Track and Field

National championship win completes No. 1 women’s track and field’s “slow climb” back to top of Division III

Entering the meet with high expectations as the nation’s top-ranked team, the squad delivered. From May 23-25, the team tallied 71 points, beating the runners-up University of Wisconsin – La Crosse by a remarkable 23.5 points to earn their second ever national championship. 

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“Training on the numbers”: How WashU track turned its women’s 400/800 program into a national powerhouse

During the 2024 indoor track season, times set by Kelley, Sarussi, and graduate student Danielle Schultz made the WashU trio three of the 15 fastest runners in the 800 in all of Division III. Their success is emblematic of over a decade of dominance by the WashU track & field team’s women’s 400/800 meter training group.

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Track wins WashU Invite, notches 17 Top 15 finishes at Distance Carnival

Across both the Distance Carnival and WashU Invite, the women’s team notched 17 Top 10 performances in program history, and the men’s team notched four.

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Athlete of the Week: Pole vaulter Peter Lichtenberger reflects on his record-breaking indoor season

Student Life sat down with Lichtenberger to discuss his life outside of pole vaulting, his love for track and field, and his future goals. 

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Lichtenberger sets school record as men’s track and field competes at indoor nationals

The Washington University men’s track and field team competed at the 2024 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 8 and 9. The team, which won the meet in 2022, had three athletes compete and finished tied for 43rd place with Benedictine University and the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

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Women’s track and field finishes as runners-up at indoor nationals, Emma Kelley sets NCAA record

Led by Kelley’s performance, the Washington University women’s track and field team was crowned national runners-up for the second year in a row.

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No. 1 women’s track and field wins fifth straight UAA Indoor Championship, men’s team finishes fourth

WashU’s women’s track and field team won the UAA indoor track and field championship, their fifth consecutive conference title.

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Athlete of the Week: Inside Kyle Puckett’s 100-mile-a-week track training

Washington University senior Kyle Puckett has run over 500 miles since the start of 2024. So far this season, the Houston native has already set three personal records (PR), including a 5,000 meter PR of 14:50.37 that he set at the Midwest ELITE Invitational on Feb. 10. Student Life sat down with Puckett to discuss his intense training regimen, passion for mechanical engineering, and plans for the future.

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Athlete of the Week: Ebun Opata discusses her growth into a national track and field star

Following a second-place finish in the triple jump at last year’s indoor and outdoor National Championships, Washington University senior Ebun Opata is on a roll. Opata sat down with Student Life to discuss her passion for social work, finding success coming back from injury, and her mango Instagram page.

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No. 1 women’s track and field dominates I-55 Triangular Meet while No. 22 men’s team finishes second

On Jan. 23, just three days after the meet, the women’s team clocked in as Division III’s best team in the first national rankings of the indoor season. The men’s team was also honored in their respective top 25, slotting in at No. 22.

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