Two Titles Highlight Day One of UAA Outdoor Championship

Two Titles Highlight Day One of UAA Outdoor Championship

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St. Louis, Mo., April 23, 2016 — The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams combined to win two University Athletic Association (UAA) titles and break four UAA records on the first day at the 2016 UAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Washington University.

The WashU men scored 68 points to enter Sunday in second place just behind Carnegie Mellon University (71). The WashU women also sit in second place with 61.50 points, trailing only Case Western Reserve University (63.50).

Sophomore Alison Lindsay won her first UAA outdoor title in the women's 3,000 steeplechase after shattering the UAA record with a career-best time of 10:47.13. Her time was over 20 seconds faster than the time of 11:10.79 she posted in last year's UAA event, when she finished as the runner-up. 

Lindsay's title wasn't the only record-breaking championship performance of the day for the Bears. Senior Josh Clark teamed up with juniors Deko Ricketts, Mike Sullivan, and Conor Cashner to win the 3,200 relay with a UAA-record time of 7:34.70.

Junior Daisy Ogede set two new UAA records in the women's 100 and 200 after clocking the fastest prelim times. Her time of 24.21 in the 200 was almost one second faster than the second-best time of the prelims. In the 100, her time of 11.78 in the 100 was 0.49 seconds faster than freshman Elise Grever, who recorded a career-best time of 12.27.

Junior Rebecca Ridderhoff raced to a career-best time of 14.85 in the women's 100 hurdles to record the fastest prelim time, while junior Kelli Hancock secured the fastest time in the 400 hurdles prelims (1:02.03). Sophomore Annalise Wagner also clocked the fastest time in the women's 800 prelims (2:13.28), and Ricketts notched the fastest prelim time in the men's 800 (1:52.10). 

In the field events, sophomore Michael Billington recorded his best jump of the season (6.68m) to capture second place in the men's long jump. Senior Alex Arteaga seized third place in the pole vault after clearing 4.52m.

Freshman Heidi Nassos placed second in the women's pole vault after clearing 3.51m, a career best, while senior Melanie Ehrenberg finished third (3.36m). Junior Betsy Wiener finished in fifth place in the women's discus throw with a 35.03m toss, and she added a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw with a career-best mark of 40.64m. 

In the men's 3,000 steeplechase, all three WashU participants clocked career-best times. Senior Peter Metz beat his career-best by nearly 10 seconds to place third (9:22.33), while sophomore Andrew de Jong (9:28.80) and freshman Zac Christensen (9:33.67) came in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

To finish the day's events, junior Annie Marggraff raced to second place in the women's 10,000 with a time of 37:38.45, while junior Ahna Buntrock (37:53.21) and freshman Ellie Degen (37:54.46) posted third and fourth-place finishes, respectively. The men's team recorded a pair of top-three finishes in the 10,000 as well, with sophomore David O'Gara finishing second (31:26.15) and junior Ben Rosenkranz finishing third (31:40.31). 

The second day of the UAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships continues tomorrow with field events starting at 9 a.m. and running events beginning at 11:30 a.m. Fans can follow live results or watch live video on the Bears Sports Network at: bearsports.wustl.edu