Bears Run Away with WashU Invitational on Senior Day

Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos

St. Louis, Mo., March 31, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis track & field program totaled 20 first place finishes as both the women and men captured first place finishes among the six teams to compete on the second day of the WashU Invitational.

The No. 14-ranked WashU women easily ran away with the lead, tallying 386.5 points while No. 19-ranked Illinois Wesleyan placed second with 134 points. The Bears men entered the weekend unranked in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top-25 as it tied for first place with No. 1-ranked North Central and ahead of No. 22-ranked Greenville. The Bears and Cardinals tied for first with 222.5 points while Greenville settled for third with 117 points.

WOMEN

The women captured 12 event titles and also posted three of Division III's top-10 marks on the season in the process. Senior Annalise Wagner excelled on senior day with a first place finish in the 400m dash (57.33) which ranks sixth in DIII. She also anchored the women's 4x400m relay team of freshman Sophie Grigaux, sophomore Nicky Althoff and sophomore Sara Mesiano with the nation's second best time of the year (3:56.30).

Junior Heidi Nassos posted the top pole vault mark by clearing 3.60m (fourth best in DIII). The Bears added two more first place finishes in field events as freshman Eka Jose reached 11.37m in the triple jump and freshman Rachel Novick leapt to 5.16m in the long jump. Freshman Randal Walker won discus with a throw of 37.53m.  

The WashU women started Saturday off by placing first in the opening event, the 4x100m relay. Senior Caitlin Cheeseboro, Jose, junior Jay Pittman and freshman Caira Watson Haynes were the only team to finish under 50 seconds. The team finished the 400m distance in 49.73. Cheeseboro also added an individual title by winning the 100m hurdles in 15.70.

Senior Alison Lindsay sprinted away from the pack and ran solo for the majority of the 1,500m race and posted a wining time of 4:39.92.

Sophomore Sahara Ensley placed first in the 800m (2:23.53) while freshman Josephine Simon won the 400m hurdles (1:06.37) and junior Abby Martin won the steeplechase (11:16.64).

MEN

The men claimed eight first place finishes and four marks that rank in DIII's top-10 on the year, including sophomore Nick Matteucci victory in the 1500m race by posting the Nation's top time of this season, 3:51.93. Senior Elvir Sarajlic placed second in the race, 3:55.87, with DIII's fifth best time this year.

Junior Eddie Wintergalen, sophomore Jon Fleming and freshmen Andrew Whitaker and John Harry Wagner claimed the top mark in the 4x400m relay with the nation's third best time of the year, 3:18.47.

Whitaker also finished first in the 110m hurdles by posting a sub-15 second time. He is one of only 18 student-athletes in DIII to do so this season. J.H. Wagner also claimed an individual event by placing first in the 400m (49.33).

Senior Roderick Smith posted the top time in the 100m dash (11.12) while also teaming up with Wintergalen and juniors Jason Singer and CJ Chin in the 4x100m relay for first place (42.31).

Senior Ezugo Onejeme was the top jumper in the men's competition. He posted first place finishes in the triple jump (13.83m) and the long jump (6.51m).

In addition, sophomore Marco Quaroni was second in the steeplechase with the sixth best time in DIII this season, 9:29.64.

TOP FINISHES

MEN

EVENT

WOMEN

2. Quin Preston – 52.68m

Javelin

2. Rachel Kershner – 33.71m

5. Quin Preston – 42.75m

Hammer Throw

7. Randal Walker – 37.95m

3. Quin Preston – 38.70m

Discus

1. Randal Walker – 37.53m

9. Quin Preston – 12.25m

Shot Put

7. Randal Walker – 10.21m

1. Ezugo Onejeme – 6.51m

Long Jump

1. Rachel Novick – 5.16m

1. Ezugo Onejeme – 13.83m

Triple Jump

1. Eka Jose – 11.37m

4. Brandon Hutchison – 4.35m

Pole Vault

1. Heidi Nassos – 3.60m

5. Collis McKenzie – 1.87m

High Jump

2. Anna Cossio – 1.55m

1. Eddie Wintergalen, Jason Singer, CJ Chin, Roderick Smith – 42.31

4x100m Relay

1. Caitlin Cheeseboro, Eka Jose, Jay Pittman, Caira Watson Haynes – 49.73

1. Nick Matteucci – 3:51.93

1,500m

1. Alison Lindsay – 4:39.92

1. Andrew Whitaker – 14.95

110/100m Hurdles

1. Caitlin Cheeseboro – 15.70

1. John Harry Wagner – 49.33

400m

1. Annalise Wagner – 57.33

1. Roderick Smith – 11.12

100m

4. Eka Jose – 12.94

3. Nick Matteucci – 1:55.27

800m

1. Sahara Ensley – 2:23.53

2. Andrew Whitaker – 55.27

400m Hurdles

1. Josephine Simon – 1:06.37

2. Roderick Smith – 22.57

200m

2. Annalise Wagner – 26.55

2. Marco Quaroni – 9:29.64

Steeplechase

1. Abby Martin – 11:16.64

1. Eddie Wintergalen, Jon Fleming, Andrew Whitaker, John Harry Wagner – 3:18.47

4x400m Relay

1. Sophie Grigaux, Nicky Althoff, Sara Mesiano, Annalise Wagner – 3:56.30

WashU will return to action at the Saint Louis University Invitational, Fri.-Sat., April 6-7. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.