St. Louis, Mo., May 29, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis had two student-athletes awarded University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honors during the final recognition of the 2018-19 season, as announced by the Association on Tuesday.
Sophomore Eka Jose of the second place finishing WashU women's outdoor track & field team and sophomore John Harry Wagner of the 10th place men's team were the Bears honored.
Jose shattered her previous personal-best mark which also served as the school record distance in the triple jump with a national championship jump of 12.52m (41' 1"). She produced the mark on her second leap of the prelims but continued to exceed 12-meters in her next three triple jump attempts. Jose also claimed the triple jump national title during indoors.
On day one of nationals Jose broke the WashU school record in the long jump when she leaped 5.96m in her second attempt. She placed fourth overall with a leap that exceeded her previous personal-best by eight inches and broke the previous school record of 5.78m set by Anne Diaz-Arrastia in 2013. The All-American honor in long jump was Jose's first of her career at outdoor nationals and altogether she scored 15 of the Bears 49 points which is the second most team points tallied in school history during nationals.
Wagner had a stellar showing at nationals breaking two school records. He first broke a 32 year old school record in the 400m finals to claim his first individual All-American honor of his career, crossing the finish line in one of DIII's fastest ever recorded 400m finals in 46.97. The time was good for sixth overall and broke the long standing mark of Marvin Williams (47.03) from 1987.
Wagner followed the All-America honor by anchoring DIII's fastest 4x400m relay team. He combined efforts with Jason Singer, Andrew Whitaker and Eddie Wintergalen to produce another school record when they posted a time of 3:09.77 en route to earning the 1,600m relay national title. The group became the 14th fastest relay team in DIII history. The WashU men collected 19 points to place 10th overall, with the fourth most points amassed in team history during the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.