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St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 23, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis track & field program travels to Cleveland, Ohio for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Track & Field Championships to be held Sat.-Sun., Feb. 24-25 at Case Western Reserve University.
In nine seasons under head coach Jeff Stiles the Bears have combined for 10 UAA Indoor Track & Field Titles, including six by the men. WashU has been crowned conference champions on at least the men's or women's side dating back to 2013, counting two straight by the women.
In the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings, the WashU women hold the highest spot of any UAA team at No. 13. The Bears possess top UAA marks in four events entering championship weekend. They also return event champions in the 800m, 3,000m, pole vault and three individuals from the winning distance medley relay team.
Senior Annalise Wagner captured the 800m title last season and currently has the top-time in 2018 among her UAA peers, 2:13.36. Freshman Sophie Grigaux has the fifth best time, 2:16.99, and she paired with Wagner in the UAA's second ranked 4x400m relay (3:59.28) with sophomores Nicky Althoff and Sara Mesiano.
Sophomore Paige Lawler has the top UAA times in the 3,000m (10:07.70) and 5,000m (17:02.00). She will focus on the 5,000m during the championship weekend, while senior Alison Lindsay returns to action as the reigning UAA Champion and school record holder in the 3,000m (9:44.92).
Lindsay was also a member of the UAA winning distance medley relay team from last year, which also consisted of WashU alum Kelli Hancok, senior Audrey Western and Mesiano. The Bears top DMR time of this season was posted by Wagner, Althoff, Mesiano and senior Anna Maurer (12:43.77) and ranks second in the UAA.
Junior Heidi Nassos earned multiple all-UAA honors during last season's indoor conference championship. She took first in the pole vault last year with a height of 3.77m and returns with the top mark in the UAA this season of 3.81m. Following a third place finish in the triple jump last season (11.13m), Nassos enters the weekend with the fifth ranked mark of 11.00m on the year.
Junior Dominique Meyer placed third last season in the pole vault with a height of 3.52m to earn all-UAA honors. Her top mark of 2018, 3.38m ranks as the seventh best in the UAA this season.
Several freshmen field athletes for the WashU women enter the weekend as contenders including: Julia Dannenbaum whose 3.75m pole vault mark ranks second in the UAA, Eka Jose ranks second (5.43m) and third (11.40m) in the long and triple jumps, and Elise Chao's 11.43m triple jump ranks second.
The men also possess four of the top-times within the UAA heading into championship weekend led by sophomore Nick Matteucci. Matteucci will compete in the one-mile race, which he placed second in last year for all-UAA honors and enters the weekend with the top current time of 4:14.58.
Matteucci was also a member of the 2017 DMR conference champions along with fellow returner senior Thomas Gales and WashU alum's Deko Ricketts and Mike Sullivan. The Bears have not competed in the DMR this season.
Senior Elvir Sarajlic and sophomore Brandon Hutchison also earned all-UAA honors last year by placing second in their respective events. Sarajlic was second in the 3,000m with a time of 8:28.70, while Hutchison earned second in pole vault with a 4.66m height.
The women's long jump is set to begin the 2018 UAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at 11 a.m. (ET). Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11 a.m. (ET) – Long Jump (W)
12 p.m. (ET) – Weight Throw (W); High Jump (M)
1 p.m. (ET) – Long Jump (M)
2:30 p.m. (ET) – Weight Throw (M); Pole Vault (W)
2 p.m. (ET) – 60m Hurdle trials (W)
2:15 p.m. (ET) – 60m Hurdle trials (M)
2:30 p.m. (ET) – 400m trials (W)
2:45 p.m. (ET) – 400m trials (M)
3 p.m. (ET) – 60m dash trials (W)
3:15 p.m. (ET) – 60m dash trials (M)
3:30 p.m. (ET) – 800m trials (W)
3:50 p.m. (ET) – 800m trials (M)
4:10 p.m. (ET) – 200m trials (W)
4:25 p.m. (ET) – 200m trials (M)
4:45 p.m. (ET) – 5,000m final (W)
5:10 p.m. (ET) – 5,000m final (M)
5:35 p.m. (ET) – Distance medley relay final (W)
5:55 p.m. (ET) – Distance medley relay final (M)
9 a.m. (ET) – Triple Jump (M)
10 a.m. (ET) – Shot Put (W); High Jump (W)
11 a.m. (ET) – Triple Jump (W)
12 p.m. (ET) – Pole Vault (M)
12:30 p.m. (ET) – Shot Put (M)
12 p.m. (ET) – Mile Run final (W)
12:15 p.m. (ET) – Mile Run final (M)
12:40 p.m. (ET) – 60m Hurdle final (W)
12:45 p.m. (ET) – 60m Hurdle final (M)
12:55 p.m. (ET) – 400m final (W)
1 p.m. (ET) – 400m final (M)
1:05 p.m. (ET) – 60m dash final (W)
1:10 p.m. (ET) – 60m dash final (M)
1:15 p.m. (ET) – 800m final (W)
1:20 p.m. (ET) – 800m final (M)
1:25 p.m. (ET) – 200m dash final (W)
1:30 p.m. (ET) – 200m dash final (M)
1:35 p.m. (ET) – 3,000m final (W)
1:50 p.m. (ET) – 3,000m final (M)
2:05 p.m. (ET) – 4x400m relay final (W)
2:30 p.m. (ET) – 4x400m relay final (M)