WashU T&F Sweeps Titan Open with National Competitive Marks

Photos by Marco Quaroni
Photos by Marco Quaroni

Bloomington, Ill., Jan. 26, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis track & field program swept the Titan Open Invitational on Saturday in the Shirk Center while totaling 15 first place finishes.

The No. 2-ranked WashU women nearly doubled the runner-up and hosts point total with 182.5. Illinois Wesleyan University placed second with 94 points and Concordia University Chicago placed third with 50 points.

The Bears men tallied a leading 179 points while Lincoln College (52) and William Woods University (46) rounded out the top three of the eight teams competing.


WashU had several competitors post nationally competitive marks including sophomore Julia Dannenbaum's 3.80m pole vault height that ties her with teammate Heidi Nassos with the top mark in the country.

Sophomore Eka Jose nearly matched her Division III leading triple jump when she leapt 12.26m for first place at the meet. Freshman Alicia Gupte triple jumped 11.45m for second place which ranks seventh in DIII and sophomore Elise Chao's 10.96m triple jump placed third (ranks 37th).

Jose also claimed first in the 60m dash (7.87) and the long jump (5.78m). The long jump ranks third nationally and the 60m dash ranks 14th in DIII.

Sophomore Caira Watson Haynes posted a winning time of 9.03 in the 60m hurdles which ranks ninth in the country.

The Bears 4x400m relay team also posted a top-15 national time while claiming first. The group of sophomore Sophie Grigaux, freshman Ava Forman, Gupte and sophomore Rachel Novick finished the 1,600m course in 4:03.29 which ranks 13th in DIII.

Also finishing with first place efforts were freshman Lauren Shpiz in the 400m run (1:01.93) and senior Molly Shepherd in the 3,000m (10:21.19).


Junior Nick Matteucci posted the nation's second fastest mile time this season with the Titan Open's winning time of 4:11.58. Senior Brad Hodkinson placed second with DIII's 15th fastest time (4:17.75).

Sophomore John Harry Wagner finished a split second ahead of Matteucci for first in the 800m run, with a winning time of 1:56.18. Wagner's time ranks 17th in the nation and Matteucci's ranks 20th.

Senior Eddie Wintergalen posted a trio of winning times including the 200m (22.56), 400m (50.17) runs and 4x400m relay (3:25.02). Senior Jason Singer, sophomore Arthur Santoro and Wagner ran the final three legs of the winning 1,600m relay. The relay time ranks 22nd and Wintergalen's 200m time ranks 23rd in the country.

Junior Jack Sebok and senior Tim Goblirsch also posted winning marks for the men. Sebok won the 3,000m run with a time of 8:42.07 and Goblirsch won the pole vault with a height of 4.40m.








1. Nick Matteucci – 4:11.58


2. Natalie Rogus – 5:16.70

8. CJ Chin – 7.31 (7.24 prelims)


1. Eka Jose – 7.87

2. Jared Harrison – 8.70

60m Hurdles

1. Caira Watson Haynes – 9.03

1. Eddie Wintergalen – 50.17


1. Lauren Shpiz – 1:01.93

1. John Harry Wagner – 1:56.18


2. Sophie Grigaux – 2:02.22

1. Eddie Wintergalen – 22.56


6. Josephine Simon – 26.86

1. Jack Sebok – 8:42.07


1. Molly Shepherd – 10:21.19

1. Eddie Wintergalen, Jason Singer, Arthur Santoro, John Harry Wagner – 3:25.02

4x400m Relay

1. Sophie Grigaux, Ava Forman, Alicia Gupte, Rachel Novick – 4:03.29

5. Quin Preston – 13.51m

Shot Put

6. Randal Walker – 11.34m

11. Michael Andrews – 12.58m

Weight Throw

8. Randal Walker – 12.18m

4. Ben Gross – 6.41m

Long Jump

1. Eka Jose – 5.78m

5. Ryan Allin – 12.66m

Triple Jump

1. Eka Jose – 12.26m

1. Tim Goblirsch – 4.40m

Pole Vault

1. Julia Dannenbaum – 3.80m

6. Collis McKenzie – 1.88m

High Jump

2. Anna Cossio – 1.53m

WashU will travel once again to Illinois Wesleyan on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2 at the Keck DIII Select Invitational. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.