St. Louis, Mo., May 3, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis track & field program was bestowed multiple honors by the University Athletic Association (UAA) following the 2018 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as announced by the conference office Thursday.
The WashU coaching staff received both the Men's and Women's Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year after the Bears swept the UAA titles this past weekend for the fourth time under head coach Jeff Stiles. The staff includes assistant coaches Lane Lohr, Kelli Blake, Jonathan Koch, Kyle Laker, Gordon Reiter, Raven Robinson and Joe Stachowicz.
Junior Heidi Nassos was named the Women's Most Outstanding Field Event Performer, while freshman Randal Walker was named the Women's Rookie of the Year. Nassos and Walker dominated the field events at the UAA championships, posting multiple event titles apiece.
Nassos placed first in the pole vault with a winning height of 3.78m to nearly match her season-best height on the first day of competition. The following day she posted the top mark in the triple jump, clearing 11.64m, a distance that ranks 16th in Division III. In addition, Nassos also earned all-UAA honors in the long jump by placing third (5.26m).
Walker had multiple season-best marks to place first in the shot put and discus throw. She helped WashU with an opening day title in the shot put of 12.73m and added 10 more points to the Bears total with a first place effort in the discus throw (41.13m).
Overall the Bears have swept both the men's and women's UAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships eight times (1995, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2018). Nassos becomes the fifth WashU woman recognized as the UAA Most Outstanding Outdoor Field Event Performer (dating back to 2005 when the award was split to both Field Event and Running Event Performer). Walker is the seventh UAA Outdoor Rookie of the Year in program history.