St. Louis, Mo., March 7, 2016 – Nine individuals and three relay teams from the Washington University in St. Louis indoor track & field teams qualified to compete at the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 11-12, in Grinnell, Iowa.
The 12 individuals who will travel to the meet to represent WashU include seniors Alex Arteaga, Alex Bastian, Josh Clark, Melanie Ehrenberg, Britt Henderson, Ellen Toennies and Emily Warner; juniors Kelli Hancock, Ashley Knudson, Daisy Ogede, Deko Ricketts, Rebecca Ridderhoff and Mike Sullivan; sophomores Alison Lindsay, Annalise Wagner and Aly Wayne; and freshman Ellie Degen.
Seven of the WashU women's qualifiers will compete in individual events for the Bears. Ogede will run a pair of individual events as she competes in both the 60 and the 200 after qualifying third in both events. Warner and Wagner will both compete in the 800, while Wayne and Degen will both represent the Bears in the 5,000. Ridderhoff qualified for the 60 hurdles, and Ehrenberg was the lone field-event qualifier as she made it in the pole vault.
On the men's side, Arteaga and Ricketts will each compete individually. Arteaga qualified eighth in the heptathlon, while Ricketts had the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the 800. Ricketts will also team with Sullivan, Bastian and Clark to race in the distance medley relay, which posted the second-best time during the season. In addition, Henderson will be the relay alternate for the Bears.
Ridderhoff, Hancock, Ogede and Warner will race in the women's 1,600 relay after having qualified with the second-fastest time. Toennies, Wagner, Knudson and Lindsay will make up the women's distance medley relay that qualified sixth.
Warner is the only qualifier for the Bears who has competed in an individual event at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. This is the fourth year in a row she has qualified in the 800, and she finished fifth to earn All-America honors in 2013. The Bears qualified the same three relays to last year's NCAA Championships, with both DMRs earning All-America honors a year ago – men: fifth, women: seventh.