T&F Placed 1st and 3rd at Nationally Competitive Midwest Elite

T&F Placed 1st and 3rd at Nationally Competitive Midwest Elite

Whitewater, Wis., Feb. 9, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis track & field program placed in the top three on both the women and men's side of a nationally competitive Midwest Elite Invite in Whitewater, Wis. that featured 11 top-25 programs.

The women's field of competition yielded six U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top-25 teams with the No. 1-ranked Bears claiming first with 176 points while No. 6 UW-La Crosse (143) and No. 18 UW-Stevens Point (91) posted the top three finishes.

The men's side had five USTFCCCA Top-25 programs including four top-10. The No. 24-ranked Bears placed third with a mad dash finish posting 89 points, including 46 in the final two events. WashU edged No. 10 UW-Oshkosh (88.5) while No. 4 UW-La Crosse (151) and No. 5 UW-Whitewater (99.5) were the top two out of 10 teams competing.

WOMEN
Sophomore Caira Watson Haynes shed more than two tenths of a second off her fastest time this year in the 60m hurdles while winning both the prelims and finals. She won the finals with a time of 8.95 after running to the Bears third fastest time in program history during prelims, 8.92. Watson-Haynes' personal-best time ranks seventh in DIII this year.

Graduate Aly Wayne won the 5,000m run with Division III's sixth fastest time this season. She crossed the finish line in a winning 16:58.97 which was less than two seconds away from a personal-best mark that ranks third in program history. Junior Sophie Watterson's converted time of 17:16.73 ranks 12th in DIII.

Also posting winning times for the WashU women were senior Molly Shepherd in the mile (5:08.10) and senior Heidi Nassos in the pole vault (3.83m) and sophomore Eka Jose won the triple jump with a distance of 11.95m

The Bears posted the top three times in the mile as senior Abby Martin (5:08.72) and senior Natalie Rogus (5:09.17) posted season-best finishes. Sophomore Julia Dannenbaum placed second in pole vault with a height of 3.68m.

MEN

Senior Brad Hodkinson broke a reord that stood for 19 years when he ran to a runner-up finish in the 5,000m run. He closed out the distance in 14:35.54 and his bank time conversion ranks ninth in DIII.

WashU scored 32 of 39 points in the 3,000m run which sprang the Bears ahead of No. 10 UW-Oshkosh and No. 18 UW-Stevens Point. Leading the Bears charge was senior Peter Johnsrud with a winning time of 8:36.20 while junior Jack Sebok was not far behind with a second place time of 8:36.22. Graduate Kirby Simon (8:39.23) and junior Marco Quaroni (8:48.68) made it four consecutive Bears to cross the finish line before UW-Stevens Point broke the string.

The men's top 4x400m relay group closed out the scoring for the men and posted the fastest time this season. Senior Jason Singer, sophomore Andrew Whitaker, senior Eddie Wintergalen and sophomore John Harry Wagner completed the 1,600m relay in 3:19.77 which combined with sophomore Arthur Santoro, junior Jon Fleming, sophomore Luke Lamb and junior Greigory Dimailig's sixth place and freshman Ian Thakur, junior Nick Matteucci, freshman Connor Wright and senior Sam LaSota's eighth place time to help the Bears maintain a half point lead over UW-Oshkosh. The Bears top 4x400m relay time was a season-best and currently ranks fourth in DIII after conversion.

TOP BEAR FINISHES

MEN

EVENT

WOMEN

N/A

Weight Throw

23. Randal Walker – 12.70m

N/A

Shot Put

5. Randal Walker – 12.32m

9. Collis McKenzie – 1.90m

High Jump

9. Anna Cossio – 1.50m

8. Tim Goblirsch – 4.23m

Pole Vault

1. Heidi Nassos – 3.83m

9. Matt Moore – 6.42m

Long Jump

4. Eka Jose – 5.45m

N/A

Triple Jump

1. Eka Jose – 11.95m

2. Eddie Wintergalen – 50.29

400m

8. Ava Forman – 1:01.47

2. Brad Hodkinson – 14:35.54

5,000m

1. Aly Wayne – 16:58.97

3. Jacob Ridderhoff – 4:19.58

Mile

1. Molly Shepherd – 5:08.10

No final results (9. Jacob Gray – 8.77 Prelims)

60m Hurdles

1. Caira Watson-Haynes – 8.95 (8.92 Prelims)

No final results (23. CJ Chin – 7.24 Prelims)

60m

6. Eka Jose – 8.07 (8.00 Prelims)

5. John Harry Wagner – 1:56.43

800m

4. Sophie Grigaux – 2:20.19

6. Eddie Wintergalen – 22.60

200m

5. Josephine Simon – 26.93

1. Peter Johnsrud – 8:36.20

3,000m

2. Sophia Young – 10:42.26

1. Jason Singer, Andrew Whitaker, Eddie Wintergalen, John Harry Wagner – 3:19.77

4x400m Relay

4. Sophie Grigaux, Ava Forman, Josephine Simon, Rachel Novick – 4:05.24

Up next for the Bears is their final tune-up ahead of University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships. WashU will travel to Jacksonville, Ill. on Friday, Feb. 15 before the two day UAA Championships in Boston on Feb. 23-24. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.