School Records Fall for WashU at Billy Hayes Invite

Photo by Marco Quaroni
Photo by Marco Quaroni

Bloomington, Ind., May 3, 2019 — The nationally-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track and field teams put together a strong team effort as three school records fell Friday at the Billy Hayes Invitational held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. 

On the women's side, sophomore Eka Jose broke the school record in the triple jump with a mark of 12.19m. WashU set two men's schools records as junior Nick Matteucci ran a 3:45.69 in the 1500, and the 4x400 relay team of senior Jason Singer, sophomore Andrew Whitaker, senior Eddie Wintergalen and sophomore John Harry Wagner set a new mark with a time of 3:12.37.

Jose's mark in the triple jump is the top in Division III and broke the school record of 12.02m set by Danielle Wadlington in 2008. She also placed third in the long jump with a leap of 5.75m, a mark that ranks second in school history and sixth in D3.

Sophomore Caira Watson Haynes took home a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.21. The time for Watson Haynes is second best in school history and currently third in D3. Senior Heidi Nassosmoved into second-place all-time at WashU and third in D3 after placing second in the pole vault with a mark of 3.95m.

Also taking home top-five finishes was sophomore Rachel Novick in the 400 hurdles (fourth, 1:03.47, 20th D3) and the 4x400 relay team of sophomore Elle Hansen, freshman Katherine Dudley, freshman Ava Forman and Novick (third, 3:55.05, 18th D3).

Matteucci was the lone D3 competitor in the 1500 and placed fifth after breaking his own school record by .17 seconds, a mark he set a year ago at the Billy Hayes Invite. The time for Matteucci is the top in D3 this season.  

The 4x400 meter relay team bettered its own seasonal best that they set on April 19 (3:14.68) at the Dewey Allgood Invitational by over two seconds. The time is the top in D3 this season and broke the old school record set in 2014 (3:12.92).

Sophomore Arthur Santoro ran to a first-place finish in the 800 in a field of 23 runners, including 14 from Division I. Santoro crossed the finish line in a time of 1:51.70, a mark that ranks third all-time at WashU and is currently fifth in D3.

Whitaker also had a nice showing in the 110 hurdles. He finished seventh overall, but his time of 14.68 in qualifying ranks 18th in D3. Wintergalen won section two and had a fourth-place overall finish in the 400 with a time of 48.71.