressive in the 800 meters, finishing second. Dahmar Smiles ran a season-best time of 14.28 in the 110-meter hurdles, which was good for second. Smiles also finished third in the 400-meter hurdles.
Complete results are available by clicking on the links above.
The Billikens return to action next weekend at the prestigious John McDonnell Invitational at the University of Arkansas.