WashU T&F Posts Strong Marks against Top-25 Competition

Photos by Marco Quaroni
Photos by Marco Quaroni

Bloomington, Ill., Feb. 2, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis indoor track & field program had a strong showing at the Keck DIII Select Invitational, with the No. 1-ranked women posting a dominant 194 points and the men scored a solid 87 at the Shirk Center on Saturday.

The WashU women scored 100 points more than the runner-up and No.6-ranked Loras College Duhawks. The Bears also topped host Illinois Wesleyan University (72) and the No. 21-ranked Augustana (Ill.) College Vikings (33).

On the men's side, No. 23-ranked Loras edged the Bears by seven points, 94-87 for the top spot. Millikin University placed third with 74 points.

WOMEN

Graduate Aly Wayne clocked one of the Bears third fastest 3,000m run in program history while taking first with a time of 9:56.06. Her time ranks fourth in Division III while junior Sophie Watterson placed second with DIII's 13th fastest time, 10:08.84.

Sophomore Eka Jose continued her dominant start to her second season in the Red & Green. She posted multiple first place jumps while claiming second in the 60m dash. In fact, two of Jose's marks are the second best in program history including her long jump (5.81m) and 60m dash (7.80 during prelims). She already leads DIII in the triple jump (12.29m) while winning Saturday's event with a jump of 12.10m. Jose's marks in DIII rank second in long jump and ninth in 60m.

Senior Heidi Nassos cleared a height of 3.85m in pole vault to place first overall. Her mark ranks second in DIII. Nassos also posted the second best triple jump in the nation, leaping a distance of 11.89m for a personal-best mark.

Senior Jay Pittman was clocked at 9.07 in the 60m hurdles. She claimed first at the meet with a top-15 time in DIII.

Also posting first place finishes for the Bears were sophomore Emily Stegmeier in the 800m (2:20.13) and senior Natalie Rogus in the mile (5:12.86).

MEN
Senior Jason Singer, sophomore Andrew Whitaker, senior Eddie Wintergalen and sophomore John Harry Wagner ran to a winning 3:19.87 time in the 4x400m relay. The group's time ranks third in the country after the bank conversion.

Wagner also posted a winning time in the 400m, posting a time of 49.77. His time ranks fourth in program history and eighth in DIII after the conversion.

Wintergalen had strong times in the 200m (22.61) to place fourth and the 60m (7.15) to place seventh with times that rank both in the top-10 in WashU program history.

Junior Nick Matteucci had a great showing in the 1,200m run. He posted a winning time of 3:02.12 in an event strictly run by Bears. Freshman Alex Cobin placed second with a time of 3:05.64.

Freshman Jared Harrison had a winning time of 8.60 in the 60m hurdles. His time ranks seventh all-time in program history.

Senior Tommy Fruhauf also finished with a top time, winning the mile. He crossed the end line in 4:31.46 more than a second ahead of the runner-up.

TOP BEAR FINISHES

MEN

EVENT

WOMEN

7. Eddie Wintergalen – 7.15

60m

2. Eka Jose – 7.83 (7.80 Prelims)

1. Jared Harrison – 8.60

60m Hurdles

1. Jay Pittman – 9.07

4. Eddie Wintergalen – 22.61

200m

5. Savannah Groos – 26.64

1. John Harry Wagner – 49.77

400m

2. Josephine Simon – 1:00.90

6. Sam LaSota – 2:01.84

800m

1. Emily Stegmeier – 2:20.13

1. Nick Matteucci – 3:02.12

1,200m

N/A

1. Tommy Fruhauf – 4:31.46

Mile

1. Natalie Rogus – 5:12.86

5. Nicholas Brdicko – 9:28.88

3,000m

1. Aly Wayne – 9:56.06

1. Jason Singer, Andrew Whitaker, Eddie Wintergalen, John Harry Wagner – 3:19.87

4x400m Relay

4. Sophie Grigaux, Josephine Simon, Ava Forman, Elle Hansen – 4:04.40

N/A

High Jump

3. Anna Cossio – 1.53m

4. Ben Gross – 6.29m

Long Jump

1. Eka Jose – 5.81m

2. Tim Goblirsch – 4.40m

Pole Vault

1. Heidi Nassos – 3.85m

N/A

Shot Put

4. Randal Walker – 11.64m

N/A

Triple Jump

1. Eka Jose – 12.10m

N/A

Weight Throw

13. Randal Walker – 12.40m

Up next for the Bears is the Midwest Elite Invitational in Whitewater, Wis. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.