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Eka Jose Wins National Title in Triple Jump; Washington University Finishes Second at NCAA Championship

Eka Jose Wins National Title in Triple Jump; Washington University Finishes Second at NCAA Championship

From Washington University Athletics

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 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.

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.

All-American Honors

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, 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)