Women's T&F 3rd at NCAAs as WashU has 11 All-Americans

Photo by Marco Quaroni/WashU Athletics
Photo by Marco Quaroni/WashU Athletics
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La Crosse, Wis., May 26, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis women concluded the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships with a trophy finish placing third overall after Saturday afternoon's events at the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The WashU women totaled nine All-American finishes to score 38 points and earn their fourth consecutive top-four finish. George Fox and UMass-Boston tied for the women's national title with 44 points apiece.

The WashU men had a pair of All-American finishes in the 1,500m run to score nine points and tie for 38th place overall. Mount Union was the national champion on the men's side with 36 points to edge North Central by a single point.

Saturday's Events

Women's Triple Jump

Junior Heidi Nassos earned her second All-American honor at the 2018 outdoor nationals by placing eighth in the triple jump after earning a runner-up finish in pole vault on Thursday. Her final triple jump mark of 11.69m matched her best distance from the first heat and was used as a tie breaker to earn an All-American honor. Nassos is just the second women's All-American triple jumper in WashU history.

Women's Steeplechase

Senior Alison Lindsay held a steady pace for much of the steeplechase before closing out the final lap for a personal-best time of 10:25.65 to place fifth. Lindsay earned her third consecutive All-American finish in the steeplechase, while concluding her career having competed in 12 of 12 national championships ranging from cross country to indoor and outdoor track & field. The nine-time All-American assisted in 10 trophy finishes including two national championships.

Men's 1,500m

The Bears had a pair of All-American finishes in the 1,500m run as sophomore Nick Matteucci claimed his second straight top-eight national finish while graduate student Ethan Brodeur out produced his rank entering nationals. Brodeur entered nationals with Division III's 15th best time (3:51.43) but raced to sixth place with a time of 3:54.87 after setting the pace early on. Matteucci's final lap (56.441) was the second fastest in the group of 12 runners and propelled him to third with a time of 3:53.33.

Women's 800m

Senior Annalise Wagner earned her third straight All-American honor during outdoor nationals with a third place finish in the 800m dash. She ran at a similar pace to her school record time which she set earlier this season, crossing the finish line in 2:07.86, posting just the second time under 2:08 in school history. Wagner finished more than two seconds ahead of the fourth place finisher as she battled with Macalester's Phoebe Aguiar for the runner-up finish.

Women's 5,000m

Senior Aly Wayne and sophomore Paige Lawler had a second pair of All-American finishes of the weekend. The distance duo placed fifth and seventh respectively in the 5,000m run battling through the heat while working with each other to pass runners as a tandem. Wayne saved her two fastest laps for the conclusion of the race to finish in 17:14.33, while Lawler crossed the finish line in 17:18.59. After missing all of the 2017 outdoor season, Wayne reclaimed All-American status in the 5,000m run previously placing eighth in 2016.

Women's 4x400m Relay

The WashU women's 4x400m relay converted the seventh All-American finish in the Bears seven events competed in at nationals when the group of sophomore Nicky Althoff, freshman Sophie Grigaux, sophomore Sara Mesiano and Wagner recorded a time of 3:49.48. The relay team nearly matched its prelims time from Thursday which would have duplicated a season-best time. The 1,600m relay All-American finish is the fifth in school history.

All-American Finishes

Men

Ethan Brodeur – 1,500m (sixth, 3:54.87)

Nick Matteucci – 1,500m (third, 3:53.33)

Women

Nicky Althoff – 4x400m Relay (seventh, 3:49.48)

Sophie Grigaux – 4x400m Relay (seventh, 3:49.48)

Paige Lawler – 10,000m (third, 35:58.38), 5,000m (seventh, 17:18.59)

Alison Lindsay – Steeplechase (fifth, 10:25.65)

Sara Mesiano – 4x400m Relay (seventh, 3:49.48)

Heidi Nassos – Pole Vault (second, 3.80m), Triple Jump (eighth, 11.69m)

Annalise Wagner – 800m (third, 2:07.86), 4x400m Relay (seventh, 3:49.48)

Aly Wayne – 10,000m (fourth, 36:02.84), 5,000m (fifth, 17:14.33)