Former All-American Windle Sets New USA Standard At IAAF Worlds

Photo courtesy of PhotoRun, through the USATF.
Photo courtesy of PhotoRun, through the USATF.


Drew Windle is used to going fast – and faster than most – in the men's 800-meter run.

On Friday (March 2) afternoon at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain, Windle turned in a personal-best time in the 800 – and the fastest time by an American in the history of the event at IAAF indoor worlds. Windle placed third by crossing the finish line in 1:45.52.

That time will move Windle into the men's 800 finals on Saturday (March 3) at 2:35 p.m.

Windle qualified for IAAF worlds after placing second in the men's 800 (1:46:29) at the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships last month in Albuquerque, N.M.

Windle placed himself throughout the Ashland track and field record book, winning eight NCAA Division II national championships – six combined indoors and outdoors in the 800 run, one indoors in the 4x400 relay and one indoors in the distance medley relay. He is a 15-time All-American.

Windle was the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)'s men's indoor track and field athlete of the year in both 2013 and 2014, the USTFCCCA's Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2013-14, and was the Ashland male 2014-15 Student-Athlete of the Year.

Also on Saturday at indoor worlds, former Eagle national champ Katie Nageotte will compete in the women's pole vault. Nageotte won a national title last month in Albuquerque with a top vault of 4.91 meters/16-feet-1¼, which makes her the fourth-best women's indoor pole vaulter in history worldwide.