WashU Wins Three Event Titles on Day One of UAA Championships

WashU Wins Three Event Titles on Day One of UAA Championships

New York, N.Y., Feb. 27, 2016 The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams had three conference champions and nine all-UAA finishes on the first day of the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships being hosted by New York University Saturday at The Armory.

At the end of the first day, the WashU men sit in first place in the team standings with 36 points, one point ahead of Carnegie Mellon University. In the women's team standings, WashU has 41 points and is in second place behind the University of Chicago (44).

Seniors Joey Pasque and Alex Arteaga finished first and second, respectively, in the men's high jump. Pasque cleared a height of 1.95 meters to win the UAA title in the event, while Arteaga was second with a career-best clearance of 1.90m. The men's distance medley relay team of junior Mike Sullivan, freshman Jeremy Barnes, junior Deko Ricketts and senior Josh Clark also won a conference title for the Bears, finishing first in 10:10.11.

Freshman Heidi Nassos provided the first UAA title of the meet for the WashU women, clearing a height of 3.52m to win the pole vault. Senior Melanie Ehrenberg also earned all-UAA honors with a third-place finish in the event at 3.42m.

Sophomore Aly Wayne ran the third-fastest time in school history to finish as the conference runner-up in the women's 5,000. Wayne's time of 17:08.54 is the fourth-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season. Freshman Ellie Degen also raced to all-UAA honors by finishing third in the 5,000 at 17:18.78. Junior Annie Marggraff added to the Bears' team points by finishing sixth in a career-best 17:59.16.

The women's distance medley relay team of sophomore Audrey Western, junior Kelli Hancock, freshman Molly Shepherd and sophomore Alison Lindsay raced to a runner-up finish with a time of 12:04.95. The Bears also scored team points in the women's weight throw, with junior Betsy Wiener's fifth-place finish (12.66m). The other men's points on day one came in the long jump. Sophomore Michael Billington recorded a career-best leap of 6.72m to earn all-UAA honors with a third-place finish, while Arteaga was fifth with a season-best 6.56m.

The Bears also had several career-best performances in the prelims for the running events Saturday, highlighted by junior Daisy Ogede's two school records. Ogede bettered her own school record in the 60 with a time of 7.72, which ranks 11th in NCAA Division III this season. Freshman Elise Grever ran the third-fastest time in school history (7.85) to also advance to Sunday's final.

In the 200, Ogede shaved .12 off her own WashU record to advance to the final in the event. Her time of 24.83 is the fastest in NCAA Division III this season. Grever once again clocked the third-fastest time in school history (25.71), and senior Emily Warner had a season-best 26.05 as both of them also advanced to the final. Ogede also had a career-best time of 8.96, which ranks second in WashU history, to lead three runners advancing to the final in the 60 hurdles. Junior Rebecca Ridderhoff (9.10) and freshman Jay Pittman (9.34) also advanced to the final. 

Warner also reached the final in the 400 with a season-best time of 57.70, while Hancock ran the second-fastest time in school history (58.46) to join Warner in the final. Sophomore Annalise Wagner (2:15.12), junior Ashley Knudson (2:15.45) and senior Lane Porter (2:16.07) all advanced to Sunday's final in the women's 800.

Ricketts had the fastest prelim time in the men's 800 (1:53.22), and senior Britt Henderson ran a career-best 1:53.80 to join Ricketts in advancing to the final. Henderson's time ranks second in WashU history. The Bears had three runners advance to Sunday's final in the men's 60 hurdles - junior Jack MacCarthy (8.46), Arteaga (8.71) and Billington (8.74). Freshman Sam Jamison reached the final of the men's 200, while seniors James Fitzhugh (50.09) and Alex Bastian (50.26) both ran career-bests to advance to the men's 400 final.

The University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships conclude Sunday, Feb. 28. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. (ET), with running event finals beginning at 11:30.