St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 12, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's indoor track and field team is ranked No. 1 in the preseason United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Computer Rankings, as announced by the organization Thursday. The men's team is also ranked in the top-20 at No. 17.
The Bears are ranked No. 1 for the first in program history. The previous best was third, which it accomplished in 2012 and 2016.
The WashU women received 128.61 points by the computer ranking system which narrowly edged the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 128.50 points. Filling out the top-5 teams on the women's side were Williams College (112.23), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (110.84) and Ithaca College (92.67).
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (148.16), MIT (127.79), SUNY Cortland (94.69), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (91.93) and Benedictine College (88.55) were the top-5 men's programs in the computer rankings.
The women return seven All-Americans and the men return two. Returning for the women are seniors Kelli Hancock (1,600 relay), Ashley Knudson (DMR), Daisy Ogede (1,600 relay, 200), Rebecca Ridderhoff (1,600 relay), and juniors Alison Lindsay (DMR), Annalise Wagner (DMR, 800) and Aly Wayne (5,000). Returning for the men are seniors Deko Ricketts (DMR, 800) and Mike Sullivan (DMR).
In 2016 the women finished third during the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship behind national champion finishes in the 200 and 1,600 relay.
The 2016 men's team finished ninth at the indoor national championship as the distance medley relay team set a new school record and won the first men's relay national championship in program history. The multiple top-10 finishes were the first time in school history that both the men and women reached the top-10 feat within a single season.
The Bears travel to Bloomington, Ill. for the I-55 Triangular, their second meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 21. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.