Deko Ricketts
Deko Ricketts
Height: 6-2
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
High School: Barstow School
Events: Mid-Distance

PERSONAL BESTS

EVENT TIME MEET DATE
200-Indoor 24.21 Engineer Invite 1/30/2016
400-Indoor 50.82 Keck Invite 2/4/2017
800-Indoor 1:50.59 Hoosier Hills Invite 2/12/2016
200-Outdoor 23.46 Greenville Select 4/4/2015
400-Outdoor 49.09 UAA Outdoor Championships 4/26/2015
800-Outdoor 1:49.61 WashU  Invite 4/1/2017
1,500 - Outdoor 3:56.15 WashU Mini Meet 3/24/2017
Bold denotes school record

 

--2017 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field National Champion - 800
--2017 NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field National Champion - 800
--2016 NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field National Champion - Distance Medley Relay

--Three-time NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field All-American (800: 1st-2017, 2nd-2016; DMR: 1st-2016)
--Two-time NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field All-American (800: 4th-2014; 800: 1st-2017)
--USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year (2017) in both indoor and outdoor

--Three-time NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field qualifier (2014, 2016, 2017)
--Four-time NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field qualifier (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
--2016 USTFCCCA Indoor Track & Field All-Region: 800, distance medley relay
--Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America Honoree (2016: Second-Team; 2017: First-Team)
--2015, 2016, 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District

2016-17: 2017 NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field National Champion in the 800 (1:51.07) ...2017 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field National Champion in the 800 (1:51.30) ... CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team honoree ... CoSIDA Academic All-District ... UAA Presidents Council Scholar-Athlete ... Academic all-UAA ... Named UAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Week on Jan. 30, Feb. 13 and March 13... Named the UAA Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week on April 3 and May 15.

2015-16: 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor National Champion in the Distance Medley Relay (10:00.25) ... Ran the third leg of WashU's national championship winning distance medley relay (10:00.25) at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Also finished as the national runner-up in the 800 (1:53.67) at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Named UAA Men's Outdoor Most Outstanding Performer in the Running Events ... Raced to the UAA Indoor Championship in the 800 (1:55.08) ... Added another conference title in the distance medley relay (10:10.11) at the UAA Indoor Championships ... Anchored the 1,600 relay to a school record (3:19.01) and a runner-up finish at the UAA Indoor Championships to clinch the team title for WashU ... Broke his own school record (1:50.59) to finish second at the Hoosier Hills Invite ... USTFCCCA Indoor All-Region in the 800 and distance medley relay ... Selected as the USTFCCCA Men's Indoor National Athlete of the Week Jan. 26 after breaking a 26-year-old school record in the indoor 800 (1:53.83)  ... Named the UAA Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week Dec. 7, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and March 14 ... Named the UAA Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week Feb. 22 as a member of the DMR that broke the school record (9:59.23) at the IC Alumni Classic ... UAA Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week on April 11 and April 18 ... CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-America ... CoSIDA Academic All-District V ... Academic all-UAA for indoor and outdoor track & field ... UAA Presidents Council Scholar-Athlete ... USTFCCCA All-Academic.

2014-15: Did not compete during the indoor season ... Anchored the 1,600 relay to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Also finished 12th in the 800 (1:52.14) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Broke a 23-year-old school record in the 800 (1:50.31) at the Dr. Keeler Invite May 8 ... Ran a career-best time of 49.09 to place fourth in the 400 at the UAA Outdoor Championships ... Also anchored the 1,600 relay to a fifth-place finish at the outdoor conference meet ... Named the UAA Outdoor Athlete of the Week May 11, and again May 18 as a member of the 1,600 relay ... Capital One Academic All-District V First-Team honors ... Academic all-UAA for cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field ... USTFCCCA All-Academic.

2013-14: Helped the distance medley relay to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in a time of 10:04.21 ... Ran the third leg of the school-record setting distance medley relay (10:01.07) at the Point National Qualifier March 8 ... Clocked the second-fastest time in school history (1:55.04) to earn all-UAA honors with a third-place finish in the 800 at the UAA Indoor Championships ... Also raced on WUSTL's UAA Indoor Champion 1,600 relay ... Named the UAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Week as a member of the distance medley relay March 10 ... Earned All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the 800 (1:51.83) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Also anchored the 1,600 relay to a school record (3:12.92) and ninth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Ran the second-fastest time in school history in the outdoor 800 (1:51.04) at the Dr. Keeler Invite ... Also anchored the 1,600 relay to the third-fastest time in school history (3:16.42) at the Redbird Invitational ... Anchored the 1,600 relay to a conference title at the UAA Outdoor Championships ... Also ran the third leg of the runner-up 3,200 relay and added a fourth-place finish in the 400 at the UAA Outdoor meet ... Named the UAA Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week May 12 ... USTFCCCA All-Academic track & field.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in track and three-year letterwinner in cross country at The Barstow School ... Team captain for both track and cross country ... Set the Missouri Class 2 state record in winning the 800 as a senior (1:54.7) ... Also finished third in the 3,200 relay and 10th in the 1,600 as a senior ... 2012 Missouri Class 2 state cross country individual champion ... Won the 1,600 title at the 2012 Missouri Class 2 state track & field championships, while also placing ninth in the 3,200 ... Finished fourth in the 1,600 and eighth in the 3,200 at the state track championships as a sophomore ... Placed 11th in both the 800 and 1,600 at the 2010 Missouri Class 2 state track & field championships ... Finished 19th as a sophomore and eighth as a junior at the Class 2 state cross country championships ... Four-time conference, district and sectional champion in the 1,600 ... All-Metro in the 5,000 as a senior ... Three-year track and cross country MVP ... Poetry, Physics, History and Ceramics Cups ... Big Brother Award.

PERSONAL: Majoring in mechanical engineering ... Son of Amanuel Ricketts and Nia Becker.