St. Louis, Mo., April 9, 2016 - The Washington University in St. Louis women's and men's track & field teams posted second- and third-place finishes, respectively, and combined to win six events at the SLU Invitational hosted by Saint Louis University Friday and Saturday.
The WashU women scored 159.5 points to finish in second place behind host Saint Louis University (194.5) but ahead of Lindenwood University (124.5). Meanwhile, the WashU men tallied 101 points to finish behind SLU (178) and Lindenwood (129).
Junior Daisy Ogede won three event titles to highlight the WashU women's performance at the meet. Individually, she raced to a first-place finish in the 200 with a time of 24.93. Freshman Elise Grever clocked a career-best time of 25.54 to place second. Ogede joined Grever and juniors Rebecca Ridderhoff and Kelli Hancock to win the the 400 relay in a time of 48.55.
Ogede, Ridderhoff and Hancock also teamed with sophomore Annalise Wagner to win the 1,600 relay by more than seven seconds with a time of 3:49.64, the fastest time in NCAA Division III this season. Wagner also posted a first-place finish in the 800 with a career-best time of 2:09.93. The time was the third-fastest time in school history and ranks third in Division III this season.
Senior Melanie Ehrenberg cleared a height of 3.60 meters in the pole vault to capture the fifth event title for the WashU women. Freshman Heidi Nassos captured third place with a height of 3.32m, and junior Natalie Newman cleared a career-best 3.17m to tie for fourth.
On the men's side, junior Deko Ricketts was the lone event winner after clocking the second-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season to win the 800 in 1:51.19. Rickets also teamed up with Clark and seniors James Fitzhugh and Alex Bastian to notch a second-place finish in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:21.81.
The WashU men added four more second-place finishes at the meet. In the 1,500, senior Josh Clark raced to second place with a time of 3:51.33, finishing just three-hundredths of a second behind the event winner. It was the fifth-fastest time in Division III this season. Sophomore Elvir Sarajlic nabbed sixth place in the 1,500 with a career-best time of 3:56.36.
Junior Jimmy Qiao finished in second in the 5,000 with a time of 15:14.96. In the pole vault, junior Jacob Rother cleared a career-best 4.60m to capture second place, one spot ahead of junior Andy Manzanares, who cleared 4.30m. In addition, senior Joey Pasque came in second in the high jump after clearing 2.02m, just one centimeter below his career-best.
Junior Maisie Mahoney cleared a career-best height of 1.58m to finish second in the women's high jump, and added a fourth-place finish in the long jump with another career-best mark of 5.00m. Other athletes setting career bests include senior Jackie Nelligan, who placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 32.62m, and freshman Abby Martin, who raced to fourth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:42.90.
The WashU men's and women's track & field teams return to action at the Greenville Select Meet on Saturday, April 16, in Greenville, Ill.