Track & Field Earns a Pair of 1st Place Finishes at Titan Open

Track & Field Earns a Pair of 1st Place Finishes at Titan Open

Bloomington, Ill., Jan. 27, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis track & field program had both the men and women earn first place finishes by more than 40 points apiece at the Titan Open hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University Saturday evening at the Shirk Center. 

The WashU women finished with 152 points to outscore a group of 12 competing programs. Illinois Wesleyan placed second with 96 points as Lincoln College (40), Concordia University of Chicago (34) and Olivet Nazarene University (34) rounded out the top-five.

The Bears' men placed ahead of 13 programs with 121.33 points, while Illinois College finished in second with 72 points. Illinois Wesleyan (63.33), Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (54) and Lincoln (49) finished in the top five on the men's side.

The WashU women had seven first place finishes, while the men posted six top marks. The women also had three finishes that ranked within the top-10 marks in Division III.

Junior Heidi Nassos placed first in the pole vault, clearing a distance of 3.75m, which ranks third in DIII. Freshman Elise Chao placed third overall in the triple jump with a mark of 11.41m which would tie for seventh best in DIII if not for her 11.43m mark of a week ago.

In the Bears first distance medley relay of the 2017-18 indoor season, sophomores Nicky Althoff, Sara Mesiano, Anna Cossio and senior Annalise Wagner placed first with a 12:43.77 time which ranks 10th in the country.

First Place Finishes

Men

400m – Eddie Wintergalen – 51.23

800m – Chris Blagg – 2:00.96

Mile – Tucker Cera – 4:34.75

3000m – Peter Johnsrud – 8:36.01

4x400m Relay – Jason Singer, Eddie Wintergalen, Luke Lamb, John Harry Wagner – 3:25.40

Pole Vault – Brandon Hutchison – 4.50m

Women

400m – Annalise Wagner – 1:00.83

800m – Natalie Rogus – 2:28.74

Mile – Paige Lawler – 5:08.30

60m Hurdles – Caira Watson Haynes – 9.28

4x400m Relay – Nicky Althoff, Anna Cossio, Annalise Wagner – 4:04.68

Distance Medley Relay – Annalise Wagner, Nicky Althoff, Sara Mesiano, Anna Maurer – 12:43.77 (10th in Division III)

Pole Vault – Heidi Nassos – 3.75m (Third in Division III)

 

Altogether WashU posted 29 top-three times at the Titan Open, including:

 

Men

200m – 3. Eddie Wintergalen – 23.19

400m – 2. Jason Singer – 51.66

400m – 3. John Harry Wagner – 51.88

Mile – 3. Tommy Fruhauf – 4:40.80

3000m – 2. Marco Quaroni – 8:41.28

3000m – 3. Noah Trimark – 8:52.48

60m Hurdles – 2. Andrew Whitaker – 8.57

60m Hurdles – 3. Jacob Gray – 8.67

Women

800m – 2. Mariel Lutz – 2:30.69

Mile – 2. Molly Shepherd – 5:10.07

Mile – 3. Sophie Watterson – 5:14.33

60m Hurdles – 2. Caitlin Cheeseboro – 9.37

4x400m Relay – 3. Elle Hansen, Rachel Novick, Josephine Simon, Christine Campisi – 4:11.74

High Jump – 2. Anna Cossio – 1.55m

Pole Vault – 2. Dominique Meyer – 3.35m

Triple Jump – 3. Elise Chao – 11.41m (Tied for seventh best in Division III)

The Bears will return to Bloomington, Ill. for the Keck Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 3. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.