Delaware, Ohio, May 23, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis sophomore Emily Warner and freshman Deko Ricketts each raced to spots in Saturday's women's and men's 800 finals during day two of the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Warner clocked a time of 2:10.40 to finish second in her 800 heat behind the 2014 NCAA Indoor champion from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She had the fifth-fastest time overall in Friday's prelims, and her time was just .27 of a second off her career-best in the event. Ricketts matched Warner by pushing the pace of his heat in the men's 800 prelim to finish second in a time of 1:52.74. By finishing in the top-two in their heats, Warner and Ricketts earned automatic spots into Saturday's event finals. The women's 800 final is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. (ET), followed by the men's race at 3:45.
In addition to Warner and Ricketts, Washington University will have three other athletes competing on championship Saturday. Junior Melissa Gilkey competes in the women's javelin final at Noon. Junior Lucy Cheadle is one of 14 runners scheduled to compete in the women's 3,000 steeplechase final at 1, junior Drew Padgett closes the meet for the Bears by racing in the men's 5,000 final at 5:05.
After seven events, the Washington U. women are tied for sixth in the team standings with 10 points, while the WUSTL men are tied for 22nd with five. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (20.5) leads the women's team standings and North Central College (23) leads the men's entering the final day of competition.