Track and Field Competes on Day One of NCAA Championship

Track and Field Competes on Day One of NCAA Championship

WARNER & WAYNE INTERVIEWS

Waverly, Iowa, May 26, 2016 — The Washington University in St. Louis women's track and field team picked up one All-America finish and had four individuals and two relays advance to the finals in their respective events on the first day of the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Sophomore Aly Wayne recorded the lone All-America finish for WashU on day one, with an eighth place finish in the 10,000 with a time of 36:45.55.

"The plan was to start out slow, and progress through so I could pick people off," Wayne said. "While I was not able to reach the lead pack, I stilled ended up getting eighth and picking up a point for our team."

The women's 4x100 relay team of freshman Elise Grever, junior Kelli Hancock, junior Daisy Ogede and senior Emily Warner posted an eighth place qualifying time of 47.34. The Bears outlasted Southern Maine by .01 seconds to gain the final spot. The finals are set for Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

The women's 4x400 relay team of Hancock, junior Rebecca Ridderhoff, sophomore Annalise Wagner and Warner set a school record to qualify second with a time of 3:44:12. The final is set for Saturday at 5 p.m.

"The whole idea was to build momentum. It's a three-day meet. We had some ups and downs, but we finished strong," said Warner.

Ridderhoff (1:00.72) and Hancock (1:00.88) qualified for the finals of the 400 hurdles by taking home second and third place, respectively. Ridderhoff's career-best was .01 shy of the school record set by Hancock in 2016. The finals are set for Saturday at 3:25 p.m.

Ogede qualified second in the women's 200, crossing the finish line in 24.34. She will race in the final at 3:50 p.m. on Saturday. Sophomore Alison Lindsay advanced to the final of the women's 3,000 steeplechase, qualifying 11th with a time of 10:57.77. The final is scheduled for Saturday at 12:45 p.m.

Senior Maisie Mahoney competed on the first day of the heptathlon and sits in 20th place. Mahoney's top finish of the day came in the high jump, where she placed fourth with a jump of 1.63m.

On the men's side, senior Josh Clark competed in the 1,500 meter prelims and finished 15th with a time of 3:53.80. Clark missed qualifying for the finals by less than four seconds.

Four individuals will be in action during prelim races Friday afternoon, while Mahoney will complete heptathlon action with the long jump, javelin and the 800. Ogede will race in the 100 prelims at 5:30 p.m., followed by junior Deko Ricketts in the men's 800 at 5:45 p.m. Wagner and Warner will conclude day two for WashU with the 800 prelims at 6 p.m.

Friday, May 27
12:00 p.m.: Women's Heptathlon (Long Jump, Javelin, 800) – Mahoney
5:30 p.m.: Women's 100 (prelims) - Ogede
5:45 p.m.: Men's 800 (prelims) – Ricketts
6:00 p.m.: Women's 800 (prelims) – Wagner and Warner