St. Louis, Mo., May 20, 2019 – The top-5 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women and men secured a school record number of participants into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships to take place in Geneva, Ohio at Spire Institute Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25.
The traveling party will consist of 21 Bears, including 12 men and nine women. The WashU men are currently ranked No. 5 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Rating Index, while the women claimed the No. 1 rank in the latest listing.
The women secured 12 entries as three Bears qualified in multiple events. Competing in multiple events will be sophomore Eka Jose (long jump and triple jump), senior Heidi Nassos (pole vault and triple jump) and graduate Aly Wayne (5,000m and 10,000m). The Bears have 10 top-10 event squads according to the USTFCCCA, including the top ranked 10,000m and triple jump as both events have a pair of national qualifiers from WashU.
Jose enters nationals with the second best mark on the season in triple jump, 12.19m while Nassos is the fifth ranked triple jumper, 12.05m. Wayne is the eighth ranked 10,000m runner with a seed time of 35:39.62, while junior Sophie Watterson possesses the 11th fastest seed, 35:52.43.
The Bears pole vault squad is ranked second and WashU has an additional national qualifier to Nassos. Sophomore Julia Dannenbaum makes her second consecutive outdoor qualification as the sixth seed with a height of 3.90m. Nassos is the second seed after posting a personal-best 3.98m at the Gregory Final Qualifier.
The women's 100m hurdle squad is ranked fourth and replicated the indoor national qualifiers as sophomore Caira Watson Haynes is the seventh seed (14.21) and senior Jay Pittman is the ninth seed (14.27).
Also securing individual entries were senior Molly Shepherd in the 3,000m steeplechase and senior Natalie Rogus in the 1,500m run. Shepherd is the fourth seed after running to a personal-best time of 10:45.68. Rogus enters nationals as the 17th seed with a time of 4:36.51.
The WashU men had 11 entries and have six top-10 event squads according to the USTFCCCA, including top ranked squads in 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase.
The top 400m event squad is strengthened by the Bears 4x400m relay team that has the top time in Division III this season. The group of senior Jason Singer, sophomore Andrew Whitaker, senior Eddie Wintergalen and sophomore John Harry Wagner ran to a school record this year, 3:09.93. The group is the 15th fastest in Division III history.
Wagner also qualified as the fourth seed in the 400m dash with a time of 47.37. Serving as alternate runners for the 4x400m relay are junior Greigory Dimailig and sophomore Arthur Santoro. Santoro qualified as the 12th seeded 800m runner (1:51.68).
The 1,500m squad secured three entries led by returning All-American Nick Matteucci, who is the third seed with a time of 3:45.69. Freshman Jacob Ridderhoff (3:51.46) and sophomore Tucker Cera (3:51.49) earned their first trips to outdoor nationals with the 13th and 14th fastest performances this year.
The steeplechase crew is led by first time national participant juniors Jack Sebok and Marco Quaroni. Sebok is ranked sixth (9:03.32) and Quaroni 13th (9:07.06) after posting personal-best times this season.
Matteucci also qualified in the 5,000m run with senior Brad Hodkinson. The duo posted the top two placements for WashU during the cross country season and are the 15 and 18 seeds. Hodkinson's top time this season is 14:25.31 and Matteucci's top time is 14:27.14. Hodkinson is also the 15th seeded 10,000m runner with a time of 30:25.11.
3:55 PM (ET) – Women's 1,500m Prelims – Natalie Rogus
5:00 PM (ET) – Women's Long Jump Prelims and Final – Eka Jose
5:25 PM (ET) – Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Prelims – Molly Shepherd
7:30 PM (ET) – Men's 10,000m Final – Brad Hodkinson
3:15 PM (ET) – Men's 400m Prelims – John Harry Wagner
4:15 PM (ET) – Men's 800m Prelims – Arthur Santoro
11:30 AM (ET) – Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Final – Molly Shepherd
12:25 PM (ET) – Women's 1,500m Final – Natalie Rogus
1:20 PM (ET) – Men's 400m Final – John Harry Wagner
2:00 PM (ET) – Men's 800m Final – Arthur Santoro
3:00 PM (ET) – Women's 5,000m Final – Aly Wayne
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