St. Louis, Mo., May 29, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis cross country and track & field team had six student-athletes selected to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District 5 Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.
The men and women split the honors with a total of three honors apiece. Earning the selections were seniors Thomas Gales, Alison Lindsay, David O'Gara and Annalise Wagner, junior Heidi Nassos and sophomore Nick Matteucci. All six student-athletes earned at least one All-America honor this academic year.
Thomas Gales, 3.69 GPA in Computer Science
Gales helped the WashU men's distance medley relay team to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships, while running the 800m leg. The Bears ran to a school record time of 9:57.81 during their second place All-America finish. He ran the fastest 800m during indoors while earning all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors by placing third at the conference championships (1:56.18).
Alison Lindsay, 3.97 GPA in Political Science and French
Lindsay concluded her career with an All-America finish in all three seasons for the second consecutive academic year. She amazingly represented WashU in 12 national championships ranging from her freshman to senior season in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field. This year she ran to All-America honors in cross country (25th – 21:22.90), indoor track & field (distance medley relay, second – 11:41.24) and outdoor track & field (steeplechase, fifth – 10:25.65).
Nick Matteucci, 4.00 GPA in Chemical Engineering
Matteucci was named the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Elite 90 winner prior to earning his second All-America honor of the year. He ran to a third place finish in the outdoor nationals 1,500m race (3:53.33). Matteucci was also a member of the distance medley relay team that placed second overall at the indoor national championships. During the fall, he had WashU's third fastest time during the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship, posting a time of 25:31.09.
Heidi Nassos, 3.93 GPA in Finance and Economic Strategy
Nassos earned the first All-America honor of her career during the winter before adding two more in the spring. She placed third at the indoor pole vault championships with a personal-best clearance of 3.90m. Nassos followed the breakthrough with a runner-up finish in pole vault at the outdoor nationals with a height of 3.80m before adding an eighth place finish in the triple jump with a pair of 11.69m jumps.
David O'Gara, 3.64 GPA in Systems Engineering
O'Gara placed ninth overall at cross country nationals for the highest finish of his career. In doing so, he earned his third All-America award of his career which included one from the 2016 cross country and 2017 outdoor track & field national championships. O'Gara led the 2017 men's cross country team to a fifth place finish with his fastest time of 24:36.50. He is also a two-time UAA champion in cross country.
Annalise Wagner, 3.88 GPA in Environmental Policy and Philosophy
Wagner ran to a pair of All-America finishes during both the indoor and outdoor national championships in 2018 and finished her career with 12 honors. During the indoor nationals she ran to a runner-up finish in the 800m race by posting a school record time of 2:08.78, which made her the fifth fastest performer in Division III history. Wagner ran the third leg of the Bears second place finish in the distance medley relay (11:41.24) which also set a school record. She went onto set the school record in the 800m during the outdoor season (2:07.31) in route to placing third at nationals while adding All-America honors in the 4x400m relay (3:49.48) by placing seventh.