St. Louis, Mo., March 25, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams combined to win 15 events at the first outdoor meet of the season as the Bears won the women's team title and finished second in the men's team standings at the WashU Mini Meet Friday evening.
The WashU women accumulated 233 team points to win the team title over runner-up University of Wisconsin-Stout (147.5). The WashU men finished second with 153 team points, as Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored 218.5 points to claim the men's team title.
Freshman Elise Grever won a pair of individual events to lead the WashU women. She raced to first in the 100 (12.45) and the 200 (25.86). Grever also teamed with juniors Rebecca Ridderhoff, Kelli Hancock and Daisy Ogede to win the 400 relay in 48.14. That time ranks second in WashU history, and was just five-hundredths of a second off the school record.
Hancock added an individual title in the 400 hurdles (1:02.14), while Ogede finished first in the 100 hurdles (14.79). They also teamed with junior Ashley Knudson and senior Emily Warner to win the 1,600 relay in 3:51.15. Warner added a first-place finish in the 400 in 57.66.
Senior Maisie Mahoney recorded the third-best throw in school history to win the women's javelin. She recorded a toss of 36.64 meters to win the event, while freshman Rachel Kershner was second with a mark of 34.57m.
Senior Josh Clark led a first- through third-place sweep for WashU in the men's 1,500. Clark won the event in 3:54.58, while junior Mike Sullivan (3:58.08) and freshman Elvir Sarajlic (3:59.51) were second and third, respectively. Clark also teamed with senior Alex Bastian, freshman Jeremy Barnes and junior Deko Ricketts to win the 1,600 relay in 3:24.21.
Freshman Quin Preston was the lone field-event winner for the WashU men, finishing first with a throw of 51.44m. Freshman Zac Christensen also won an event, racing to first in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:39.76), while junior Jack MacCarthy was the event champion in the men's 110 hurdles (15.51).
WashU is back in action with its second home meet, the WashU Invite, Friday-Saturday, April 1-2.