WashU T&F Positioned in 1st & 2nd After Day One of UAAs

Photos by Marco Quaroni
Photos by Marco Quaroni

Waltham, Mass., Feb. 23, 2019 – After day one of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Track & Field Championships Washington University in St. Louis is in first and second among the women and men respectively after six events were completed Saturday at the Gosman Sports Center.

The No. 1-ranked WashU women have a two-point edge on No. 17 Chicago, 52-50. The No. 7-ranked WashU men trail Carnegie Mellon 61-31 after the first day of action.

The Bears combined to have six all-UAA finishes on Saturday including an event title for both the women and men.

WOMEN

Senior Heidi Nassos led the Bears with a personal-best pole vault height. She claimed her third UAA indoor pole vault event title in her career when she cleared 3.93m which is the top mark in Division III currently. Sophomore teammate Julia Dannenbaum placed second in the event also earning all-UAA honors with a height of 3.88m.

The WashU women's distance medley relay team took to the track for the first time this season and posted the second best time among UAA foes. The group of senior Natalie Rogus, freshman Ava Forman, freshman Michaela Jones and senior Abby Martin was clocked at 12:15.10 which ranks in the top-25 times in Division III this season.

Sophomore Katie Snodgrass also earned all-UAA accolades, the first of her career during track by placing third in the 5,000m run. She finished the 5K distance in a personal-best 17:48.17.

MEN

The Bears distance medley relay team took first place. In order of positions ran, the group consisted of freshman Eli Ten Eyck, sophomore John Harry Wagner, freshman Alex Cobin and senior Brad Hodkinson. The Bears crossed the finish line in 10:08.01, more than half a second ahead of the runner-up.

Although WashU did not have any additional all-UAA finishes during the first day of events, several Bears posted the top times during prelims to secure a spot in Sunday's final races. Senior Eddie Wintergalen (200m – 22.41), freshman Conor Wright (800m – 1:55.84) and sophomore Andrew Whitaker (60m Hurdles – 8.59) took the top spots in their respective events prelims.

TOP BEAR FINISHES

MEN

EVENT

WOMEN

6. Eddie Wintergalen – 7.17

60m (Prelims)

4. Caira Watson Haynes – 7.99 C

1. Eddie Wintergalen – 22.41 C

200m (Prelims)

7. Jay Pittman – 26.41 $

2. John Harry Wagner – 49.46 C

400m (Prelims)

7. Rachel Novick – 1:00.31 C

1. Conor Wright – 1:55.84 C

800m (Prelims)

4. Emily Stegmeier – 2:17.23 $

4. Peter Johnsrud – 14:41.82 C

5,000m

3. Katie Snodgrass – 17:48.17 C

1. Andrew Whitaker – 8.59

60m Hurdles (Prelims)

1. Caira Watson Haynes – 9.01

1. Eli Ten Eyck, John Harry Wagner, Alex Cobin, Brad Hodkinson – 10:08.01 (10)

Distance Medley Relay

2. Natalie Rogus, Ava Forman, Michaela Jones, Abby Martin – 12:15.10 (21)

Competes Tomorrow

Pole Vault

1. Heidi Nassos – 3.93m C (1)

5. Matt Moore – 6.60m $

Long Jump

2. Eka Jose – 5.53m

N/A

Weight Throw

7. Randal Walker – 13.15m $

4. Collis McKenzie – 1.93m

High Jump

Competes Tomorrow

$-Season-best

C-Career-best

()-Top-25 Rank in Division III

UAA Event Titles

MEN

Distance Medley Relay – Eli Ten Eyck, John Harry Wagner, Alex Cobin, Brad Hodkinson – 10:08.01

WOMEN

Heidi Nassos –3.93m in Pole Vault

All-UAA Finishes

MEN

Alex Cobin – Distance Medley Relay (First, 10:08.01)

Brad Hodkinson – Distance Medley Relay (First, 10:08.01)

Eli Ten Eyck - Distance Medley Relay (First, 10:08.01)

John Harry Wagner – Distance Medley Relay (First, 10:08.01)

WOMEN

Julia Dannenbaum – Pole Vault (Second, 3.88m)

Ava Forman – Distance Medley Relay (Second, 12:15.10)

Michaela Jones – Distance Medley Relay (Second, 12:15.10)

Eka Jose – Long Jump (Second, 5.53m)

Abby Martin – Distance Medley Relay (Second, 12:15.10)

Heidi Nassos – Pole Vault (First, 3.93m)

Natalie Rogus – Distance Medley Relay (Second, 12:15.10)

Katie Snodgrass – 5,000m (Third, 17:48.17)

WashU will continue competition Sunday, Feb. 24 beginning with women's shot put, men's triple jump and women's high jump at 10 a.m. (ET). Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.