St. Louis, Mo., April 2, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams combined to win four events and post 36 top-eight finishes as both teams finished second in the team standings at the WashU Invite held Friday-Saturday at Bushyhead Track.
The WashU women scored 113 points, while the WashU men finished with 63. NCAA Division II Lincoln University (Mo.) won both team titles at the nearly 50-team meet, with the women scoring 131 points and the men finishing with 117.
Junior Kelli Hancock had three top-four finishes Saturday, including winning the women's 400 hurdles in 1:02.54. Junior Rebecca Ridderhoff was fifth in a season-best 1:05.94. Hancock and Ridderhoff also teamed with freshman Elise Grever and junior Daisy Ogede to finish fourth in the 400 relay (48.85). Hancock finished the day by racing with senior Lane Porter, junior Ashley Knudson and sophomore Annalise Wagner to place second in the 1,600 relay (3:53.13).
The WashU women had four runners in the top-eight of the 800, led by senior Emily Warner (2:13.15) and Wagner (2:13.73) who finished first and second, respectively. Knudson was fourth in 2:1840, while freshman Abby Martin was eighth in 2:22.86.
Junior Deko Ricketts was the lone event champion for the WashU men, leading three Bears to top-seven finishes in the 800. He won the race in 1:53.25, while senior Josh Clark (1:56.91) and junior Conor Cashner (1:57.39) were fifth and seventh, respectively.
Senior Melanie Ehrenberg was WashU's fourth event winner of the meet. She finished first in the women's pole vault with a season-best clearance of 3.65 meters. Freshman Heidi Nassos was second (3.35m), while junior Natalie Newman tied for fourth (3.05m). Nassos added an eighth-place finish in the triple jump (10.76m), while senior Maisie Mahoney was sixth with a career-best mark of 11.08m. Mahoney also tied for seventh in the high jump (1.56m), and Porter was eighth in the 400 (1:00.46).
Sophomore Aly Wayne ran the third-fastest time in school history in the women's 10,000 Friday night. She clocked a time of 35:57.88 to finish sixth overall in the event. Senior Tori Cooke was fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:57.07), and sophomore Audrey Western was eighth in the 1,500 (5:00.70). Freshman Rachel Kershner added a runner-up finish in the women's javelin with a season-best mark of 35.99m.
The WashU men had five of the top-eight finishers in the 3,000 steeplechase. Sophomore Andrew de Jong bettered his career-best by more than nine seconds to finish second in 9:31.20, while senior Peter Metz (9:34.40), freshman Zac Christensen (9:39.21), freshman Tommy Fruhauf (9:49.24) and senior Vince Stephen (9:51.34) followed in third, fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively.
Ogede ran a wind-aided time of 11.93 to finish as the runner-up in the women's 100. She was also third in the 200 in 24.67, and sixth in the 100 hurdles (15.24).
Senior Joey Pasque tied for second in the men's high jump with a clearance of 1.96m. The men's 1,600 relay team of senior James Fitzhugh, sophomore Thomas Gales, Clark and Ricketts placed third in 3:23.25.
In the first 10,000 race of his career, junior Brody Roush placed fourth with a time of 31:43.87. Junior Jackson Smith added a seventh-place finish for the Bears in the men's javelin (46.88m), while juniors Dominic Maley and Andy Manzanares tied for eighth in the pole vault with clearances of 4.05m.
WashU returns to action at the SLU Invitational Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, at Saint Louis University.