Women’s Track & Field Win Eight Events at Illinois College

Women’s Track & Field Win Eight Events at Illinois College

Jacksonville, Ill., Feb. 17, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's track and field team totaled eight first place finishes during the Illinois College Alumni Classic on Friday evening. The men posted six runner-up finishes at the Classic while adding another at the North Central College Cardinal Classic.

The women were led by senior Daisy Ogede's two individual titles. Ogede championed both the 60 hurdles (8.98) and 60 dash (7.74). Both times are season-bests for Ogede as the 60 dash time ranks fourth in NCAA Division III this season and the 60 hurdle time ranks eighth.

Ogede also teamed up with freshman Anna Cossio, senior Ashley Knudson and junior Annalise Wagner for the winning 4x400 relay time of 3:54.94 which ranks third best in the country. The Bears 4x400 relay team owns five of the top-six Division III times this season.

Knudson and Wagner combined efforts with senior Kelli Hancock and junior Alison Lindsay for the top Division III time in the 4,000 distance medley relay (11:48.89). WashU had the next top two times in the event as well.

Senior Rebecca Ridderhoff won the 200 dash with a personal-best time of 25.77, ranking 17th in the nation. Also setting a personal-best while winning her event was sophomore Heidi Nassos. She won the pole vault (3.70m) with a height that ranks 13th in Division III.

Cossio set a new personal record as well while winning the high jump with a height of 1.60m. Sophomore Molly Shepherd won the one-mile race with a leading time of 5:18.98.

On the men's side freshman Nick Matteucci, junior Michael Billington, senior Deko Ricketts and junior Elvir Sarajlic raced at the NCC Cardinal Classic during the distance medley relay. The group placed second in the meet with a time of 10:03.22 which ranks sixth in Division III.

Senior Everett Kleven recorded the eighth best height in all of Division III during his second place finish in the pole vault at the IC Alumni Classic. He finished the night with a height of 4.90m. 

The Bears return to action next weekend during the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships hosted by Brandeis University. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Top-5 Finishes


Nicky Althoff - 4,000m DMR (12:22.15, Second – 12th in DIII), 200m (26.98, Fifth)

Brenda Alvarado – 800m (2:33.72, Fifth)

Anna Bailes - 4,000m DMR (12:37.15, Third)

Caitlin Cheeseboro – 60m H (9.21, Third)

Anna Cossio – High Jump (1.60m, First), 4x400m Relay (3:54.94, First – 3rd in DIII)

Lisa Gorham – One Mile (5:25.94, Second), 800m (2:30.49, Second)

Elizabeth Hagstrom - 4,000m DMR (12:22.15, Second – 12th in DIII)

Kelli Hancock - 4,000m DMR (11:48.89, First – 1st in DIII)

Ashley Knudson - 4,000m DMR (11:48.89, First – 1st in DIII), 4x400m Relay (3:54.94, First – 3rd in DIII)

Molly Kuhs - 4,000m DMR (12:22.15, Second – 12th in DIII)

Alison Lindsay - 4,000m DMR (11:48.89, First – 1st in DIII)

Mariel Lutz - 4,000m DMR (12:37.15, Third)

Abby Martin - 4,000m DMR (12:22.15, Second – 12th in DIII)

Sara McCutcheon – Triple Jump (10.03m, Second)

Sara Mesiano - 4,000m DMR (12:37.15, Third)

Dominique Meyer – Pole Vault (3.30m, Fourth)

Heidi Nassos – Pole Vault (3.70m, First – 13th in DIII)

Daisy Ogede – 60m H (8.98, First – 8th in DIII), 60m (7.74, First – 4th in DIII), 4x400m Relay (3:54.94, First – 3rd in DIII)

Katie Penvose – One Mile (5:32.44, Fifth)

Jay Pittman – 60m H (9.53, Fourth)

Rebecca Ridderhoff – 200m (25.77, First – 17th in DIII), 60m H (9.01, Second)

Molly Shepherd – One Mile (5:18.98, First)

Annalise Wagner – 4,000m DMR (11:48.89, First – 1st in DIII), 4x400m Relay (3:54.94, First – 3rd in DIII)

Audrey Western - 4,000m DMR (12:37.15, Third)


Jeremy Barnes - 4x400m Relay (3:36.37, Fourth)

Randy Bentley – Shot Put (13.28, Fifth)

Michael Billington - DMR (10:03.22, Second – Sixth in DIII)

Chris Blagg – 800m (1:59.45, Fifth)

Conor Cashner – 800m (1:57.88, Second), 4x400m Relay (3:27.37, Second)

Zac Christensen – One Mile (4:26.69, Fourth)

Thomas Gales – 800m (1:58.60, Third)

Jon Fleming – 400m (52.01, Fifth), 4x400m Relay (3:27.37, Second)

Brandon Hutchison – Pole Vault (4.65m, Third)

Everett Kleven – Pole Vault (4.90m, Second – 8th in DIII)

Sam LaSota - 4x400m Relay (3:36.37, Fourth)

Nick Matteucci – DMR (10:03.22, Second – Sixth in DIII)

Collis McKenzie – High Jump (1.87m, Fourth)

Ezugo Onejeme – Triple Jump (13.21m, Second), Long Jump (6.29m, Fifth)

Jimmy Qiao – One Mile (4:23.57, Second)

Deko Ricketts - DMR (10:03.22, Second – Sixth in DIII)

Jacob Rother – Pole Vault (4.50m, Fourth)

Elvir Sarajlic - DMR (10:03.22, Second – Sixth in DIII)

Alex Severino - 4x400m Relay (3:36.37, Fourth)

Jason Singer – 400m (51.67, Third), 4x400m Relay (3:27.37, Second)

Roderick Smith – 200m (22.90, Fourth)

Dillon Williams – One Mile (4:25.61, Third)

Eddie Wintergalen – 400m (51.62, Second), 4x400m Relay (3:27.37, Second)

Everett Witt – Triple Jump (13.18m, Third)