Geneva, Ohio, May 25, 2019 – Several school records fell on the final day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships for Washington University in St. Louis Saturday evening in Geneva, Ohio at Spire Institute including a pair of event national titles that led the women to second and the men to 10th place finishes.
The WashU women totaled 49 points while national champion Loras College totaled 53. The 49 points scored by the women are the second most tallied in school history during national championships. The WashU men collected 19 points to place 10th overall, with the fourth most points amassed in team history. Wisconsin-Eau Claire finished atop the men's leaderboard by a 30 point margin over the runner-up with 68 points total.
Sophomore Eka Jose was crowned the national champion in the triple jump while breaking a school record she previously set this season. The men's 4x400m relay of senior Jason Singer, sophomore Andrew Whitaker, senior Eddie Wintergalen and sophomore John Harry Wagner also eclipsed a previous record they set this season to win the national title and validify the top seeded time entering nationals.
Senior Molly Shepherd qualified for the 3,000m steeplechase with a personal-best time of 10:20.06 earlier this season and earned a final entries time on Thursday with the 14th fastest time of 11:03.62 but unfortunately was unable to finish the race Saturday just two days removed from prelims.
Junior Jack Sebok placed 11th out of 14 competitors to reach the steeplechase final Saturday. He was 10 seconds off his time from Thursday which garnered him a trip to the final event crossing the finish line in 9:26.42. Sebok's final kick on the final two laps pushed him past the next runner to finish and he nearly caught the 10th place finisher.
Junior Nick Matteucci dropped more than six seconds from his sixth seed qualifying time on Thursday and reached All-American honors Saturday. He placed fourth overall with a time of 3:50.41 utilizing a strong second half of the race to move past several of the All-American finishers behind him.
Freshman Jacob Ridderhoff entered the finals as the 12th seed and emerged as the 10th fastest runner, posting a time of 3:57.39 during his first individual national championship entry. He nearly dropped a second from his Thursday evening prelim time.
Jay Pittman capped off a tremendous senior season by shattering her personal-best time and in the process establishing a new school record in the 100m hurdles en route to All-American honors. She placed fourth overall with a blazing time of 14.05, breaking the 2017 record of 14.11 set by Daisy Ogede. Pittman outperformed her ninth seed which she earned on Thursday with her old personal-best time of 14.27.
Sophomore John Harry Wagner notched his first career individual All-American honor while also setting a school record in the process. He placed sixth overall with a time of 46.97, narrowly edging out the next All-American finisher. Wagner broke a record from 32 years ago, set by Marvin Williams (47.03) in 1987, while dropping 0.4 seconds from his previous personal-best time and more than a second off his seventh seeded time on Thursday.
Sophomore Eka Jose shattered her previous personal-best mark which also served as the school record distance in the triple jump with a national championship jump of 12.52m (41' 1"). She produced the mark on her second leap of the prelims but continued to exceed 12-meters in her next three triple jump attempts. Jose also claimed the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Triple Jump National Championship. Her previous best was 12.19m which made her the second seed entering nationals.
Senior Heidi Nassos earned her second All-American honor of the weekend with a sixth place finish. She also posted a personal-best leap of 12.25m in her second attempt which made her the school record holder in the triple jump for about a minute before Jose's national championship mark. Nassos also earned All-American honors in both the triple jump and pole vault last outdoor season as well.
Graduate student Aly Wayne earned her second All-American honor of the weekend and the seventh overall track All-American award of her career. She placed fifth overall to outperform her eighth seed with a time of 17:19.56 just two days removed from placing third in the 10,000m run.
Matteucci showed outstanding endurance and perseverance in his second All-American finish of the day. He placed eighth overall out of 20 competitors to far exceed his 18th seed entering nationals. Matteucci posted a 15:01.73 time en route to securing his seventh All-American track honor. Senior Brad Hodkinson also competed in his second distance race of the weekend and placed 11th overall to outperform his 15th seed. He crossed the finish line in 15:15.42.
Senior Jason Singer, sophomore Andrew Whitaker, senior Eddie Wintergalen and Wagner combined efforts to once again reestablish the school record in the 1,600m relay. The group's time of 3:09.77 shed 0.16 seconds from the previous mark they had set. Singer set the pace for the Bears the remaining three men maintained the lead and inched WashU further ahead. Wagner held off a strong kick from the individual 400m champion to clinch the Bears first ever relay national championship during the outdoor season.
Eka Jose – Triple Jump (12.52m) *
Jason Singer – 4x400m Relay (3:09.77) *
John Harry Wagner – 4x400m Relay (3:09.77) *
Andrew Whitaker – 4x400m Relay (3:09.77) *
Eddie Wintergalen – 4x400m Relay (3:09.77) *
Julia Dannenbaum – Pole Vault (Third, 3.95m)
Eka Jose – Triple Jump (First, 12.52m) *, Long Jump (Fourth, 5.96m) *
Heidi Nassos – Pole Vault (Second, 4.00m), Triple Jump (Sixth, 12.25m)
Jay Pittman – 100m Hurdles (Fourth, 12.05) *
Sophie Watterson – 10,000m (Seventh, 36:40.26)
Aly Wayne – 10,000m (Third, 36:01.62), 5,000m (Fifth, 17:19.56)
Nick Matteucci – 1,500m (Fourth, 3:50.41), 5,000m (Eighth, 15:01.73)
Jason Singer – 4x400m Relay (First, 3:09.77) *
John Harry Wagner – 4x400m Relay (First, 3:09.77) *, 400m (Sixth, 46.97) *
Andrew Whitaker – 4x400m Relay (First, 3:09.77) *
Eddie Wintergalen – 4x400m Relay (First, 3:09.77) *
* Denotes School Record