Naperville, Ill., May 13, 2016 — The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's outdoor track & field teams combined to post 17 top-eight finishes and 18 career-best performances at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College Thursday and Friday in Naperville, Ill.
Sophomore Alison Lindsay was the lone event winner for WashU after she beat her career-best time by over nine seconds to win the women's 3,000 steeplechase in 10:38.03.
The Bears added three runner-up finishes as well. Senior Emily Warner clocked a time of 56.70 to finish second in the women's 400, while sophomore Annalise Wagner followed in fourth place with a time of 57.12 and senior Lane Porter raced to a career-best time of 59.34 to finish seventh.
For the WashU men, sophomore David O'Gara finished as the runner-up in the 10,000 with a career-best time of 31:22.57. Sophomore Elvir Sarajlic (3:54.10) posted a career-best time in the men's 1,500 to place sixth. In the men's pole vault, sophomore Jacob Rother cleared a height of 4.56m to finish eighth.
A pair of freshmen secured career bests and fourth-place finishes for the WashU women. Freshman Heidi Nassos cleared a career-best mark of 3.61m in the pole vault, while freshman Abby Martin raced to fourth in the 1,500 with a career-best time of 4:35.73.
In the women's 400 hurdles, Hancock placed fourth with a time of 1:01.86 and Ridderhoff clocked a career-best time of 1:02.82 to finish sixth. Senior Maisie Mahoney (37.16m) and freshman Rachel Kershner (36.44) came in seventh and eighth place, respectively, in the javelin throw to round out the top-eight finishes.
The WashU outdoor track & field teams return to North Central next week to conclude their regular-season schedule at the Gregory Invitational Wednesday-Thursday, May 18-19, in Naperville, Ill.