Bloomington, Ind., Feb. 10, 2017 - Senior Rebecca Ridderhoff and junior Elvir Sarajlic each broke school records to highlight 11 career-best performances for the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's indoor track & field teams Friday night at the Hoosier Hills Invite hosted by Indiana University.
Ridderhoff clocked a school-record time of 56.13 to win the women's 400. Ridderhoff shaved more than five seconds off her previous career best to post the second-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season. Senior Kelli Hancock also competed in the 400, finishing sixth with a time of 58.19.
Sarajlic raced to a school-record time of 4:11.56 to finish fourth in the men's mile fast section. The time was more than a seven-second improvement from his previous career-best, with the time ranking 10th in NCAA Division III this season. Senior Mike Sullivan competed in another heat of the men's mile and finished fourth with a time of 4:17.75.
Senior Deko Ricketts was the lone event winner for the WashU men, clocking a time of 1:52.83 in the men's 800 dash. The time ranks fifth in NCAA Division III this season. Senior Conor Cashner also competed in the 800, posting a fifth-place finish with a career-best time of 1:55.23.
Senior Daisy Ogede raced to a third-place finish in the women's 60 with a time of 7.75. Ogede also teamed up with senior Ashley Knudson, Hancock and Ridderhoff to finish second in the women's 1,600 relay with a time of 3:49.05, the second-fastest time in school history.
Junior Annalise Wagner finished second in the women's 800 fast section with a time of 2:12.76, while Knudson placed third with a career-best time of 2:13.43. Junior Aly Wayne ran a career-best time of 10:01.22 to finish fifth in the women's 3,000m. On the men's side, sophomore Peter Johnsrud (8:36.48) and senior Ryan Becker (8:47.10) each ran career-best times to place sixth and tenth, respectively in the 3,000m.
Freshman Elizabeth Hagstrom secured a fifth-place finish in the women's mile with a career-best time of 5:04.41. Junior Audrey Western (5:06.61, seventh place), senior Molly Kuhs (5:07.95, eighth place) and sophomore Abby Martin (5:08.78, ninth place) all set career-best times in the mile as well.
The WashU men's and women's indoor track & field teams return to action at the Indianapolis Team Invitational hosted by the University of Indianapolis Saturday, Feb. 11. Be sure to stay up to date on your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.