Greenville, Ill., April 16, 2016 — The Washington University in St. Louis women's track & field team won nine event titles and recorded 21 top-three finishes en route to winning the team title at the Greenville Select Meet Saturday. The WashU men posted eight top-three finishes and placed third in the team standings.
The WashU women scored 219 points at the meet to edge runner-up Olivet Nazarene University's 205.50 points. On the men's side, WashU accumulated 126 points to finish behind Greenville College (131) and Olivet Nazarene (225.50).
A pair of victories in the 400 and 1,600 relays, including one new school record, highlighted the day for the WashU women. In the 400 relay, senior Emily Warner, juniors Kelli Hancock and Daisy Ogede and freshman Elise Grever shattered the school record to win with a time of 47.58. The time was 0.51 seconds faster than the previous school record set in 2015, and it ranks as the second-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season.
Warner, Hancock and Ogede then teamed with junior Rebecca Ridderhoff in the 1,600 relay to clock a winning time of 3:48.59, which is also the second-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season. Seniors Lane Porter and Bri Tiffany and junior Molly Kuhs and sophomore Annalise Wagner followed in second place with a time of 4:05.04.
Individually, Ogede won the 100 hurdles with a career-best time of 14.39, falling just .05 seconds shy of tying the school record. The time ranks as the fifth-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season. She also raced to a first-place finish in the 200 with the second-fastest time in school history (24.24) and the fastest time in NCAA Division III this season. Grever posted a career-best time of 25.06 to finish second in the event.
Junior Deko Ricketts clocked a career-best time of 48.60 to place second in the men's 400, finishing just 0.31 seconds behind the event winner. Ricketts then joined with sophomore Thomas Gales and freshmen Jeremy Barnes and Sam LaSota to post a third-place finish in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:22.76.
Senior Melanie Ehrenberg cleared a height of 3.50m to win the women's pole vault, while freshman Heidi Nassos placed third with a clearance of 3.35m. In the javelin throw, senior Maisie Mahoney tossed a career-best 38.94m to garner first place, and senior Jackie Nelligan placed third with a career-best throw of 34.48m. Mahoney added a third-place finish in the high jump by clearing 1.57m.
Hancock raced to first place in the women's 400 hurdles with a time of 1:01.60, which is the fastest time in NCAA Division III this season, while Ridderhoff was the runner-up with a career-best time of 1:04.01.
Freshman Mariel Lutz led a first- through third-place sweep in the women's 1,500, clocking a career-best time of 4:46.37. Sophomore Mattie Gottbrath (4:50.23) and junior Annie Marggraff (4:52.52) placed second and third, respectively.
Senior Tori Cooke (12:03.93) won the women's 3,000 steeplechase, with sophomore Audrey Western (12:34.30) finishing in second place. Freshman Jay Pittman raced to a career-best time of 12.83 to place third in the women's 100.
Meanwhile, senior Vince Stephen (9:48.66) and freshman Tommy Fruhauf (9:52.22) took second and third place, respectively, in the men's 3,000 steeplechase, while sophomore Kirby Simon (4:01.19) raced to second in the 1,500.
Sophomores Michael Billington and Roderick Smith teamed with freshmen CJ Chin and Jason Singer to place third in the 400 relay to round out the eight top-three finishes for the men's team. They clocked a time of 43.00, which is their best time of the season.
The WashU men's and women's outdoor track & field teams return to action at the 2016 University Athletic Outdoor Championships, hosted by Washington University at Bushyhead Track Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24.