St. Louis, Mo., March 6, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis will send 24 student-athletes to the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships scheduled Friday-Saturday, March 9-10, at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. The Bears qualified in eight events.
Representing the Bears will be graduate student Ethan Brodeur; seniors Thomas Gales, Alison Lindsay, Annalise Wagner and Audrey Western; juniors Abby Martin, Heidi Nassos, Jason Singer and Eddie Wintergalen; sophomores Nicky Althoff, Anna Cossio, Jon Fleming, Paige Lawler, Nick Matteucci, Sara Mesiano and Marco Quaroni; freshmen Julia Dannenbaum, Sophie Grigaux, Elle Hansen, Eka Jose, Luke Lamb, Rachel Novick, John Harry Wagner and Andrew Whitaker.
WashU was the only institution to earn representation in all four indoor relay events as both the men's and women's distance medley relay and 4x400m relay qualified by meeting the top-12 times in Division III on the season.
The women's distance medley relay team ran Division III's top time at the Wartburg Qualifier. The group finished in 11:39.39 and consisted of Martin, Althoff, Wagner and Lindsay. Western will serve as an alternate runner for the distance medley relay. Wagner also ranks second in the 800m run with a time of 2:10.28, while Grigaux also qualified with the seventh best time, 2:12.54.
Lawler ran the fourth fastest time in the 5,000m (16:54.24). Two Bears qualified for the pole vault in Nassos (3.81m, eighth) and Dannenbaum (3.77m, ninth), while Jose earned a spot with a personal-best triple jump mark of 11.70m at the Wartburg Qualifier last weekend (11.70m, 13th).
Grigaux, Althoff, Mesiano and Wagner posted the 10th best 4x400m relay time, also at the Wartburg Qualifier over the weekend. The group ran a time of 3:52.68. Hansen, Novick and Cossio will serve as alternate runners for the Bears.
Both of the men's relay teams earned their spots during the Wartburg Qualifier. The distance medley relay team finished second at the meet with the nation's second fastest time on the season. Brodeur, JH Wagner, Gales and Matteucci finished the race in 9:48.55.
The men's 4x400m relay consisted of Singer, Wintergalen, JH Wagner and Fleming. The group finished the course in 3:15.55 to take third at the meet and will check into nationals with the ninth fastest time in the nation. Lamb, Quaroni and Whitaker will serve as alternate runners for the Bears.
See below for a full schedule of WashU participants in the two-day Championship meet.
Friday, March 9
5:05 PM: Women's 5,000m (Final) – Paige Lawler (16:54.24, fourth)
Saturday, March 10
2:00 PM: Women's Triple jump (Prelims & Final) – Eka Jose (11.70m, 13th)