St. Louis, Mo., April 29, 2016 — Washington University in St. Louis juniors Deko Ricketts and Kelli Hancock were named the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Most Outstanding Performers in the running events, respectively, as announced Friday by the Association. In addition, senior Maisie Mahoney was selected as the Women's Most Outstanding Performer in the field events.
Head coach Jeff Stiles and assistant coaches Lane Lohr, Kelli Blake, Nick Alaniva, Jonathan Koch, Kyle Laker, Scott Pettit, Gordon Reiter, and Joe Stachowicz were also named the 2016 UAA Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year for both the men's and women's programs.
Ricketts broke two UAA records en route to winning two conference titles and posting a runner-up finish at the UAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships April 23-24 hosted by Washington University at Bushyhead Track. He set a new UAA record to win the 800 with a time of 1:51.11, which was also the third-fastest time in school history.
Ricketts then teamed with senior Josh Clark, junior Mike Sullivan, and junior Conor Cashner to break another UAA record in the 3,200 relay with a winning time of 7:34.70. Ricketts also teamed with senior James Fitzhugh, senior Alex Bastian, and freshman Jeremy Barnes to finish second in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:17.17.
Hancock set two new school records on her way to winning three conference titles. Individually, Hancock broke a seven-year school record to win the 400 hurdles in 1:00.75. Hancock then joined forces with senior Emily Warner, junior Daisy Ogede, and freshman Elise Grever to win the 400 relay with a school-record time of 46.98.
In the field events, Mahoney took home two event titles and a third-place finish. She triumphed in the triple jump with a career-best mark of 11.36m before winning the javelin throw with a toss of 38.82m. Mahoney also placed third in the high jump after clearing a career-best 1.60m.