Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams Sweep UAA Outdoor Titles

Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams Sweep UAA Outdoor Titles

Chicago, Ill., April 27, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams combined to win 10 events on the second day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor Championships as both teams claimed the conference crowns Sunday in Chicago.

The Washington U. men scored 215 points at the two-day meet to easily win their sixth straight UAA Outdoor Championship over runner-up Carnegie Mellon University (166). It is the 17th UAA Outdoor title for the WUSTL men, and marks the 13th time the Bears have won both the conference indoor and outdoor titles in the same year. The Washington U. women finished with 211 points to edge the University of Chicago (201.5) for first in the women's team standings. It is the 14th UAA Outdoor Championship in WUSTL women's history, and the first since 2009 after finishing second each of the past three years.

Junior James Hallwood highlighted the day for the Washington U. men, winning conference titles in two individual events and a relay. Hallwood raced to first in the 100 with a career-best time of 10.74 seconds, which tied Antone Meaux (1995) for the second-fastest time in Washington University history. Hallwood also tied Meaux for the second-fastest time in school history in the 200, clicking a career-best time of 21.64 to win the UAA title. Junior Nick Alaniva (10.94) and senior Alan Komorowski (11.00) both posted personal-best times to place third and fourth, respectively, in the 100. Komorowski added a runner-up finish in the 200 with a personal-best time of 21.85, while sophomore James Fitzhugh finished sixth in the 200 in 22.59. Alaniva, Hallwood, junior Troy Makous and Komorowski added a UAA title in the 400 relay with a time of 42.00.

Freshman Daisy Ogede had an impressive day for the WUSTL women, racing to all-UAA honors in four different events. Ogede won the 200 with a career-best time of 25.17, which ranks third in Washington University history. Sophomore Emily Warner finished as the runner-up in a time of 25.29, while senior Katie Sandson was fifth in 25.66. Ogede added a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles with a career-best time of 15.38. Freshmen Rebecca Ridderhoff (15.96) and Anna Bailes (16.20) placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the event. Ogede also finished third in the 100 (12.54), while Sandson was second (12.46) and senior Jasmine Williams (13.09) was eighth. Sandson, Warner, Ridderhoff and Ogede also placed third in the 400 relay with a time of 49.23. Warner also finished as the runner-up in the 400 with a time of 57.17.

Junior Brendan Stone raced to the UAA title in the men's 400 hurdles with a career-best time of 53.77. Freshman Phillip DeRenzo finished seventh in the event with a time of 58.34. Fitzhugh, sophomore Alex Bastian, Stone and freshman Deko Ricketts also finished third in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:17.13, which is the third-fastest time in Washington U. history. Bastian also earned all-UAA honors with a third-place finish in the 800 in a time of 1:54.81, edging sophomore Britt Henderson, who was fourth in 1:54.84. Fitzhugh clocked a career-best time of 48.91 to finish as the runner-up in the 400, while Ricketts finished fourth in 49.88 and senior Arthur Townsend came in fifth in 49.94.

After winning the long jump Saturday, Williams added a first-place finish in the high jump with a clearance of 1.63 meters. Sophomore Maisie Mahoney tied for eighth with a mark of 1.43m. Williams also placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 10.67m. Junior Melissa Gilkey won her second straight UAA title in the women's javelin with a throw of 37.60m. Five of Gilkey's six throws in the meet were far enough to win the event. Mahoney also earned all-UAA honors in the javelin with a career-best throw of 32.28m to finish third. Freshman Betsy Wiener placed eighth in the javelin with a mark of 26.68m.

Sophomore Josh Clark ran a career-best time of 3:55.68 to finish first in the 1,500 for the WUSTL men, while junior Drew Padgett also had a career-best time, finishing third in 3:59.86. Junior Lucy Cheadle was the final event-winner for the Washington U. women, taking first in the 5,000 with a time of 17:35.72. Freshman Sarah Curci placed third with a time of 17:57.24.

Senior Elliott Petterson raced to all-UAA honors and a runner-up finish in the men's 5,000 with a time of 14:59.53. Senior Michael Ellenberger finished fifth in 15:04.77 and junior Ryan Senci was seventh in 15:14.19. Ellenberger earned all-UAA honors in the 10,000 Saturday, placing third in a time of 32:20.46. Junior Garrett Patrick finished as the runner-up in the event with a time of 32:16.98, while senior Kevin Sparks (32:24.55) and sophomore Adam Streicher (32:36.19) were fourth and sixth, respectively. Freshman Jack MacCarthy added a runner-up finish for the Bears in the men's 110 hurdles with a career-best time of 15.39.

The Washington U. women had three top-eight finishers in the 10,000 Saturday. Senior Lizzy Handschy earned all-UAA honors with a runner-up finish in a time of 37:37.30. Senior Kathleen Valadez (37:52.41) and freshman Kimberly Johnson (38:51.24) both posted career-best times to place sixth and seventh, respectively. Senior Alison Cesarz clocked a career-best time of 1:06.05 to capture all-UAA honors with a third-place finish in the 400 hurdles, while Ridderhoff (1:06.82) and sophomore Kerrin Sunshine (1:09.03) placed fifth and eighth, respectively. Sophomore Ellen Toennies claimed all-UAA honors for the Washington U. women with a third-place finish in the 1,500 in a career-best time of 4:42.83. Senior Elizabeth Worley placed eighth in a time of 4:49.88, and Toennies added an eighth-place finish in the 800 in a time of 2:24.16. The final all-UAA honor of the meet for the Washington U. women was the 1,600 relay team of senior Nkele Davis, Ridderhoff, Cesarz and Warner, who finished third in a time of 4:00.94.

The Washington University men's and women's track & field teams return to action at the Redbird Invitational hosted by Illinois State University Saturday, May 3, in Normal, Ill. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., with running events getting underway at 1:05 p.m.