WashU T&F Posts Top Division III Marks at IC Hilltop Invite

Photos by Marco Quaroni
Photos by Marco Quaroni

Jacksonville, Ill., Feb. 16, 2019 – No team score was compiled at the Illinois College Hilltop Invitational but that didn't stop the nationally ranked Washington University in St. Louis track & field program from leaving its mark.

The No. 1-ranked WashU women totaled eight first place finishes in 13 events competed in, while the No. 18-ranked WashU men posted five event titles in 11 events entered including a school record time. By the end of the night both the WashU men and women had a top mark in NCAA Division III as well.


Sophomore Julia Dannenbaum pole vaulted a new personal-best 3.91m to claim first place and DIII's top mark of the season. The mark ranks second all-time in school history.

The women's 4x400m relay team of freshman Alicia Gupte, sophomore Sophie Grigaux, freshman Ava Forman and sophomore Rachel Novick ran to a first place finish. The group crossed the finish line in 4:02.35 and the time converts over to the 26th best in DIII this year.

Novick also finished with a 1:00.41 winning time in the 400m dash. Fellow sophomores Emily Stegmeier won the 800m run with a time of 2:20.69 and Caira Watson Haynes won the 55m hurdles (8.29).

Gupte posted the top long jump distance by leaping 5.36m while fellow freshmen and jumpers Aryn Lyke (11.02m) and Rachel Holstein (1.58m) had winnings marks in their respective triple and high jump events.


The Bears 4x400m relay team emerged victorious from the group of eight relay teams with a school record setting performance. Sophomore Arthur Santoro, sophomore Andrew Whitaker, senior Eddie Wintergalen and sophomore John Harry Wagner finished the 1,600m distance in 3:18.48 which converts overto DIII's fastest time when factoring in Illinois College's oversized track.

WashU's distance medley relay team posted a winning time of 10:00.79. The Bears DMR group in order consisted of freshman Alex Cobin, Wintergalen, Wagner and junior Nick Matteucci. The team's time ranks fourth in DIII.

Also posting winning marks were senior Sam LaSota in the 800m (2:00.65), freshman Eli Ten Eyck in the mile run (4:24.54) and junior Collis McKenzie in the high jump (1.93m).





11. CJ Chin – 6.67


3. Eka Jose – 7.48

7. CJ Chin – 23.13


3. Savannah Groos – 26.52

2. Ian Thakur – 51.98


1. Rachel Novick – 1:00.41

1. Sam LaSota – 2:00.65


1. Emily Stegmeier – 2:20.69

1. Eli Ten Eyck – 4:24.54


2. Lia Schattner – 5:35.97

3. Jacob Gray – 7.98

55m Hurdles

1. Caira Watson Haynes – 8.29

1. Arthur Santoro, Andrew Whitaker, Eddie Wintergalen, John Harry Wagner – 3:18.48

4x400m Relay

1. Alicia Gupte, Sophie Grigaux, Ava Forman, Rachel Novick – 4:02.35

1. Alex Cobin, Eddie Wintergalen, John Harry Wagner, Nick Matteucci – 10:00.79

Distance Medley Relay


1. Collis McKenzie – 1.93m

High Jump

1. Rachel Holstein – 1.58m


Pole Vault

1. Julia Dannenbaum – 3.91m

5. Matt Moore – 6.51m

Long Jump

1. Alicia Gupte – 5.36m

3. Collis McKenzie – 13.16m

Triple Jump

1. Aryn Lyke – 11.02m


Shot Put

5. Randal Walker – 11.41m


Weight Throw

13. Jessica Zepeda – 11.74m

WashU will next compete in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24 in Boston. Stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.