WashU Women Hold an Early Lead at Outdoor Nationals

Photos by Marco Quaroni/WashU Athletics
Photos by Marco Quaroni/WashU Athletics
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La Crosse, Wis., May 24, 2018 – During the opening day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, the No. 7-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women have an early lead with 19 points, while the No. 23-ranked WashU men secured two spots in the 1,500m finals Thursday afternoon.

The Bears women secured 19 points, thanks to a trio of All-American finishes. Sophomore Paige Lawler and senior Aly Wayne kicked things off with third and fourth place finishes in the 10,000m run, while junior Heidi Nassos posted a runner-up finish in the pole vault. In second after the first day of events is Illinois Wesleyan University with 18 points. The Bears also had four qualifying times during prelims on Thursday.

Women's 10,000m (Final)

Sophomore Paige Lawler and senior Aly Wayne held steady with the group of 22 runners for the opening 5,000 meters of the race before separating from the group for All-American finishes. Lawler placed third with a time of 35:58.38 and Wayne placed fourth with a time of 36:02.84. Both Lawler and Wayne saved their two fastest laps for the conclusion of the race.

Women's Pole Vault (Final)

Junior Heidi Nassos battled through windy conditions to post a height of 3.80m, which earned the Wheaton, Ill.-native a national runner-up finish in pole vault. Ohio Northern's Madison Reed took first with a height of 3.95m. Freshman Julia Dannenbaum finished in 12th place with a height of 3.65m.

Men's 1,500m Run (Prelims)

Sophomore Nick Matteucci and graduate student Ethan Brodeur raced in the opening heat of the 1,500m run. Matteucci and Brodeur set the pace early on and finished second and fourth in their respective heat to guarantee a spot in Saturday's finals. Matteucci's time of 3:54.80 was the fourth fastest overall, while Brodeur's 3:54.98 time ranked seventh. Senior and national qualifier Elvir Sarajlic was unable to race due to injury as he entered the race with Division III's ninth fastest time (3:50.41).

Women's Steeplechase (Prelims)

Senior Alison Lindsay earned a spot in Saturday's steeplechase finals by placing in the second heats top-five. She finished 10th overall with a time of 10:53.88. Junior Abby Martin finished 16th overall with a time of 11:00.44, two seconds outside the 14th and final spot in the finals.

Men's 4x400m Relay (Prelims)

The men's relay ran in the second heat and posted what would have been a season-best time of 3:13.42. The Bears team consisted of junior Jason Singer, classmate Eddie Wintergalen, freshman Andrew Whitaker and classmate John Harry Wagner. The baton was dropped in the anchor leg of the relay, resulting in a disqualification.

Women's 4x400m Relay (Prelims)

Sophomore Nicky Althoff, freshman Sophie Grigaux, sophomore Sara Mesiano and senior Annalise Wagner qualified for finals with a time of 3:49.43. The group placed seventh overall with a season-best finish.

Upcoming Schedule:

Friday, May 25

Time | Event | Student-Athlete (Rank, Time/Mark)

5:15 p.m. – Women's 800m (Prelims): Annalise Wagner (second, 2:07.31)

Saturday, May 26

Time | Event | Student-Athlete (Rank, Time/Mark)

11:00 a.m. – Women's Triple Jump (Prelims & Final): Heidi Nassos (13th, 11.78m)

11:45 a.m. – Women's Steeplechase (Final): Alison Lindsay (10th, 10:53.88)

12:25 p.m. – Men's 1,500m (Final): Nick Matteucci (fourth, 3:54.80), Ethan Brodeur (seventh, 3:54.98)

2:00 p.m. – Women's 800m (Final): Annalise Wagner (second, 2:07.31)

3:25 p.m. – Women's 5000m (Final): Aly Wayne (ninth, 16:51.50), Paige Lawler (12th, 16:53.07)

4:00 p.m. – Women's 4x400m Relay (Final): Sophie Grigaux, Nicky Althoff, Sara Mesiano, Annalise Wagner (seventh, 3:49.43) Alternate runners: Anna Cossio, Josephine Simon

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