Bears Take Home 4th Straight Women’s Program of Year Award

Bears Take Home 4th Straight Women’s Program of Year Award

St. Louis, Mo., May 31, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis cross country and track & field program was awarded the Deb Vercauteren Women's Program of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the fourth year in a row.

The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award honors the institution that achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons) bases on the institution's finish at the NCAA Championships.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA Championships. Scoring is based on the team's finish at each NCAA Championship in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field (i.e. 1st=1 point, 2nd=2 points, etc.) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the winner.

The WashU women's program earned the award with five points after winning the cross country national championship while placing second in both the indoor and outdoor track & field national championships. Williams (18), Johns Hopkins (20), Chicago (25) and UW-Eau Claire (26.5) placed in the top-five. The WashU women totaled 20 All-American honors in the 2018-19 academic year.

On the men's side, North Central won the Al Carius Men's Program of the Year for the fifth time in program history with eight points. WashU placed third with 17.5 points, finishing just shy of second place UW-Eau Claire (16). UW-La Crosse (23.5) and MIT (25) rounded out the top-five finishes. The Bears had a runner-up finish during the cross country season, fifth place finish at indoor track & field nationals and a 10th place finish during the outdoor track & field nationals. The WashU men tallied 11 All-America honors in the 2018-19 academic year.

All-America Honors


Cross Country

Lisa Gorham – (29th, 21:49.6)

Paige Lawler – (First, 20:55.0)

Sophie Watterson – (13th, 21:31.2)

Aly Wayne – (Seventh, 21:12.6)

Indoor Track & Field

Julia Dannenbaum – Pole Vault (Sixth, 3.75m)

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

Eka Jose – Triple 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)

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) *

Aly Wayne – 5,000m (Third, 16:36.40) *

Outdoor Track & Field

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)


Cross Country

Brad Hodkinson – (Seventh, 24:39.1)

Peter Johnsrud – (31st, 24:54.9)

Nick Matteucci – (10th, 24:43.9)

Indoor Track & Field

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

Brad Hodkinson – 5,000m (Fourth, 14:32.08) *

Nick Matteucci – Mile (Second, 4:07.99) *, 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) *

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

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

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

Outdoor Track & Field

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