Waltham, Mass., Feb. 26, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's and men's track & field teams combined to win nine events titles Sunday as the women captured the 2017 University Athletic Associaiton (UAA) Indoor Track & Field Championship and the men placed fourth at the Gosman Sports & Convocation Center in Waltham, Mass.
The women captured seven track event titles on Sunday to run away from the UAA pack with 159 points. Following the Bears women were University of Chicago (99), Emory University (85), Case Western Reserve University (49), Carnegie Mellon University (43), New York University (31) and host Brandeis University (30).
The men's side was much tighter as Carnegie won the two-day event with 116.33 points. Emory was second with 80 points, followed by Chicago (77.33), WashU (74.33), Case (58), Brandeis (47) and NYU (43).
Senior Rebecca Ridderhoff set a new UAA record during the 400m prelims (56.35) and followed it up on day two with a nearly identical 56.69. The record was previously set by WashU's Emily Warner in 2016. The Bears senior Kelli Hancock (58.09) and freshman Nicky Althoff (59.38) also placed for WashU with third and sixth place. Hancock earned all-UAA honors with the top-three finish and Althoff set a personal best in the prelims (58.7).
Ridderhoff also was the lead runner on the Bears 4x400m Relay winning team of seniors Kelli Hancock, Ashley Knudson and Daisy Ogede. The group finished the 1,600m course in 3:48.32, its fastest finish on the season while narrowly missing a new school record. The time ranks first in all of Division III this season.
Ogede excelled individually too, setting a new school record while totaling three UAA titles with season-best times. She won the 55m Hurdles (8.16) which adjusted to the standard 60mH course (8.78) sets a new school record and ranks third in the country. She also won the 55m dash in 7.12, which converts into a season-best (7.67) and ranks third in Division III. Additionally, she captured the 200m UAA title with a time of 24.92 which currently ranks third nationally this season. Ridderhoff was the runner-up in both the 200m (25.62) and 55mH (8.31) to earn all-UAA honors.
Junior Annalise Wagner and Knudson were the first two individuals to cross the 800m finish line with all-UAA times of 2:12.50 and 2:12.74. Both times were season-bests as the duo now ranks fourth and fifth nationally.
The final UAA title for the women came from junior Alison Lindsay in the 3,000m. She finished with a career-best and school record time of 9:44.92 which ranks second in Division III this season. Also placing fifth and sixth for the Bears in the 3,000m were sophomore Abby Martin (10:22.47) and junior Mattie Gottbrath (10:23.16).
One day after earning a UAA title in the pole vault sophomore Heidi Nassos added all-UAA honors in the triple jump (11.13m) placing third.
The men finished day two of the UAA Championships with two event titles by seniors Deko Ricketts and Everett Kleven, while the Bears added three other all-UAA honors.
Ricketts won the 800m dash with a season-best time 1:52.09, which ranks second in the nation by one-hundredth of a second. Also joining Ricketts with a top-six time to earn the Bears points in the 800m was senior Conor Cashner (1:55.51, Sixth).
Kleven improved on the Bears pole vault record that he set last week with a new height of 4.91m. He currently ranks seventh in the country. Freshman Brandon Hutchison earned all-UAA honors by placing second behind Kleven with a new personal best 4.66m height. Junior Jacob Rother also placed fourth for the Bears in pole vault (4.41m).
Also earning all-UAA accolades for the men were sophomore Elvir Sarajlic and freshman Nick Matteucci. Sarajlic ran to a second place time of 8:28.70 in the 3,000m, while Matteucci also placed second during the one-mile run (4:14.08). Both underclassmen's times were career-bests.
A top-six finish is required to score points. Listed below are the top-six finishes for the Bears from the UAA Championships:
Randy Bentley – Shot Put (13.39m, Sixth)
Conor Cashner – 800m (1:55.51, Fourth)
Brandon Hutchison – Pole Vault (4.66m, Second)
Everett Kleven – Pole Vault (4.91m, First – School Record*)
Nick Matteucci – Mile (4:14.08, Second)
Deko Ricketts – 800m (1:52.09, First)
Jacob Rother – Pole Vault (4.41m, Fourth)
Elvir Sarajlic – 3,000m (8:28.70, Second)
Mike Sullivan – Mile (4:17.74, Fifth)
Everett Witt – Triple Jump (13.06m, Fifth)
Michael Billington – Long Jump (6.51m, Fifth)
Thomas Gales - DMR (10:03.76, First)
Peter Johnsrud – 5,000m (15:07.6, Sixth)
Nick Matteucci - DMR (10:03.76, First)
Collis McKenzie – High Jump (1.84m, Sixth)
Ezugo Onejeme – Long Jump (6.49m, Sixth)
Deko Ricketts - DMR (10:03.76, First)
Mike Sullivan – DMR (10:03.76, First)
Everett Witt – High Jump (1.84m, Fourth)
Nicky Althoff – 400m (59.38, Sixth)
Anna Cossio – High Jump (1.54m, Sixth)
Mattie Gottbrath – 3,000m (10:23.16, Sixth)
Elizabeth Hagstrom – Mile (5:05.83, Fifth)
Kelli Hancock - 4x400m Relay (3:48.32, First), 400m (58.09, Third)
Ashley Knudson - 4x400m Relay (3:48.32, First), 800m (2:12.74, Second)
Alison Lindsay – 3,000m (9:44.92, First - School Record*)
Abby Martin – 3,000m (10:22.47, Fifth)
Heidi Nassos – Triple Jump (11.13m, Third)
Daisy Ogede – 55m (7.12, First), 200m (24.92, First), 55mH (8.16, First – Adjusted for School Record 8.78*), 4x400m Relay (3:48.32, First)
Rebecca Ridderhoff – 400m (56.69, First – UAA Record of 56.35 in Prelims*), 4x400m Relay (3:48.32, First), 200m (25.62, Second), 55mH (8.31, Second)
Annalise Wagner – 800m (2:12.50, First)
Audrey Western – Mile (5:04.63, Fourth)
Kelli Hancock – DMR (12:13.45, First)
Kayla Harley – Weight Throw (13.58m, Fifth)
Alison Lindsay – DMR (12:13.45, First)
Annie Marggraff – 5,000m (17:58.06, Third)
Sara Mesiano – DMR (12:13.45, First)
Dominique Meyer – Pole Vault (3.52m, Third)
Heidi Nassos – Pole Vault (3.77m, First)
Aly Wayne – 5,000m (17:27.17, Second)
Audrey Western – DMR (12:13.45, First)
Bold and Italics= UAA Title Performance
WashU will travel to Ohio for the Polar Bear Last Chance Meet on Friday, March 3 and to Wisconsin for the Point Last Chance Meet on Saturday, March 4. The NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Naperville, Ill. this year on March 10-11. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.