Naperville, Ill., May 19, 2016 — The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams broke two school records and raced to six career-best performances in the last NCAA Division III qualifying meet of the season Wednesday-Thursday at the Gregory Final Qualifier hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Ill.
WashU will now anticipate the announcement of official qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships that will take place from Thursday-Saturday, May 26-28, at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Sophomore Annalise Wagner set a new school record in the women's 800 to place second. Her career-best time of 2:09.30 narrowly surpassed the previous school-record time of 2:09.36 set by Erica Jackey in 2012.
Junior Kelli Hancock (1:00.71) broke her own school record by .04 seconds in the women's 400 hurdles to claim the lone event title for the Bears. Junior Rebecca Ridderhoff also recorded a career-best time, finishing second in the race in 1:01.59.
In the heptathlon, senior Maisie Mahoney placed second with a total of 4,464 and is currently 13th in NCAA Division III.
The WashU men also posted three career-best performances. Junior Mike Sullivan clocked a career-best time of 3:57.76 in the 1,500 to finish sixth, while sophomore Elvir Sarajlic finished eighth with a time of 3:58.52. In the 200, sophomore Roderick Smith raced to a career-best time of 22.36 to secure 14th place. Junior Conor Cashner also recorded a 14th place finish in the 800 with a career-best time of 1:55.62.
In the women's pole vault, senior Melanie Ehrenberg cleared a height of 3.51m to secure third place in the women's pole vault. Junior Daisy Ogede clocked a time of 24.85 to place third in the women's 200. Senior Emily Warner also recorded a top-five finish for the WashU women, racing to fourth in the 400 in 56.50.