WashU Opens Indoor T&F Season at Titan First Chance Meet

Photos by Marco Quaroni
Photos by Marco Quaroni

Bloomington, Ill., Dec. 1, 2018 – The 2018-19 indoor track & field season opened Saturday evening with Washington University in St. Louis' program totaled four first place efforts during the Titan First Chance meet in the Shirk Center.

No team scores were kept at the event in which the WashU women captured first in three events, while the men had one.

Senior Heidi Nassos posted a strong 3.80m pole vault height in the season opener to claim first place. She earned an All-American honor last season when she cleared 3.90m to place third overall at the 2018 national championship.

Sophomore Eka Jose, who also competed in the 2018 national championship in the triple jump, dominated the field in the event at the Shirk Center. She leapt 12.29m, breaking the school record set by Kammie Holt in 2003 (11.95m), which was more than three-quarters of a meter further than the runner up.

Sophomore Sophie Grigaux, a national qualifier in 2018 in the 800m, placed first out collegiate runners in the 600m run. She crossed the finish line in 1:39.75, while assistant track & field coach and WashU alum Kelli Blake posted the top time overall from the second heat of runners with a time of 1:38.29.

WashU totaled seven additional top-3 finishes as Jose also placed second in the long jump (5.68m). The remaining top-three finishers were: in the 60m hurdles Jay Pittman (2nd – 8.80); in the 4x400m relay Grigaux, freshman Alicia Gupte, freshman Ava Forman and junior Anna Cossio (3rd – 4:02.52); in pole vault Julia Dannenbaum (2nd – 3.65m); in shot put sophomore Randal Walker (3rd – 11.77m); and in the 600m freshman Lily Howe (2nd – 1:40.88) and freshman Lauren Shpiz (3rd – 1:41.63).


Sophomore John Harry Wagner, the 800m runner of the 2018 national runner-up distance medley relay team, placed first overall in the 600m run. He posted a time of 1:22.03. He was more than a second ahead of the Titan First Chance meet runner-up, junior Jon Fleming (1:23.71) and third place finisher sophomore Arthur Santoro (1:24.43).

Santoro and Wagner also joined efforts with seniors Eddie Wintergalen and Sam LaSota placed second in the 4x400m relay. The group ran in 3:23.62, the top time among Division III competition at the meet.

Junior Brandon Hutchison placed second in the pole vault with a height of 4.40m. Junior Collis McKenzie took third place in the high jump with a mark of 1.88m.





8. Quin Preston – 9.1 (Prelims)

60m Hurdles

2. Jay Pittman – 8.80

4. Zae Alcedo – 7.1


4. Jay Pittman – 8.10

2. Eddie Wintergalen – 34.90


4. Katherine Dudley – 43.00


1 Mile


6. CJ Chin – 23.67


4. Jay Pittman – 27.39

2. Eddie Wintergalen, Arthur Santoro, Sam LaSota, John Harry Wagner – 3:23.62


3. Sophie Grigaux, Alicia Gupte, Ava Forman, Anna Cossio – 4:02.52

2. Brandon Hutchison – 4.40m

Pole Vault

1. Heidi Nassos – 3.80m

3. Collis McKenzie – 1.88m

High Jump

4. Anna Cossio – 1.53m

7. Collis McKenzie – 6.26m

Long Jump

2. Eka Jose – 5.68m

9. Ryan Allin – 12.40m

Triple Jump

1. Eka Jose – 12.29m

13. Daelen Morris – 13.08m

Weight Throw

9. Jessica Zepeda – 12.51m

8. Quin Preston – 13.28m

Shot Put

3. Randal Walker – 11.77m

1. John Harry Wagner – 1:22.03


1. Sophie Grigaux – 1:39.75

The Bears next competition is Friday, Jan. 11 at the Terre Haute Double Dual. Be sure to stay upt to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.