WashU Track & Field Takes 2nd and 5th at Indoor Nationals

Photo by Marco Quaroni
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St. Louis, Mo., March 9, 2019 –Washington University in St. Louis had a record breaking time at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships with the women finishing a close runner-up and the men's team finishing in a program record fifth place at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston Saturday evening.

The WashU women added 16 points to their day one total and held the lead with 40 points until the final event of the championship weekend. The Bears men meanwhile used a strong finish to increase its point total to 27 to tie for a program best fifth place finish. The WashU men also added 16 points on the final day of competition with two event runner-up finishes.

Chronological Order of Events:

Women's Triple Jump Prelims & Finals

Sophomore Eka Jose set the tempo right off the bat for the rest of the triple jump national competitors, posting a jump of 11.87m which earned her a spot in the finals. She once again set the standard in the finals by posting a distance of 12.04m in her fourth overall attempt. Jose improved on the triple jump mark with a distance of 12.16m in her fifth attempt which proved to be the national championship winning distance. She was the lone competitor to post a triple jump mark of 12 or more meters and she boosted the women's point total to 34 points. Senior Heidi Nassos placed 13th out of 20 individuals with a distance of 11.46m on her second attempt.

Women's 60m Hurdle Finals

Sophomore Caira Watson Haynes stepped up with a personal-best and school record time to earn All-American honors in the 60m hurdles. One day after tying the school record with a time of 8.78, Watson Haynes took third place with a school record time of 8.69. She earned WashU six additional points to up the Bears total to a leading 40 points with seven women's events left.

Men's Mile Finals

Junior Nick Matteucci ran his third race in the past two days and claimed the national runner-up finish with a time of 4:07.99 in the mile. He nearly dropped five seconds off his prelims time and set the school record in the event. Matteucci earned the third indoor All-American honor of his career.

Men's 4x400m Relay Finals

The WashU men's track & field team entered the final event in sixth place with 19 points before the second place efforts of senior Jason Singer, senior Eddie Wintergalen, sophomore Andrew Whitaker and sophomore John Harry Wagner pushed the Bears into a tie for fifth place as a team. The team placement was a school record and the 1,600m relay time was the third time WashU had reestablished the top-time in program history this season. The Bears crossed the finish line in a second heat leading 3:15.18. Wintergalen broke away from the pack in his final 100m of the race and had the Bears fastest leg (47.899).

All-American Honors

Women

Julia Dannenbaum – Pole Vault (Sixth, 3.75m)

Sophie Grigaux – Distance Medley Relay (Seventh, 11:48.00)

Eka JoseTriple Jump (First, 12.16m), Long Jump (Fourth, 5.76m)

Abby Martin – Distance Medley Relay (Seventh, 11:48.00)

Heidi Nassos – Pole Vault (Second, 3.95m, PR)

Rachel Novick – Distance Medley Relay (Seventh, 11:48.00)

Molly Shepherd – Distance Medley Relay (Seventh, 11:48.00)

Caira Watson Haynes – 60m Hurdles (Third, 8.69, PR, School Record)

Aly Wayne – 5,000m (Third, 16:36.40, PR, School Record)

Men

Alex Cobin – Distance Medley Relay (Third, 10:00.31)

Brad Hodkinson – 5,000m (Fourth, 14:32.08, PR, School Record)

Nick Matteucci – Mile (Second, 4:07.99, PR, School Record), Distance Medley Relay (Third, 10:00.31)

Jacob Ridderhoff – Distance Medley Relay (Third, 10:00.31)

Arthur Santoro – Distance Medley Relay (Third, 10:00.31)

Jason Singer – 4x400m Relay (Second, 3:15.18, School Record)

John Harry Wagner – 4x400m Relay (Second, 3:15.18, School Record)

Andrew Whitaker – 4x400m Relay (Second, 3:15.18, School Record)

Eddie Wintergalen – 4x400m Relay (Second, 3:15.18, School Record)