Bloomington, Ill., Jan. 21, 2017 – The No. 1 Washington University in St. Louis women's indoor track and field team captured eight titles on its way to winning the I-55 Triangular hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon. The No. 17 ranked men's team won six events finishing a close second to University of Chicago.
The women scored 132 points to outpace Chicago (101.5) and IWU (72.5), while the men finished second with 121 points just behind Chicago's 125.5 and well ahead of IWU's 70.5.
Several Bears had strong performances including senior Daisy Ogede, junior Annalise Wagner and sophomore Heidi Nassos. Individually Ogede won the 60 meter (7.82) and 200m (25.92) while combining efforts with Rebecca Ridderhoff, Kelli Hancock and Wagner to win the 4x400m relay (3:55.58) with the top time in the country. Ridderhoff and Ogede also finished the 60m hurdles with the same time of 9.07 as Ridderhoff was credited with the event's title.
All four individuals from the 4x400m relay won individual events as Wagner captured the 800m (2:16.15) and Hancock won the 400m (59.22). Wagner's time ranks first among Division III athletes this season.
Nassos meanwhile won two field events for the Bears. She captured first in both the pole vault (3.50m) and triple jump (11.28m). The triple jump distance is an indoor personal best for Nassos, improving her top mark of last season by 0.77m.
Junior Ezugo Onejeme was the lone WashU men's athlete to win more than one event. He placed first in both the long jump (6.35m) and triple jump (13.47m). Both distances set personal bests for Onejeme as he increased his top indoor marks by more than half a meter in both events.
The Bears travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for their next competition during the Engineer Invitational hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday, Jan. 28 at noon. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
First Place Finishes:
Daisy Ogede – 60m (7.82), 200m (25.92), 4x400m Relay (3:55.58)
Kelli Hancock – 400m (59.22), 4x400m Relay (3:55.58)
Annalise Wagner – 800m (2:16.15), 4x400m Relay (3:55.58)
Rebecca Ridderhoff – 60m Hurdles (9.07), 4x400m Relay (3:55.58)
Heidi Nassos – Pole Vault (3.50m), Triple Jump (11.28m)
Deko Ricketts – 800m (1:56.88)
Nick Matteucci – 1,200m (3:08.94)
Elvir Sarajlic – 1 Mile Run (4:19.09)
Everett Kleven – Pole Vault (4.70m)
Ezugo Onejeme – Long Jump (6.35m), Triple Jump (13.47)