St. Louis, Mo., May 6, 2016 — The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams posted eight career-best performances and won three event titles in a meet that featured many NCAA Division I schools at the Billy Hayes Invitational hosted by Indiana University Friday evening.
Senior Josh Clark (3:46.03) broke his own school record by 0.87 seconds to finish third in the men's 1,500 Run Fast Section. The career-best time was also the sixth-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season. In the other men's 1,500 race, sophomore Elvir Sarajlic was the lone event winner for the WashU men after clocking a career-best time of 3:55.54.
The WashU women came away with two event titles and a trio of top-three finishes. Freshman Abby Martin won the women's 1,500 with a career-best time of 4:40.16, and freshman Mariel Lutz followed in eighth place with a career-best time of 4:45.23. Senior Emily Warner (2:10.33) raced to first in the 800 with a time of 2:10.33, while sophomore Annalise Wagner (2:10.63) claimed the runner-up spot.
Junior Kelli Hancock (1:01.35) posted a second-place finish in the women's 400 hurdles, with junior Rebecca Ridderhoff (1:04.92) finishing in seventh place. In the javelin throw, senior Maisie Mahoney secured third place with a toss of 38.79m to round out the Bears' top-three finishes. Senior Jackie Nelligan followed in fifth place with a career-best throw of 34.71m. Mahoney added a 12th-place finish in the women's 200 with a career-best time of 26.84.
Junior Conor Cashner clocked a career-best time of 1:55.76 to finish in ninth place in the men's 800. Other top-ten finishes include sophomore Roderick Smith (11.08), who placed seventh in the 100, and senior James Fitzhugh (50.86), who recorded a ninth-place finish in the 400.
The WashU men's and women's outdoor track & field teams return to action next week at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College Thursday-Friday, May 12-13, in Naperville, Ill.